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Kanonkop House: a lagoon retreat in Knysna

Set on a hilltop we have magical views of the native forest and Knysna’s famous lagoon…

By Liesl Rentzke
General Manager of Kanonkop House

Come to Kanonkop House for supreme views of Knysna’s famous lagoon. Set on a hilltop (Kanonkop means canon hill in Afrikaans) we have magical views of the native forest and lagoon, yet we’re only a short drive into town. Our story really starts with Mark and Adele Conyers, who bought the property around eight years ago as a family home, then slowly decided to transform it into an intimate guesthouse.

There are just seven rooms at Kanonkop House, including two penthouse suites, three lagoon facing suites and two garden suites. The Diamond Suite is the newest addition, a big, opulent space that showcases views of the lagoon. Mark and Adele have furnished the rooms with pieces they’ve collected over the years but overall the design is modern and clean – each room has its own individual character. Downstairs, we have a restaurant with a fireplace for when it gets chilly.

Our outdoor space is a highlight and features a lagoon-view bar, pool and deck where you can have breakfast. Mark has built a boma area in our forest where guests can get together for drinks in the evening. We’ll have a fire going and there’s a BBQ area – we actually just hosted our first wedding here with only 12 people. During the day, there’s plenty to do in Knysna, from boat trips to hikes and even golf, we offer guests great rates at Priscilla and Savannah, two of the best courses in the area.

Kanonkop House is very special, what sets it apart from other hotels is the fact that we provide a personal service, we’re very hands-on with guests and they often leave as friends. All of our staff are from Knysna and many of us have been here since the beginning. We like to find out what guests enjoy so we can recommend activities and help them plan their visit, whether they want to go hiking, biking or simply lounge by the pool.


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Alfred & Liesl Rentzke

Liesl Rentzke has enjoyed a long career in the hospitality industry. A hotel management graduate, she's worked in  Cape Town and along the Western Cape, working her way up from roles in the restaurant and reception to management. Liesl is now general manager at Kanonkop House in Knysna, which she says is the most wonderful place to work thanks to the incredible views and close-knit team.
Liesl Rentzke, general manager of Kanonkop House

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