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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 9.0 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.1)

Free parking available on-site

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1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
2 single beds
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Guest reviews


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  • Simon
    Germany Germany
    The hosts were very nice, they gave me a lot of information about Knysna and the area. The breakfast was amazing, one of the best I ever had in a hotel/guest house. The room was very beautiful and clean and the views were great.
  • John
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Safe location with safe on site parking. Good hosts, and good breakfast. Rooms reasonable size, well equipped and clean, nice balcony with excellent views over the bay and the heads. Appreciated the lovely pool as it was hot when we visited.
  • Suzanne
    South Africa South Africa
    Excellent location. Lagoon view. Hosts are extremely friendly and helpful (great insight into surrounding areas to see & visit). Highly recommended for spacious accommodation, views and easy access to local restaurants, golf courses, beaches &...
Quality rating rated the quality of this property as 4 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.

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 17 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

Facilities of Hide-Away Guest House
Great facilities! Review score, 9.5

Most popular facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fitness centre
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • 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
  • 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
  • Horse riding
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Windsurfing
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
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
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
  • Key access
  • Safety deposit box
  • Adult only
  • Electric blankets
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Car hire
  • Fan
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Ironing facilities
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • Adult only
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Fitness
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Massage
    Additional charge
  • Fitness centre
Languages spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English

House rules

Hide-Away Guest House takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 15:00 to 19:00

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


From 08:00 to 10:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children older than 12 years are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Mastercard Visa Diners Club American Express Cash is not accepted Hide-Away Guest House accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

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


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

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.

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.

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

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

Quiet hours are between 22:00:00 and 06:00:00.

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

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.

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).

FAQs about Hide-Away Guest House

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Room options at Hide-Away Guest House include:

    • Double
    • Twin/Double
    • Twin