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Villa Paradisa is one of the rare places I have been to in SA which really merits/deserves its name.  This beautiful, romantically built, warm house built on the very top hill of Knysna with an amazing view of the lagoon reallly makes you feel like you are in Paradise!  The amazing 180 degree view over the nature reserve and lagoon just makes you regret why you did not book for more days to stay longer ...  This lovely villa style guest house is not only located in the prime area but it's also run by one of the most hospitable couples who will help you with good guidance and advice that you would need during your stay.  One of the biggest advantages of the place is the private space that you will have without many other guests staying over.  There are only 3-4 rooms and therefore it feels like it is your home and you don't feel invaded by others.  I recommend Villa Paradisa to everyone (and have already sent 4 people to have the experience), to get away and find the perfect vacation!  It is also a place where you find absolute value for your money.
Sultan from South Africa (previously, Turkey)

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Many thanks for a wonderful experience and more particularly, the humour!
Maryna & John, Port Elizabeth

We truly had an amazing Honeymoon night.  Thank you very much!  We had a great time!.
Andre & Elmarie - George

Vielen Danke fur schonen wundervollen Haus.
Silvie from Germany

Saleemah & I would like to thank Martin and Marilyn for making this an amazing part of our Honeymoon.  A truly wonderful home accompanied by a wonderful and very accommodating couple.
Many thanks & all the best for 2009!
Asif & Saleemah - Blackburn, England

M & M
Thanks for everything.  We had a wicked time, great hosts, superb mushrooms.  Happy mushrooms! (Hannah)
Telfar & Hannah & Shireen - Cape Town

Thank you for the splendid stay and for taking care of us so well!
Awesome place, hosts & nature - I guess there is nothing more to add, but simply a great experience!!!
All the best,
Gabriela, Iliana & Dimitar

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!  This is really a gem.  We'll be back -x-
Fort Worth, Texas, USA - Robyn & Mitch - Joburg, SA

Vielen Dank fur den wundervollen Aufenthalt hier.  Wis haben es sehr genossen!
Dirk & Tanje Greis - Germany

Dear Marilyn, dear Martin,
We had wonderful days at your place.
Villa Paradisa is the perfect name for the paradise you created!
Thanks for your hospitality, the delicious barbeque and the very interesting talks.
All the best for you!
Tanje & Philipp Tietjen (Hamburg, Germany)

Marilyn & Martin!
Thanks for a truly wonderful experience - the hospitality, views, food, and great surroundings will be with us forever.
Happy New Year !!
Christy & Bill Roe

Spero she qualehe Italiano possa avere la fortuna di arrivare.  Qui, perche penso che dopo questo posto ei sia solo veramente il paradiso Marilyn & Martin sono veramente eccezzichari ei hanno esccolato some mai eravamo stasi prima, la casa bellissima il eibo eccelizionale e loro, veramente nonciahanno fatto mancare niente anei heravigliosi -
consiglio a tutti di fermasi el piu possible.
Asolo 15.1.09 Daniela & Roberto, Italia
Treviso, Italy

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for your hospitality, your service was impeccable and your home magnificent.
We also got engaged on the balcony on the 31/1/09, overlooking the beautiful view of the lagoon.
We will definately return soon. Thank you.
Regards, Warren & Cindy - RSA

Dear Friends,
Thank you for allowing us to stay at your beautiful home.  We really feel at home these days, and you are so nice with us.
This place is definitely the place to be.
Thanks for all,
Kindly regards,
Aymeric & Christine (France)

Dear Marilyn & Martin,
Thank you very much for a wonderful stay in your house.  Thank you also for the great tips you gave to us  We enjoyed every minute of our stay and hope to see you again some day.
Yvonne & Menno - Holland

Thank you both for wonderful stay in your spectacular house.  It was very restful.  We enjoyed just "chillin" as well as exploring this beautiful part of the world.
We hope to visit you again someday.
Philip & Derek
Barbados, West Indies

What a sight
What a place
What a nice people
What a beautiful room
What a good wine
What a special experience
Thanks and good luck with your house.  We had a great time.
Regards, Peter (Holland) & Adam (Cape Town)

