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Thesen Lifestyle enjoys going the extra mile for all guests who are searching for five-star self-catering accommodations in Knysna. With this in mind, they have partnered with several tourist attraction establishments to enable guests an extra added benefit while on holiday at the luxurious villas. Thesen Lifestyle - Luxury Villas on Thesen Island offers you well-appointed homes on one of South Africa's most exclusive destinations, Thesen Island in Knysna, you are offered the most exclusive Knysna self-catering accommodation!
Situated at the heart of the world-renowned Garden Route, Thesen Lifestyle - Luxury Villas offers accommodations on the southern coast of South Africa. Knysna has long been a favorite destination of local and international travelers; the friendly people, moderate climate, and breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding areas have stolen the hearts of visitors the world over, Thesen Island is one of South Africa's best-loved travel destinations in the Garden Route.
Saffron House comfortably sleeps eight guests and includes cleaning services From Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays). It also has free uncapped Wi-Fi, DSTV and smart TV functionality, four bedrooms, three queen beds and two single beds, three bathrooms (one is en-suite), and a jacuzzi.
Family-friendly Saffron House offers visitors a single garage, laundry room, open plan kitchen, dining room, and lounge area with a freestanding fireplace that warms the double volume lounge area during the colder months. The lounge leads onto a deck directly over the waterway, while the dining area leads to a deck, complete with braai, within the private garden, with access to the private jetty.
Privacy and child safety is a priority as the deck over the estuary is completely enclosed and the garden is walled from neighbors and the road. A double room with a separate bathroom completes the downstairs section. Upstairs, the main en suite bedroom overlooks the deck on the water, while a double room and a twin room share a well-appointed bathroom.
With its four bedrooms and three bathrooms, Saffron House comfortably sleeps eight guests, who have access to a two-seater adult canoe, as well as two children's canoes, and may wish to moor their own boat at the private jetty which can accommodate powerboats of up to seven meters in length.
Fully serviced from Monday through Saturday, excluding public holidays, Saffron House boasts luxury finishes throughout, with all amenities and appliances provided, including DSTV and free uncapped Wi-Fi. You are invited to settle into your family home away from home - where you can sit back and even enjoy some fishing from your deck! Saffron House comfortably sleeps eight guests with two visitors per bedroom.
Tastefully decorated to make you feel at home, this bedroom offers a comfortable double bed and built in cupboards. Privately situated on the lower level, this room is ideal for the independent teenager; an adjacent bathroom provides a basin, shower, and toilet.
With colors inspired by your nautical surroundings and enough space for play, the young ones will be happy to share this cheerful room with two single beds and built in cupboards. This room shares an adjacent bathroom with bedroom three, which offers a basin, shower, and toilet.
This cheerfully light and airy room, with a double bed and built-in cupboards, is sure to delight pre-teens or adults in the family. It shares a bathroom with a basin, shower, toilet, and heated towel rails with bedroom two.
Adults can relax in this spacious bedroom with king bed, calming accents, built in cupboards, and television set. A private deck with a Jacuzzi overlooks the waterways and makes for the perfect coffee corner before tackling the day. The luxurious, full en suite offers a bath, shower, toilet, and his and hers basins.
Beach House comfortably sleeps eight guests and includes cleaning services from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays). It has free uncapped Wi-Fi, DSTV and smart TV functionality, four bedrooms, three queen beds, and two single beds, three bathrooms (two en suite), guest lavatory, gaming room, pool, and pool cover.
Beach House Q2 offers a separate double garage, as well as a single garage, converted into a games room. The kitchen, with a pantry and scullery, overlooks the private pool and garden. The open plan dining area and lounge boast with a large dining table perfect for long, lazy lunches or festive, delectable dinners with friends, as well as a luxurious leather suite from which to enjoy the working fireplace.
The sophisticated living space leads onto the large deck and braai area. The deck, with comfortable outdoor furniture, offers the perfect spot for cocktails with friends and lazy summer outdoor dining, as well as direct, low tide access to a private beach. A double en suite room on this level also overlooks the pool.
Upstairs, the spacious, main en suite with a separate water closet overlooks both the private beach and the pool area, while a room with twin beds and another double room share a private deck and a well-appointed bathroom. This double room also overlooks the pool and these bedrooms are separated from the main en suite by a relaxed TV room.
Comfortably sleeping eight guests in four bedrooms, Beach House Q2 is flooded with airy, natural light through the double volume spaces, skylight, and high, exposed beams. Fully serviced from Monday through Saturday (excluding public holidays), Beach House Q2 boasts luxury finishes throughout, with all amenities and appliances provided, including DSTV, free uncapped Wi-Fi, and a private jetty with access to three adult canoes.
