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  • All the convenience of a town guesthouse, but right on the edge of a small nature reserve
  • Warm, knowledgeable hosts will help you get the most out of your trip
  • Well located for exploring the Garden Route

Edenwood Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In George

 

-33.9573, 22.4939

About

When owners Dawn and Stan van Wyk bought the Edenwood property in 1995, they already had a fantastic location on the edge of the Katberg Nature Reserve in George’s upmarket Eden suburb, but the house needed extensive renovations if it was to become the guest house of their dreams. After several months of hard work, the couple had achieved their goal, and opened Edenwood as a comfortable home-away-from-home for visitors to the Garden Route.

In the years since, a blend of luxury and homely charm, not to mention the hospitality of Dawn and Stan, has seen the establishment garnering high praise from guests. The guest house has five individually-decorated rooms that are available on a bed and breakfast basis, and three of these can be taken with a self-catering option. Amenities such as satellite televisions, tea/coffee facilities, fans, heaters, electric blankets and safes keep guests comfortable in any weather. All rooms have en-suite showers. 

Equipped with a modern granite kitchen, the Forest View Suite is the executive room, and sleeps up to four guests in side-by-side, extra length Queen-size beds. Guests can sink into a comfortable couch on the balcony, admiring lovely views of the pool, garden and forest.

Both the spacious, upmarket Annex Suite and the charming double storey Lemon Tree Cottage sleep 2 guests in Queen-size beds, and have kitchens with good self-catering facilities.

Lemon Tree Cottage has a bedroom balcony with views over the Outeniqua Mountains, making it a good choice for guests who appreciate scenic sundowners, while the Annex Suite has a pretty courtyard patio.

The Regency Suite is an opulent, richly-decorated room without a kitchen, while the small Poppy room - also available only on a bed and breakfast basis - is perfect for budget travellers and those using Edenwood as a stopover point. 

Sleeping six guests in three rooms with en-suite bathrooms, Wiltshire Cottage is as well-suited for groups as it is for families, and all bedrooms have their own televisions. The lounge has air conditioning that is available at a daily electrical surcharge cost, and leads onto an undercover braai area opening onto the garden. The granite kitchen is fully-equipped and opens onto a dining room that comfortably seats all six guests. Breakfast can be arranged at an additional charge, as can servicing of the house.

Bed and breakfast guests can choose between a generous Full English breakfast and a Continental spread, both accompanied by a buffet selection of fruit, yoghurt and cereals. During the warmer months of the year, guests enjoy this filling start to the day in the summer room, which catches the first rays of morning sunshine and offers beautiful views of the garden and indigenous forest, while the dining room is a cosy retreat in winter. 

This is a perfect time to quiz Dawn and Stan on the area’s best attractions, restaurants and activities. By taking advantage of the couple’s extensive knowledge of the Garden Route, guests will undoubtedly have a holiday to remember. Between adventures, guests can take one of the swimming towels from their rooms and splash around in the pool, or relax in the guest lounge with a book from the library.

Rates & Summary


Forest View Suite

Sleeps 4 in 2 extra length Queen-size beds
En-suite shower
Kitchen
Balcony with garden, pool and forest views

The Regency Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Lounge with sleeper couch for 1 child
Garden view

The Annex Suite

Sleeps 2 in extra length Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Lounge and kitchenette
Courtyard patio

Lemon Tree Garden Cottage

Sleeps 2 in extra length Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Lounge with sleeper couch for 1 child
Kitchen
Patio with braai 
Balcony with mountain view

The Poppy (budget room)

Sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower

Wiltshire Cottage

Sleeps 6 in 2 Queen rooms and 1 twin room
Queen rooms have en-suite showers
Twin room has bathroom with bath and shower
Lounge, dining room and kitchen
Patio with braai area and garden view

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

B&B in Regency Suite and Poppy Room
B&B or self-catering in other rooms
Wiltshire Cottage is self-catering
Dinner by arrangement

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in George’s idyllic Eden suburb, Edenwood Guest House is an owner-managed establishment which offers comfortable bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation, complemented by a relaxed atmosphere and high standards of service. Surrounded by tranquil gardens overlooking a nature reserve, this lovingly renovated haven is the perfect place to return to after a busy day on the Garden Route. The balcony and sunroom are wonderful places to kick-back and enjoy the views, while the swimming pool provides refreshment on hot days.

Summary

  • All the convenience of a town guesthouse, but right on the edge of a small nature reserve
  • Warm, knowledgeable hosts will help you get the most out of your trip
  • Well located for exploring the Garden Route

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for bird /whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: beaches, scuba diving, whale watching, fishing, hiking, horse riding, quad biking, 4x4 trails, golf courses, farm stalls, Redberry Farm, botanical garden, museums, wine tasting. 

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Garden Route

Western Cape

About

The Garden Route encompasses a large section of the Southern Cape coast, bookended by Witsand in the west and Nature’s Valley in the east. In-between are the large towns of Mossel Bay and George, and the smaller, more touristy destinations of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The region is a narrow zone wedged between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains; and is one of great natural beauty. Despite massive development in recent years, it remains the country’s Garden of Eden. There are gloriously long beaches, lush and mysterious forests, rugged coastlines, amber rivers, and tranquil lagoons. All overlooked by hazy mountain peaks.

The region has been a favourite with locals and overseas visitors for decades. The temperate climate makes it idyllic to visit at almost any time of the year. 

Although the beaches are promoted as the main attraction, the forests are equally important. In fact, they are the gardens of the Garden Route. 

