Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Located on the award winning Thesen Island development, this 4 star villa has three en suite bedrooms. Large open plan lounge, dining-room and kitchen and a lovely al fresco dining and entertainment area with barbecue. Gantry House has its own private jetty from where you can explore the canals or fish. It has satelite dish reception, wifi and fully equipped with all the mod-cons make for an easy self-catering holiday.
Thesen Island offers a variety of shops, coffee shops and restaurants for you to explore. For the active members of the family there are tennis and squash courts, cycling routes and beautiful walking paths on the island with 11 acres of natural parkland boasting an abundance of bird life. It has its own private beaches as well as slipways for the launching of boats, and waterways to explore.
The villa is conveniently located for exploring Knysna by foot and the rest of the Garden Route. It is an excellent base for a golfing holiday with Pezula and Simola minutes away and Fancourt in George a little over an hour away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: George 65 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
All the of the bedrooms and the lounge have ceiling fans.
|Further details outdoors|
The house has a private jetty from which you can explore the island's waterways. You may also use this to moor your own boat.
The Western Cape region
THE WESTERN CAPE
The Western Cape is popular with both local and overseas tourists. 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.
Known as the most beautiful garden route in all the world, this area stretches along the southern coast of Africa and includes the towns of Swellendam, Riversdal, Stilbaai, Mosselbay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and then slightly north of George the quiet town of Oudtshoorn where a large part of the local industry is Ostrich farming.
The Garden Route is decorated with action packed mountain ranges, blue warm waters, green ancient forests and the ambience of the French Riviera.
Ancient Yellowwood trees towering above the thick greenbelt of rain forest and jagged rocky coastlines mark the eastern part of the Garden Route near Knysna and Plettenberg bay.
The beautiful Knysna estuary provides for fishermen, boat cruises, birdwatchers and the like. Arguably the most beautiful stretch of coastline in the world, you will not leave disappointed.
Bungi at Bloukrans, the highest bungee jump in the world at 216 metres or walk the Otter Trail for 5 days along the beautiful forested coastline. No shortage of beautiful beaches either, with Plettenberg Bay, Robberg and Lookout beaches, Keurboomsstrand, Buffels Bay near Knysna, Wilderness, Stilbaai and many more.
The town of Knysna started in 1804 when sir George Rex arrived in the area. He bought the Melkhoudkraai estate on the shores of the Knysna lagoon and moved his whole family out to the estate where they settled. It was believed that he was the illegitimate son of king George the 3rd.
Knysna's official founding date was 1825. In 1851, Knysna was declared a magistrate, and later on in 1881, it was declared a town.
Today, Knysna is one of the Garden Route's best known travel destinations. Situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful estuary it offers many activities and attractions to a wide variety of people.
The Knysna area consists out of Knysna, Sedgefield, Brenton, Noetzie, Rheenendal, Belvidere and Buffalo Bay. The area is one of the most scenic in the world and offers beaches, lakes and lush forests to play in.
After being South Africa's favourite town of the year for a few years in a row, it has now received international recognition for the gem it is - it was named as one of the Top 100 Destinations in the World and one of the Top 25 in Africa by the Trip Advisor, 2008 Travellers' Choice Destinations Awards.
With a rich history, gourmet restaurants and a variety of art & craft rambles to add, this is also the ideal base for exploring the rest of the Garden Route.
Knysna has been selected by France and Denmark as their base camp for the 2010 soccer world cup.
Thesen Islands is a multi-award winning marina development within the Knysna estuary on the renowned "Garden Route" of South Africa. The marina is spread over 90ha and consists of 19 man-made islands surrounded by 25ha of tidal waterways and linked by 21 arched bridges.
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.
For more information about Knysna go to http://www.visitknysna.co.za/
34 Degrees South - Knysna Waterfront
Ille de Pain - Thesen Harbour Town
Firefly - www.fireflyeatinghouse.co.za
Pembreys, Brenton Road Belvidere +27 44 386 0005
Sirocco - www.sirocco.co.za
Blackwaters Mashie Golf Course Tel : +27 44 383 0105
Fancourt Country Club Estate, George, http://www.fancourt.co.za
Knysna Golf Course www.knysnagolfclub.com/
Pezula Championship Golf Course & Club Tel : +27 44 302 5307 http://www.pezula.com/golf/index.html
Simola Country Club, Hotel & Spa Tel : +27 44 302 9677 http://www.simolaestate.co.za
Bungee @ Gourits (the highest in the world): www.faceadrenalin.com
Coastal Paragliding: www.saparaglidingadventures.co.za or www.coastalparagliding.co.za
Lightley's Canoe Hire & Houseboat Day Hire Phantom Pass Road Tel : +27 44 386 0007
Sea kayaking, boat based whale watching and dolphin encounters: ocean blue
Kloofing, Kite school, surf school, hikes, canoe trips or MTB - http://www.jaminadventures.com (Plettenberg Bay)
Mountain biking: http://www.knysnacycles.co.za or http://www.gardenroute.co.za/plett/obt/main.htm
Knysna Charters: 31 Saffron Lane, Thesen Harbour Town Tel : +27 21 7854535 or Spring Tide Charters At 34' South
Tait Marine: http://www.taitmarine.com/
Knysna Forest Tours: Remembrance Ave Tel : 044 382 6130
Treetops Tour : www.teniquatreetops.co.za or www.treetoptour.com
Birds Of Africa Tel : +27 21 979 5644
Goukamma Nature Reserve Tel : +27 21 859 2880
Knysna Elephant Park: Between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay www.elephantsanctuary.co.za Tel : +27 44 532 7732
Knysna Museum 40 Main Street Tel : +27 28 5141138
Mitchell's Knysna Brewery Industria Tel : +27 23 5411 274
Pezula Spa & Gym Lagoonview Drive Tel: +27 22 7141177
Le Spa Tranquille Thesen Harbour Town Tel: +27 44 302 5727
Simola Country Club, Hotel & Spa Tel: +27 44 302 9677
February - Garden Route 300
March - Kingfisher MTB Enduro Race, Knysna Literary Festival, Sedgefield Slow Festival
April - Pink Loerie Mardi Gras, Knysna Literary Festival, Slow Festival (Sedgefield) , Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (Oudshoorn)
May - Knysna Speed Festival
July- Oyster Festival, Knysna Cycle Tour, Rastafarian Earth Festival, Knysna Forest Marathon, Wedge Classic (Plettenberg Bay)
September - Gastronomica
October - Naturally Knysna Festival
November - Christmas Concepts
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