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  • Stunning views of the town, lagoon and the Heads from the hilltop setting
  • Elegant, luxurious rooms and a pretty garden with a pool
  • Great base for a Garden Route holiday

Falcons View Manor

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

In Knysna

 

-34.0314, 23.0501

About

Falcons View Manor is perfect for guests who are looking for luxurious accommodation in Knysna that is a little bit out of the ordinary.

The grand manor has a unique character that has obviously taken considerable care and creative flair to create. The guesthouse’s communal areas ooze opulent elegance and incorporate vibrant colours, a mix of extraordinary art and top-quality fittings, creating a warming atmosphere. Centrepieces such as an exquisitely painted, Amazon rain forest wall and beautifully carved fireplace are just some of the many eye-catching points of interest.

The 10 rooms are equally well-decorated and have their own unique and romantic atmospheres. Again, the warm colours and art make guests feel very much at home, and mod-cons such as air-conditioning, satellite televisions, iPod docking stations, safes, tea and coffee stations, heated towel rails and hair dryers raise the comfort levels. 

The manor itself has six rooms on its upper level, with a choice between luxury and superior. Two luxury rooms have King-size beds, and another gives a choice between twin or King-size beds, while all three of these standard rooms have showers in smallish but characterful en-suite bathrooms. The more spacious Manor Superior Rooms also have King-size or twin beds, but the en-suite bathrooms have a bath in addition to the shower. The upper-level views, ranging through garden, lagoon and forest vistas, are all very pleasing on the eye.

Situated in the pretty garden just 20m from the manor and its many facilities, the Coach House has three spacious superior rooms with terraces, as well the superior suite, which is the largest and most luxurious lodging at Falcons View.

All the rooms have King-size beds and full en-suite bathrooms, with the suite featuring a cosy lounge and a deck with garden and lagoon views. 

Once you’ve settled in, you can choose to enjoy the comfort in privacy, or head to the public areas to unwind, chat to your hosts or make a few new friends. Two lounges provide plenty of space for relaxation and feature gorgeous views of the lagoon, as does the spacious verandah, where you can start your day with a full breakfast and end it with a sundowner from the well-stocked bar.

The library is stocked with a variety of good books, great material for those drizzly Cape winter days.

In summer’s balmy weather, there is no better place for adventure than Knysna. The lagoon is close by and is a haven for canoeing and fishing, while the pristine beaches are equally close and perfectly suited for swimming, sunbathing and scenic walks.

The town centre, where plenty of hidden shopping gems and fine restaurants beg to be discovered, is a comfortable walk away. There is a surplus of activities in the area, ranging from relaxing to exciting, fascinating and leisurely. The helpful staff at Falcons View know the area well, so you can get valuable information from them to make the most of what will be a very pleasing stay.

 

Rates & Summary


2 Manor Rooms

Upper level rooms
Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower
Garden and forest views

1 Twin/King Room

Upper level room
Sleeps 2 in twin beds (can be converted to King)
En-suite shower
Garden and forest views

3 Manor Superior Rooms

Upper level rooms
Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Lagoon and garden views

3 Garden Superior Rooms

Situated in the garden Coach House
Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Terrace overlooking garden

1 Garden Suite

Situated in the Coach House
Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
Lounge area
En-suite bath and shower
Private deck overlooking garden

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and Full English Breakfast included

Kids

Children 10 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The manor is perched on a hill overlooking the Knysna Lagoon and offers luxurious bed-and-breakfast accommodation in six manor and three coach-house rooms, all as warm and welcoming as the next. Falcons View Manor is an establishment of immense modern charm, elegance and vibrancy, with some delightful, unique interior décor. Throughout the Manor, guests can enjoy beautiful lagoon views, while staying in romantic individually decorated rooms.

Summary

  • Stunning views of the town, lagoon and the Heads from the hilltop setting
  • Elegant, luxurious rooms and a pretty garden with a pool
  • Great base for a Garden Route holiday

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 the roads leading to the manor are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

Nearby: whale watching, scuba diving, sea kayaking, lagoon cruises, canoeing, fishing, bungee jumping, sky diving, paragliding, golf courses, hiking, horse riding, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, elephant sanctuary, nature reserves, township tour.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • 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)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security

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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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