The story of Belvidere begins in 1830 when land known as 'Uitzig' was acquired by George Rex, the "squire and proprietor of Knysna" for sale

The story of Belvidere begins in 1830 when land known as 'Uitzig' was acquired by George Rex, the "squire and proprietor of Knysna"

Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa


16 500 000 ZAR

14 200 000 ZAR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent
Agent Cellphone: 0844131071
Agent Office Number: 0617166951
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Type: Boutique Hotel
Bedrooms: 28
Bathrooms: 28
Showers: 28
Parking: 25
TGCSA Rating: 4 Star

The story of Belvidere

The story of Belvidere begins in 1830 when land known as 'Uitzig' was acquired by George Rex, the "squire and proprietor of Knysna" who had settled at a farm known as Melkhout Kraal, close to what is now the junction between the N2 national road and George Rex Drive. George Rex became the foremost timber merchant in the district, as well as a ship builder. In 1833 a young Scotsman named Thomas Henry Duthie who was serving in the British Army in the Cape, met and married George's third daughter, Caroline. He bought the farm from his father-in-law for £750, and renamed it 'Belvidere'.

Caroline Duthie
Belvidere postmark
Thos Duthie

In April 1835 the young family, now with a first baby, named Caroline after her mother, moved into their small cottage, near the site of where "The Bell" now stands. At that time the cottage would have had timber walls and a rush roof, and was a comparatively primitive dwelling.

By 1848, the family had quite outgrown the cottage. The Duthie's had nine children by August 1850, and plans were made to build a larger house. Foundations were laid on 2nd October 1848, and according to Thomas' diary, in November 1849 the family had their "first dinner out of New House - it was good".

With its simple design and indigenous wood interior, Belvidere House became an important example of English Georgian architecture in the Western Cape where the Dutch gabled houses were more common. The Victorian-style verandahs were added in the 1860's.

During its life, Belvidere House served as an official post office serving the local community, with business being transacted from the glass door in the drawing room. Copies of letters sent from Belvidere, with the Belvidere postmark may be seen framed on the wall in the Drawing Room.

As a crossing point from one side of the lagoon to the other, many visitors from all over the country spent time at Belvidere. It was a centre of gracious hospitality, welcoming every person of note who visited the Knysna area, including Bishop Gray and his wife Sophie, and the author Anthony Trollope, and we hope we are continuing this tradition to this day. 

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Key features
Built in 1849 and bursting with original charm, the manor house, its associated pub, “The Bell” and the conference centre are on offer.

The manor house, achieving historical monument status in 1990 is currently run as a upmarket restaurant with the upper floor being devoted to office space. The spacious conference centre effortlessly spills out onto a vine covered terrace with outdoor function space available. The character filled “The Bell” is a well known local institution and is reminiscent of pubs of a bygone era with low ceilings and exposed beams. There are also associated outbuildings and storage rooms that complete this building.

This multi option income producing business is priced VAT excluded. Includes all assets and stock.

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Cliff Jacobs

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Skype: cliff.jacobs

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