Where to Stay - South Africa

From R760 Per Night

Tree Spirit Cottages
Knysna Accommodation

Self Catering Accommodation in Knysna

  • Tree Spirit Cottages Over Looking Pretty Dam
  • View from Dragonfly Covered Balcony
  • Lounge Area Protea
  • Kitchen with Fridge and Gas Cooker
  • Bedroom 1 Protea
  • En-suite bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2 Protea
  • Lounge area with wood burning fire Dragonfly
  • Two singles can be joined to a king as pictured here
  • Cabin bed effectively two singles great for kids
  • Kitchen Dragonly with fridge and gas stove
  • Bathroom and dressing room at Dragonfly
  • Toilet and shower Dragonfly
  • Outdoor Shower Area with hot water Dragonfly
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Braai and Fire Pit Area
  • Buck visiting the dam
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Nestled in the forest high above Knysna, a charming, secluded, romantic hideaway awaits you. Tree Spirit Cottages is situated on one of the original farms inhabited by Italian settlers, as featured in Dalene Matthee’s well-known book, The Mulberry Forest.

The farm dates back to the late 1800’s and boasts ruins from the original house and well. This 8.5 hectare property combines the beauty of both fynbos and forest and hosts an abundance of birds and wildlife. Completely solar-powered it provides the peace and solitude to be at one with nature for the length of your stay.

Tree Spirit Cottage’s two rental cottages are located in a private, secluded corner of the farm, overlooking a beautiful dam, the accommodation is located within the beautiful Gouna Forest, near Knysna. The cottages are regularly frequented by Egyptian Geese, ducks, cranes, buck, frogs and many species of birds.

There are two cottages positioned around the dam offering a variety of options to suit your needs with ample privacy. Both cottages are fully equipped for self catering with all you would require in terms of crockery, cutlery, bed linen and towels.  Cleaning materials, tea/coffee/sugar and milk is also provided.


Dragonfly (Sleeps up to 4) is an open plan affair perfect for a couple seeking a peaceful, romantic getaway or for a family with one or two younger children. The cottage is very light and airy, with two sets of double doors onto the balcony, and pretty much every window offers a stunning view.

The cottage is L shaped with a double bed on one side and at the far end of the living area a cabin bed provides the additional sleeping facilities, effectively two single beds.  Enjoy the use of a fully fitted kitchen with a gas stove/oven and a small fridge. A small wood burning stove in the living area keeps your cosy through those winter days and nights, opening onto a covered verandah which can also be closed in with blinds should the weather be inclement. The cottage has a toilet and shower in a separate room to the bath which looks out the picture window onto indigenous fynbos. The bathroom also has a dressing area.  The cottage is entirely solar-powered however there is a gas geyser to ensure hot water availability on those cloudy days.


Should open-plan not be your preferred choice then Protea Cottage (Sleeps up to 4) is for you.  Boasting two separate large bedrooms both of which, are en-suite with a toilet and shower.  Bedroom one has an inviting, comfortable queen sized bed with bedroom two offering two single beds which can also be joined to a king sized bed depending on your requirements.  In the centre of these bedrooms is an open plan fully fitted kitchen with gas stove/oven and small fridge.  The lounge area offers two double couches and opening onto a large deck also over looking the dam. This cottage is also entirely solar-powered with a gas geyser to ensure hot water availability.

Stepping outside there is a communal central unique stone and mosaic braai area with a fire pit to enjoy those summer nights under the stars.  This area offers the perfect setting to enjoy alfresco dining, including a large fireplace, which can also be used for pizzas! For your entertainment there is a TV with DVD player and a large library of DVD’s and books to choose from.

Knysna Forest, (Gouna) is a Mountain Bikers, Hikers or Walkers dream location. Gouna Forest actually forms part of the Knysna Marathon and the Karoo To Coast Mountain Bike challenge ever year. Gravel roads, beautiful forest scenery, variety of wildlife and birds and little to no cars.

SAN Parks circular hiking trail The Terblans Walk starts a mere 3.5km from the farm.  Open from 6h00 to 18h00 daily along the Kom-se-Pad road up from Gouna with picnic sites to enjoy after your hike.  Further into the forest is Diepwalle Forest Station with a choice of three circular routes to choose from boasting huge Yellowwoods and Tree Ferns. For more details on the hikes available visit Sahikes.

Knysna is well a known tourist destination within South Africa situated around a lagoon and surrounded by forests and mountains.  All that it has to offer is only 15km from the farm.  A large number of festivals are held here through out the year details of which can be found at visit Knysna

On those days tthat you choose to just stay on the farm. There is a small boat at the dam for you to laze away in or many have enjoyed catching a fish or two. The farm is home to Bambam and Pebbles the donkeys always a hit with the kids. Hilary and Lilly are our resident pigs and we have an array of chickens free ranging the farm. The San Ambroso Church is a short walk boasting memorabilia from the days of the Italian Settlers. Within the Gouna Community we also have Pottery, Yoga and Reikki classes which can be arranged for you. 

When are you arriving?

Dragonfly Cottage
Sleeps up to 4
Min Stay Period: 2 nights
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Protea Cottage
Sleeps up to 4
Min Stay Period: 2 nights
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Low Season Periods: 15 Jan to 15 Dec
Peak Season Periods: 15 Dec to 15 Jan

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Denne Street, Gouna, Knysna, Garden Route

GPS: -33.970473, 23.045497 Map

Unfortunately due to us having our own animals free ranging the farm we do not allow any pets.

Our booking conditions are as follows

Reservations will be held for 48 hours. On receipt of a completed booking form and payment of a 50% deposit your booking is secure and a confirmation letter will be sent. Only those guests listed on the booking form are permitted to stay on the farm. Please note as the farm is powered completely by solar we ask that electrical items are kept to a minimum. Phones and laptops are not a problem however items with an element such as a hairdryer can only be used in daylight hours and coordinated with us. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

  • Cancellations up to 30 days before arrival will result in 75% of the booking fee refunded
  • Cancellations between 30-14 days prior to arrival will result in 50% refunded
  • Cancellations 0-14 days prior to arrival no refund on payment
  • During High Season, no refund of payment if cancellation is made within six weeks of arrival. No refund of total amount if cancelled within one month of arrival
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • BBQ Area
  • Cooking Facilities
  • Fridge
  • Golf Course Nearby
  • In Room Tea / Coffee services
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • TV or Satellite TV
  • Sight Seeing
  • Fishing
  • Game Reserves
  • Adventure
  • Hiking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Popular Routes
  • Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Golfing
  • Childrens Fun