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Belvidere Manor
Ranked #18 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Perfect”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

We felt very priviledged to get married in Belvidere. Belvidere Manor Hotel hosted our reception and most of our guests. We couldn't have chosen a better place. It's in an incredibly beautiful and peaceful location on Knysna lagoon. It's a wonderful hotel with lovely private garden cottages, pretty gardens and a stunning view. Sue was incredibly patient and helpful right from the start of planning our wedding until all was over. We both lead busy lives in London and Sue made the planning so much easier with good recommendations and calmly ensuring that all ran smoothly. Nothing seemed too much for her, Mike and all the staff at Belvidere Manor. We felt incredibly lucky and grateful to have so much support from them. Our guests were blown away by the location, the hotel and the friendly service. They are still talking about the fillet steak! The food was delicious at both the hotel and at The Bell. A hotel with the oldest pub in the area. Who could ask for more? Delicious breakfasts on the verandah were a good start to our days in Knysna. Belvidere Manor ensured that we had the most amazing wedding and that we and our guests were very well looked after. It was a very special time in an awesome place.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Hasselt, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This hotel is situated in one of the most beautiful coastal regions along the Indian ocean in South Africa. We stayed in a 3 bedroom cottage with porch and enjoyed the garden, the terrace breakfast, the evening BBQ -braai organised for our group (15 people). Knysna city and its lagoon is a real gem, take the boat tour on the lagoon and visit the park on the opposite border and don't forget to try the local oysters.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

This place is gorgeous. Part 3 of our honeymoon in South Africa and first have to wind down. The garden cottage was lovely but the best parts about this place was the breakfast on the terrace and the pool. The view out to the lagoon is amazing. A wander onto the jetty is just so romantic. The little pub on site is great for a bar type meal. Really great staff and very comical guy serving the breakfasts. The whole place is however a little like a set from Stepford Wives - but that's ok.

  • Stayed April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Top of our list for a revisit after we stayed here 10 years ago - little has changed - staff (especially the irrepressible Jeffrey) as friendly as ever. Expensive but worth every penny. Beautiful private cottages (2 or 4-person) surrounding a lovely garden filled with birds. Delicious breakfasts with an amazing view from the terrace out over the Knysna lagoon. The cottages could not be better equipped: eg. providing a clothes line, with pegs; a torch for walking about the grounds in the dark and walking sticks for any elderly guests who might feel unsteady. You could easily self-cater - plenty of space for eating inside the cottages or on the veranda. The pub around the back of the main house does very decent, good value food (try the butternut pasta and the cheesecake!) and wine. There is also a main restaurant for a more formal meal, but it did not seem to be operating on the nights we were there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights to attend a wedding at Pembrey's up the road, but fell in love with Belvidere Manor. Although expensive we can now understand why, it really is a beautiful serene place.

We were lucky enough to get in touch with the owner of 24 Belvidere and although we didn't book directly with the Manor we were treated like one of their guests.

The cottages all seem to have different furnishings and decor, but most seem to be a grand old dame, with classic decor. But they are absolutely spotless, and cleaner than some of the 5 star resorts we have stayed in.

Although we stayed in one of the garden cottages I would rather recommend paying a little bit extra and staying in the single story lagoon cottages which are clustered around the pool, especially in winter I could imagine the garden cottages getting a little cold.

Dining at the Manor was an absolute pleasure, we enjoyed dinner at the Bell Pub which has the most wonderful charm and atmosphere, with great food.
Breakfast was served out on the patio overlooking the pool and the lagoon and we could sit here for hours.

Belvidere Manor really goes out of their way to make your stay as pleasant as possible, we loved the way they remembered our names even though we had just arrived we felt welcome at every turn.

The staff and surroundings make this an unforgettable holiday, and we will be back soon. Just this time for a little bit longer to really experience the magic and charm of Belvidere Manor.

Remember to take a stroll around old Belvidere, you will be amazed. We were there over 15 years ago and it remains as beautiful as ever. While we were there we never once spotted a shop or cafe, which we absolutely loved.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Tenterden, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

This is an outstanding place to stay, the position perfect, the staff exceptional, and you have everything to hand if required. We could find no fault in the whole experience of staying at Belvidere Manor, except if we had known we would have chosen a property that was in a sunnier position, but it was booked by an agency and so it was out of our hands. We would not hesitate to go back there again and to recommend it to others.

Room Tip: House No. 25 is in a rather gloomy position under trees with no area for sitting in the sun, if you...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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henley in arden
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

we have been staying at belvidere manor for about ten years.
we particularly enjoy lagoon deluxe cottage 13 where we stay for a week.
the cottage fits our needs well and we always have a breakfast each morning in the manor although we do enjoy preparing other meals at our cottage.
the service is good and the reception always organises promptly our meals and golf requirements.

Room Tip: we recommend lagoon classic/lagoon deluxe cottages
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Belvidere Manor
Address: Lower Duthie Drive | Belvidere Estate, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Belvidere Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking Knysna's lagoon, historic Belvidere Manor built in 1849, is situated in landscaped gardens and offers spacious accommodation in 28 serviced cottages, each with comfortable lounge, a full kitchen and 1, 2 or 3 en-suite double bedrooms. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace of Belvidere House, then relax poolside, take a boat trip, walk forest trails or pristine beaches, all a short drive away. Savour dinner at Caroline's bistro in Belvidere House, or hearty pub meals at The Bell Tavern, voted a Garden Route "Culinary legend". We offer preferential golf rates at Simola & Pezula clubs and a pretty garden wedding venue for up to 60 guests. ... more   less 
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