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“An awesome & romantic Oasis”

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De Kelders Private Villa
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Darmstadt
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“An awesome & romantic Oasis”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

We booked the private Villa the 2nd time within 4 weeks for another night on our Roundtrip. And everything was just perfect: the beautiful Mansion, our stylish Room with Spa, the cool pool, the Drinks, the Food & Dinner (which was served by the owner himself - many thanks to Neil and his stuff, also to Fara & Taluna)... We went to the wonderful Beach nearby and Neil gave us on our arrival a carebag packed with Towels, Food & Water! It is such a lovely place to stay - a real Gem for Body & Mind...We felt like Honeymooners! And we will return for sure! Therefore - Thanks again, Neil for your kindness!!

Room Tip: Room with the Spa is excellent! But also the other 2 Rooms are quiet nice!!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
dear Michael

thank you so much for your kind review, it was wonderful for us to have you.

the beaches await you !

please visit us soon - best to Kristine

warm de kelders wishes

neil+staff
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We had a fantastic 5 night stay at De Kelders Private Villa, over the Xmas period, in December 2012. Their staff is very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was scrumptious. Dinners are served on special request and cooked by the resident owner/chef himself. We enjoyed the views from the patio and the relaxing and calming atmosphere of the house.
There are plenty of things to do in Kelders, wine tasting, scuba diving, whale watching, shark diving, wine farm visits and beach walks, to name but a few.
My favorite activity are beach walks.
We would love to do it again.
J & D

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
dear Jurgen

thank you for your kind review and highlighting all the activities that one can do in our immediate area.

warm wishes to the family

neil+staff
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Den Haag
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed at this place for two nights in Februari and we had some mixed feelings about it.
Let's first mention that the house itself is gorgeous, that the rooms are amazing, and that the decoration is something special!
One of the surprises was that we were expecting dinner to be served at the villa. However, this turned out to be a reservation at a quite fancy restaurant across the street.
Something else that made our stay less enjoyable is the fact that there is really nothing to do in De Kelders and almost nothing to do in Gansbaai. When there are no whales you can watch, you can only go out on a shark trip and that's it...
Furthermore, the fact that the house itself is beautiful, also makes it feel a bit like you're in a museum and that you have to walk on your toes.
Another comment I would like to make; on their website the place is being sold as "Private beach villa", which is over-selling the place a bit. The villa is not on the beach (it's 100m away from cliffs and the nearest beach is at least 1 km away) and the place is not private (as there are in total three rooms).
The main reason for my lower "medium" rating is that the value for money was not extremely high comparing the place with others in South Africa.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Dear Michiel

Thank you for your review – we value all feedback from our guests, and take it very seriously.

We run one the smallest guest houses in South Africa with only 3 large bedrooms, and ¾ of the house is dedicated to comfortable, beautiful guest spaces with ample lounge areas; terraces with views; the secluded private pool area and a serene private garden. Guests do not share living space with the owners, and each room has a private deck and sitting area. For this reason we consider the guest house to be exclusive and very private - hence the name PRIVATE house.

We are not a budget destination and feel that we offer good value for money to our guests. The privacy and style of this house, as well as the attention to detail and service justify the price. We run wonderful slow season specials offers that will make it more affordable for you, next time you visit South Africa.

De Kelders is a traveler destination, not a tourist destination. Your comments about the area being quiet and perfect for relaxation are true. Travelers frequent De Kelders and fall in love with the stillness of this beautiful village. You can do so many hikes, spend days on the private beach that is 1km from us, do many wine tasting farm visits, quad bike or walks through the fynbos, horse riding on the beach, enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Nearby you find the historic village of Elim, the hamlet Stanford which is known for bird life, small town markets, its own brewery and many other small town delights. We make it clear on our web site that De Kelders is quiet and relaxing, and therefore our guests know what to expect when they choose this area. If it’s hustle and bustle you are after for your holiday – this is not the area for you!

We are proud of our achievement to have been voted as one of the top 25 B&B's in South Africa for 2013. The Tripadvisor achievement award was awarded, by the reviews of our guests whom have loved De Kelders PRIVATE house.

Thank you for your kind words in our visitors’ book which read as follows:

“We had a lovely stay in your house, enjoying the interior decoration & exterior views of the bay & the mountains. The ladies and Chris received us very kindly! “ Michiel Dekker

Warm De Kelders wishes to your family

neil + staff ;-)
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S. Derbyshire
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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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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

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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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