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This beautiful Cape Colonial guesthouse is located just off the the main road of Knysna and offers stunning views of the picturesque Knysna Lagoon and the well-known Knysna Heads.

Hide-Away Guest House will be your home away from home and is only a 15-minute walk to the town centre and the bustling Knysna Waterfront.

Hide-Away Guest House is the ideal place to simply relax or from which to explore the many sights of Knysna and the scenic Garden Route. For the more energetic, a mini gym is also available on site.

Your South African hosts, Cecil and Colleen Harding, own and manage Hide-Away and will ensure that you have a memorable stay in this remarkable piece of paradise in the Western Cape.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.6 for a two-person trip.

Hide-Away Guest House has been welcoming guests since 20 Jan 2010.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.7)

Breakfast info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, American

Free parking available on-site


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Max adults: 2
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Twin/Double Room
  • 1 large double bed
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Twin Room
  • 2 single beds
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  • The staff speak English

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Hosted by Colleen and Cecil Harding

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Colleen and Cecil Harding
The original home known as Hide-Away or "Wegkruip" was built in the 1940's by the then local dentist of the town who also filled the role of Deputy Mayor of Knysna. The current building is only about 17 years old after the previous owners extended the building by adding the first floor. The home however still reflects the old Cape Colonial style. If you are looking for glitz and glamour then Hide Away is not for you. We see ourselves as being warm and cozy with lovely wooden furniture in all rooms. Bathrooms however are modern and recently upgraded.
We have owned Hide-Away Guest House for over 14 years. Prior to purchasing the B&B we lived in Dubai for five years. Having been in the airline industry for many years, we are both well travelled internationally and locally. We are passionate about South Africa in general and the Garden Route in particular and can provide our guests with lots of great information on what to do whilst they are in the area and country. We love to provide our guests advice on how best they spend their time whilst at Hide Away and will give you our personal recommendations on where to enjoy great cuisine around the town. You will not be disappointed!
Being within 20 minutes walking distance of town, Knysna Waterfront and the ever popular Thesen Island, we find that most guests tend to walk into town for dinner and catch a taxi back to the B&B. We can arrange for taxi pickups and dropoffs at any time during the time you are with us. We offer secure off-street parking for all guests and have security measures taken care of.
Languages spoken: Afrikaans,English
Property surroundings *
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What's nearby
  • Featherbed Boat Cruises
    0.6 miles
  • Pledge Nature Reserve
    0.7 miles
  • Knysna Waterfront
    0.8 miles
  • Knysna National Lake Area
    1 miles
  • Simola Golf and Country Estate
    1.9 miles
  • Simola Golf Estate
    2.2 miles
  • Knysna Forest
    2.5 miles
  • Knysna Golf Club
    3.1 miles
  • Knysna Heads
    3.4 miles
  • View Point Eastern Knysna Head
    3.4 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Cruise Cafe
    0.8 miles
  • Restaurant 34 South
    0.9 miles
  • Restaurant JJs
    0.9 miles
  • Cafe/bar The Project Bar
    1.2 miles
Top attractions
  • Pezula Golf Estate
    4 miles
  • Pezula Golf Club
    4.4 miles
  • Goukamma Nature Reserve
    5.3 miles
Natural beauty
  • Lake Knysna Lagoon
    0 miles
  • Sea/ocean Indian Ocean
    6.2 miles
Beaches in the neighbourhood
  • Bollard Bay Beach
    2.3 miles
  • Brenton Beach
    2.7 miles
  • Coney Glen Beach
    3.5 miles
  • Buffalo Bay Beach
    4.3 miles
  • Sparrebosch Beach
    4.9 miles
Closest airports
  • Plettenberg Bay Airport
    17.3 miles
  • George Airport
    37.4 miles
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Facilities of Hide-Away Guest House
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Garden view
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Tour or class about local culture Additional charge
  • Bike tours Additional charge
  • Walking tours Additional charge
  • Temporary art galleries Off-site
  • Fitness
  • Horse riding Off-site
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Canoeing Off-site
  • Windsurfing Off-site
  • Massage Additional charge
  • Golf course (within 3 km) Additional charge
  • Fitness centre
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Secured parking
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service Additional charge
  • Laundry Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Security alarm
  • Safety deposit box
  • Adult only
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Electric blankets
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Car hire
  • Fan
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
Outdoor swimming pool
Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • Adult only
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Pool/beach towels
Languages spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English
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15:00 - 19:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in


08:00 - 10:00


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Children and beds

Child policies

Children older than 12 years are welcome.

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Cot and extra bed policies

There is no capacity for cots at this property.

There is no capacity for extra beds at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

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Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 22:00 and 06:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property can only accept bookings from essential workers/permitted travellers, during dates where such guidelines exist. Reasonable evidence must be provided on arrival. If it isn't provided, your booking will be cancelled on arrival.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Spa and gym facilities at this property are unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dear Visitor, this region is currently experiencing drought conditions. Please be aware that certain properties are subject to comply with local water usage restrictions.

Please inform Hide-Away Guest House in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

FAQs about Hide-Away Guest House

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Hide-Away Guest House is 0.9 miles from the centre of Knysna.

  • Guests staying at Hide-Away Guest House can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.6).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Halal
    • American
    • À la carte

  • The following parking options are available to guests staying at Hide-Away Guest House (subject to availability):

    • Parking on site
    • Parking
    • Secured parking
    • Accessible parking
    • Free parking

  • The prices at Hide-Away Guest House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Check-in at Hide-Away Guest House is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • Hide-Away Guest House offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Fitness centre
    • Massage
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Canoeing
    • Windsurfing
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Fitness
    • Temporary art galleries
    • Horse riding
    • Bike tours
    • Walking tours
    • Tour or class about local culture

  • Room options at Hide-Away Guest House include:

    • Double
    • Twin/Double
    • Twin