Gloriously situated on the apex of Kanonkop Hill above Knysna, South Africa’s favourite coastal resort town, Kanonkop House offers unique 5-star boutique accommodation.

Set adjacent to the family home, Kanonkop House commands a breathtakingly beautiful view of the Knysna Lagoon stretching all the way to the famous Knysna Heads.

Our garden and small indigenous forest attract wildlife and an abundance of birds – from the elusive Knysna lourie to the iridescent sunbirds and humble wagtails.

Enjoy their antics while relaxing on a lounger next to the pool, before venturing down the hill to discover and experience all that Knysna and the Garden Route has to offer.

Each of our five individually appointed rooms have unique and beautiful views… Our beautiful rooms each have their own character. They are individually created and named and gorgeously decorated with the ideas and artwork of talented South African artists.


Paradise is the crème de la crème of bedrooms, offering the ultimate in opulent accommodation and panoramic views of the entire Knysna Lagoon. The king-size bed faces onto double glass doors leading out to a private balcony set above our indigenous forest. Screened from the bedroom by wooden shutters, the spacious bathroom has a separate shower and an elevated, over-sized bath which, too, boasts a spectacular vista.

Paradise sets the scene for romantic indulgence.


Sumptuous Sunbird, situated on the middle level, is a light filled and spacious room opening onto the garden on one side and overlooking the forest and lagoon on the other. A private balcony overlooking the stunning Knysna lagoon is the perfect place from which to enjoy the sunset (or an early morning coffee).

This ultra-luxurious room has either king-size or single beds and a comfortable lounge area with satellite television. The en-suite bathroom has a bath and separate shower and many other fine touches to make your stay at Kanonkop House as pleasurable as possible.


Stunning new Forest Room spans the lower level and is set in the indigenous forest with sparkling glimpses of lagoon captured between the trees. Forest is a room designed to capture the imagination with stunning individual touches and luxurious appointments. The sumptuous king size bed (that can also convert to 2 single beds) allows views out through the large sliding doors into the forest and the lagoon beyond.

This large open plan room is spacious but cocooned and includes a bath and separate shower, a reading corner and wall mounted television and a work nook.

Connect with the forest and the sound of birdsong from the private deck and relax with a good book in the sun or indoors in your own reading nook.

No Matata & Sivuyile

Lose your worries and be happy in these luxurious adjacent en-suite rooms. Spacious, light and airy, Sivuyile and No Matata each have queen-sized beds, (with the option of an additional single bed if required) and a seating area with satellite television, music and cd selection. The en-suite bathrooms include a bath and separate shower.

Each room opens out onto a sun-drenched wooden deck overlooking the pool and surrounding garden with lagoon views in the distance.

Knysna Heights Villa

Offering opulent accommodation with all the comforts and conveniences of a modern home. Knysna Heights Villa is a luxurious three-level house situated on a ridge above the picturesque town of Knysna 5 minutes drive from Kanonkop House and five minutes drive from the town centre.

From up here the view is spectacular – stretching out across the shimmering waters of the vast Knysna Lagoon all the way to the famous Knysna Heads and beyond. Knysna Heights Villa takes full advantage of this panoramic vista with wrap-around glass walls and doors leading out onto open and covered decks suspended above an indigenous forest.

The Villa’s proximity to town makes it very convenient. Its elevated position on the edge of the ridge ensures privacy and tranquility.

The Villa has three spacious bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom. All are fitted with king-size beds but there is the option of single bed conversion if required.

The elegant upper level bedroom has a reading corner and a private balcony overlooking the forest and lagoon. The two beautifully appointed bedrooms on the lower level are set within the canopy of the forest with large windows offering close-up views of trees and birdlife.

Accentuating the magnificent view, the living areas on the middle floor are all inter-connected in an open plan layout to create a relaxed, holiday atmosphere.

The centrally positioned, ultra modern kitchen is fully equipped with top-of-the-range appliances including electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. On arrival the fridge is stocked with complimentary wine, beer and soft dinks.

The dining area, with an eight-seater table, extends into a spacious lounge leading out through double glass doors onto one of the large decks surrounding the villa. A second lounge provides yet another recreational space in which you can relax on plush couches while watching a DVD or satellite TV on a large plasma screen. A fully integrated music system is connected throughout the villa.

Stylishly furnished and decorated, the villa has a warm, welcoming feeling. Enjoy!

Knysna Heights Villa is hosted by Chris, Mark and Samantha (of Kanonkop House) and enjoys the same high standards and exceptional personal service that has made the exclusive 5-star guest house a sought-after destination.

The Villa is fully serviced and a full breakfast is prepared and served each morning where advice can be offered on ‘where to go’ and ‘ what to do’ to make your stay truly memorable.

We will also make any necessary arrangements – whether it’s booking a golf game, organising a picnic lunch, embarking on a sunset cruise or making a restaurant reservation. Don’t hesitate to ask!

The villa is also available on a self-catering basis for those who prefer to ‘do their own thing’.

Mark is a qualified and experienced skipper, and can arrange waterskiing and wake-boarding as well as tuition if required. Lagoon fishing is also available aboard our fully equipped motor boat. If you prefer something more relaxing, take a sunset cruise aboard our luxury speed boat and watch the lagoon transform into shimmering molten liquid under an orange sky. Spellbinding!

Guests are also welcome to make use of our double and single canoes to explore the waterways or, for those who are fit and energetic, we have two mountain bikes and will gladly transport you to a forest reserve and collect you afterwards. We’ll even pack you a picnic lunch!

Each of the 5 suites at Kanonkop House are individually furnished and provided with fully appointed private bathrooms. All rooms are non-smoking.

Kanonkop House and the Knysna Heights Villa have wireless internet connectivity and electricity voltage throughout is 220V.

All guests have access to our private pool and complimentary bar.

Our suites include:

  • M-Net TV / Satellite TV
  • CD Player and selection of CDs
  • 100% Cotton Linen
  • Hand-made Wooden Paddle Fans (air conditioners at Knysna Heights Villa)
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Electronic Safe
  • Tea / Coffee Facilities
  • Hairdryers
  • Robes & Slippers
  • Bath & Skin Care Products
  • Shaver Socket
  • Candles & Aromatic Oil Burners
  • International Adaptors
  • On-site guest laundry service
  • Reading material, newspapers & Local Info

All guests are welcome to relax and enjoy a drink in our elegant guest bar. Help yourself to complimentary drinks from the fridge and fully stocked bar.

Alternatively enjoy a shot of espresso or a pot of hot tea at the poolside or on your private deck.

After a peaceful night’s rest, contemplate the day ahead over a scrumptious Kanonkop breakfast served under umbrellas on the patio or in the dining room.