My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed last week-end relaxing & daydreaming at the idyllic Forest Valley Cottages along the Rheenedal Ramble, Knysna. After 3 nights surrounded by nothing but nature and breathtaking views, we returned home refreshed, renewed and revitalized.
This was the second time that we celebrated our anniversary at this treetop haven – we loved it so much that we just had to return AND extend by a 3rd night, only heading back home to ‘reality’ on Monday. Waking up at Forest Valley Cottages was by far the best way to start a new week!
We set off from Wilderness on Friday afternoon for a scenic and leisurely 40 minute drive to the front door of our tranquil abode: ‘Sandstone Cottage’. Literally, just completed a full refurb, the owner Mark wanted Hello Garden Route to experience it first hand to review and report back on. Perks of the job, I’d say!
The interior was fresh, clean and super comfortable; the style chic with a modern twist all whilst blending in with the natural environment. Casual luxury sums it up perfectly! Our favorite features included the four-poster bed and Jacuzzi spa bath, all with views as well as outdoor balcony with private braai and hammock. Bonus’ were the indoor fireplace and DStv – we even got to watch the South Africa vs Australia rugby match. Plus they service the units every day so no need to wash dishes or make up beds – oh joy oh bliss!
Forest Valley Cottages’ units are strategically positioned on this spacious private property with 2 honeymoon units ‘Glory Dawn’ (where we stayed on our first visit) and ‘Wild Iris’ (where we spent Sunday night) on the one side; ‘Sandtone’, ‘Earth Rose’ and ‘ Lavendar Edge’ on the opposite side – these 3 units are close by, great for a large group of family/friends travelling together. Hillside is set apart. There is a communal swimming pool with sunloungers and braai facilities for hot Summer days, also a walking path for those who are keen to get some exercise in-between all the chilling.
We did more of the latter, except on Sunday when we did venture out for a 3km walk along the renown ‘Kringe in die Bos/Circles in the Forest’ trail a few minutes up the road in Bibby’s Hoek. Daleen Matthee, the famous South African author, was laid to rest here. Her legacy lives on in this forest, home to many of her tales. There are longer walks too and is definitely an activity we would highly recommend when visiting or staying in the area.
Forest Valley Cottages is a sought-after Knysna holiday accommodation offering something for everyone, ideal for honeymoon and other romantic retreats, also for families or group of friends seeking an unique Garden Route treetop getaway.
Our favorites are ‘Glory Dawn’ which is on the edge so the most private, ‘Wild Iris’ with the best spa bath view/vantage point and ‘Sandstone’ awesome with its stunning new refurb. Earth Rose has a double open-air walk-in shower and big spa bath but is next to the pool so not as private whilst Lavender Edge is the only unit with an outdoor Jacuzzi. Last but not least, Hillside is the most spacious of the units with 3 bedrooms sleeping up to 6 people very comfortably.
Contact us to book your retreat here too! Dreams really do come true…