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Knysna Manor House guesthouse is housed in a charming Victorian mansion, is centrally located and offers amazing views of the stunning Knysna Lagoon. A mere 2-5 minute walk of local shops, banks, craft markets, restaurants and the Knysna Quays Waterfront.
14 Mount Joy is a newly renovated Cape Cod style home in the centre of Knysna with views of the Town and Lagoon. Within walking distance to town and the waterfront. Off street parking leads through a garden gate to the rooms which each have there own balcony and room entrance. En suite shower rooms and percale linen ensure luxury and comfort.
Elalini Backpackers, also referred to as “The Village” is situated at Goukamma Station, close to Goukamma Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay (surfer’s paradise). It is hidden (but can be found!) just off the N2 between Sedgefield and Knysna. It offers its visitors a farmer’s style village setting in the heart of nature.
Homtini Guest Farm with its stunning views of the Garden Route's Outeniqua Mountains is a 90Ha working farm nestling in the indigenous forest overlooking the Homtini pass. It lies along the old Seven-Passes Route, looks out over the famous Millwood Forest Reserve and yet is only 20 minutes from the coast and the bustling resort town of Knysna.
We live in a region blessed with rather extraordinary illustrations of nature's bounty: large areas of unsullied natural assets which draw thousands of visitors each year. Our tourism industry is one of our most valued economic sectors and we boast a multitude of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. Fortunately, there is also a rising trend to cater for the eco-conscious traveller.
Many discerning travellers today seek out accommodation establishments which strive to implement eco-friendly measures in their business practices, places that are cognizant about any possible impact they have on the environment within which they operate. There are so many ways in which accommodation establishments can make a difference - some big, some small - but all collectively important.
Many establishments in our area are extremely mindful of the fact that the integrity of our environment and the sustainability of our region's iconic natural resources are of paramount importance.
If you are looking for places to stay that really do their bit to showcase the region's incredible beauty, all the while taking laudable steps to tread lightly in order that our remarkable network of life found in the Garden Route may endure, visit www.lovetostay.co.za (a locally based company) which provides a comprehensive “Green Heart Guide to Eco-friendly Accommodation in South Africa”.
It takes a lot of passion, hard work and commitment to GO truly GREEN. There is a certain establishment in our area that we would take the opportunity to showcase. It is a place that is completely green and off the grid – certainly an inspiration to all!!
Tree Spirit Cottage
Nestled in the forest high above Knysna, Tree Spirit Cottage is situated on one of the farms originally inhabited by Italian settlers, as featured in Dalene Matthee's well-known book, The Mulberry Forest.
The farm dates back to the late 1800’s and boasts ruins from the original house and well. This 8.5 hectare property combines the beauty of both fynbos and forest and hosts an abundance of birds and wildlife. Completely solar-powered, it provides the peace and solitude to be at one with nature and epitomises the off the grid ethos.
They have implemented the following environmentally friendly measures:
• The entire farm is solar-powered.
• They harvest and filter rainwater for household and drinking use.
• The vegetable garden is irrigated using dam water.
• They do not use any harmful chemical products in the households or gardens.
• All fresh produce which is grown on the farm originates from non-GMO, chemical free, organic seed and is grown according to permaculture principles.
• Chickens on the farm assist in the preparation of beds and soil conditioning for the growing of fresh fruit and vegetables. They also provide fresh eggs daily and are always a great source of entertainment.
• Beehives have been introduced to assist with the pollination of plants. They are provided with a secure, healthy environment, including an abundance of flowers and fynbos upon which they can feast.
For more information visit: www.treespiritcottages.com
Madison Manor is an exclusive, owner-run luxurious Boutique Hotel, uniquely situated at the top of ‘town-hill’ with a 180 degree view of the town of Knysna, the lagoon and the famous Knysna Heads.
Situated it the aptly named suburb of Rexford in Knysna, Rexford Manor is a sumptuously appointed guesthouse, with spectacular, high level views of the historical town of Knysna and the picturesque lagoon.
Welcome to a whole new sense of well-being. Based on the wisdom of nature and the resurgence of the ocean we have created a spa of tranquil escape for you to step into and rediscover the gifts of being. Views Spa offers treatments designed to pamper and soothe.
A family home with swimming pool that is approximately 200m from the lagoon, around the corner from the renowned Saturday market and 2km from any of Sedgefield's beautiful pristine beaches.
Beautiful self-catering beach homes and luxury suites oceanfront at Brenton on Sea. Brenton Haven is perched on a dune above the main beach, with spectacular 180 degree ocean view, which provides guests with the perfect opportunity to see hundreds of dolphins passing, or whales playing in the waves.