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“Great views over Knysna, beautiful gardens but high up on hill”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Falcons View Manor

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Falcons View Manor
Ranked #3 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
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Manchester
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120 reviews
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“Great views over Knysna, beautiful gardens but high up on hill”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

To get the great views you have to get up the steep hill, not to be recommended for walking. The garden and pool area is large and well maintained, and the verandah offers views across Knysna, but not the ocean. I enjoyed the public rooms, sadly I could not try the restaurant. Service is very friendly and efficient. My criticism is about the lighting: at night the car park and outdoors are poorly lit making it difficult to maneuver your car in the tight spots. And, I had the most ghastly bed side lamps you can imagine. Made out of metal wire they look like giant candy floss giving poor light and dangle 2m from the ceiling. Rooms are very spacious.

Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is in a good location and has a lovely old world charm. With a grading of 5 stars, I am not sure I would have rated the 4 rooms we booked in at that level. From the colour scheme to the bedroom layout it did not do it for us. These rooms did not have the majestic views & I am assuming that the main building rooms would be of 5 star status. Nevertheless all rooms should reflect the 5 stars.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Falcons View Manor is fabulous. We had a great four day stay and wished we could have stayed longer. The location is perfect with stunning views from some of the main house bedrooms overlooking the Knysna bay. This stay we had a garden view suite, which was very spacious with a lovely bathroom. The restaurant is great..delicious locally sourced meat and fish served with great attention to detail. The restaurant is usually closed on one night of the week - but there are some great restaurants in the area, too

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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St Albans
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

We had a stunning room with a huge bathroom. We loved the breakfast on the patio and had a very good dinner in the restaurant. There were two very helpful ladies on reception and they were charming and very knowledgeable. Pool area is lovely and we sore some monkeys!

We will return.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 442 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

This was our second visit to Falcons View Manor (the first visit was 18 years ago!) and we had another great stay. The colonial style of the old house is very pleasant and the rooms are well equiped. The main differentiator is the service which is truly exceptional. The staff is incredibly friendly, attentive and efficient. They even washed our car during the night! The breakfast is also great. Highly recommended. We will certainly visit this guesthouse again if we come back to Knysna.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Spent 2 nights here and loved every single minute. The house is just a quick 5 minute drive from the center of Knysna, with safe parking and really stunning views of the bay. We were welcomed with a glass of wine on the porch while the staff whisked our luggage from our car to our room upstairs. The room itself was gorgeous, comfortable and quiet - everything we were hoping for. All of the staff were truly friendly and approachable, and had top notch recommendations for everything to do and see in the area. We ended up spending most of one day on a totally deserted beach, then hiking a stunning, secluded trail through a nearby park courtesy of the owner's recommendations. As for the food, the breakfasts are great, and we had a lovely dinner there as well - would definitely recommend staying in for dinner one night. The tables are set up in a really beautiful little courtyard, and the setting is truly the best way I can imagine starting your day. All in all a spectacular place to stay!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bremen, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2014

The old victorian villa ist very well run, spotlessly clean, nicely decorated and the staff extraordinary. Both manager ladies are beyond of hospitable, super informative and always there to make your stay as comfortable as possible. They serve a delicious breakfast and their chef is the best ever. By far the most delicious meals we had on our trip. The only issue is that the kitchen is not open daily for dinner, if you have eaten there once, you'll desire it every night. Home made ice cream...any more questions? Bit hard to find if you use google maps. Follow the instructions on their homepage.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Falcons View Manor
Address: 2 Thesen Hill | Upper Central, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Falcons View Manor 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Falcons View Manor is a small Boutique Hotel on Thesen Hill in Knysna. Spectacular Views from the Victorian Veranda across the lagoon, beautiful garden and a small restaurants for our guests. ... more   less 
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