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Hide Away Guest House
Ranked #13 of 129 Knysna B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Loved staying with Cecil and Coleen at the Hide Away Guest House! Gorgeous room, great food and friendly owners. What more can you ask for? :) I would definitely stay at the Hide Away again without any hesitation and will recommend the same to friends and family!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Thanks to Colleen and Cyril for a most enjoyable week in Knysna.From the start we got all the information and best advise on everything to do in Knysna and Plettenbergbay.Thanks for sending us to all the best restaurants.We loved the food week.Our room had a view of Knysna heads and was central to town,so no long driving times.Room was huge and comfortable.
Security very good and save parking.Breakfast the best in town.Will go back again next year.
Very well run establishment.

Donnie and Marianne.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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KnysnaHideaway, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2012

Hi Donnie & Marianne

It was indeed a pleasure meeting you and having you stay with us. We were delighted that you chose Hide-Away for your very short honeymoon before having to go back to work. We are already looking forward to having you back!

As for the Restaurant Week, we hope that Knysna will continue with this new concept and that it will become a "must attend" item on visitors calendars for the future.

All the best for your future together.

Kind regards
Cecil & Colleen

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

If you don´t like:

- the perfect hosts
- comfortable accomodation
- wifi without any hickups
- delicious breakfast
- sweet location overlooking the lagoon
- quiet, safe and private area
- parking
- tips for what to do, and more important, what to do not do
- the best value

Go find a different place

eat: 34 south: the best oysters and california rolls ever had (spicy salmon with tempura shrimp on top)

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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KnysnaHideaway, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2012

Hello Orjan

Hopefully you are still safe and sound! We will always remember you as the adrenalin junkie that stayed with us as you certainly like the extreme sports on offer here in SA!

To be honest when we first saw the heading of your review "Warning" we were concerned until we looked a bit further and saw your 5 stars! Thank you so much for the most unusual review - it is greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the rest of your travels around the world and we hope that you return home safely as planned.

Kind regards
Cecil & Colleen

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We had a great stay with Colleen and Cyril Harding at the Hide Away Guest House in Knysna. The location is perfect, just outside the town with spectacular views of the lagoon. They do a wonderful breakfast but no evening meal. The town is about a 15 minute walk to many restaurants and bars. Be aware that a number are closed on a Sunday but there is a very good pizza delivery service that we used. The accommodation is practical and comfortable. Our room had a splendid verandah with views onto the lagoon. We were there in winter time so sitting out wasn't really an option but in the summer this would be wonderful. Our room did not have a bath and the bathroom was quite small but had everything we needed. The only reason I didn't give this Guest House an excellent was because I was rating it relative to some others that we stayed at where the accommodation was larger, with bath, complementary wine etc. We booked this all with a package so to be fair I don't know how the prices compare and the others could have been more expensive. I'd certainly recommend this guest house and the Hardings are great fun, caring and very helpful.

Room Tip: I would just ask about a bath as some rooms might have them. Our rooms were described as luxury roo...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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KnysnaHideaway, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2012

Hello Jane

Thank you for taking the time to do your review. We appreciate all reviews on Tripadvisor as it also provides us with the opportunity to respond to some of the points raised in the various reviews.

In your case, we would mention that we have only 1 room that has a bath (Superior Room with no lagoon view) otherwise all rooms are fitted with showers only. Here in South Africa we are continually faced with water shortages and no more so than here in Knysna where we have no large catchment dam in the area and so have to take extra care with saving water, which showers do. We have a number of water and energy saving initiatives in place here at Hide-Away.

The rooms that were booked by your agent were Superior Rooms with lagoon view but we do in fact have 2 larger rooms (Executive Room with lagoon view) located on the ground floor. These were in fact both available at the time we received your reservation. We have also checked our rates against the other properties where you stayed and have found that we are in fact 20 - 25% cheaper.

Some of the restaurants are indeed closed on a Sunday evening for dinner. This is purely as a result of low occupancies during the winter months. Once the season starts restaurants are open for business!

We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and we wish you all the best for the future.

Regards to all.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

We unfortunately just had a "one-nighter" passing through experience of The Hide Away, but we really enjoyed it. It was a freezing cold night, but the warmth of the place and the lovely hosts, Cecil and Colleen, totally made up for the weather! We would definitely recommend it, and are planning to come again, hopefully for a longer stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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KnysnaHideaway, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2012

Good morning to you

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We have found that Tripadvisor has become an extremely valuable tool for us in attracting guests to stay with us and your positive feedback is therefore greatly appreciated.

We are certainly looking forward to welcoming you back to Knysna and especially to Hide-Away.

Keep healthy and well.
Kind regards
Cecil & Colleen

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

A Stunning, comfortable, spacious room away from home. Thanks Cecil and Colleen, you've really got a litte gem in Knysna. From the moment you arrive it is only a pleasure. Colleen's friendly welcome on your way up, nice fresh warm handtowel to freshen you up and a good cup of coffee while signing up - part of an unforgetable experience. See you again soon....

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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KnysnaHideaway, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2012

Good morning Yolandi

Thank you for your review - it is much appreciated.

We so look forward to the times when you stay with us. We hope that we can continue to be your home-away-from-home when you travel along the Garden Route.

Take care until the next time.
Kind regards
Cecil & Colleen

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

my first stay with my mum 'Karen M'.......... stunning views of the lagoon....... lovely photo opportunities of the lagoon and the heads......... amazing friendly hosts........ and a great breakfast....... would love to stay again. :)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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KnysnaHideaway, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2012

Hi there Lara

Thanks so much for the kind words!

It was great meeting you earlier this year and we certainly hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in South Africa. We are looking forward to your next visit.

Kind regards
Cecil & Colleen

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Additional Information about Hide Away Guest House

Address: 2 Keerom Street | PO Box 2600, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 129 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range: $88 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hide Away Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hide-Away Guest House, a 4 Star TGCSA graded B&B, located on the Main Road into Knysna with excellent lagoon views and within walking distance of town. 7 well appointed en-suite rooms ranging from Executive with lagoon view to Standard with no lagoon view cater for most budgets. Free wireless internet, air conditioning in all rooms and gym facility. Seasonal rates apply.Make Hide-Away Guest House your home-away-from-home on the Garden Route as you explore the area. Easy driving distances to Tsitsikamma National Park, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, George, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay. ... more   less 
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