Tastefully decorated, Beach House Q2 invites you to lounge in the lap of sophisticated luxury - all you have to do is arrive, the rest comes naturally. Beach House Q2 comfortably sleeps eight guests, with two visitors per bedroom.
Overlooking the pool, this tastefully decorated, private bedroom on the lower level offers a comfortable double bed with built-in cupboards. The beautiful en suite offers a large shower with luxury showerhead, spa bath, basin, toilet, and heated towel rails.
With large glass sliding doors, overlooking the entry through a glass wall on one side and the pool on the other, this room with a double bed, built-in cupboards, and a sophisticated seating area shares a quaint deck with bedroom three, as well as a spacious bathroom offering a basin, shower, toilet, and heated towel rails.
With access to a shared deck with bedroom two, this stylish room, with two single beds, and built-in cupboards, also shares the spacious bathroom with basin, shower, toilet, and heated towel rails with bedroom two.
The luxurious main bedroom with a queen bed overlooks both the pool and the private beach. This view is also enjoyed from the bath in the en suite, to where the understated elegance of the bedroom extends. The en suite also features a shower, his-and-hers basin set, and heated towel rails, while a separate toilet ensures ultimate privacy. A skylight over a dressing area with newly built-in cupboards ensures that the room is flooded with natural light.
Salt Marsh View comfortably sleeps 10 to 12 guests and includes cleaning services from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays). It has free uncapped Wi-Fi, DSTV and smart TV functionality, four bedrooms, three queen beds, and two single beds, two bathrooms (one en-suite) and one guest lavatory, pool and pool cover, and a separate self-catering one-bedroom apartment with one queen bed and a sleeper couch suited for small children.
Salt Marsh View offers unrivaled views over the tidal marshes of the Knysna estuary, to be enjoyed in easy, relaxed privacy. Located on the eastern edge of Thesen Islands, a double garage, and ample driveway provide more than enough parking space, with an apartment perched atop the garage.
The spacious kitchen sports modern appliances and finishes and leads into a separate scullery and laundry, complete with a private courtyard with clothesline. A door from the scullery also provides direct access to the double garage. The kitchen also flows into the open plan dining and entertainment areas.
The dining area opens onto the pool deck to the north while the entertainment lounge with a working fireplace leads onto both the pool deck and a comfortable, covered conversation deck overlooking the beautiful vistas of the Knysna lagoon's salt marshes. A guest water closet caters to all visitors' needs and a comfortable TV lounge offers DSTV and smart TV functions.
This lounge also opens onto the partially covered pool deck with built in braai facilities. A tranquil courtyard off the kitchen offers a sanctuary for cool breakfasts or lazy lunches and the private gazebo and jetty make for waterside entertaining or relaxing. As the house lies on the outside edge of the islands, there is no need to navigate the canals to reach the deeper, wide open waters of the estuary.
All bedrooms are located on the upper level. The main, full en suite room sports a queen-sized bed and a separate dressing room. It overlooks the pool area while a covered deck offers private seating overlooking the tidal marshes. The "Green" room leads onto a large, covered deck with built-in braai facilities, with a smaller deck overlooking the quiet street and canals.
A room with two twin beds offers a private space for the kids. The "Bicycle" room opens onto a deck overlooking the garden, with sliding doors overlooking the pool deck and salt marshes beyond; a separate, full bathroom is shared by these three rooms.
Salt Marsh View comfortably sleeps eight guests, while the separate apartment above the garage accommodates a maximum of two adults and two small children. With a kitchenette, water closet, and shower, the apartment also offers a comfortable bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a lounge area with a sleeper couch and TV with DSTV. Both the bedroom and lounge open onto a deck overlooking the garden.
With ample storage space and fully serviced Monday through Saturday (excluding public holidays), Salt Marsh View has been tastefully decorated in vibrant colors with an African-chic feel. The open spaces of the living area invite you to entertain in luxury or to relax comfortably - both of which are very easy to do in the easy-going atmosphere of Thesen Island. Salt Marsh View comfortably sleeps 10 guests, with two visitors per bedroom and an optional added two guests on a sleeper couch.
Overlooking the pool area and with a private, covered deck offering endless views of the tidal marshes, the main en suite with a queen-sized bed is a haven of luxurious relaxation. A spacious dressing room separates the suite from the spa-like bathroom with bath and shower, toilet, and basin.