With their magnificent giant Outeniqua yellowwoods (podocarpus falcatus), unfathomable gorges and areas of impenetrable trees, vines, and ferns, the forests have long been a passion for those with a love of nature. Much of their depths remain unexplored and, thankfully, unexploited. Perhaps their greatest treasure is that they are home to a handful of Knysna elephants.

Rivers tumbling from the mountain slopes have carved the landscape into deep gorges and twisting valleys, shaded by steep slopes and plunging cliffs. The Keurbooms and Knysna rivers flow into tidal lagoons at Plettenberg Bay and Knysna respectively. Sedgefield Lagoon, which is also open to the sea, is fed by Swartvlei, the biggest body of water in an area known as South Africa’s lake district. This chain of 5 lakes stretches from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

A large swathe of the region is protected within the Garden Route National Park. The park is made up of disjointed patches of land and therefore has no fixed beginning or end.

The Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna National Lakes area are sections within the greater park

Thanks to the habitats of forest, fynbos, coastline and wetlands, there is a plethora of wildlife, birdlife and marine life. Visitors can also enjoy a vast number of activities and attractions (adrenalin, adventure or relaxation). The innumerable accommodation establishments offer everything from 5-star luxury to basic camping facilities. In recent years, the Garden Route has become something of a gourmet route that will satisfy even the most discerning epicure.

Look out for

National Parks – the Wilderness National Park makes up the western section of the recently formed Garden Route National Park. Situated in the vicinity of Wilderness it protects patches of indigenous forest and fynbos, long stretches of unspoilt coastline and pristine beaches, coastal dunes, rivers and estuaries. It has a series of 5 lakes – something unique in South Africa. The park is renowned for its diversity of activities, which include canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling and kloofing.

Hiking includes the 7km-long Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail; the 5km-long Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail; the Cape Dune Molerat Trail between Rondevlei and Swartvlei (3km- or 6km-long routes); and the Pied Kingfisher Trail, the longest at 10km.

Birdwatching is popular, with 230 species to be seen, and part of the park is a designated RAMSAR site. There are 3 bird hides - at Rondevlei, Langvlei, and on the Touw River. Accommodation at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp on the banks of the Touw River takes the form of caravan and camping sites, rondavels and cottages. 

Hiking – the Garden Route is well-known for its large variety of short and multi-day hiking trails. Probably the most popular is the 48km-long 5-day Otter Trail from Storms River Mouth along the coast to Nature’s Valley. The Outeniqua Trail is the longest hike on the Garden Route. It commences at Beervlei hut at an old forestry station just off the Seven Passes Road inland from Sedgefield. From here it traverses 108km of forest and fynbos covering the slopes and foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It finishes 7 days later at Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 

The Harkerville Hiking Trail is a 24km-long, 2-day circular trail aimed at fit hikers that don’t have a fear of heights. It starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Station. 

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a spectacular 9km-long circular route covering a section of the Harkerville coastline.

The 61km-long Tsitsikamma Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and heads for the slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains, away from the coast. It finishes at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village.

There are also some beautiful slack packing options the 65km-long, 5-day, Garden Route Trail between Wilderness and Knysna; the 48km-long, 5-day Oyster Catcher Trail between Mossel Bay and Gourits River Mouth; and the 17km-long, 2-day Dolphin Trail from Storms River Mouth east along the coast to the Fernery.

Nature Reserves – there are 4 nature reserves in the region. These are the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at George, the Goukamma Nature Reserve between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay, and the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, also at Plettenberg Bay.

All offer good birding and each has a network of hiking trails - except Keurbooms, which has river-based activities instead. 

Forests – these thickly-wooded areas are alive with unique life forms, birdsong, fungi, ferns, frogs and feathered creatures. The towering Outeniqua yellowwoods, some 800 years old, are the pillars of the forests and magnificent in stature. From George through to Nature’s Valley there are several sections of forest where visitors can walk or picnic beneath the canopy. These include the Groeneweide Nature Walk, at Groenkop Farleigh Indigenous Forest near George. 

Around Knysna, there are 3 main forest areas. Goudveld lies north-west of town and is accessed via the rural area of Rheenendal. It is home to the locals’ favourite picnic spot of Jubilee Creek, the worked-out Bendigo gold mine, and the isolated gorge known as Drupkelders. Gouna is north of town and links up with Diepwalle, which lies to the east. The Garden of Eden is a small patch of forest alongside the N2, accessed along boardwalks between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Also here is the Harkerville Forest. In the east of the region, around Nature’s Valley, the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park virtually spill onto the beaches and rocky headlands.   

Beaches and lagoons – for many the wide, sweeping stretches of beach that glint like a string of pearls along the coastline are what the Garden Route is all about. These are found throughout the region and most are accessible via minor roads off the N2. If the rough and tumble of surf isn’t quite your thing then the more tranquil waters of the Knysna Lagoon, the Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay, and the Sedgefield Lagoon are popular options.

The Maritime Museum – visitors who enjoy a good museum should head to Mossel Bay. Here the maritime history of the area can be explored at the Dias Museum Complex where you can board a replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel. There’s also a collection of ancient maps from those days and a good shipwreck display. Here too stands the 500+-year-old Post Office Tree. The museum complex houses a Shell Museum, said to be the largest in South Africa. There is also an aquarium. The complex is open from 09h00-16h45, Monday to Friday, and from 09h00-15h45 on weekends and public holidays.

Golf – for those who consider golf to be a large part of a holiday, there are premier golf courses along virtually the entire Garden Route. These include the 18-hole championship course at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay; the 3 courses of Fancourt at George; the Knysna Golf Club; Simola Golf & Country Estate (Knysna); Pezula Championship Course (Knysna); Plettenberg Bay Country Club; and Goose Valley Golf Club (Plettenberg Bay).

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