VIRTUAL TOUR PER COTTAGE AND NEARBY ATTRACTIONS
Forest Edge virtual tour of interior & exterior photos of each available cottage & a Large Aerial View.
*** IMPORTANT: we do NOT under any circumstances guarantee a specific cottage. See more on this below.
CLICK ON MAP AREAS (e.g. COTTAGE ROOFS) TO SEE VIRTUAL TOURS.
IF IT IS EASIER FOR YOU TO FOLLOW A TEXTUAL LINK, CLICK ON THESE:
Also see our LARGE Aerial Photograph of Forest Edge
FairyDen cottage virtual photo tour of interior and exterior of cottage
FoxGlove cottage virtual photo tour of interior and exterior of cottage
Fieldmouse cottage virtual photo tour of interior and exterior of cottage
FroggyPond cottage virtual photo tour of interior and exterior of cottage
FireFly cottage virtual photo tour of interior and exterior of cottage
Reception, office, entrance, pond and owner-manager's home
Communal Areas, Woodcutter graves and views of Neighbouring Farm
Forest Edge Food Forest, chicken coup, bees and self-sustainable practices
Drupkelders Rock pools (walk starting at Forest Edge
Jubilee Creek picnic site
The Drift (sandy "beach" on the tranquil Knysna river)
Indigenous Knysna Forest bordering Forest Edge & nearby walks
Millwood museum and teagarden close to Forest Edge
Professional massage service either in-cottage or at nearby studio
Also see our LARGE Aerial Photograph of Forest Edge
We also offer 360 degree virtual video tours - latest as at Feb 2011 with 7 views including Foxglove cottage interiors (already outdated in terms of gardens but useful as it shows cottage interiors and positioning)
A LITTLE ABOUT EACH COTTAGE:
Fairy Den cottage:
Fairy Den cottage is at the Western end of the road furtherest from the Forest Edge Reception and the only passersby are guests who visit the Woodcutter graves or Donkeys, or staff with operational business in our water / tools / wood processing area - all of this is in a separate camp in the far, most Western corner. Due to it being quieter especially at dawn or dusk, there is a slightly increased chance of seeing visiting forest wild life. The property is narrow at this point, so the cottage is quite close to the indigenous Sanparks forest. It is usually used as our Pet Friendly cottage on the rare occasion that we receive guests with a well-behaved pet (it is thoroughly 'de-petted' after any pet visit). It has a small water feature visible from the veranda.
Foxglove cottage is near the Western end of the road (also away from the busy reception area) with a nice space in front of it overlooking the indigenous Sanparks forest, and to the right of it overlooking extensive gardens. Sometimes bushbuck like to rest in the shade under this cottage and Knysna Loeries and other forest birds are often seen in the tall Forest trees in front of it. This cottage seems to be popular with families, perhaps due to the private picnic bench tucked away in young indigenous growth and fynbos near the cottage's braai area.
Fieldmouse cottage is the middle of the 5 cottages, kind of at the tip of the V-formation with the other cottages slightly behind it, so it has a private feel. It is also positioned close to the fence with indigenous Sanparks forest, often offering sightings of forest wildlife and forest birdlife from the veranda. This cottage seems popular with bird-lovers or nature-loving families (it has a rear view onto the jungle gym and bonfire area and a large garden area). Although all cottages have a fireplace, Fieldmouse is the only cottage with a ceramic "firepot" in the lounge which makes for a very attractive log-fire and effective heating.
Froggy Pond cottage:
Froggy Pond cottage is the cottage situated closest to the Forest Edge Reception and it overlooks a shallow pond which is frequented by herons, yellow-billed ducks, hamerkop, moorhens and a host of different frogs. This is our iconic cottage as it epitomises the tranquility we offer and it is also popular with Honeymooners and for Romantic Getaways, and of course bird-lovers who enjoy twitching right from their stoep or hammock! With the jungle gym and bonfire area slightly behind it also makes a good choice for families, although those with small children sometimes prefer to be further away from the open pond.
Firefly cottage is situated on the North-Eastern end of the property and adjacent to our private area that houses our food forest, flock of chickens, earth worms and bee hives. It has a pond slightly behind it, so offers much of the same water ambiance while overlooking the indigenous Sanparks forest to the North, with the Forest Edge Reception overlooking it from behind and a lovely private garden area to the North-East. It feels private although in busy seasons one can hear hikers passing by on the road outside Forest Edge, on their way to the Drupkelders rock pools or the Outeniqua hiking trail. Bushbuck, baboons and monkeys are often spotted moving past this cottage. Although our happy bee hives are safely far and well away from the cottages and behind fences and screens, some people prefer to not be in the cottage closest to where they are kept.
*** Please note that we do NOT under any circumstances guarantee a specific cottage. The purpose of this virtual tour is to give you the best possible idea of what Forest Edge looks like, and by dividing it into the various Cottage Areas, it makes this task more manageable. You are welcome to indicate your first and second choice and we obviously want to make you happy where we can, but it is impossible to place all guests in the cottage they want, if it happens to be the same cottage! And we sometimes have to shift people to a different cottage in the case of an unforseen operational challenge like a burst geyser, for example. If you feel that strongly about wanting a guaranteed cottage, you can book one but pay for two cottages!
OTHER USEFUL NATURE-LOVER LINKS:
Knysna TREE List - Garden Route
Knysna BIRD List - Garden Route
Knysna MAMMAL List - Garden Route