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Belvidere Manor
Ranked #16 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 30, 2009

If you want to stay in the Knysna Lagoon area this is the place for you.We were upgraded to a fantastic villa and the staff couldn't have been better.Fine dining, pub food or self catering the choice is up to you.

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Reviewed March 12, 2009

Wonderful location, everything thought of in the rooms and more, lovely restaurant and pub. Ask Jeffrey to show you the Elephant Tree!
One of the best places we have ever stayed in many years of travelling.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2009

My husband and I recently stayed here, en route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth so it was only a one night stay.

The hotel is located far from town, so you need a car to get around, or arrange other transport. The hotel is set up as a bunch of self catering cottages, with fully equipped kitchens, etc.

I found the price of our accomodation suprisingy high, considering the value of the rand vs dollar. Also, after staying in other 4-5 star accomodation in the Cape, I thought the quality was lacking, especially considering the high price.

If you want a britsh style cottage, with flowery gardens, pub style food, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed January 25, 2009

Wow what a place, wonderful location overlooking the river, quiet 5 minute drive from town. Great restaurant and pub on site. Staff fantastic ! special mention to Jeffrey. Rooms are cape style cottages with kitchens and lovely sitting rooms tastefully decorated in neutral colours, lovely gardens.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2008

We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Belvidere Manor. We were in Loeurie Cottage (No.8). which is also called the honeymoon cottage. It sits with its own verandah facing the Knysna lagoon, the view is quite sublime and the bird life amazing. The staff were lovely and we enjoyed meals both at the "pub" and in the restaurant. The cottage has two en suite bedrooms and its own dining room where you can self cater, but better still have the pub deliver meals straight to your table. The gardens are beautiful and on several mornings we spotted the rare Knysna Loeurie flying between the trees in front of the cottage. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2008

We stayed in a cute little cottage at the top of a slope overlooking the Knysna lagoon. It had an en-suite bedroom, lounge and kitchen plus a small seating area outside. You can park your car next to your cottage. As it was our honeymoon, there was a bottle of bubbly in our fridge, which was a lovely touch.
The food was OK, but nothing spectacular. The Bell pub is small and can get very crowded, but it serves decent versions of pub classics including pies.
Belvidere Manor is about a 10-minute drive from central Knysna, and we enjoyed driving to the top of the Knysna Heads, the beach on Leisure Isle and also a hike in the forests on the road to Uniondale.

  • Stayed: November 2008
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Reviewed November 11, 2008

We stayed in a Loerie Cottage for 3 nights. This was a charming, secluded building, with a lovely verandah overlooking the lagoon. The cottage is designed for self-catering visitors as well as hotel guests, and had a kitchen, dining room and a large lounge as well as two bedrooms with a shower room and a bathroom. There was also an outside table and chairs, plus sofa and coffee tables on the verandah as well as two comfortable loungers with cushions.

Breakfast is served on the hotel terrace or in the gardens themselves, with a generous cold buffet and hot food cooked to order and served at the table by friendly staff, some of whom have worked at the hotel for years. We dined in the hotel on our first evening and the food was very good. Knysna itself is a pretty, bustling little town and the hotel booked our trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve for us. We also visited the Wilderness, which is amazing, especially the Map of Africa. The hotel has a pretty guest lounge which must be very cosy in winter - happily, we were there during the warm summer season so were able to sit outside on our verandah.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #16 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range: $151 - $236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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