March 6, 2009
Beste Marilyn & Martin,
Beste dank om ons mede te laten genieten van jullie heerlyk huis, het prachtig uitzicht op de lagoon & Heads!
We genoten van elke ogenblik hier!
Hartelyke groeten
Etienne & Bieke Blomme - Belgium

This was Paradise!  I thought I was in heaven!
Thanks, Martin & Marilyn, you made the weekend very special - from superb accommodation, to views to die for - to sipping champagne whilst cruising canals - to overeating at breakfast!
We had lots of fun!
Love, Steve & Wendy xxx

Knysna, est un endroit ideal pour un repos d'esprit.  Martin et Marilyn, je vous remerci infiniment pour votre hospitalite.  Mon epouse Katrin et David notre fils vous remerdis du fond de leurs coeurs.
Family Ruefli
(Knysna is an ideal place to rest your spirits.  Martin and Marilyn, I thank you unendingly for your hospitality.  My wife Katrin and our son David thank you from the bottom of their hearts.
Thank you
Family Ruefli)

Thanks Marilyn & Martin for making our stay in Knysna so memorable!  Villa Paradisa has been a fantastic base from which to explore, and your hospitality has been brilliant.  Thanks especially for inviting us to the braai!  We look forward to visiting again, and in the meantime will recommend you to all our friends and family.
Matt & Delia, London, UK

We had such a great stay at Villa Paradisa.  Marilyn & Martin were wonderful hosts and couldn't do enough to help us - including a trip to the dentist!!  The guesthouse is of a very high standard and Martin's scrambled egg was the best ever  We will definitely recommend this place to our friends and hope to visit again
Cliodhna & Laythamm, Jersey, UK

16 March 2009
Thanks for your hospitality and great chat.  Also, the chilly produced by Mr Paradiso is outstanding!  We thank him very much to have revealed the magic mix to us and we will proudly carry the secret with us to UK.
Love, Simona and Satish

This is one of the best places we have ever stayed.  Marilyn & Martin were great hosts right from the start.  The Jacuzzi and pool were perfect.  Also, we had a great breakfast.
Thanks for the warm welcome.
Eoin & Rachel

Best Villa ...
Best Hosts ...
Best View ...
"8 Wonders of the World"
Thanks guys for a really, really enjoyable stay.
See you again & again & ...
Mark Solomon

Faarte frumos si cuzat ...
Ma numesc Irina si vin din md.  Mia placut mult aici, cred ca ma intoze.
Irina (Iris) - Moldova

Dear Martin, Marilyn & Leigh,
We have had a wonderful time here at your home -
your hospitality has made our visit a most memorable experience for us and we hope to see you all one day in Adelaide.
Don & Chantel Venn

Dear Marilyn & Martin,
Many thanks for having us at your wonderful place . .
for the "irresistable" breakfast and the amazing view . .
everything is so well thought of . .
hope to see you again, soon . .
I'll definitely plan a longer stay next time . .
- and Leigh - thx for the Amarula!
Cheers, Burcu - Turkey

10 April 2009
Dear Marilyn & Martin,
Thank you so much for your hospitality.
This was truly a special place to stay!
I can't believe the wonderful breakfast we had with such a beautiful view, delicious food, and such nice hosts.
I'm really happy to have discovered Paradisa, and hope I can come back for more.
Many thanks, Berent (Turkish)

Dear Martin & Marilyn,
THANK YOU for the wonderful stay!
We really enjoyed our saty.  Thank you for being so friendly, warm and welcoming.
We will definitely be back!!!
THANKS!  Yvette & Mike 

13 April 2009
Dear Marilyn & Martin,
Thanks very much for your hospitality, and sharing your wonderful home with us.  I looked forward to waking every morning with this wonderful view in front of me.
Thanks also for the great suggestions of things to do each day.  Knysna is truly an awesome town!
You've added so much value to our stay  Thanks again!

