This guesthouse in Knysna epitomes the funkiness for which the town is famous. It’s called Bamboo, the guesthouse. On a trip with clients, I was thrilled that they wanted to get to their fancy 5-star hotel as early as possible every afternoon. This meant I had more time to enjoy this great little place where I was staying. Not as expensive as my clients’ hotel but much more fun.
The owners are very creative and have filled the gardens with all sorts of clever things. We’re talking recycling and inventiveness here, everything seems to have been picked up at markets and junk stores and nothing is wasted – lots of inspiration for hoarders!
It rained most of the time I was there which only added to the fun of feeling as if I was in the middle of the forest and gave me an excuse to hang out in the bar where everyone was friendly and fun. I loved it and want to go back! Tip: have the pancake for breakfast, best I’ve ever tasted.
Every room has a name and this was mine. It was small but had a lovely deck with a view over part of the garden – I loved it.
It was raining, the decks were slippery, I was carrying several bags, and the twisting paths were a labyrinth around the property so I got lost several times but so did everyone else. It was part of the fun. This path leads to my room.
Luckily, I had lots of time to explore everything. The owner told me she loves shopping for junk and always comes home with masses of items. I believed her.
Loads of little treasures like this all over the place.
Not your regular hanging baskets
An unusual swimming pool
In winter the bar and dining area with their various fireplaces must be very cosy.
A beautiful mural on one of the stoeps.
Lots of mosaic items.
More pretty stuff in the garden
Only in Knysna
Nothing is thrown away
There’s a use for everything
Blog Post by: Francoise Armour