About Us

Headlands House -  A Destination All On Its Own

Headlands House has been managed with uncompromising levels of service and attention to detail since 1999.  Apart from our stunning location, the emphasis is on personal service.
From the moment you arrive, we are available to advise and book wonderful day trips and golf, as well as recommend excellent restaurants.
We can also arrange in-house Massages.  We have our own tour guide, on call, who  can take you on a personalized tour of Knysna town or a romantic cruise on the lagoon.
And of course, we will gladly book these “treats" in advance, on confirmation of booking, to avoid missing out on what wonderful Knysna and its surrounds has to offer.

 Crisp cotton percale sheets and rich fabrics throughout, as well as hand picked antiques, ensure guests enjoy the comfortable elegance of Headlands House.
Each of our six luxury en-suite rooms are individually decorated, with complimentary toiletries, bathrobes, a wall safe, DSTV,
tea- and coffee making facilities and their own balconies.  Free wifi is available throughout the guest house. 

An extensive continental breakfast is served  including fresh fruits, yogurts, cereals, and delicious local cheese as well a full cooked breakfast including
eggs of your choice 
In whale season, guests often enjoy a wonderful start to the day at breakfast, with the sighting of whales,
blowing in the ocean below Headlands.  In winter, guests are tempted to wind down the day with a
lovely bottle of red wine from our honesty bar in front of a roaring log fire, in the lounge.
Headlands is perfectly located to explore Knysna and its surrounds, as well as the many wonderful sights and activities that the Garden Route has to offer.
Many guests chose Headlands as there base to explore further afield, but to savour the exceptional dramatic location that Headlands has to offer,
and the sound of the sea crashing against the Coney Glen cliffs at night.  Our comfortable and cosy rooms are
also the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend away, a honeymoon or an anniversary celebration.

Our Latest Reviews from Trip Advisor and Booking.com


16 May 2019Absolutely perfect 5/5

Headlands House was the perfect base to explore Kynsna & it’s surroundings. Debbie and Riane were wonderful hosts and made us very comfortable during our stay. Riane bakes the best muffins and scones and Debbie the most delicious breakfasts.

The room we stayed in had incredible views over the ocean and we had sundowners on our balcony every evening. The only downside was that we could not stay for longer.

We cannot recommend this wonderful hotel enough & are already planning our next trip back.
5 May 2019Homely and comfortable 5/5

Real homely feeling. Beautiful views and big comfortable bed with well thought out extras. Lovely breakfast and very friendly and caring staff. They went out of their way to open up early for us for breakfast as we had to leave early each day. Would definitely recommend.
13 March 2019A Great Stay 5/5

Debbie and Johanna made us very welcome. The guest house has a superb view and is very good value for money. We thoroughly enjoyed out six nights at this guest house, made more enjoyable by their attention to detail. Special thanks to these two ladies for their professionalism and hospitality.
28 Feb 2019Home from Home 5/5

This home is in a lovely location with amazing views. It is comfortable and well appointed. The two ladies who manage it are incredibly welcoming and extremely helpful. The breakfast is very good and the freshly baked complimentary scones available all day are delicious!
14 Feb 2019Perfect Location 5/5

Best view to the mouth of Knysna, Good spot for Golfer. 3 top cources around. Great help from the staff on any requirement. Golf, Restaurant and others. Have been there 3rd time and if we come back to South Africa, we will not miss this location once more.
We can highly recommend this guest house
20 Oct 2018Quaint guesthouse with great views 5/5

Comfortable and cozy room with good views of the Knysna Heads. Quaint living room and delicious breakfast. Staff very friendly and helpful. Good location on a quiet street close to viewpoint, plenty of parking space and within close proximity of restaurants.
10 Oct 2018Serenity I needed to write a book 5/5

Best decision I ever made. The views are out of this world! Superb customer care.
19 Sep 2018Great Stay At The Headlands House 5/5

Great Views and excellent service. If one takes a walk around the headlands house neighborhood one will find lots of interesting trails and nature view points to the sea. Also, the walkarounds are invigorating.
17 Aug 2018Headlands House 4/5

This property has a very good location and very hospitable staff.The staff are very knowledgeable about other services available in the area. I would certainly recommend it to other people and we will try and stay there again should we travel to Knysna in the future .
30 Jul 2018Stunning View & Great Wi-Fi 5/5

Amazing View where you can watch the Indian Ocean from the balcony. Breakfast is also lovingly made on the spot, and Debbie will ensure that your stay is great. Just let her know what activities you've in mind, and rest assured that she will help make all the arrangements.
12 Jul 2018Amazing 5/5