13 April 2009
Hello Marilyn & Martin,
Wow, where to begin.. Thank you so much for a great stay.  We could relax and have fun at the same time!!  Thanks for all the effort you put in to make our looonnnggg weekend wonderful and memorable.  We saw and did things I don't think would have happened if not for you.  Again thank you for sharing your house, experiences - it was really great!!
Much love, Thelma

16 April 2009
Martin & Marilyn,
Coming to stay with you felt as though we were staying with our own family!!  You made us feel so welcome and really made us feel invited.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Knysna and will take with us fond memories.
Many thanks for your kindness and hospitality.
Lots of love
Rukhsana & Naveed
London, England

May 1st 2009
Marilyn & Martin, we thoroughly enjoyed staying at your beautiful place.  We felt like royalty and enjoyed our conversations with you.
The food was absolutely lovely and fabulous  Thank you for the Braai, again the food and the experience of "South Africa was awesome.
I wish you had a place in the States like this, Jeff and I would come on a quarterly basis.  I hope we can make it back out in a year or two.
Thank you so much for making our stay a life's experience to remember!
God Bless & Take Care
Brenda & Jeff
PS  Loved all the breakfast meals & boat ride!
Jeff De Witt & Brenda Werner

This place truly is paradise!
I have felt as comfortable and relaxed here as if I was at home with my own family.
Marilyn and Martin (and all the Van Niekerk clan) have made me so welcome and pampered.
I will be recommending this place to everyone I know and meet.
All my heartfelt thanks and love,

May 2009
The beauty aloft this majestic perch,
fanciful flights of adventures and dreams are taken.
To wake and peer over edge, a feast for the soul
we are fed each day through these eyes.

Truly having met new friends whom have taken care of us and catered to our hearts' content,
we now continue with our journey, knowing we have lived a dream, even though brief.
Thank you for these memories and welcoming us into your home.
James & Adelai Mittan

July 2009
Martin & Marilyn
A magnificent location, great facilities and SPECTACULAR hosts - the weather was terrific as well.
I enjoyed the stay very much - having such great accommodation was very helpful in my
weekend of racing.
Thank you very much
Mike Vomund (Transplanted Yank-CA, USA - now living in Cape Town)

Martin & Marilyn
What a fantastic place you have, your own bit of paradise.
Thank you for taking us in, we've had a wonderful rest.
The best breakfast - georgeous mushrooms!
We'll be back.
Thanks again,
Wayne, Robina, Danica & Sam

Dear Martin and Marilyn
Thanks for sharing your piece of heaven with us.
We felt so at home, we never wanted to leave!
Looking forward to returning to your hospitality,
divine breakfasts and the Jacuzzi!
All our love
Steven and Joy

Awesome experience - best view/hosts/food/etc etc!
Oh yes - the Jacuzzi!!
- Beware the excellent cuisine prepared by master chef Martin!
He will get you!!
Be back SOON!
Steve & Joy

What can I say that has not been said.  We have had an awesome time
and hope to see you soon.
All the best
Pam & Al

To Marilyn & Martin
Thanks a lot for your warm hospitality.
Enjoyed very much
Rony, Romy,
Dorit & Betzalel
ISRAEL 11/8/09

Marilyn & Martin,
You manage agreet with excellent hospitality and very friendly atmosphere - our stay couldn't
have been any nicer, the welcome, the food (especially the chilli) and our room were exceptional.
Thanks very much for everything.  Hope to crash at your place again.
Amir & Dalia

Marilyn & Martin San
It was first time for us to visit Knysna, but we could spend wonderful time here as if this is our
home because of your warm hospitality.  We also appreciate for your support when our son Aoi
had high fever, making appointment with doctor.  We have a lot of good memories in Knysna
such as fantastic view from our room, delicious breakfast (chilli! was really good too), beauty
treatment, Knysna Elephant Park, and so on.  What we enjoy the most is very friendly
atmosphere and excellent hospitality of Villa Paradisa.
Thank you very much for everything!
Sept 23, 2009.  Hiroyuki, Hiroko, Aoi Togawa

Marilyn & Martin
Many thanks for your hospitality and a wonderful stay at your beautiful home.
We couldn't have had a better place to stay at.
Hope to see you again!
Maria & Andreas Herbst, Sweden

Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for your hospitality, lovely breakfasts.
Your guest house is beautiful and very "user friendly"!
We would love to return someday.
14 October 2009
Many thanks, Michael & Mary Grange

Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for sharing this beautiful view and delicious breakfasts with us.
We look forward to returning and recommending this guest house to anyone
we know travelling to Knysna.
Thank again,
Kathryn & Chris Valdez
Denver, Colorado, USA

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you very much for making our stay in Knysna one to never forget. 
Your hospitality was second to none and your house is amazing.
We will most certainly be recommending your guest house to others.
Once again thank you very much.
All the best for the future and hope to meet again in future.
Sunil & Carl
PS  The eggs were the best

We like your place very much!  We hope to come back.
It was great!  Fantastic view!
Thank you!
Ad & Agnes
Holland & Belgium 

Dearest Marilyn and Martin,
We just want to say a huge THANK YOU for such a wonderful stay in
your truly beautiful home.  The views, the accommodation and of course
your hospitality were just fabulous.  We will recommend you to all of
our friends.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We will come again soon!
Rochelle & Peter
Kent, England

...And Peter & Jacqueline from Germany say goodbye "with tears in
their eyes"!
Take care

Dear Marilyn & Martin
We truly enjoyed our stay here, and we loved staying in the "honeymoon" suite
which you so delicately decorated for us as well.  Martin, you cooking style was
a great pleasure and it kept us on our feet from early morning till late afternoon!
Many thanks also for your hospitality.  It seems so natural for the African style all
over Africa and we enjoy it so much.  I'm sure there will be a next time, hopefully
with less wind.
Annekarie & Anton

We have had a wonderful few days here at Villa Paradisa.
Martin and Marilyn have been fantastic hosts in this magnificent house - we have
enjoyed every minute.  Breakfasts deserve a special mention -ENJOY.
Alistair and Isobel Morgan

Villa Paradisa is a real paradise and we enjoyed every moment!
Thanks to Martin and Marilyn for sharing their beautiful house and view with us.
The food was great and the hospitality even better!  Our Honeymoon Suite was
beautiful and the Jacuzzi was the highlight.  Thank you for the stunning braai
and delicious fish and all the laughs!!!  They even allowed us a dance on the stoep
and thanks for turning up the music guys!
Truly the best place we have ever stayed!  We will be back and all of the best
until we see you again!!!
Lots of Love
Delene & Nico
Cape Town

Dear Marilyn and Martin, thanks for your lovely hospitality and the pleasure for us
to visit your beautiful paradise you call home.  This experience will lighten up our
days when we soon travel home to dark sky, snow and minus degrees. Thanks
for the lovely tips of restaurants, the tuc-tuc journey and good breakfasts. 
Will miss the nightly Jacuzzis aswell ...
All our love and Merry Christmas
Daniel and Catharina
Sweden's finest

Marilyn and Martin
Words are not enough to say thank you for the lovely and very special time in
your beautiful villa!
The food, company and our room was exceptional;  a truly unique and
unforgettable few days!
May you both have a very special Christmas and may 2010 be a blessed year
for the Van Niekerks!
Thank you so very much!
Jaque & Petrone
Centurion, Pretoria

25 December 2009
Thank you Marilyn & Martin for a fantastic time!
We expecially enjoyed the pool and Jacuzzi and the unbelievable views!!
You were fantastic hosts, we felt welcomed and extremely comforable.
We will be back for an anniversary as soon as!!
All of the best for the New Year!
Thanks again
Love Bernard & Candice Benson
xx Caoe Town

Dear Martin & Marilyn
Thank you so much for the best time ever!!
May the Lord bless you and make His face shine upon you!
Shalom ... x
Gerrit & Leanne

Dear Marilyn & Martin
We are glad to have found you and your beautiful house for our (too short)
stay in Knysna.  We had a lot of fun, especially Chamroeun, in the Jacuzzi.
Should we ever be back again in Knysna, we will stay again in your beautiful
Maria, Dieter & Chamroeun
Es war toll
Danke Danke Danke

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you so much for taking such good care of us while we stayed at your
beautiful place.  I will look forward to hosting you when you make it to New York.
Thank you again!
Mike Naft

Dear Marilyn & Martin
It has been such a pleasure to meet you and stay at your fantastic Villa.  Everything
has been tip-top and your warm hospitality was much appreciated.  I hope to see you
again soon.
Leeor Farthadia

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you so much for accommodating my mother at breakfast and making her arrangements.  Fantastic hospitality.  Very comfortable and truly a 5 star experience.  We enjoyed our stay
much and Martin's fabulous breakfasts have surely set us back a few years of work outs!

