Island retreat on Garden Route!
An excellent retreat for families or groups, Bayhouse is a double storey self-catering house with six bedrooms, nestled on Leisure Island on the famous Knysna Lagoon with prime beach frontage and stunning views of the Heads.
If you prefer a spacious, self-catering house to a hotel room, then the Bayhouse is for you. A double storey home on Leisure Island, a private retreat within the famous Knysna Lagoon, it opens out onto 50m of private beach and boasts stunning views of the Heads. The town of Knysna is just 10 minutes away with its bustling waterfront, so you are not far from an array of restaurants, bars, cafes and entertainment options. The house offers reams of space, with 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3 lounges spread across two floors.
The main lounge boasts a fireplace, open-plan dining room and bar/breakfast counter area. If you need it, there is satellite TV, a DVD player, books and games galore.
While away the days on the outdoor patio with a sparkling swimming pool and barbeque area, complete with wooden table and benches for al fresco dining. There is a fully equipped kitchen and scullery with a range of basic supplies. The six bedrooms can be configured as twins or doubles, each reflecting the whitewashed feel of a seaside retreat, and there are additional facilities for babies and infants. There is a garage which can host two cars and extra off-street parking for two more vehicles. The house can accommodate a maximum of 10 people and can be booked for a minimum of four, with the charge being per person, not for the whole house.
• Private retreat on the idyllic Leisure Island
• Good value for money and reasonable rates
• Explore Knysna Lagoon or lounge on beach
• Double-storey house with spectacular views
• Ideal for families with facilities for the kids
The Bayhouse allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of Knysna and relax in your own private sanctuary. Leisure Island is nestled within the Knysna Lagoon and boasts some rather lovely beaches, ideal for swimming, fishing, sailing or just strolling along the white sands. The house opens out onto 50m of beach frontage and the views of the Heads will mesmerize you. The island connects to the mainland with a causeway, just 10 minutes from town so you can join the crowds when you feel like it. Or relax in your double storey house, bask beside the swimming pool and just take in your surroundings - you are on holiday after all!
Knysna is the centre of the Garden Route, an area known for its beautiful scenery, floral fynbos landscapes, indigenous forests, lakes, rivers and mountains.
Leisure Island is just 10 minute’s drive from the centre of Knysna, which provides a wealth of amenities for holidaymakers, from shopping malls and excellent restaurants and coffee shops, to a theatre, movie house, art galleries and museums.
Knysna has always been popular with nature lovers and there are many walks, hiking trails and mountain bike tracks in the indigenous forests, which are also great for birding.
Activities for children
There are an endless number of activities for children in the area, including water slides, mini golf, sailing, canoeing, horse riding, fishing, snorkeling and surfing.
For the more adventurous there is abseiling, quad biking, kite surfing, scuba diving, zip line tours, paragliding, heli flips and bungy jumping (the highest commercially operating bungy jump in the world is at Tsitsikamma from the Bloukrans Bridge, not far from Knysna).
The Garden Route is a golfer's paradise, with many world-class golf courses between Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay, including Goose Valley, Plettenberg Bay Golf Course, Knysna Golf Course, Simola Golf & Country Estate, Pezula Championship Course, Oubaai, and Fancourt in George. Golf clubs can be hired at most of these courses.
Food & craft markets
The area supports excellent markets including the Friday Market at Knysna Montessori in Welbedacht (4pm-8pm during summer) where visitors gather to drink wine and eat dinner from one of the many food stalls. On Saturday mornings the Wild Oats Farmers Market at Sedgefield (7.30am-11.30am) and the Harvest Time Farmers Market (8am-12pm) provide an excellent opportunity to stock up on local farmers’ produce. The Scarab Craft Market in Sedgefield is open from 8am-12.30pm and there is a Sunday craft market on Thesen Islands during the summer months.
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Featherbed Nature Reserve, a South African Heritage Site, provides for a wonderful family outing. Cross the lagoon on a ferry, climb to the top of the Western Head on a 4x4 unimog vehicle, then take a guided trail down again. Finish your excursion with lunch under the milkwoods.
The area between Knysna and Keurbooms is home to a number of wildlife sanctuaries including the Knysna Elephant Park, the Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.
Don’t forget the popular festivals celebrated every year: the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras in May, the Knysna Oyster Festival in July and Gastronomica in September.
Kysna... Spring is soft and silky. Autumn tingles on the skin like champagne. Winter is crisp as an apple. And our African summer bronzes the soul with its pure sunlight. Whatever the season, Knysna stays green. It's warm, temperate climate makes it the perfect all-year round destination. A place where days are packed with promise...