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Kanonkop Guest House
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We were exhausted after a five hour drive from the wine country, and the guesthouse was up a hill off the main road. However, what a nice surprise once we arrived. Our room overlooked the lagoon on one side and beautiful grounds and a pool on the other side, and was quite large with a sitting room, dressing room, and king-sized bed in a large room. A private balcony overlooked the lagoon The common areas were beautifully landscaped. The owners, Chris and his son Mark, were usually there and always very helpful, making recommendations for hikes and meals. Breakfasts were served outside on the patio, and their omelets and smoothies were delicious! Our friends had a fabulous, more open and modern room above us with great views of the lagoon as well, and both rooms were beautifully appointed.
This was a bit off the "beaten path" as it was outside of Knynsa, which was a quite noisy and crowded tourist town, so it was very quiet. They had a open bar policy which was nice. Having a bottle of wine on their beautiful grounds was a treat!

Room Tip: The room upstairs in the main building had beautiful views in all directions and a very open floor plan. The room below it in the main building had a lovely garden feel. Both were very private and beautifully furnished.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2013

Dear Susan - Ed. Many thanks for your lovey review and for your comments on the different desings of the various rooms at Kanonkop House. We want our guests to feel completely at home (without the chore of having to do anything for themselves) and so it is our intention that the complimentary bar, free internet service, daily carwash etc facilitate an easy home away from home experience. Thank you for choosing Knysna and thank you for coming to stay at Kanonkop House. Our warmest regards, Samantha, Mark and Chris

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

What a treat it was for us to stay at Kanonkop. Imagine an almost tropical setting with a pool in the middle and gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous rooms surrounding it. Chris the owner welcomed us with open arms, attending to our every need and making restaurant reservations for us. The price of a room is worth every penny just listening to Chris and his history in the diamond business. Who knew the Kimberley diamond mine had so many claimholders? Breakfast was bountiful and delicious. Hint of the day - if his son Mark (you'll recognize him instantly, he could double as a bodyguard) is in the kitchen, be sure to order an omelet. I still don't know how he imparts that flavor in it, but I can tell you it is a winner. All of the staff are friendly and accommodating. The rooms are first class. Spacious, modern and extraordinarily clean. Comfy beds you hate to leave. And we had a beautiful balcony overlooking the lagoon. Throw in the complimentary bar offered to the guests (that's right, all you can drink is on the house, just ask the Germans who staggered in the next morning for breakfast) and you have not only the #1 guest house in Knysna but one that would hold it's own against just about any other lodge. Usually I end my reviews with a suggestion on something the owners could do a bit better, but honestly Chris and his family overlook nothing. Their attention to detail is such that when we went hiking on trails Chris suggested and returned with a dirty, dusty car, the next morning before we left the car was washed and clean as a whistle. This was above and beyond the call of duty and this in a nutshell is what makes Kanonkop so special and a must to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Wow, what a great review. Thank you. Although I am not sure about the Bodygaurd bit? and you clearly did not have an omlette cooked by me? Just kidding; Mark and I have a longstanding competition regarding who makes the best omlettes but I think your comments have just rocketed him into first place? Many thanks and we hope to see you again. Warmest regards, Sam (and Mark and Chris and the team).

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

As a family of four, we spent three nights in this amazing small hotel en route from Cape Town to Shamwari Game Reserve. Chris and Mark welcomed us like family, and provided us with very informative and helpful tips for local attractions and restaurants. The rooms were absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful views onto the lagoon below, and are designed with a lot of taste and love. Starting with a yummy breakfast each morning, we explored the beautiful surroundings, went elephant riding and monkey watching, and returned to enjoy the refreshing pool and interesting chats with the owners. Thank you Chris, Mark and the entire family, for this welcoming stay in your beautiful place.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Dear Hilde HH, Thank you for your super review. Lovely to receive your feedback and we are delighted that your family enjoyed Kanonkop House and the beautiful Knysna area so much. Thanks to your review and others we have just been awarded winners in the top 25 small and luxury hotel categories in South Africa...something we are very excited about...so thank you again. We look forward to our next meeting. Warmest regards,
Sam

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Beautifully appointed in wonderful surroundings. Chris, Sam and Mark are very welcoming and knowledgeable about the local attractions. A definite five star experience for anyone exploring the Garden Route or making Knysna a holiday destination.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Dear Bruce L,
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Your comments contributed to Kanonkop House taking top honours as the only guest house in the Garden Route to make it into the top 25 in the 2012 Tripadvisor travellers choice awards. Many thanks again. Please do come and stay should you ever be in this part of the world again. Warmest regards, Samantha, Chris, Mark and the KK team.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Having seen many great guesthouses and lodges during our SA trip, this place really exceeded our expectations. The place is beautifully built with great attention to detail, the rooms spacious, nice and clean and the owner Chris, plus his daughter and son were extremely welcoming to us. Not to forget to mention the free complimentary bar as well as the delicious breakfast you get in the morning. We very much enjoyed our time at Kanonkop Guest House and can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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KanonkopHouse, Owner at Kanonkop Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Dear KarlaKo, Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed our stay with us. We certainly enjoyed hosting you and have you and other reviewers to thank for our recent award in the top 25 small, luxury hotels in South Africa (and Africa)! So once again, thank you :) Warm regards, Sam, Chris, Mark and the team.

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