Step out of your front door onto the beach, constantly changing with the ebb and flow of the tides rolling through the majestic Knysna Heads


2022-03-16


About Us

Our villa offers generous hospitality from your Italian speaking hostess.

The many nearby restaurants provide a varied choice of fine cuisine.

With its close proximity to adventure and leisure activities, our villa is ideally located for those wanting to explore all that the beautiful Garden Route has on offer from fishing to hiking, mountain biking, golfing, game drives, forest walks, surfing and swimming…

Our luxurious villa is at the heart of your stay.

Accommodation

Our Accommodation options include: Double En-Suite Rooms, Garden Rooms, or the Entire guest house.

Our Double en-suite option consists of:

  • 3 Rooms:  Luce,  Acqua,  & Sogno.
  • Rates are per room.
  • Communal area and lagoon facing balcony
  • Tea, coffee, milk and rusks available

Our Paradiso Option consists of:

  • Rates are for all 3 rooms upstairs.
  • Private accommodation for 6 Pax.
  • Includes, guest lounge, kitchenette and lagoon facing balcony
Paradiso consists of 3x Double Rooms En-suite, all opening out onto balconies.

Rooms are exquisitely furnished in white.

The rooms lead into a lounge, dining area & small kitchenette, and this opens out onto a large, lagoon facing, balcony.

A Studio in the courtyard of our villa.

  • Self catering for two in courtyard. (Double bed)
  • Too cute and cosy, tastefully decorated
  • Double bed, & fully equipped kitchen
  • HD flat screen TV, and DSTV
  • Separate bathroom consisting of a large shower, toilet and basin
  • Minimum stay of 4 days

Our Fontana option consists of:

  • Room only in garden
  • Max Occupancy: 2
  • Max Adults: 2
  • Child Policy

Fontana sleeps 2 people in a King / Twin beds, with bathroom En-suite.

Fontana is on the ground floor opening out onto a pretty garden with a fountain.

Our entire villa's otion consists of:

  • Rate is for entire home
  • 5x Rooms En-suite
  • Max Occupancy: 10
  • Max Adults: 10
  • Minimum 7 days
  • Minimum of 14 days in peak season
  • Child Policy

Our villa is situated on the water's edge of Leisure Isle.

The villa consists of 5x Bedrooms En-suite. All exquisitely furnished in white. Bedrooms open out onto balconies. The public areas consist of Lounge, Dining Room, TV Room & Kitchen. Fully serviced.

Knysna

Knysna: probably from a Khoisan word meaning "place of wood" or roughly "fern leaves") is a town with 85,708 inhabitants as of 2019 in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. It lies 34 degrees south of the equator, and is 55 kilometres east from the city of George on the N2 highway, and 33 kilometres west of the town of Plettenberg Bay on the same road.

History

Little is known about the indigenous inhabitants of Knysna, the Khoikhoi. The area east of present-day George was separated by high mountains and deep gorges, making it virtually inaccessible to European travellers.

European settlement

The SS Agnar tows an unknown sailing ship into Knysna Harbour in 1910.

Nevertheless, the first Europeans arrived in the area in 1760, and the farm Melkhoutkraal (literally translating from Afrikaans as 'milk wood kraal’) was established on the eastern shore of the Knysna Lagoon. Stephanus Terblans, the first European farmer to settle in the area, was given a loan permit to farm here in 1770.

Upon moving to Knysna George Rex, a British-born entrepreneur credited as being the founder of Knysna, acquired the loan rights to Melkhoutkraal in 1804 and later, in 1816, to the farm Welbedacht, which he renamed Eastford. He gave 80 acres (32 ha) of Eastford to the Colonial Government, on which the Royal Navy established the township of Melville. Rex’s properties were sold when he died in 1839.

In April 1817, the transport brig Emu, belonging to the Cape Town Dockyard, was the first European vessel to enter the Knysna heads. She struck a rock, now known as Emu Rock, and was holed. Her crew ran Emu ashore to prevent her sinking. In late April HMS Podagus arrived to render assistance. After surveying the area, Podargus sailed safely into the Knysna and retrieved Emu's cargo.

The next major settler in Knysna was Captain Thomas Henry Duthie, who married Caroline, George Rex’s daughter, and bought a portion of the Uitzigt farm from his father-in-law which Rex had named Belvidere. The construction of a small Norman-style church was commissioned by Duthie on his property, and was consecrated in 1855. The settlement’s population grew slowly, and Englishmen such as Henry Barrington and Lt. Col. John Sutherland, who established the settlement of Newhaven on a portion of purchased land, settled in the area. At the time, Knysna was a field cornetcy of Plettenberg Bay within the Magisterial Division of George. In 1858, Knysna became a separate Magisterial Division, new stores and accommodation facilities were opened, and Knysna became the new commercial centre of the region.

On their way to New Zealand, the Thesen family who were travelling from Norway fancied the little hamlet of Knysna so much that they decided to stay, bringing with them their knowledge of commerce and sailing. Soon, timber was being exported to the Cape from the vast areas of forest surrounding Knysna, and a steam sawmill and small shipyard were established. Later, these were relocated to Paarden Island, later known as Thesen's Island.

Millwood Gold Rush

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Millwood House Museum.

In 1878, an important discovery was made in the area. A gold nugget was found in the Karatara River, near Ruigtevlei. Soon fortune hunters from all over the world arrived at the Millwood Forest in search of gold, and Millwood grew into a bustling town. Millwood was declared a goldfield, the first in South Africa. However, soon not enough gold was being recovered to sustain a growing town, and the mining industry in the area collapsed. Some miners relocated to Knysna, bringing their little homes with them. One of the houses, known as 'Millwood House', now functions as a museum.