Dear Marilyn & Martin
We had a lovely time here.  Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality, all the lovely
breakfasts, including setting up my massage :)  We will be back soon with the family.
Loved it!  Have a great 2010.

Dear Marilyn & Martin
You have so beautiful guest house with marvelous view.  We loved to stay here 2 nights.
We relaxed in the pool and specially in Jacuzzi.  We will tell all our friends in Finland
that they have to come here and hopefully also we will be back in the future.
Have a lovely New Year 2010!
With love, Johanna & Petri
Moi Moi
Finland (Espou)

Dear Marilyn & Martin
What can we say.  Thank you so much for letting us enjoy your piece of Paradise with you.
From the moment we walked in we felt at home and at ease.  Thank you for your hospitality,
chats, tips and the breakfast - just let us know when it is available in bed :).  We thoroughly
enjoyed our Honeymoon and the "Love Room" was fantastic.,  We enjoyed the comfort and
the view.  Next time we are in Paradise we hope you have room for us  Thank you for making
our time special.  Martin, don't worry, I will remember my promise!!
Lots of Love
Michael & Maria Hann
Johannesburg, RSA

A very welcoming couple you are!
We enjoyed our stay very much, although it was short!!
Special thanks to Martin for the impeccable organization (paragliding, biking, golf):  next time,
you come with us (no excuse!)
See you very soon.
Guillaume and Nicolas

9 January 2010
Thank you for a great time. We enjoyed the extraordinary view!  Had good times on that
lovely balcony and appreciate your hospitality.  All the best for the year to come!
Greetings, Pierre & Christa

Knysna 10.01.10
Liebe Marilyn
Liebe Martin
Wir moechten uns ganz herzlich fur die tolle zeit in eurem haus bedanken.  Ihr habt den 
schoensten plaate von Knysna gefunden und evetz paradies geschaffen.  Dank everer fuersorge,
hierzllichkeit haben wir uns sofort zu hause gefuehlt.  Martin war  ein sterneverdaechtiger chef
de cuisine und Marilyn die gute fee - man brauchte nur einen wunsch aussprechen und schon
"plop"! Sollten wir nochmals in diesen teil der erde kommen, wissen wir wo die "Villa Paradisa"
ist.  Nochmals herzlichen dank und viel freude fuer euch in eurem Paradies.
Elisabeth "Guggi" und Juergen

(We would like to thank you for the marvellous time we had in your house.  You have found the
nices place in Knysna and created your paradise.  We immediately felt at home, due to your
care and hospitality.  Martin was a 5-star chef de cuisine and Marilyn the good fairy, one
mentioned a wish and "plop".  Should we come again to this part of the world, we know where
to find "Villa Paradisa".  Again, many thanks and a lot of happiness in your paradise.
Elisabeth "Guggi and Juergen)

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for two peaceful days at your house with its stunning view of the lagoon and the Heads.
Having explored Knysna we are convinced that you have the very best plot.  We enjoyed your
warm hospitality too and the breakfasts were a great treat.
All best wishes
Jill & Steve
Sarah & Rob

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you so much for everything.  Your place/paradise feels like our place thanks to the
hospitality you have shown to us.
Me and my brother were the first guests of Villa Paradisa in December 2008.  Now with this
stay we became the last guest of your closing year for 2009.  What a great conindedence!
I am looking forward to my upcoming stay in April and between that time keep well.
Take care and God bless!
Sultan & Gokhan

