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    The Little Unknown, Forest Accommodation, Fisanthoek

    Forest accommodation tucked away in a quiet corner of the indigenous Diepp Valle [Diepwalle] Forest.

    The Little Unknown  is the perfect forest getaway – for couples, small families or friends. With over 175,000 hectares of indigenous forest for as far as you can see, you are guaranteed as much nature as you can handle. Our forest accommodation is made up of a two bedroom, two bathroom stable-block conversion on a small farm – mid-way and just 30 minutes from both Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The little cabin overlooks a small dam and boasts scenic views all the way to the majestic Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges in the far distance. 

    The Little Unknown is an intimate place where one can enjoy peace & privacy away from all the distractions of a busy and bustling world. The location, ambiance and beautifully designed forest accommodation can be your bolt-hole for an intimate getaway or your base for an action-packed adventure break on The Garden Route.

    The forest cottage is suitable for year-round breaks; whether it be summer lazing or hiking and walking during the day followed by cosy nights by the fire or braai. The Little Unknown is a country cabin for all seasons and for all appetites.

    At a glance

    Accommodation: Sleeps 4 people maximum in 2 queen beds

    Restrictions: Sorry – no pets allowed

    Bedrooms: Two standard size bedrooms both comprising; 1 x Queen bed plus en-suite bathroom with shower.

    Staff: Half-day housekeeping service available at an additional cost

    Access & Parking: The Little Unknown  is located on a secure farm. There is adequate parking for at least 2 vehicles.

    Services: 1 x flat screen TV [NO dstv], DVD player, internet, external braai area, patio and external entertaining areas.

    Leisure amenities

    Sailing, kayaking, surfing, fishing, hiking, mountain & quad biking, horse riding & paragliding. Pezula, Simola, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Goose Valley & George golf courses are all within easy reach.

    Excursions

    The area between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay is nature’s playground. In addition to scenic drives, boat trips on the Knysna lagoon & beautiful forest and coastal walks, there are several superb wildlife reserves and sanctuaries – perfect for children & adults alike.

    These include: Knysna Elephant Park, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Buffalo Hills & Plettenberg Game Reserves, Tenikwa Wild Cat Park, Noah’s Park Wolf Sanctuary, Eagle Encounters & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. A day trip to the ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn, the magnificent Cango Caves or the Tsitsikamma National Park will prove unforgettable.

    Shopping and Dining Out

    Nearby in Fisanthoek there is a vineyard [Packwood Estate], dairy [Packwood] and brewery [Fisanthoek Brewing – Cloud7].

    The nearby N2 has many outlets including The Cheeseman, a butchery [Garden Route Meat Market], a pub [Nicky’s Bush Pub] and several cafes.

    In Knysna and Plettenberg Bay [30 mins drive] there are excellent supermarkets, boutiques and craft markets, plus a superb choice of cafés, pubs and gourmet restaurants.

    Distances

    Knysna town centre 28.5km

    Plettenberg Bay 29km

    George Airport 98 km

    Port Elizabeth 258km

    Cape Town 517km

    Nearby attractions

    If you are looking for beach days or lagoon fun – both Knysna and Plett are world-class options. Close to The Little Unknown and all along The Garden Route – you can find all manner of outdoor pursuits and attractions; from the Knysna Elephant Park to the world’s highest bungy jump at Bloukrans Bridge. If walking and hiking is your thing then you can do it from the front door of The Little Unknown – with the Petrus se Brandt trail [and many others] just a hop and a skip down the road.

    Rates

    Minimum stays: Minimum stays: 2 nights in Low Season, 3 nights in High Season and 7 nights in Peak Season. If your booking is for fewer nights, then you will be quoted for the minimum.

    Season 2024 Rate per day
    High 12 Jan – 30 April R 3 870
    Low 1 May – 30 Sept R 3 025
    High 1 Oct – 12 Dec R 3 810
    Peak 13 Dec – 11 Jan R 4 658
    Season 2025
    High 12 Jan – 30 April R 4 257
    Low 1 May – 30 Sept R 3 328
    High 1 Oct – 12 Dec R 4 191
    Peak 13 Dec – 11 Jan R 5 124

    Note: Knysna Oyster Festival is charged at High Season rates

    Terms and Conditions

    1. A 30% non-refundable deposit will be required to secure all bookings.
    2. Full payment must be received by us at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.
    3. The 30% security deposit will be returned within 30 days of the end of the booking. Guests should leave the accommodation as they found it in a tidy and orderly fashion and are liable for breakages and damage caused during their stay including but not restricted to the value of the breakage deposit.

    Cancellation Policy

    For cancellations up to 14 days prior to booking 50% [of the 70% balance payment] will be refunded.

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    More Information

    If you are looking for forest accommodation near Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, close enough to town but far enough to enjoy a tranquil forest getaway, you will love this little forest cabin.

