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I really liked this house, it’s perfect to visit Knysna, maybe better if you have a car. Ellie and Francois are very good hosts. I strongly recommend this place if you go there. I also loved all the details in the house, the decorations and the nice place; I liked especially the good wine, the chocolate and the cherry. Our stay there was amazing. Such a beautiful view… I would like to go back to stay again there.

Response from Ellie & Francois:
It was honestly so lovely to meet you both, Ilenia…pleased that you had a good time at Paradise Private… wish you could stayed longer with us…hope to visit your beautiful village, maybe next year…will be in contact….keep well and happy….
From Naples, Italy • August 2018

A combination of the most beautiful views, a wooden contemporary structure, thoughtful living spaces and excellent hospitality as well as wonderful local travel tips by Ellie & Francois, leaves one in a complete , unified and fulfilled state of mind , body and soul. We truly felt on top of the world, simply by just being there, it was the most wonderful & rewarding experience. El & I are so looking forward to returning and having this experience again.

Response from Ellie & Francois:
Thank you for the kind words, Sirish…we are so glad that you and El enjoyed our home as much as we do…look forward to having you stay with us, again…xx


Laetitia Koortzen & Partner:
Uit ‘n ander wêreld.
Paradise Private is inderdaad ‘n wonderlike plek, met vriendelike en fantastiese diens. Die eenheid het die mooiste uitsig en toegerus met alles wat mens nodig het. Ek sal vir seker Paradise Private kan aanbeveel vir enige iemand wat Knysna besoek.

Francois & Ellie se terugvoer:
Baie dankie vir die terugvoer en mooi woorde, Laetitia. Dit was ‘n voorreg om julle hier te kon ontvang tydens jul wittebrood. Ons hoop om julle weer in die toekoms te kan akkommodeer.
Vriendelike groete, Ellie & Francois.

Nature-Zen Studio

Meer as waarvoor ons kon hoop.
Marianne & Brendan (Lekkeslaap)
Ek en my vrou was oor April-paasnaweek 2019 vir die eerste keer Knysna toe en ons was by Paradise Private gewees. Ons was heeltemal weggeblaas toe ons ons kamer gesien het. Die uitsig oor Knysna is sekerlik een van die beste wat daar is en geen foto kan genoeg getuig vir dit nie, dit moet self beleef word. Die kamer en hele gebou is van die mooiste hout bymekaar gesit en gee ‘n ongelooflike rustigheid af wat jou so deel van die natuur laat voel met ‘n zen wat oor jou val tussen die mooiste bonsai-uitstallings om jou. Verder is alles tegnologiese toerusting wat jy sou nodig hê tot jou beskikking so die beste van altwee wêrelde! Ellie en Francois is die beste gashere wat ons nog gehad het op vakansie, vriendelik en warm mense wat uit hul pad gaan om seker te maak jy is op jou gemak, ons wil net baie dankie sê vir ‘n onvergeetlike vakansie wat net soveel beter gemaak was deur Paradise Private, ek sal dit vir enigiemand voorstel wat in mooiste Knysna kom kuier.

Ontspannend en pragtige uitsig.
Tobie B. (Lekkeslaap)
Ellie en Francois is vriendelik en gasvry en het ons baie welkom laat voel. Hulle het seker gemaak ons het alles wat ons nodig kon hê. Hulle het ook vir ons goeie raad gegee oor staproetes en restaurante in die area. Die eenheid is iets besonders. Dit is goed toegerus, skoon en netjies en het die pragtigste uitsig. Dit was perfek vir ons Knysna wegbreek en ons het heerlik gebly.

Uitsonderlik! Vriendelike en warm ontvangs met baie kennis vir ‘n lekker wegbreek.
Zelda F. (Lekkeslaap)
Pragtige nuwe verblyf met die nodige “comforts” in die hart van Knysna

Ontspannend en pragtige uitsig.
Marieke F (Lekkeslaap)
Ellie en Francois is vriendelik en gasvry en het ons baie welkom laat voel. Hulle het seker gemaak ons het alles wat ons nodig kon hê. Hulle het ook vir ons goeie raad gegee oor staproetes en restaurante in die area. Die eenheid is iets besonders. Dit is goed toegerus, skoon en netjies en het die pragtigste uitsig. Dit was perfek vir ons Knysna wegbreek en ons het heerlik gebly.

