Sunday, February 22, 2009

Room with a View

I was watching one of my new fave shows the other night, Around the World in 80 Gardens on HGTV, and it featured a full episode of gardens around South Africa. It got me thinking about my two wonderful trips I had there and some of the fantastic places I would love to escape to right about now.

Kanonkop House
, located in Knysna (pronounced "neyes-na") on the Western Cape, must be one of the most outstanding B+B guest houses i have ever stayed in. It is situated up on a hill overlooking the famous Knysna point lagoon and there are coastal views as far as the eye can see. The house is custom built, modern yet very warm and luxurious. I stayed in the top-level Paradise Suite (very private too) which faces the lagoon and has an enormous en-suite bathroom with a soaker tub big enough for more than 2.

Everything about this place is 5 stars and it checks all the tickboxes regarding location, style, comfort and luxury. But it's the little touches at Kanonkop House that make it stand apart - beautiful antiques and art decorate the house; organic, locally-made biscotti, soap, and candles are provided in your room to make you feel very special. Most of all, it is the owner, Chris', hospitality that lifts this experience to the top. Friendly yet discreet, he was always available to ensure we had everything we needed without being overbearing.

Paradise Suite at Kanonkop House

Pool at Kanonkop House

(All pictures courtsey of

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