- Historic property with stunning views
- Garden Route location
- Onsite restaurant, pub and pool
Belvidere Manor is an historic property within the town of Knysna, in the famed Garden Route area of South Africa’s Western Cape Province. Perched above a lagoon with spectacular views, Belvidere offers bed and breakfast accommodation in 28 cottages set within spacious, verdant gardens, along with a swimming pool, restaurant, and pub. Ideally placed for the Garden Route’s glorious coastline and lush forests, Belvidere is a good mid-price option for travellers seeking tranquillity and relaxation.
Framed by the stunning Outeniqua mountains and the Cape’s distinctive heathlands or ‘fynbos’, Knysna is a nature lover’s paradise, boasting lakes, forests, and the pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean. This area is home to distinctive wildlife, including forest elephants and the endangered Brenton Blue Butterfly, whilst dolphins and seasonal humpback and southern right whales can be spotted in the ocean. The region hosts over 270 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle and the rare African Black Oyster Catcher.
The manor’s leafy gardens boast a lovely swimming pool with loungers, and fabulous views of Knysna’s lagoon. Guests are served breakfast each day on the terrace of the main manor house. The onsite restaurant, Caroline’s Bistro, offers a two or three course table d’hôte evening menu, for which booking is essential. Also onsite is The Bell, purportedly Knysna’s smallest pub, which is open daily, serving bar meals, locally brewed beers, and Cape wines.
Activities available locally include hiking along beautiful forest trails, horse riding, mountain biking, golf, fishing, and canoeing. Thrill seekers can experience scuba diving, paragliding and water-skiing, whilst nearby Buffalo Bay is a haven for surfers. Knysna offers numerous shopping and eating opportunities, with restaurants offering traditional South African, European, and oriental cuisine. Seafood fans should visit in July, when the town holds its annual Oyster Festival.
Accommodation comprises 28 Cape style cottages, with one, two, or three bedrooms. Each cottage boasts ensuite bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen, and a lounge with fireplace. All units have overhead fans, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and telephone. Outside is a private veranda with either garden or lagoon views.
Garden Classic cottages are single storey and sleep four guests in a double and twin bedrooms. Some units have a third bedroom to accommodate six guests.
Garden Deluxe cottages are two storey with an upstairs balcony, and sleep four guests in a double and a twin bedroom. Several larger cottages have a third bedroom and accommodate up to six guests.
Lagoon Classic cottages are single storey and sleep two guests in one double bedroom, with superb views of the lagoon.
Lagoon Deluxe cottages are single storey cottages with two double bedrooms, and wonderful lagoon views.
Children are extremely welcome, and there is a discount for guests under 12 years. The Garden Classic and Garden Deluxe cottages are a great option for families. A babysitting service can be arranged.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019