Dear Marilyn & Martin
We wold like to thank you for a wonderful stay here in Knysna.  We have enjoyed the great
atmosphere in your beautiful place and we felt like being at home right from the beginning.
We feel sorry for leaving this place where we felt so comfortable and where you took care of
us so nicely, but we will keep you in mind and we will remember your house which will
hopefully welcome us on our next visit in Knysna.
With the best regards we say "Bye Bye" and hope to come back soon.
Kerstin & Andreas

Dear Martin & Marilyn
Thank you for being our "family away from home".  You welcomed us with open arms since
we arrived.  We absolutely loved our Honeymoon stay with you and your property is gorgeous!
Many thanks for organizing our dinner reservations at Sirocco & Firefly, both delicious meals.
You made our stay in Knysna truly memorable and we will definitely be coming back.
We will be telling all of our friends about this wonderful property.
With live from Canada
Natasha & Varun
Toronto, Canada

The thing about Villa Paradisa besides the stunning views, beautiful setting, exquisite rooms,
wonderful ambiance, cozy atmosphere, lovely food and great finishes is the warmth and
hospitality of the hosts Martin and Marilyn.  They really make you feel at home.
Thanks for making this an even more special weekend.  We will definitely be back.
Caiphus and Esther Kgosana

16 Feb 2010
Dear Marilyn and Martin
Thank you for making our first trip to the Garden Route so special!  We had a wonderful stay
at your beautiful house - the view is absolutely amazing!  You are great hosts and we hope to
be back some time in the future :)
Heike & Ulrich

16 Feb 2010
Wonderful view.. Great hospitality.  You make us feel at home.
Every day started in a relaxed way with a most enjoyable breakfast.
Om het samen te volten:
fantastisch, vooral door de vriendelyke, ongedwongen houding van Martin en Marilyn.
Rita and Monique

Dear Marilyn and Martin
This is a wonderful place to stay.  We have enjoyed your hospitality and very good
breakfast in the morning and yes you were right, you just follow the smell of the bacon
and eggs ..
We hope to be back some time.
Dirk & Karin Stoll
Sven & Kelly

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thanks so much for a wonderful stay and for truly making our Honeymoon something special.
We enjoyed every minute and will be sure to visit again soon.
Much love:  Jaco & Nicolette

24 February 2010
A far too short stay at your wonderful house.  Sorry we missed Martin - and the sun!!  Perhaps when we return (and we will) we will see both Martin and the sun!  Many, many thanks all the
Bob & Flea (Hind)

25 February 2010
Dear Marilyn
Thank you for the kind welcome at your home.  We had a great time here and we enjoyed a lot
the wonderful view from our room.  We had a great breakfast too!
We wish we can come back to you again.
All the best
Kriszta & Gergo
PS:  Koszonunk Mindent!
       (We thank) (everything)
Budapest, Hungary

Feb 25th 2010
Dear Marilyn
Thanks a million times for letting us stay here after the fantastic birthday celebration.
You and Martin are simply the best and kindest people in the world.
We just love you
Ingun & Ulrik

3 March 2010
Nous avous "etc" enchantes de e'occeuil cholureus et mons avous profite' de la vue
magnifigue de puis votre merveilleuse villa.  Nous                    des que possible
Bien cordialement 
Christiane & Yves

11 March 2010
Dear Marilyn & Martin
We coudn't have asked for a better way to spend our Honeymoon and begin married life.
Thank you so much, we had such a wonderful time staying with you.
We will miss the fantastic breakfasts!!!
Hope to see you in Dubai!
All the best,
The Cronje's (Peter & Abby)

12 March 2010
Thank you for this good hospitality.  I think we will come back soon.  The view was wonderful!
Yolanda & Frank

Thanks so much Marilyn & Martin - we had an amazing stay in Knysna - great to get so many insider tips. The views phenominal expecially when having a glass of bubbly in the Jacuzzi
(something which should really be a daily occurence).
Have a great trip to Europe and maybe see you again!
Lots of love
Candice & Tony
UK x

April 2010
Thank you for making us feel at home.  Living abroad - made me miss the S.A hospitality all
the more.  We came to relax, enjoy the view and the food...and that we did!
Thank you for everything...
Brendan & Chris

This is a wonderful house,
Incredible views,
Delicious breakfasts,
Charming hosts,
Please extend our thanks to the ladies who sang with such grace and dignity.
Frances & Pauline (Ireland)

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you so much for this wonderful stay in your beautiful house. 
It was a great experience for us to spend some holidays in your private life - your
hospitality will be unforgettable!!  We think there will be nothing to compare to this
Christine & Harald Pfeil
Gratulation an den meisterkock Martin!!

