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De Kelders Private Villa
Certificate of Excellence
S. Derbyshire
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Three nights stay at De Kelders.”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Our stay at De Kelders private House was to experience the best of everything. The owner, Neil Stemmet, placed his home in our hands. We enjoyed the eclectic decor, the sumptuous accommodation and the breathtaking view of Walker Bay. Samkello, of the laughing eyes, laid out a selection of her home made bread, and served us splendid breakfasts, she is a gem. We were fortunate to have a meal cooked for us by Neil which was startlingly unfussy but incredibly delicious and which we appreciated greatly. Unfortunately, we had golf to play and wine tasting to attend to otherwise we would not have left this haven of tranquility. Angela and Godfrey Allaway

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank S_DerbyshireCresta
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
dear Godfrey and Angela

thank you so much for your kind words - you have made our day - Samkelo is reeling with pleasure for your compliments on her breakfast and i am humbled by your accolades

we do hope to receive you, back here in de kelders, soon

warmest de kelders PRIVATE house greetings

neil + Samkelo
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2013

One of life's true pleasures is finding a gem that one wants to keep a secret to share only with intimate friends and family. In this case I owe it to Niel Stemmet (owner of the ultra luxurious Private Villa in De Kelders - South Africa) to mention that his hospitality, food and service is unsurpassed by international standards. My partner and I have travelled the world and to our utmost surprise we now rate Private Villa as one of our favorite places to visit. Niel is a national treasure as one of South Africa's leading food connoisseurs and designers. The moment you enter this Villa you are surrounded by a sophisticated collection of books, antiques, objet d' art and a hospitality that one only finds in frequently visited establishments. After wonderful walks around town and to one of the most beautiful beaches on earth, Niel and his staff always welcomed us with some delightful local treat as a tease for the gastronomic feast that awaited us every evening. We found ourselves chatting to Niel and other guests until the early hours of the morning as we shared our passion for art, travel and food while the moon lit up the incredible Overberg mountain range in the background. Private Villa is a haven for those visiting beautiful South Africa.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank GlobalTravelUSA
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
dear Michael

thank you so much for your glowing review - we do hope to live up to the standards you set for our home.

we do hope to see you soon in de kelders. the beaches await your footsteps and as per usual we will serve you wonderful local meals.

thank you again

neil+staff
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Darmstadt, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Perfect location, perfect service, perfect house. We have been there one night only, but we whished to stay longer !
Dinner and breakfast was oustanding. Perfect hideaway.
Lovely cats. And thank you Neil for booking us on the shark dive trip.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank kristine w
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
dear Kristine

thank you for sharing one day of your life with us in de kelders. it was wonderful to have you here. great that you loved the shark cage diving too.!

be safe

see you soon

neil+staff
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2013

I recently re-connected with a school friend who visited from New York and we decided that we have to really do something special to celebrate our reunion. So my friend and I and another mutual friend head off toe De Kelders Private Villa! From the moment we arrived, we were spoiled with a attention and unbelievable home cooked meals served by the owner, Niel Stemmet. Our rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated, with attention to detail. Niel could not do enough to make our reunion and our stay something to remember for a very long time. It was such a special reunion weekend and we definitely made the right decision to celebrate our reunion at such a lovely destination. I can highly recommend De Kelders Private Villa!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank lizettefrank2013
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
dear Lizette

thank you for visiting de kelders PRIVATE house and making the house your home for the weekend - it was wonderful to host you and your friends in our home.

please come back and walk the beaches soon

warm wishes

neil+staff
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New York City, New York, Usa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Amazing to see such a stylish and well-appointed house in Gansbaai. Neil left us the whole house for the night, giving us access to his music and top-shelf bar. What a wonderful surprise. A must-stay.

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4 Thank cyan852
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
dear Cathy

thank you for sharing your wonderful energy with our home - one day i will go back to NYC and we will share a coffee and thoughts

warmest de kelders wishes

neil
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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Staying at Neil's is like visiting the home of an old friend who just happens to also be a uniquely talented designer and cook. We came to Gaansbai to see the sharks, but talking late into the night in the living room and exploring the remarkable collection of books and magazines (including National Geographic copies dating back to 1934) at De Kelders was easily the highlight of the trip. This is a truly special place and proof of the soothing effect of thoughtful design. I very much hope to get the chance to visit again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank Wyatt R
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
dear Wyatt

thank you for your wonderful words, the legacy of your great grandfather is in you.

wishing you a happy life and that you may return to this very special place, soon

neil
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Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2013

What a wonderful surprise, we drove through on Saturday morning for a getaway from town for the day, you always expect something special when you go to a luxury guest house, but most most of the times it is a big dissapointment, from people that receive you that look like Aunt Stiene complete with sigarette in the mouth, but at the De Kelders Private Villa from the moment you step in the door it feels like home, Neil is a very goods host that treats his guests as part of the family, the house is beautifully decorated, the bedrooms spacious, no small spaces here and the bonus - a pool where you can relax when the wind blows on the beach or the patio where you can relax with a book in absolute peace. The food were great, thanks again for a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank Gideon K
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
dear Gideon

thank you for staying with us - it was wonderful to have you here.

we do look forward to receive you back at de kelders PRIVATE house, soon.

warm wishes

neil+samkelo
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Property: De Kelders Private Villa
Address: 35 Main Road | DE Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — De Kelders Private Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2014/2015/2016 TRIPADVISOR NO 1 in the Gansbaai and Overberg for speciality accommodation. The house is neither a B&B or a guest house. It is a villa and a haven for the discerning traveller, who understands quality, stillness and privacy. Acclaimed by ELLE Decoration, House&Leisure, Conde Nast House&Garden and Gourmet, the villa offers the luxury of privacy. Three large bedrooms only, a 150m lounge with library of magazines, books, music and films. Large fireplace for the winter nights. Large garden with secluded, private, heated salt water pool. The 80m open terrace with beautiful views of the village and Walker Bay is secluded and offers the perfect hideaway for reading. The ocean is 200 steps away. Our breakfasts are special and our pre-booked home cooked regional dinners are legendary. The owner is an author of cook books. The house in not branded, hence the name private house and can be rented for exclusive use. ... more   less 
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