Expect charm at the prestigious Parkes Manor guesthouse in Knysna

Parkes Manor

Built in 1927 over a 1200sqm park-like garden overlooking the beautiful Knysna lagoon, the Parkes Manor remains a timeless classic – one of the best accommodation offerings in Knysna.

Parkes Manor was actually used for three generations of the Parkes family as their prestigious residence before a careful restoration project in 2013, after which it opened as a guesthouse.

Given all that has been happening in the world, you can expect clean, sanitised facilities to protect you and your loved ones over your stay.

Accommodation at Parkes Manor

Your choice of accommodation at the Parkes Manor consists of nine individually-decorated spacious suites. Your options include three Lagoon View Suites, which can sleep up to two people in each one and six, larger Standard Suites, which can sleep up to four people in each one.

As the names suggest, the Lagoon View suites offer amazing views of the famed Knysna Lagoon and garden while the Standard Suites are back-facing. The Standard units are the obvious choice for those seeking seclusion.

With every room you get an en-suite bathroom (with a shower and separate bathtub), air-condition, fan, tea/coffee making facility, TV, DVD-player, desk, minibar, safe and heating as well as access to a private patio or balcony.

See their rates HERE and have a look at their special packages HERE. Make an online booking HERE.

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Facilities at Parkes Manor

Guest facilities at the manor include free parking for your vehicles as well as a restaurant that serves offers à la carte lunches and dinners. The restaurant is also a great place to meet the friendly locals as it also caters to non-resident guests.

Activities in Knysna

Knysna offers plenty of activities and things to do for holiday-makers including Knysna Lagoon cruises, the Knysna Elephant Park, nature reserves, beaches, wine and beer tastings, picnics and hiking at Jubilee Creek as well as fine restaurants. See their tour flyer for details regarding their private guided day tours.

Reviews from previous Parkes Manor guests

“We stayed here and had a friend’s wedding at Parkes Manor. The rooms are out of this world, however the service is just fantastic. I must applaud Jan-Hendrik and Albert, the managers. They let us celebrate until the early hours of the morning, waited patiently and then cleared the reception at 3 in the morning. They went over and above to make everybody’s stay amazing!” wrote BiancaT449 on their TripAdvisor page.

Leosteve added; “Stayed here with a friend for one night when our preexisting booking fell through. In the end this was so much better than our original booking that we had no regrets. Beautiful and well maintained house just off the main road coming into Knysna. Large comfortable rooms with superb bathrooms. Lovely breakfast. Evening meals. Bar. And the hosts are great too… Would be happy to stay here again.”

Parkes Manor is located at 1 Azalea Street, Paradise, Knysna. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 44 382 0233; email stay@parkes-manor.com or visit them online at www.parkes-manor.com today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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