    The Little Unknown is a beautiful wooden forest cottage 9kms from the National 2 highway [gravel and forest road] mid-way between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. This stable conversion is on a residential farm and clings to the very edge of the vast Diep Valle [Diepwalle] indigenous forest famous for its’ hiking trails. With fantastic views – and nature on your very doorstep – a holiday break at The Little Unknown forest cottage will rejuvenate and refresh your soul. 

    The smallholding – an old horse stud farm – was purchased by its current owner in 2007 and has been gently and sympathetically renovated over the last 12 years or so. Comprising paddocks, gardens, buildings and a stable block the farm is touched on 3 sides by deep forest. It stands along with approximately 8 other similar smallholdings in a line stretching east and is the most westernmost property in the Bitou Municipality. The closest neighbouring farm is out of sight. To the north and northeast lie the mountain ranges that signal the start of The Klein [little] Karoo. Below them in the northeast sprawls the start of the Bitou Valley. At night time the closest lights to be seen are at a farm 7,5kms away. This really is The Little Unknown!

    Having completed the stable conversion several years ago the forest cottage has accommodated many friends and family visitors – and is now available as rented forest accommodation for like-minded people seeking peace and quiet and a taste of nature.

    This forest accommodation sleeps a maximum of 2 couples in 2 queen beds in 2 small but beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms. The en-suites both have a walk-in shower, basin and wc, but no bath. The bedrooms have all the comforts one could need – from luxuriously upholstered headboards, electric blankets, side tables, dressers and sufficient hanging space for a few clothes.

    The open-plan living space consists of a fully fitted kitchen, dining for 4 and a lounge area complete with circular wood-burning fireplace. Sliding doors open up onto a full width stoep [terrace] above the dam. There is a huge outdoor dining table on the stoep, a daybed, ample outdoor seating, a double purpose-built wood braai [BBQ], a picnic table under the trees and a circular boma [fire pit] for magical evenings under the stars – often accompanied by the twinkling of fireflies and the raucous symphony of the frogs in the dam.

    Please note; The dam is fairly shallow and un-fenced. Please take care when walking near to its edge. Small children must be supervised at all times. We take no responsibility or accept any liability for accidents that occur at The Little Unknown or on The Farm @ Fisanthoek.

    Please note; the kitchen includes a retro oven and hob, small fridge, drinks fridge and small freezer. There is no washing machine. Our Housekeeper Beauty will keep everything in order during your stay with us.

    The Little Unknown is a perfect forest getaway for those who really LOVE nature and being away from it all. 

    It will not suit you if you are looking for creature comforts at your fingertips – everything is at a distance and if you come to stay you must buy what you need before arriving.

    Nestled under a giant fig tree on one side and overlooking a small lily-covered dam to the front you will have uninterrupted views across Diepwalle and the Bitou Plain. Spitzkop is visible to the west and the Tsitsikamma Mountains stretch off to the east all the way to the Eastern Cape. Whilst being remote and private our forest cabin does have a rough track to the other side of the fig tree which is used by neighbours to access their farms. This road is not busy though and that the only sounds you will probably hear during the day is the “ee-awing” of the donkeys calling for carrots or the odd chainsaw in the background. You may also hear the pitter-patter of vervet monkeys on the roof early in the morning as they collect ripe fruit from the trees for their breakfast. On occasion you may even be startled out of your daydreaming by a bark from the dopey farm dogs defending their territory from the cows being herded down the gravel track back to the neighboring farms.

    IMPORTANT NOTE!

    -The long winding road through the forest is bumpy, uneven and quite narrow in some sections. Take it slow and enjoy the amazing scenery. The journey can be a bit intimidating for those not used to unpaved roads and it is easy to make a wrong turn if you don’t follow directions correctly. So please concentrate on spotting the landmarks and, if you follow our directions closely, you will eventually reach The Little Unknown – and see what you have been missing!

    – Whilst you don’t need a 4×4, vehicles with a little more ground clearance are preferable – but not essential. Standard road saloons will make the journey safely. Please note that telephone and internet connections are usually not possible when you are in the forest. 

    – As we are in the bush we do have bugs, the occasional mosquito, geckos (salamanders), chameleons and other [larger] wildlife all around us. As long as you close your windows and doors at night you should not have any close encounters with creepy crawlies. However, if you do see them, they are not there to hurt you and are just as desperate to get away from you as you are from them! Enjoy the encounters.

    – Phone reception is fairly poor at The Farm however there are spots where you can get a good signal [standing on one leg and facing north type-of-thing ;] We do have landlines at The Farm for local calls and emergencies. We do offer free wifi – but it is not a strong or particularly fast bandwidth. Anyway – we encourage you to switch off your phones whilst you are here and enjoy the experience.