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  • Owner-run, with warm, experienced hospitality
  • Charming, comfortable rooms offer a relaxing stay
  • Right on the doorstep of the picturesque Mossel Bay Golf Course

Linkside2 Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

In Mossel Bay

 

-34.1899, 22.1382

About

Occupying a beautiful location overlooking Mossel Bay, Linkside2 is run by Petra du Toit, whose establishments have won numerous prestigious accolades over the years. Guests staying at her newest venture can expect outstanding service, intimacy and modern luxury with a colourful dose of character.

Featuring earthy contemporary architecture, the guest house has just four rooms, three of which have lovely private decks where lazy days can be spent reclining on the loungers overlooking the lawn, flowerbeds and fynbos. 

Inside, the individually decorated rooms lift the spirit with their bright artwork and fabrics, and ample luxury is provided by extra length beds, air conditioning and heating, satellite television, wireless internet and minibars with tea/coffee facilities. Characterful green-tiled showers are an eye-catching element of the bathrooms, which have underfloor heating to keep the shivers away during winter. The bathrooms in Rooms 1 and 3 have the addition of an attractive oval bathtub set into a mosaic plinth. 

The King-size bed in Room 3 can be converted into twins, while the living areas in both rooms offer plenty of space for guests to stretch out in. Slightly less spacious and housing only showers, Rooms 2 and 4 still offer plenty of luxury, and are well-suited to accommodate both couples and travelling friends. Room 4 doesn’t have a deck, but guests can relax on a patio with loungers and chairs.

In the mornings, guests head to the patio, where magnificent views of the ocean and mountains can be savoured along with an appetising breakfast including homemade muesli, fresh fruit, and a range of continental and cooked treats. This is a good time to chat to your hosts about what activities you will embark on during the day, although laidback guests may simply want to lounge around at the swimming pool or on their private decks.

Golfers will appreciate that the Mossel Bay Golf Course, which is known for having a sea view from every tee, is only 800 metres away, and there are dozens of first-rate courses in the region, making Linkside2 perfectly suited for a golfing holiday. 

A walk around Mossel Bay will reveal a number of fascinating historical attractions, museums and shops, while the guest house is able to book a number of activities on your behalf, from adrenaline-pumping encounters with Great White Sharks at Seal Island to more sedate, family oriented experiences, and everything in between. A mix of both sea- and land-based attractions makes Mossel Bay a wonderful destination for travellers of all types. To end off your day, allow the guest house to make a dinner reservation at one of the town’s excellent restaurants.

Rates & Summary


Room 1

Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Private deck with loungers
Garden views

Room 2

Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Private deck with loungers
Garden views

Room 3

Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private deck with loungers
Garden views

Room 4

Sleeps 2 in extra length twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with loungers
Garden views

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included

Kids

Children 10 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on the doorstep of the stunning Mossel Bay Golf Course, Linkside2 offers luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation and is well positioned to explore the town of Mossel Bay and its surrounding attractions. Guests can expect fantastic service from owner Petra du Toit, who has an illustrious record in the hospitality industry. The guest house features imaginative modern styling and gorgeous views over Mossel Bay. Loungers on the rooms’ private decks allow guests to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the peaceful garden, which attracts a multitude of birds.

Summary

  • Owner-run, with warm, experienced hospitality
  • Charming, comfortable rooms offer a relaxing stay
  • Right on the doorstep of the picturesque Mossel Bay Golf Course

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: golf courses, beaches, fishing, boat cruises, whale watching, shark cage diving, scuba diving, Seal Island, elephant rides, horse riding,  game farms, wildlife sanctuary, ethno-botanical garden, museums, aquarium, bungee jumping.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Garden Route

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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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