Tidal-Zen Studio

Dipesh Jeena , (ZA)

What an absolutely stunning place Francois and Ellie have! The photos on the site do not do the Paradise Zen Studios enough justice. The views are nothing short of spectacular. The unit was very well equipped and spacious for a couple. The ‘Zen’ theme creates a very relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Ellie and Francois were fantastic hosts. They received us well on arrival. During our stay they were a phone call/whatsapp away if we needed anything. We are most definitely coming back again!

Jaco , (ZA)

Amazing ,perfect, wonderful, awesome, fantastic, THE BEST EVER

Our host, Ellie & Francois are the best host Ever!!!!!! the are absolutely perfect the are warm compassionate people check on your needs every day to insure it is all perfect. They also give you tips to go and explore the area the best viewing spots.The view from our room is amazing and the calmness of the wooden cabins brings one closer to nature. We could not have asked for a better vacation this was the best one ever. Will definitely go there again & again and I will recommend this place (Paradise Private Zen Studios) to anyone that needs to have a break from every day life. Thank you Ellie & Francois for this amazing experience you will always be in our heart.

Stephanie , (NL)

Top! Overal aangedacht

Super locatie! Geweldig vriendelijke eigenaren, ze doen alles om het je naar je zin te maken. Officieel zonder ontbijt maar voor de eerste dag was toch een klein maar heerlijk ontbijt klaar gezet. Super uitzicht vanuit de kamer, alles nieuw kwam helaas door de brand 2 jaar gelden maar ziet er tot in de puntjes perfect uit. Aan de kleinste dingen is gedacht.

Reviews before 7 June 2017

Nature Studio Reviews

My stay with Francois and Ellie has been the very best AirBNB-experience. F & E are so incredibly accommodating and helpful. Travelling on my own I really craved company and F & E were there to have evening chats with delicious wine, they made a braai for me, took me out for dinner and drove me to a Saturday market. Their whole complex is extremely beautiful and invites you to relax and enjoy Knysna. The Studio was as advertised — a cosy room, with a stunning view. Very clean and orderly. Kitchen is well stocked. When I’m back in Knysna, this is definitely the place to stay!
~ Steffen, September 2016

Nous sommes tombés sous le charme de cette magnifique maison située sur les hauteurs de Knysna. La maison est magnifique. C’est le jardin d’Eden. Vue sur la baie époustouflante de la terrasse et même du lit alcôve. Tout est fait pour que l’on s’y sente merveilleusement bien.
~ Pascale, September 2016

Ellie and Francois were great hosts, they went out of their way to make us feel most welcome. Ellie put fresh blossoms on our table, some breakfast items in the fridge for our first morning, and many more extra items which were very well received. Thank you for the fantastic stay.
~Bev, August 2016

We had the most perfect stay in the Nature studio and cannot thank Ellie and Francois enough for their generosity, kindness, friendliness and ability to make us feel like we were staying in a home away from home!! There is nothing that these guys haven’t thought about when it comes to a comfortable stay and their attention to detail is just incredible with all of the little touches that were added on our arrival and throughout our stay! We were very sorry to leave and would certainly recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet, cosy, scenic spot to spend a few days!!
~ Hannah, August 2016

The most beautiful Airbnb we have ever visited! We stayed in the Nature Studio treehouse. The treehouse was absolutely perfect and equipped with everything and anything you could possibly need! The views of Knysna from the room were just stunning. The kitchenette was the perfect place to enjoy some tea and breakfast in the morning or some wine in the evening. Ellie and Francois were fantastic hosts. They provided us with many great restaurant and sight seeing recommendations and we were extremely pleased with each recommendation! They have thought of every detail to make our stay comfortable and luxurious. We especially enjoyed the wine,biscuits, and teas that were left in our room. The perfect place to stay when visiting Knysna!
~ Jenna, July 2016