The hospitality was far beyond rating. The ladies gave us a very warm welcome and treated us so well. The house was clean and the bathroom well maintained with clean and new towels. I am definitely recommending this place to anyone visiting The heads,it is an awesome place to stay at with amazing sea and lagoon views. What you see on their website is exactly what you see when you get to the place no photoshopping done. Not to forget great breakfast.
17 Jun 2018Loved it 4/5

Beautiful views, friendly staff and a few hidden surprises from management made the stay very welcoming. This place is really value for money. Won’t mind staying there again. My wife and I were very happy.
8 Jun 2018Fabulous in every respect! 5/5

Wonderful situation at the top of the cliffs and a fabulous romantic place to stay! The rooms and decor was superb. Lovely log fire when we arrived there. Although there is no restaurant, there are places close by, and welcome refreshments and drinks are available. The staff were friendly and catered to,our every need. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone! (Hotel ratings buttons won’t work, but all were excellent!)
4 Jun 2018You can't top this! 5/5

This venue has the most spectacular views, you really can't get better than this! Overlooking the ocean at the Knysna Heads. Cosy fireplace in common area, friendly staff, yummy breakfast. Will definitely be going there again.


30 June 2019"We had such a lovely stay" 10

We had such a lovely stay in Knysna - the rooms were really nice and all with a stunning view of Knysna heads. The host was amazing as well, arranging tours for us and giving us the best tips. We will for sure be back again!!!
21 June 2019"The best booking experience in South Africa" 10

Hostess is such a nice lady who manage to run a fantastic villa and garden in the best view place. You can choose the bird room to see the river or the whale room to the sea. Room is super clean and warm. Breakfast is so delicate and delicious. The garden has attracted so many beautiful birds. The best experience in South Africa!
6 April 2019" If you like beautiful views, head here" 10

A great welcome to a beautiful venue in a really fantastic setting. And the breakfast was delicious, including a wonderful fruit salad.
31 March 2019" Should and stayed longer" 9.6

Amazing view from the terrace and lounge area. Staff were lovely. Breakfast fantastic with extra home baked muffins to take away.
23 Oct 2018“Amazing View!” 10

What a view... It was so amazing. We could see some whales too!

The breakfast and the service was incredible. She was so nice to us, very friendly with a lot of information about the city and restaurants. Unfortunately we only stayed for one night... would definately come back!
30 Aug 2018“Will definitely stay there on our next Garden Route trip.” 10

The location and views are even better than in pics. Comfy room with nice touches and an unobstructed view of the heads (Elephant). Lovely breakfast and Johlanda was a wonderful host. Wi-Fi was upgraded and works well.
29 Jul 2018“Home away from home with spectacular views” 9.6

We liked Everything about Headlands

Debbie's warm welcome to Headlands was the start of a great stay. The views from the room and the common areas are spectacular. Headlands offers a very warm and homely experience.
4 Jul 2018Exceptional 10

Amazing location. Indian Ocean on one side, Knysna lagoon on the other side. Debbie is incredibly nice and helpful.
2 April 2018'Easter Bunny surprise” 10

Their was nothing to dislike - a Truly exceptional property

Beautiful location. immaculate property with super helpful staff.
21 March 2018Exceptional 10

Amazing view. Beautiful rooms! The house and feel to it is just perfect. Modern, yet with a warm feeling to it. Absolutely attentive and welcoming staff. Everything was perfect.
13 Mar 2018“Would recommend this guest house to the most discerning potential visitor.” 10
What was not to like? Plus the breakfast and the presentation of it also gets a 10. Debbie is a true asset to the company - nothing to much for her and with a great smile.
20 Feb 2018“Beautiful location.” 10

The view from the guest house was brilliant. We received a really warm welcome from Johlanda and felt immediately at home. We received lots of information about the locality and places to eat. We had a excellent breakfast. We will definitely be recommending this accommodation to our friends.

30 Jan 2018Exceptional 10

Amazing view on the terrace, amazing breakfast and really cosy environment.

Contact Us

Contact: Debbie
Tel: +27 (0)44 384 0949
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 601 1319
Fax:  +27 (0)86 549 7369
Email: info@headlandshouse.co.za
Address: 50 Coney Glen Drive, The Heads, Knysna
Postal Address:  PO Box 2281, Knysna 6570, South Africa
GPS CO-ORDINATES:  34°04'41.60"S - 23°03'53.20"E

Headlands House, A destination All on its own. Knysna, The Heads, Western Cape. Dramatic Location. Breath taking views. Famous Knysna Heads. Quality of Service, Garden Route, Cliff Edge Pool. Large wooden Viewing Deck. Emphasis on Personal Service Accommodation The Heads Knysna Headlands House Rooms with sea views