About Belvidere Manor
In the hamlet of Belvidere, close to Knysna overlooking the lagoon, lies the old manor house, Belvidere House, built by the founder of Belvidere, Thomas Duthie in 1849. This Georgian house is now the reception of Belvidere Manor Hotel, a beautiful property offering the traveler a relaxed and tranquil holiday.
Guests are accommodated in individual whitewashed cottages situated in park-like gardens with stunning views overlooking Knysna’s lagoon. Each single or two storey cottage offers a wide airy veranda, a spacious living room with comfortable sofas, fireplace, satellite television and DVD player, a fully equipped kitchen and a choice of one, two or three en-suite double bedrooms.
Begin the day with breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sparkling lagoon. Relax poolside, take a walk and explore the lagoon or play one of the internationally acclaimed local golf courses. We offer preferred rates at both Pezula and Simola courses. In the evening, dine at Caroline’s bistro, named after the first mistress of Belvidere, where a table d’hôte menu is offered each evening in the gracious dining-rooms or on the verandah.
Enjoying fine cuisine and wine on a summer's evening, whilst the moon rises over the lagoon is one of the most romantic settings in the country. Guests can enjoy freshly cooked dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and seafood, venison and ostrich feature on the menu. The small drawing-room once served as the Post Office for the area, and copies of mail with the Belvidere stamp may be seen on the walls.
Belvidere Manor is popular not only for its relaxed and tranquil atmosphere but for its feeling of home away from home. Guests enjoy the privacy of their own cottage, but with the advantages of personal service and superb cuisine. A sparkling swimming pool, tennis courts and boat trips may add to the fun, but a good book, log fire and a glass of wine is often all that is required.
The Duthie Room hosts our executive conference facility and is suitable for small intimate 'think tanks' and brainstorming sessions, to larger meetings for up to 50 delegates. Day and overnight packages are available, and team building and themed functions can be tailor made to suit clients’ requirements.
The Duthie Room is 8,4m long, 5,4m wide and 2,4m high and can comfortably seat 20 delegates school-room style, and up to 50 delegates cinema style.
• Maximum capacity: 50
• Standard equipment: stationery; water, flip chart, whiteboard, screen, overhead projector
• On request: data projector; audio equipment (extra charge)
Belvidere Manor also offers a delightful garden wedding venue with a gazebo overlooking the lagoon, and various reception options for up to 80 guests. Packages are tailor-made and personally handled.
A favourite meeting place for guests and locals alike is The Bell Tavern, Knysna's smallest pub. Serving light meals throughout the day, this cosy tavern features indigenous wood and a wine cellar viewed through a glass panel in the floor. Recently voted a Garden Route ‘Culinary Legend’ The Bell offers locally brewed Mitchells beer, and a wide variety of South African wines and spirits.
Knysna is situated in the heart of the Garden Route, and a visit would not be complete without a visit to the Knysna Heads, the soaring sandstone cliffs protecting the entrance to the lagoon, or a trip on the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. The Knysna Quays waterfront and Thesen Island offers a wide selection of shops and restaurants, and the town hosts many galleries and museums.
For the nature lover the Knysna Forest surrounding the town is one of the country’s largest tracts of indigenous forest with spectacular and challenging hiking and mountain bike trails, whilst the coast offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Belvidere Manor – exclusive living in a part of Africa that has no equal.