Our room was fantastically situated – a great view of the Knysna lagoon. If you are attending the Oyster Festival like we did, you can see the fair grounds from the room -and even see the race finish. The room was snug and warm.
A lovely kitchenette is next to the room with any convenience you can imagine. Even things we couldn’t imagine we needed was catered for. It felt like we sleeping in the forest. Every small touch was tasteful – warm water bottles, a stunning bottle of wine, flowers. Ellie and Francois were so friendly and welcoming and our only regret is not spending more time with them.
~ Monique, July 2016

Beautiful little cabin with stunning views of Knysna! Equipped with everything you need and excellent hosts!
~ Paul, July 2016

A really incredible experience and one of the highlights of our trip down the coast. Ellie and Francois superseded our expectations on every measure and I would definitely recommend their enchanted log cabin to all.
~ Langa, May 2016

This was our first visit to Knysna and we couldn’t have picked a better place to stay. The accommodation was exactly as described, meticulously clean, with lovely fresh linen and plenty of towels (and hot water!). There were lots of extra touches such as wine and chocolates, and provisions in the fridge to start us off. Our hosts Ellie and
Francois were charming and really went out of their way to make our holiday special. All of their restaurant recommendations were excellent and we enjoyed the evening we spent with them very much. We hope that they will think of us from now on as not just guests but friends as we think of them. We were completely satisfied and have not one negative comment. We even saw the elusive loeries!
~ Sue, April 2016

Romantic Studio Reviews

Wow this was a find. Our best Airbnb experience so far. Amazing and unique property. Comfortable bed and nice views. Ellie and Francois are a charming and interesting couple and have wealth of knowledge of SA and Knysna.
~ Kurt, July 2016

My husband and I stayed in Ellie & Francois’ Paradise studio for three nights and could not be happier with our choice. The ‘studio’ is actually a very large suite with a bedroom, additional loft bed, separate bathroom, living room, and a private deck overlooking the lagoon. There are windows everywhere and it is built high up so it almost feels as if you are in a private tree house. Although it is a very short drive from the town center (only 5 minutes), once you are inside this zen home you feel as if you are miles away in a retreat far from any city noise. The suite is incredibly private and we did not even notice the other guests that had rented out their second studio. In fact, I asked to be shown where the second studio was located on the property as every thing is designed in such a beautiful way that you feel as if you are in your own private resort. That being said, we had a wonderful time chatting with Ellie & Francois and they were fantastically helpful with tips for Knysna and the surrounding areas. They had coffee, tea, wine, and a light breakfast waiting for us in our suite, and are truly lovely hosts. This place is gem, and we feel so lucky to have found it. We will be back, without a doubt, and will certainly stay here every time we pass through Knysna. Thank you, Ellie & Francois, for such a lovely stay!
~Annie, July 2016

Where to begin… Ellie and Francois are absolutely amazing hosts who have spoilt us so much during our stay. They were so knowledgeable about their area and helped us plan some trips over a bottle of wine. The house itself was just stunning and everything we needed was there. The location is perfect to use as a base for the garden route (like we did) but also just great to relax. Thanks again Ellie and Francois for our fantastic stay!!
~ Elleke, May 2016

We had a fabulous time at this romantic oasis. The apartment is beautifully decorated (including very comfy bed) and finished with real thought and care. There are ittle touches that really make it a special place to stay (bathrobes, a lovely private balcony looking over the harbour, chocolates on your pillow!) The house is made up of timber buildings, all designed & built by the owner, Francois. It is a really unique property with lots of big glass windows to let in the light and open up views over the water. Both owners are delightful. Ellie & Francois were always on hand to give us advice on restaurants, walks & beaches etc. Equally they aren’t overbearing and gave us our privacy. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a peaceful haven in Knysna. Waking up to look over the sea from your soft, warm bed is a real treat.
~ Joe, April 2016

Ellie and Francois were fantastic hosts; so warm, accommodating and helpful, particularly when we had to make last minute rearrangements! Their attention to detail was impeccable. Their place is really special, the perfect romantic hideaway! Beautifully designed and built by Ellie and Francois themselves. A few nights there left us feeling relaxed and refreshed after a hectic couple of weeks traveling. Would highly recommend!!
~ Aisling, March 2016

Very relaxing holiday. Thank you to Ellie & Francois for great hospitality. Will be back again soon!
~ Jonty, March 2016