Amalgamation and timber industry

By 1880 over 1000 people had settled in Knysna. In 1882, the settlements of Newhaven, Melville and the "wedge" of land between the two villages were amalgamated to form the municipality of 'The Knysna', named after the Knysna River.

Knysna's timber industry peaked when George Parkes arrived from Britain and saw the opportunity to use the hardwoods of the Knysna Forest for export to elsewhere in the country, and even overseas. He established the Knysna Forest Company, later renamed Geo. Parkes and Sons Ltd., which is still trading to this day.

2017 Knysna fire

On June 7, 2017, fueled by strong winds from a severe storm - the Cape Storm of 2017 - coming in from the west, a fire swept through the town and surrounding areas. Killing 9 as a direct result of the fires and another 2 indirectly and displacing around 10,000 people from all walks of life. One Forensic Investigator believes the fire was caused by arson.

Geography

Knysna Heads
Knysna Estuary

The town is primarily built on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary, known as the Knysna Lagoon, which is fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands. These are popularly known as "The Heads", and have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. The Paquita, a German vessel, sank on the eastern side of the Knysna Heads in 1903. Near them are geological formations, known locally as "The Map Stones." To the north of Knysna, Afro-Montane or temperate rainforest covers the hilly terrain for 20 km until changing to fynbos or macchia high in the Outeniqua Mountains. The eastern head is heavily developed, while the western head is a private nature reserve, formerly owned by teacher and television presenter William Smith. which he inherited from his father, famed ichthyologist J.L.B. Smith.

Tourism

Knysna town as viewed from Knysna Quays (waterfront)

Cruise ship.

The town is a popular destination for both tourists and senior citizens entering retirement, especially among the British and former expatriates due to the year-round warm climate. Recently, the town has also become a preferred destination among golfers, as the town boasts several world-class golf courses, including Pezula Golf Course, Simola Golf Course and the well established Knysna Golf Course situated on the lagoon. It is near the towns of Plettenberg Bay and George, where there are airports. Knysna is also home to Mitchell's Brewery although the company no longer brews beers in the town. The forest, rivers, estuary, and ocean surrounding the town are dotted with hiking trails and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Hikers, runners, kayakers, swimmers, and fishermen are known to be particularly fond of Knysna.

Annual events

Knysna hosts a variety of annual events, which draw local and international visitors alike. Such events include the Knysna Oyster Festival in late June and/or early July; the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras at the end of April and/or beginning of May; the Knysna Speed Festival takes place in the first week of May, the highlight of the week being the Simola Hillclimb, currently sponsored by Jaguar South Africa. The Rastafarian Earth Festival takes place at the end of July, celebrating Rastafarian religion, culture and lifestyle. 





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Name: The Human Factor
Phone: +27 (0) 21 855 0718
Email: support@thehumanfactor.co.za

Hospitality Recruitment:

  • The Human Factor – Hospitality Recruitment provides a professional search and recruitment service that supports candidates and clients within the hospitality industry. It was born from the realisation that talent sourcing required a service that considers the sincere needs of both the employers and the candidates, and matches up people who are passionate about the same things.
  • Operating from Cape Town, we work on both a National and International basis. We take the values of both our clients and candidates into account. It is our aim to build a relationship with our clients and get to know as much as we can about their business so that we can pro-actively market outstanding candidates.

 We supply:

  • General Managers, Hotel/Lodge Managers, Field Guides, Management Couples, Project Managers,   Executive Housekeepers, Food & Beverage Managers, Chefs, Financial Managers, Operations Managers, Front of House Staff, Catering Managers.

We focus on servicing:

  • Luxury Game Lodges, Restaurant Groups, Catering Companies, Boutique Hotels, Independent Restaurants, Hotel Groups.

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Name: The Private Hotel School
Phone: +27 (0) 21 881 3792
Email: Susina.Jooste@privatehotelschool.co.za

Hospitality Training:

  • The Stellenbosch Private Hotel School is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa and is approved to offer vocational City and Guilds programmes.
  • As a partner school of the American Hospitality Academy - International Hospitality Management Schools(AHA-IHMS),
  • The Private Hotel School is providing leading edge training and education, aligned with the requirements of a global hospitality industry.
  • The campus is positioned in beautiful gardens and with panoramic views on the vineyards and mountains of Stellenbosch.
  • Our curriculum is driven by an experienced team of professionals who are committed to deliver quality education and training, industry collaboration and creating career opportunities for hospitality professionals. “

 


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Name: Touch Point Retail
Phone: +27 (0) 84 920 1177
Email: diane@touchpointretail.co.za

Smart Interior Design

  • Touch Point Retail is a certified partner and installer of Cover Styl’ - smart interior design.
  • Cover Styl’  is a cost-effective self-adhesive architectural film that can cover almost any surface. The range offers 471 patterns and textures in 9 categories.
  • This material can transform any living space in no time and is a cheaper quality alternative for establishments that want to do any renovations or changes.
  • Transform your lobbies, bedrooms, corridors, bathrooms, feature walls, furniture etc. with this cost-effective solution.
  • This product is new to South Africa but is used extensively in the UK and other parts of the world. Touch Point has exclusive access to this product and are excited to help you transform your establishment today!
  • The message here is to rather refurbish than replace, this product offers instant gratification as it is non-invasive and fast to install. 

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man. (UJ). M.P.R.E.)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283

Emailcliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com

Skype: cliff.jacobs

C/o Sybelstrasse 69

10629 Berlin

GERMANY

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