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Taliesin

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Overview
6 bedrooms
7 bathrooms
12 guests
Minimum stay varies 
The minimum stay for this property changes depending on the dates selected
Villa
Taliesin sleeps twelve adults in luxury. It has many decks to relax and take in the stunning views. Heaven for the bird watcher as it is steps from the bird reserve. Feeling energetic you can swim in the heated 10m pool or the safe waterways. As it is steps from the beach you could swim there. A daily house keeper looks after the house and you so this is a real holiday for all! It has been designed to make the most of the Knysna light and breezes with many windows and high full hieght ceilings. The area is stunning and there are many things and places to explore.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
Bedrooms
3 Doubles6 Singles1 Cot
Bathrooms
2 Full baths5 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Sue R
Hosting since May 2007
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a day

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Reviews (10)
Daniela M
Daniela M
Düsseldorf, Germany78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Traumhaus auf Thesen Island
Die Villa liegt auf der Pivatinsel Thesen Island und somit muss man sich um die Sicherheit keine großen Gedanken machen. Das Haus grenzt direkt an die Lagune und bietet herrliche Ausblicke aus allen Etagen. Überall gibt es kuschelige Ecken und Plätzchen zu verweilen, zumal sich die Verandha um das ganze Haus zieht. Der Eingangsbereich ist sehr großzügig und das ganze Haus ist geschmackvoll und hübsch eingerichtet. Ein Traum, von dem wir uns nur ungern verabschiedet haben.
Visited October 2019
Written 12 November 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Christo C
Christo C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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Was very nice and played lots of table tennis. Safe 5 star accommodation. Would recommend it to anyone!
Visited May 2017
Written 18 May 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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Hi. I am very pleased that you enjoyed the table tennis table. Thank you for a great review. It is much appreciated that you took time out to write it. Kind regards Sue
Written 20 May 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Maik S
Maik S
Seoul, South Korea6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
House which has it all
The house has definitely the wow-factor: Modern, spacious, plenty of entertainment areas such as the TV/Audio room, the ping-pong room and several seating areas where one can sit comfortably and relaxed and by choosing the seating are, one can always find a quiet moment, even in presence of a big group. We loved the space, the big but cozy table at the kitchen area where up to 12 persons can sit comfortably, the open yard, the spacious bed- and bath rooms. etc. Communication with Sue is easy, timely and reliable. She helped me out when tripadvisor suddenly cancelled my stay.
Visited October 2016 Travelled with family
Written 9 November 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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Thank you for your lovely review. It is good to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Taliesin enough to tell others about it.
Written 10 November 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jjj0hanb0thaec
jjj0hanb0thaec
East London, South Africa5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A piece of paradise
What a great location and view. Amazing. Private. Tranquil. Appointed very well. Luxurious. Spacious. So much more than we expected. Well priced
Visited July 2014
Written 27 September 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Estelle_C1
Estelle_C1
Paarl, South Africa61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Delightful home on Thesen Island
Our extended family of 10 people, ranging in age from 87 years to a year, had a wonderful week at Taliesin. The room downstairs was great for the grandparents, and the flatlet with 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom upstairs worked well for the family with the 1-year-old, including a little kitchen with a microwave to warm his milk early morning. In addition to these 3 bedrooms there are a further 3 en-suite bedrooms. Initially we were a bit nervous about the staircase without a rail, but were able to prevent the 1-yr-old from getting there quite easily by moving the furniture around. An added bonus was the television in a room on its own where it could not disturb the rest of the family. We enjoyed the walks on the island and there are so many attractions in the area that the holiday was over before we knew it.
Visited July 2015 Travelled with family
Written 29 August 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Blarney8
Blarney8
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An amazing house in a spectacular setting
Taliesin is an amazing house in an spectacular setting. This house has it all and more!! We were a family group of 9 (age range from 11 to 83 )and this spacious house offered us all the amenities and comfort you could wish for. It is a wonderful destination for a holiday and we wished we could have stayed longer than our 5 days. In addition to offering uninterrupted views to the Heads, it is centrally situated within walking distance to all that Knysna has to offer, that is if you can tear yourself away from beautiful Thesen Island!
Visited April 2015 Travelled with family
Written 23 July 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

