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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Once again returning to our favourite place to be in Knysna, at Hide Away was like coming home! Beautiful spacious room with spectacular lagoon view out to the Heads. Colleen and Cecil are more than owners and hosts, their warmth and hospitality make you feel relaxed and welcomed. They were never out of excursion tips that made our trip that much more exciting and interesting. Having done many safaris they recommended something different....we were excitied to visit the Farmers Market in Sledgefield which had 3 sections on food, art, and crafts...from entertainment to skilled craftsmanship and delicious food. A must if you r there on Saturdays!
Merci beaucoup and see you soon again Colleen and Cecil..we highly recommend Hide Away.....our home in Knysna/South Africa

Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Helen552016
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HideawayKnysna, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2016

Hello Urs & Helen

Thank you once again for staying with us. Three times - we must be doing something right!

We know that you are still here in South Africa and busy travelling around and enjoying our beautiful country so thank you for taking the time to do the review on your stay. Hopefully you will get to visit Darling on the West Coast and get to meet our well-known personality Pieter Dirk-Uys!

We are looking forward to seeing you again and wish you safe travels back to Switzerland.

Kind regards
Cecil & Colleen

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Reviewed 25 November 2016

We stayed at Hide Away in 2014 and when we planned our return trip to South Africa this was one of the first "revisit" places we booked. Prior to our visit we had some communication and Colleen and Cecil made us feel they were pleased we were returning. On arrival we were met with warm smiles; teas and a run down on the recommended local resurants. Colleen was helpful as ever to book the resturant for us. What is also great is that Colleen and Cecil are familiar with the resturants. The resturants we visited over our 3 nights were all very popular with the locals.
We again booked a room overlooking the lagoon and Knysna Heads. The views are superb and I would certainly recommend this option.
Breakfast was lovely and we just felt nothing was too much trouble. Colleen and Cecil work hard to ensure that their guests feel at home.
Would recommend and would definitely return. If/When they get the steam train running again the views again will be superb. Thank you Colleen & Cecil.

Room Tip: Choose a room with views overlooking the Lagoon you will not be disapponted.
  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Alison C
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HideawayKnysna, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2016

Hello Alison & Ian

Thank you so much for taking the time to do the review on your second stay with us at Hide Away Guest House.

We are always pleased when we have returning guests, especially International guests, as we know you just have so much choice when it comes to deciding on where to go and to stay, especially here in Knysna!

We hope to see you back in the not too distant future. As you know there is still loads of geocaching to do in the area!

Take care and kind regards.
Cecil & Colleen

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Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Myself and my wife stayed here for 3 nights during our recent visit to Knysna. We were met by our hosts upon our arrival and were given a lot of information about the guest house and surrounding area. We were then showen to our room which was great! We had a direct view of the Knysna Heads and the lagoon, and we spent much of our first evening on our balcony planning the days of our visit.

The guest house is situated just off the main road in to Knysna, and although it is noisy during the day it does quieten down in the evening and it can not be heard from the guest house at night.

The breakfast is fantastic, with the option of cereals, toast, fruit and hot cooked items. We just wish that we didn't have to order it the night before. It would have beem perfect if we could have decided what we wanted to eat on the morning itself.

Otherwise a brilliant stay and would highly recommend.

Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Scott R
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HideawayKnysna, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2016

Hello Scott

Thank you for taking the time to do a review on your stay with us at Hide Away Guest House.

We have found that once guests have decided on the town they are going to stay in whilst travelling along the garden route, they then turn to Tripadvisor for assistance in choosing the place to stay and reviews make a huge impact on their decision. Gone are the days when a star grading defined where guests stayed! Its all about what other people have experienced and say.

We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in South Africa and that it has given you an idea of what to expect when you next return!

Take care and kind regards.

Cecil & Colleen

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Reviewed 11 October 2016

Cecil and Colleen made us very welcome when we stayed for a couple of nights in October, the views from our room across the bay were fantastic. Coleen was very helpful on our arrival where she was able to make bookings for restaurants, and offered a number of alternatives for us to choose from.

The guest house is a little way out of the town/waterfront, but the taxi service was great (cost around 60SAR each ways), and you could easily walk this during the day, some restaurants also offer a pick up and drop off service, which we used once.

The beds had electric blankets (helpful on the cooler Spring nights), and a well stocked mini bar, and spacious room.

A very hearty breakfast was on offer with plenty of choice (hot and cold), which is requested the night before.

Some reviews have mentioned road noise, which i have to say I didn't notice, but you may hear this if sitting out on the veranda in the evening (but it was a bit cold for us to do that).

Colleen was also very informative on places to visits and routes to take.

We wish we could have stayed longer, perhaps next time...

Room Tip: We had room 1 which was a good size and great views of the lagoon.
  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Alistair M
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HideawayKnysna, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2016

Hi there Alistair

Thank you so much for taking the time to do the thorough review on your stay with us at the beginning of October. We do appreciate the great comments!

As we said, you have loads of reasons to come back to Knysna as there is just so much more for you to see and do and of course the great golf courses we have in the vicinity. If you need assistance with booking tee off times, let us know!

Take care and kind regards.
Cecil & Colleen

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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We choose this guest house to stay as we want to "hide away" from the city. Good choice as far as the view over the lagoon is concerned. Unfortunately the noise of the highway close by was somewhat disappointing. Service given at this guest house was very structured and organized. In some way made up for the noise if you like that. Four nights we stayed there overall good experience.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Kobus S
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KnysnaHideaway, Owner at Hide Away Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2016

Hello Kobus & Lisbe

We hope that you had a good flight back to Johannesburg!

Thank you once again for staying with us at Hide Away and for taking the time to do the review on your stay with us.

Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about the noise from the road, which fortunately does quieten down considerably during the night. Living here we have become almost oblivious to the noise - its probably like living next to a railway line where over a period of time you don't hear the trains passing by!

Maybe we will get to meet again for another wedding anniversary celebration!

Take care and kind regards.

Cecil & Colleen

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