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Well what can we say - fantastic hospitality!  Stunning views, Amazing Room. 
You both made this leg of our Honeymoon so special.  Compliments one again to
Martin...by far the best cooked breakfast on the Garden Route. 
Knysna is the most beautiful town and Villa Paradisa is the Icing on the Cake.
Thanks again for everthing.  We recommend  this place to all our friends and family.
All the very best, with love,
Emma & Adam Fisher xx UK

Dear Martin & Marilyn
Thank you so much for looking after us so well during our stay with you both.  It's been
a very relaxing and luxurious end to an amazing trip for us all and so good to have such
stunning view of Knysna.
You've helped us and looked after us above and beyond what we expected - thank you.
Take care of yourselves. Abigail has loved it here too and thrived off all the attention
she's had at breakfast!!!
Take care and all the best
Love Andy, Kate & Abigail, UK

Dear Marilyn & Martin
All your love and care comes through in every little detail of this place!  We both felt so welcome here and really spoilt! We had an unforgettable time here and thank you so much to both of you
and for your helping ladies, being such wonderful hosts!  You made our honeymoon very special!
Thank you!  Koszonom, Szepen!
All the best, love Rita & Leon

 23rd April 2010
Dear Martin & Marilyn
Thank you for this amazing experience and sharing your beautiful home with us, a trip too
short but views we will remember forever.
Thanks for your warm welcome and hospitality.
Scott & Lindsay, Cape Town

30 April
So easy to get her so hard to leave!
Very enjoyable stayin in your lovely home -
Truly a Paradise on Earth.
Nancy Lindsay, Sydney, Australia

Dear Martin & Marilyn
What a great place to stay - a warm welcome, fine conversation,
lovely food and beautiful surrounds.
Thank you, Barry & Susan McGrath

It has been a beautiful stay.  Thank you for everything.  Such a wonderful
place to stay - such a beautiful country.
Susan McGrath

7 May 2010
Martin & Marilyn
Thank you for a delightful stay.  It was great to stay in your lovely home.
Thank you for your warm welcome and friendliness.
What a wonderful view!  And the gorgeous breakfast finished off our stay
Best wishes for your continued success.
Len & Hazel Waldran, Cape Town

Dear Martin & Marilyn
Thank you very much for our stay.  Everything was 110% and we will be back again.
The view is outstanding and you are very blessed to enjoy it every day.
We are very thankful that you shared all of this with us.
Much love
Mark and Liza Lippstreu, Port Elizabeth

May 6 2010
Dear Martin & Marilyn
Thank you so much for your warm, gracious hospitality.  Your paradise is magnificent and
we so enjoyed our time here and the way you shared it with us.  Your company and our
conversations greatly enhanced our experience as we relaxed in your beautiful surroundings
and enjoyed the world class view.
Fondly, Bruce, Lise & David Micley, Boston, USA

7th May 2011
Our Dear Martin & Marilyn
What a wonderful time with you both & you are really great hosts.  We will have very fond
memories of our stay.
Our fondest love, Richard & Lisa Joselin, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe/UK

Dear Marilyn & Martin
What a fabulous place you have here.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you - pitty so short, will have to come visit again.
Thank you Martin for the fabulous breakfast and thank Marilyn for the bubbles!
Hope to see you again soon.
Natasha & Brun x

Dear M&M
Thank you for your hospitality.  What a blessing to wake up to this spectacular view
every morning!
The breakfast was wonderful!  May God bless you!
Thank you - it was such a treat.
Jacques & Marna, Ethiopia

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay - wish we could have stayed longer, but will
come back some other time. 
Niels Nyegaard, President, National Olympic Committee of Denmark

