Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Waterfront holiday home on Thesen Islands, a private estate minutes from the centre of Knysna. Great walks, biking, beaches, tennis & squash on the Islands. 2 golf courses minutes away.
This holiday home is designed for easy, indoor/outdoor living with a large veranda, with built in BBQ, overlooking the swimming pool, bird reserve and parkland.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Thesen Islands 400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: George 70 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
On the ground floor is the open plan living/kitchen areas as well as the master bedroom with bathroom en suite. Upstairs are 2 more bedrooms, sharing a bathroom and another sitting area.
A bunkroom with a double bunk bed and shower is available for larger groups. A self contained flat with a separate bedroom with double bed is also available.
|Further details outdoors|
All the facilities of Thesen Islands are available for you including a Tennis Court, Squash Court and Kiddie's Play Area.
The Western Cape region
The Western Cape is popular with tourists, both local and overseas. The coastal areas, primarily the Garden Route, which runs along the south coast from Hermanus to the Keurboom River, is a "must see" for visitors.
Knysna is located in the middle of the Garden Route.
Knysna's rich and colourful history spans the days of sailing ships, timber extraction and even a brief period of gold discovery.
The vast, indigenous forests just outside Knysna became an invaluable source of timber for buildings, ships and wagons from the mid- 1700's onwards, and provided the historical background around which Knysna was built.
Today, the forests are protected and the lagoon, which provides a safe, sheltered harbour, has become the focal point of activity for both locals and visitors.
Arnt Leonard Thesen and his family left Stanger in Norway in 1868 in search of a new home. In 1870, they settled in Knysna and soon became an integral part of the burgeoning village, setting up the first trading store and counting house. They also dealt in timber and, in 1904, Charles Wilhelm Thesen bought Paarden Island which had been part of the Melkhoutkraal Estate of George Rex - the founder of Knysna. The Thesens began processing timber on the island in 1922 and the island soon became known as Thesen Island. In 2000, the Thesen Islands redevelopment of 19 islands began. It is now complete, with last houses to be finished within the next 2 years.
Knysna has lots of shops which provide for all a shopper's needs. There are supermarkets, boutiques, restaurants, coffee bars, pharmacies and a host of specialised shops.
The diner has a wonderful choice of restaurants, dining in elegant surroundings by candlelight or looking out over the Knysna Lagoon. There are also intimate bistros or the opportunity to eat "al fresco", a popular activity due to Knysna's gentle climate and warm evenings. A host of coffee bars and pubs offer good wholesome "pub-grub" or South African fare as well as our locally brewed beer.
Oysters are cultivated in the Knysna Lagoon and served in all the local restaurants. There are other restaurants and cafes in Thesen Harbour Town amongst them are "34 Tapas & Oysters", "Sirocco", Jamie Blue as well as the very popular, award winning "ile de pain", a bakery and coffee shop serving breakfast and lunch.
Galleries / Arts & Crafts
As a result of a relaxed lifestyle, Knysna has, over the years, attracted a wide variety of artists, creating an artists' paradise. There are numerous galleries where one can enjoy the local arts and crafts and appreciate the talent and work that is produced here.
Knysna has a gentle climate with an average annual rainfall of 920mm, spread throughout the year, with 75% falling at night. Summer daytime temperatures average 26 degrees. Winter temperatures average 21 degrees during the day, and seldom fall below 6 degrees at night.
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