Named for the soft floor rug and tasteful finishes, this room has a queen-sized bed and a ceiling fan with a smaller deck that overlooks the quiet street and the canals of Thesen Island. Built-in cupboards offer ampler storage space.
Two twin beds make this an ideal room for kids. Built-in cupboards ensure that all the kids' treasures will be safely stored during your visit.
Taking its name from the queen-sized bed's colorful throw pillows and the quirky, beaded lampshades, this room with built-in cupboards and a ceiling fan leads onto a private, north-facing deck overlooking the garden. Sliding doors offer a view over the pool area and the salt marsh. A large, full bathroom with bath, shower, toilet, and basin easily services bedrooms two, three, and four.
This is a separate self-catering one-bedroom apartment with one queen bed and a sleeper couch suited for small children.
Amber Reflections comfortably sleeps eight to 12 guests and includes cleaning services from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays). It has free uncapped Wi-Fi, DSTV and smart TV functionality, three bedrooms, two queen beds, and two single beds, three bathrooms (all en suite), pool and pool cover, and a separate self-catering, one-bedroom apartment with one queen bed and a sleeper couch suited for small children with an added sleeper couch in the TV loft room.
Amber Reflections offers beautiful views over the Thesen Island channels from the privacy of cozy luxury. A double garage for smaller vehicles, plus off-street and safe, on-street parking offer generous parking space. An apartment boasts its own parking alongside the garage below.
The bright and airy formal dining area leads into the fully-fitted kitchen which sports functional and attractive finishes and a scullery off the kitchen; while the washing machine and tumble dryer are housed in the garage. The open plan kitchen, family dining area, and lounge enjoy views over the waterways, while a freestanding fireplace warms the double volume dining and lounge area during the colder months.
The lounge opens onto a spacious, covered, wooden deck with ample seating for al fresco dinners and sundowner cocktails during summer. A built-in braai, along with a Weber kettle braai, caters to outdoor cooking, while the private jetty allows the docking of boats at the house and offers the use of canoes. A swimming pool on the northern side of the house provides a private space for sunbathing, relaxation, and fun.
Three bedrooms downstairs comfortably sleep six guests. The main bedroom with a queen bed and an en suite bathroom with bidet, water closet, basin, and shower offers privacy behind the lounge area, while a room with twin beds and another with a queen bed both overlook the pool deck on the opposite side of the house. These two rooms each boast an en suite bathroom with water closet, basin, and shower; and all three bathrooms feature heated towel rails. The twin room opens onto the pool deck, while the queen bedroom opens onto the deck overlooking the waterways.
An easy staircase from the lounge leads to a comfortable, mezzanine TV room offering DSTV and smart TV functionality. The separate apartment above the garage accommodates a maximum of two adults and two small children. With a kitchenette, water closet, and shower, the apartment offers a comfortable queen-sized bed and a lounge area with a sleeper couch and TV with DSTV. While an outside staircase offers a separate entrance to the apartment.
With ample storage space and fully serviced Monday through Saturday (excluding public holidays), Amber Reflections will quickly become your home away from home as you enjoy the comfortable luxury of the villa and the unique, laid back Thesen Island lifestyle. Amber Reflections at E13 comfortably sleeps eight guests, with up to two visitors per bedroom and optional added four guests on sleeper couches.
Offering luxurious privacy, the main en suite with a queen-sized bed is a haven of comfortable relaxation. A ceiling fan ensures a cool waft of air on warm, summer evenings, while the en suite bathroom offers a bidet, toilet, basin, shower, and heated towel rails.
Two twin beds make this an ideal room for kids but the beds may be pushed together to form another queen-sized bed. Built in cupboards ensure that all the kids' treasures will be safely stored during your visit and an en suite bathroom with toilet, basin, shower, and heated towel rails cater to their needs. This room opens onto the pool deck.
With a comfortable queen-sized bed, this room overlooks the pool area to one side and opens onto the main deck, overlooking the waterways to another. The en suite bathroom offers a toilet, basin, shower, and heated towel rails.
This is a self-catering flatlet that is part of the house and offers beautiful views from the privacy of cozy luxury. Featuring one queen bed and a sleeper couch suited for small children.
Cedar House comfortably sleeps 14 guests and includes cleaning services from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays). It has free uncapped Wi-Fi, DSTV and smart TV functionality, five bedrooms, one king, two queen beds, two single beds (option to convert to king), two single bunk beds (sleeps four), and two single loft beds, three bathrooms (two en suite), a guest lavatory, a gaming lounge, a pool and pool cover.
