You will feel at home the moment you step into the lush, green courtyard with pool of this private family home. Three en suite bedrooms and a guest suite, all with comfortable, high quality beds for a good night's sleep, accommodates eight guests with under floor heating and Premium DSTV throughout the bedrooms, and surround sound throughout the house. Heated towel rails and shaver points are standard in the bathrooms and towels and linen are provided.
A private king en suite with shower opens onto the pool and leads off of the open plan dining room and lounge with guest water closet. A convenient bar counter in the dining area doubles as a serving counter and this open space also features under floor heating.
A large internal entertainment area connects the more formal lounge with the very comfortable family room, and leads onto the massive deck overlooking the waterways. This covered deck, with transparent roller blinds, is the ideal venue for entertaining friends or spending quality time with the entire family. With a gas braai, kettle braai, Jacuzzi and large gazebo, the deck is sure to be the most lived in space during summer! The floating jetty also ensures that easy access for boats during any tide and guests have use of the canoes provided. A discreet, warm water outside shower allows for quick rinse-offs before relaxing in the Jacuzzi, jumping in the pool or enjoying the facilities inside.
While it remains as sophisticated as the rest of the house, the family room exudes comfort and a sense of being home and offers a television with a PVR decoder streaming the Premium DSTV package, DVD player and air conditioner. The open plan, full kitchen overlooks this den and features filtered drinking water, a refrigerator with ice and water on demand, a gas hob with electric oven and a microwave oven, while the separate scullery/laundry offers a dishwasher, a washing machine and clothes dryer. The scullery/laundry opens onto a private courtyard, perfect for locking the family's bicycles and other toys away!
An easy staircase leads to a study nook and wireless connectivity to the Internet is available. A guest suite with queen sized bed and two king bedrooms, all en suite with private balconies complete the upper level. The king beds in the downstairs bedroom and upstairs guest suite may be split to provide two twin beds each.
The Beach House offers the best of both worlds: being on holiday while feeling at home; but it offers more as it combines the height of luxury with the exclusivity of Thesen Islands.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Knysna has long been known as the jewel of the South Africa's Garden Route, and was chosen as Conde Nast Travel readers' second favourite city in Africa at the end of 2012. The temperate climate, awe-inspiring natural beauty of the surrounding areas and the friendly people have crept into the hearts of travellers the world over, making Knysna the destination of choice for local and international visitors.
If you're planning on exploring the rest of the Garden Route and Klein Karoo, Knysna proves to be the perfect base from which to do so as it is centrally located and within easy driving distance of all the main attractions of the region – as well as the lesser known, undiscovered gems off the beaten track. A daytrip could see you riding an ostrich, clambering through caves, staring a crocodile in the face, diving with great white sharks or jumping the world's highest bungee.
A little closer to home you can meet our gentle giants, the Knysna elephants, walk with big cats, catch up with long lost family members and other primates and stand amazed at the colours of exotic, tropical birds.
That's if you find the time and inclination to leave our natural playground... ancient indigenous forests, acres of Cape fynbos, miles of uninterrupted beaches and the azure waters of the Knysna estuary provide the perfect settings for a mind blowing array of family oriented, adventure and adrenalin activities to enjoy.
Explore South Africa's first official goldfield at the Millwood mines while keeping a lookout for the elusive forest elephants. Tee off on one of a variety of world renowned golf courses or enjoy a day at an award winning spa. Shoot through the Knysna Heads on a whale watching trip, or watch the sunset with a glass of bubbly and a couple of oysters from the deck of a luxury yacht on the estuary. Shop a la provence at a number of farmers' and craft markets or visit our world class shops. Discover the largest sub-Saharan Rastafari community at Judah's Square or meet your crew at a coffee shop in town. Enjoy some local cooking during a community experience with a difference, or sample gourmet fare from our exclusive restaurants. Take advantage of the fishing or take a dive to a shipwreck. Hunt a sighting of the elusive Knysna Loerie or simply enjoy a sunrise stroll along an unspoilt beach.
Reach Knysna by flying into George and renting a car for the beautiful 50km drive from the airport to Knysna. The town is conveniently situated along the N2 between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (approximately 500km east of Cape Town and approximately 270km west of Port Elizabeth) and is within easy self-drive distances from these and other major centres.
Find your perfect holiday destination in Knysna – and find your perfect holiday accommodation with Knysna Luxury Accommodation on Thesen Islands.
South Africa's Garden Route is world renowned for its natural beauty and exotic holiday destinations. Knysna is widely regarded as the unofficial capital of this pristine region and Thesen Islands, resting in the sparkling waters of the Knysna estuary, is amongst the most exclusive of luxury destinations.
Here you will find your home away from home in The Beach House or Edgewater Cottage, two well appointed, luxuriously private family homes.
Both of our properties offer direct access to the network of waterways, as each comes equipped with its own floating jetty which is easily accessible regardless of the tide. Linked by bridges and tree-lined avenues, Thesen Islands are connected to Thesen Harbour Town and, beyond that, the town of Knysna via a single road, with only residents and their guests gaining access to the island through the boom at the 24 hour security entrance – offering you the luxury of peace of mind.
Thesen Harbour Town, with its exclusive restaurants and shopping, is within easy walking distance of both The Beach House and Edgewater Cottage, while the excitement and attractions of the Knysna Waterfront and Knysna town lies a mere twenty minute walk away.
Thesen Islands itself offers enough to keep you entertained: be amazed at the labyrinth, join the kids at the play park, spot elusive species from the bird hide, stock up at the orchard and enjoy a picnic in the park, get active on the squash- and tennis courts, practice your putting on the 18 hole putting course, paddle through the waterways on the complimentary canoes, fish from your private deck or just sit back and relax...
And you don't have to worry about the kids - with the extra wide sidewalks and vehicular speed on the islands limited to 30kph, they're more than safe on their skateboards, rollerblades and bicycles.