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“If I could bottle up this magic”

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De Kelders Private Villa
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Hong Kong
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“If I could bottle up this magic”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

I'm scoring this wonderful oasis a 5, only because the Trip Advisor scale doesn't provide for a 6.

This little jewel is something truly exceptional. I booked because the photos looked great, which they do, but the truth is they don't come close to conveying what this precious place is all about. The house is, of course, absolutely stunning, because Neil has impeccable taste with which he's melded together the varied and beautiful contents of this house in a magical arrangement that will have you wishing you could bottle up whatever is that gift he's got.

But there's far more to the pure pleasure of this experience than that which meets the eye. Neil's lived and breathed the art of hospitality his whole life, and a visit to this Private Villa allows you to drink at that fountain for a while. And you can tell straight away that the whole team believes in the magic of what they're making - and best of all they quite clearly loved us loving the experience too.

Make sure you eat there when you stay. Again you'll be amazed. In fact we were constantly amazed and delighted at a whole lot of things for three full days. This place is truly special, but that's not by chance. The magic exists because of the people in it; working very hard, with great pride, at things they're very very good at doing.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, December 25, 2013
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we can only say thank you - we are humbled by your review - thank you for touching us with your words

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

We loved our time here - only one night but it was lovely. Beautiful spot, very contemporary and attractive furnishings, big space indoors and outside the patio is so tranquil. Gardens all around, lovely grounds, wonderful homemade breakfast and much more. We loved it all. I loved his 2 pet cats who were amazing.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, December 25, 2013
thank you so much for your review - we do hope to see you soon, back in de kelders.

take care

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Hove
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

I stayed at De Kelders Private Villa last weekend with my fiance. We travel to Hermanus and Del kelders quite often, but this was our first time staying at the De Kelders Private Villa and we absolutely loved it! The service from the staff was so warm and welcoming and we were made to feel right at home from the moment we arrived. There are just 3 luxury rooms and so you really get the feeling that this your own home! Whale watching from here is just as good, if not better than from Hermanus and we have seen whales every time we have been!

Food is a very big part of De Kelders private Villa and so I would highly recommend having dinner at the house. The food is excellent home cooked food using only locally sourced produce!

We stayed in Room 3 which has its own little outside area, although it was raining when we were there, so we took advantage of the selection of DVDs and just chilled in our room. The bed was so comfy, it was difficult getting up the following morning, but the smell of breakfast was a big enough draw for us!

Neil and his team were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble at all. They arranged a whale watching excursion from Gansbaai which was brilliant. We saw sharks, whales, seals and penguins!

I can highly recommend De Kelders and would say to stay here rather than in Hermanus as it is so much quieter, but there is so much to do! If you enjoy the outdoors and peace and quiet then this is a great option!

Room Tip: All three rooms are different. We stayed in Room 3 which has its own outside sitting area!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
dear Shaun

it was wonderful to have you in de kelders, as you say once you have been this side of Walker bay - you will be back to de kelders.

we do hope to see you back in de kelders soon

warm wishes

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

when spending some time at the region gaansbai/dekelders then this is the perfect location...next to the beaches, next to the whales and next to the whale watching stations! the house itsself is like you can see pictures in architecture magazines and its no hotel or guesthouse ... its as being at home!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
dear Rolf + Gudrun

thank you so much for your review - it was so special to have you here . we do look forward to seeing you in 2014 .

enjoy SA

best

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Bornheim, Germany
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We had a great and very special time at Niels house - the rooms were wonderful and specifically furnitured, and although staying at a private house, the place offered both: privacy and feeling at home by reading the owners books and having a break eating the homemade biscuits (by the way: superb). The food served for breakfast and dinner - homemade with love - for sure by Niel and very warm and friendly staff - was terrific. Scenery: marvelous! And the wales followed us while walking along the cost. We took so many fotos, poor friends at home who have to watch all of them :-). We will be back!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
dear Liz

thank you so much for your review - it was our pleasure to be of service - thank you for enjoying our simple local meals

see you soon

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

We stayed one night at the Kelders and that was the biggest mistake... We enjoyed everything so much, from the tailormade service, to Neil's warm hospitality, the food, the tips so that we could have an ultimate beach experience at die Plaat, and next to so many other things the superb interior of the house! I would say, no doubt to book this house more than one night and hopefully you will be so lucky to have a diner at the house. That was a wonderfull experience! And of course you get to see the whales in a much more exclusive way than at Hermanus.

This was defenitely the highlight on our garden route!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, November 16, 2013
dear Servaas+Michelle

thank you so much for your wonderful review - we do hope te see you soon, back in de kelders.

warm wishes, kindness and light

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Bit of an older review as we stayed here in 2011 but I realised never wrote the review we always intended to write. Reading back current reviews it is clear nothing has changed and I can still confidently write our experiences as they are still shared by all those currently staying !

Stayed here two nights during our SA tour with the aim of doing shark dive. Neil sorted all that out as part of our reservation which was obviously a pleasant introduction to the service offered !

House is fantastic and we love the present of the cats - we had to leave ours behind for two weeks on the trip and the residents in De Kelders took it upon themselves to comfort us ;-)

We had the pleasure of taking dinner in the house one night and all i can say is ...WOW. Breakfasts are also a feast.

Basically all you read in other reviews, we can vouch for having experienced it ourselves!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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neilstemmet, Owner at De Kelders Private Villa, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
thank you so much for your wonderful review that highlight two of your stays here in de kelders - we know you will be back soon, and we do look forward to seeing you soon.

take care - have a wonderful life - until we meet again

warm de kelders 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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