Cedar House P30 offers an incredibly spacious home. Sleeping up to 14 guests, it is the largest villa available. Well-decorated with luxurious furnishings will make this your home away from home; featuring a double garage and ample parking area, an open plan kitchen and dining area with a separate pantry and scullery.
The entrance overlooks the kitchen and dining area and out over the patio through folding doors which turns an already spacious layout to an incredibly spacious area to have gatherings and family fun.
The main feature of the house is a beautiful natural cedar wood spiral staircase that leads to the first floor with four bedrooms and a large indoor recreational area. The entire upper level has access to an outside deck that allows direct access to the pool area via a spiral staircase. Fully serviced (excluding public holidays and Sundays), the villa includes DSTV, free uncapped Wi-Fi, and mooring located within a one-minute walking distance.
The main private bedroom located on the upper level offers a comfortable spacious king bed with large built-in cupboards. The en-suite offers a large shower and spa bath with double basin and toilet, also, with an incredible view of the property and pool area.
A private bedroom on the upper level with two bunk beds and built-in cupboards. Just outside the door is the opening to the main upper-level deck which will allow direct access to the lower level pool and patio area.
Directly above the natural wood cedar spiral staircase and features two single beds (with the option to convert to a king bed) and custom glass cupboards makes this room feel separate to the others. A direct door to the open upper-level deck allows for some great views and tranquility.
The loft room, complete with air-conditioning and a very unique style features a queen bed on the lower level and two singles on the upper level. This room also has direct access to the outside upper-level deck.
The only bedroom on the ground floor allows for guests that prefer lower level rooms. This includes a queen bed and en-suite bathroom with a bath and large shower.
Knysna is your perfect break away. Thesen Lifestyle - Luxury self-catering villas and self-catering apartments have the perfect Thesen Island, Knysna accommodation to suit your needs. Knysna is well known as the jewel of the Garden Route and, perched within the Knysna estuary, Thesen Island offers residents and visitors a luxurious lifestyle, Knysna luxury accommodation, and peace of mind. Connected to the town by a single road, only residents and their guests have access to the boomed security entrance.
The sparkling waters of the Knysna estuary, miles of uninterrupted beaches, acres of Cape fynbos and mysterious, ancient indigenous forests create a natural playground right in the backyard, with an amazing variety of adrenalin, adventure, and family-oriented activities to choose from whilst staying in a luxury self-catering house or apartment in Knysna.
The Knysna Villas, as well as the Knysna guest apartments, offer the perfect base from which to explore the rest of the Garden Route as well as parts of the Klein Karoo. All within an hour or so drive from Knysna, you will find the world's highest bungee jump, treetop canopy tours, shark cage diving, and even the opportunity to ride an ostrich!
The Knysna houses and apartments on Thesen Island are easily accessible by flying into George and renting a car for the scenic 56-kilometer drive from George to Knysna. The town is also conveniently situated along the Cape Town - Port Elizabeth route on the N2, approximately 500 kilometers east of Cape Town and approximately 270 kilometers west of Port Elizabeth, and is within an easy self-drive distance from these and other major centers.
While Knysna enjoy a warm summer, winters rival a balmy European summer with daytime temperatures averaging at 19 degrees Celsius. Water temperatures of the estuary average between 18 degrees Celsius and 22 degrees Celsius in summer and 12 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius during winter, with similar sea temperatures.
A selection of exclusive restaurants and shopping awaits for only a short stroll away at Thesen Harbour Town, while the excitement of the Knysna Waterfront and the rest of town also lie within easy walking distance, approximately 15 minutes away.
Holiday home hire within the islands, all connected by arched bridges over a network of channels and waterways, you are invited to enjoy a variety of water activities as all homes provide access to the water and private jetties. But, Thesen Island offers so much more, navigate your way through the maze or enjoy a leisurely stroll in the park, take the kids to the play park, grab your binoculars and head to the bird hide or fill your basket with fruit from the orchard, enjoy a game of squash (racquetball) or challenge the family to a game of tennis, perfect your putting, or simply relax under your umbrella on your private beach. You can enjoy these amenities secure in the knowledge that the kids are safely riding their bicycles, skateboards, or rollerblades along the extra wide footpaths, with traffic on the islands limited to a speed of 30 kilometers per hour.
Kick off your day with a horse ride through the indigenous forest, followed by a visit to the Millwood goldfields. Try your hand at mashie golf or hit the perfect drive on one of three world-class golf courses. Take a cruise through the Knysna Heads or enjoy the estuary from the deck of a luxury yacht, just a walking distance away from your Thesen Island Villa or Thesen Island Apartment.