729Jules007
729Jules007
Canterbury, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Best holiday ever
Taliesin was the perfect venue for our large group. Space and views abound! Attentive manager made sure our arrival was easy and Joanna, the house keeper took care of us. It is quiet and private but still an easy walk to the restaurants and shops. The island is a great place to stay. This was the most amazing holiday.
Visited January 2013 Travelled with friends
Written 24 August 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Anlia K
Anlia K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An absolute must stay, breathtaking views from a perfect location
We spent 4 days with friends and our kids at Taliesen on Thesen during the Knysna Oyster Festival. The house is beautiful with loads of space, large entertainment areas and stunning views. Our children were cycling around the estate and enjoying the lagoon whilst we were enjoying sundowners on the veranda overlooking the lagoon. We can't wait to be back.
Visited July 2013 Travelled with friends
Written 12 July 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Trevor W
Trevor W
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Magnificant House
Thank you for an unforgettable holiday experience at Taliesin. I am certain the family will treasure it for a long time. This house was perfect for our large family. From the reception at the security gate to the daily housekeeping service was excellent. Taliesin was perfectly situated for all our holiday requirements. A short drive daily took us to all the tourist hotspots in the Knysna region.
Visited June 2012 Travelled with family
Written 12 August 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sibylle L
Sibylle L
Lubeck, Germany66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Most wonderful house in Knysna
A perfect stay: friendly welcome, house is in a very quiet location, but near enough to shops and restaurants. Its very stylish decorated and offers so many lounges inside and outside. The maid is very kind. A big table accommodates up to twelve guests.The views from all rooms and decks are so beautiful. The garage offers space for two cars. Internet connection is fast and easy to handle. We'd love to come back.
Visited October 2011 Travelled with friends
Written 14 October 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Golf course (within 15 min walk)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Property features
  • Staff on property
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Private outdoor pool (heated)
  • Private yard
  • Shared tennis court
  • Terrace
Scenic views
  • Ocean views
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster

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Map
Getting there
Plettenberg Airport
25.9 km

George Airport
58.9 km
Restaurants
Freshline Fisheries
15 min

Sirocco
6 min

île de païn
7 min

Tapas and Oysters
6 min
Attractions
The Motorcycle Room
6 minSpeciality Museums

The Water Club
5 minBiking Trails

Goldsmiths Knysna
7 minSpeciality & Gift Shops

Fogging Amazing Knysna
3 minSpeciality & Gift Shops
About the neighbourhood
In and around Knysna one will find a selection of fine restaurants, seafood taverns, pubs, coffee shops and eateries, to match your mood or budget. For the shopper, there are interesting shops tucked away around every corner, authentic African traders and for the person with a passion for history, well, Knysna will intrigue you...
Access
Car advised
How to get there
If you are visiting from abroad there are many flights from major international cities to either Johanesburg or Cape Town. Catch one of the many connecting domestic flights to George. George Airport is under an hours drive from Knysna. Spectacular views on the way. Alternatively you could drive from Cape Town. This will take you a morning or afternoon. It is a pleasant route through beautiful country side.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Golf course (within 15 min walk)Horse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
The rate includes my housekeeper on weekdays from 8.30 till 14.30. The rates give a general idea of prices but they are adjustable for varying groups. There are special rates for rentals longer than two weeks so please enquire. Also there are specials for late bookings. Please note the rates may change at the discretion of the owner.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Taliesin

Taliesin is able to accommodate up to 12 guests. See all property details.

Taliesin has 7 bathrooms available. See all property details.

Taliesin has 6 bedrooms available. See all property details.

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