Join a moonlight meander and explore the fascinating inter-tidal zone with your flashlight or take a day-time stroll along Brenton beach to spot some whales and dolphins. Visit one of the five al fresco markets in the area before grabbing your mountain bike and riding into the ferns or enjoying a snorkel in the lagoon.
A walk through historic Knysna is sure to build up a thirst, quench it by going for a tour of Mitchell's Brewery. Release your inner child by exploring the beach and castles at Noetzie or visit the Thesen Island Beach from your Thesen Island Beach House, take advantage of the incredible fishing waters using your Knysna Beach House as a base.
Spot the elusive Knysna Loerie amongst Knysna's abundant bird life and watch the sunset from the Eastern Head viewpoint, returning to relax at your luxurious Knysna self-catering accommodation. But there's even more, get close and personal to a variety of wildlife. From elephants and monkeys to big cats and exotic birds, Knysna and the surrounding areas offer facilities that allow you to really connect with nature.
At Thesen Lifestyle, they enjoy going the extra mile for all guests who are searching for five-star self-catering accommodation in Knysna. With this in mind, they have partnered with several tourist attraction establishments to enable said guests an extra added benefit while on holiday at the luxurious villas.
All guests that stay with Thesen Lifestyle (be it a house or a guest suite) will receive a discount (savings) at these establishments for the following amounts:
Experience sailing adventures, competent crew courses, accredited radio telephony, day skipper and coastal skipper courses, and coastal mileage building passages arranged along the Garden Route coastline. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get a complimentary meal at the Knysna Yacht Club.
At Tsitsikamma Segway Tours, they are focused on providing guided Segway tours with the highest levels of customer satisfaction they will do everything they can to meet your expectations. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get a 50 ZAR discount at Tsitsikamma Segway Tours.
Tony Cook Adventures would love to show the world and guests the beauty of the forests, the sea, lagoon, and the surrounding mountains. They offer half day trips, full day trips, and multi-day overnight mountain bike trips, and walking tours into the mountains. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get 5% discount for one person or 10% discount for two or more people.
Tenikwa is a wildlife center located in the rural suburb known as The Crags outside Plettenberg Bay and only 40 minutes from the popular town of Knysna. Monies from tours funds the rehab program and visitors are guaranteed sightings of the leopard, cheetahs, white lion, and other South African Indigenous Wildcats. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get 15% discount.
Monkeyland is the world's first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Its mission is to educate and foster a greater understanding of primates and the threats and challenges they are facing. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get 20% discount.
Birds of Eden's unique two-hectare dome (the world's largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. Currently, it is home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. Visits to Birds of Eden are usually self-guided, however, guided walks are offered on request. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get 20% discount.
At Jukani, their mission is to maintain and manage a sustainable wildlife sanctuary, with the focus on creating widespread awareness about the plight of large predators in captivity, in South Africa, and all over the world. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get 20% discount.
Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience and hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides guests with a far more intimate experience with the elephants. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get 20% discount.
Ultimate Cycling is a leading bike shop in Knysna, providing you all your cycling needs, from bike accessories, spares, a wide range of bikes, and a highly qualified bike mechanic in their workshop. Ultimate Cycling Knysna offers weekly shop rides, friendly service, advice on cycling trails, and a wide variety of products. If they don't stock it, they will do their best to get it as soon as possible. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get a 50 ZAR discount.
A unique and true forest experience. Enjoy an exhilarating downhill on the Monster Mountain Scooter, descent through indigenous forest, sweepy bends, and single track. Scooters are non-motorized, making this eco-friendly. These Swiss designed scooters are used in the Alps during the summer season on the ski slopes when the snow is gone. All trips are guided by professional qualified guides. All scooters can handle one adult with a child passenger. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get 10% discount at Scootours for a minimum of two people.
Come play a game of hide-and-seek with these majestic creatures as they travel along the magnificent coastline. Watch the humpback and southern right whales show off their acrobatic skills. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get a 10% discount.
Explore the waterways of Thesen Island with the world's fastest growing water sport, Stand-Up Paddling. Stand-Up Paddling, or SUP for short, is easy, fun, and guaranteed to keep you fit whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery of the waterways and lagoon. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get a 10% discount.
Explore Knysna with ease on a fleet of innovative GONOW electric bicycles - one of the fastest growing trends in urban travel. Self-powered and easy to ride, electric bicycles take away the hassles of getting stuck in traffic or looking for parking. Stay at Thesen Lifestyle and get a 10% discount.
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