Dear M&M
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay during the 2010 WC.  This is indeed my home
away from home.  Look forward to coming back!
Best of luch to you!
Torben Hoffeldt, Ministry of Culture, Denmark

Dear Martin & Marilyn
What an amazing view you have!  Thanks so much for the amazing hospitality and the
comfortable room!  We reallt enjoyed our home away from home!  The breakfasts
definitely prepared us for our days!
Thanks again, Chris & Jane, Toronto, Canada

World Cup Tour - June 2010
Dear Martin & Marilyn
Thank you so much, such a short stay - we hope to come back soon!
Most beautiful view we have seen.
Simone, Pat, Les & Carole, France

Dear M&M
Beautiful House, Beautiful View. Lovely & friendly.
Carole & Les Poole

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for the delicious breakfasts, good company and the beautiful rooms.
We loved every minute of our stay and hope to come again soon.
Thank you again!
Anna & Defina, USA

27 June 2010
Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for a wonderful weekend - the rooms, views & hospitality were only outdone by
the delicious breakfasts!  We wish we could stay longer and hope that we will be able to
visit again in the future.
All the best, Allyson & Arlen, USA

June 2010
Dearest Marilyn & Martin
What a wonderful and cozy surprise to have spent over 20 days of a "human adventure" in
your company!
Thank you for all your help in our reportages and for pampering us like family.
xo With much love, hoping to see you soon...in Paris or Knysna
Kasia "Paris Match"

Dear Marilyn, dear Martin
Thank you so much for your lovely hospitality.  It was a so pleasant stay and a so beautiful
and peaceful place to stay.
Hope to keep in touch and to see you again...in Paris!
Delphine "Paris Match"

To Marilyn & Martin
The stay was too short but wonderful.  The room and the views were truly amazing.
Thanks for everything, you made our stay in Knysna a great one.
Sincerely, Natalie & Jason, USA

To Marlyn & Martin
Thank you so much for the enormous hospitality.  Your house - home is lovely and cosy.
Your two girls (assistants) are so attentive and their voices so beautiful to hear singing.
Hope to see you again
All our love, Davie & Mina Meikle
(Scotland & Chile), Dubai

3 July 2010
To Martin & Marilyn
Great hospitality, fantastic views, great food, exceptional rooms, great hosts, and lovely cat!
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.
Chris & Angie, Southampton, UK
Hope to c u soon.

To Marilyn & Martin
We enjoyed it very much.  Thanks for everything.
Love Guy & Tova Bender, Israel

Martin & Marilyn
Thank you for a great stay! Keep up the hospitality and you will be greatly blessed.
In loving light
Juanita & Lucas!!

 2 Turkish delights arrived on Wednesday night :)  Burcu told so much about you!
Thanks to Burcu, it was great to meet you both! :)
I'll definitely come back again and again.
Many thanks for your hospitality, excellent breakfast...Hope to be in contact with you.
Take care  I really felt like I'm at home!
Cheers ITIR, Turkey

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you very much for lovely weekend!!
Your have a wonderful house!  The breakfasts were the best.
Thanks very much
Patrick & Jayne McIlwaine, Jhb

Dear Marilyn & Martin
You're great!  Thank you for a very nice stay!
Kind regards, Johan & Elizah, Glenvista Jhb

Dear Marilyn
Thank you for the wonderful room and the nice hospitality you gave us!
Nina Reitermann
Nice, France
Thank you!

Martin & Marilyn
Even a short stay of only 1 day was a highlight of our SA tour.
Villa "Paradisa" is really justified...and a place we will recommend to our friends!
Vielen Dank und "Auf Wiederschen" (im Sommer!)
Hans & Sandrine
St Paul de Vence, France

Dear Martin & Marilyn
Thank you so much for the most amazing weekend!
Everything was so beautiful and special.
"Villa Paradisa" and its magical view will remain in our memories for years to come.
Love, Dinis & Jody

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for a memorable stay on our "stopover" enroute to Knys...Port Elizabeth (I'm so
relaxed, I don't even know where I'm heading to! :) )
The room is stunning, the views amazing...and the special breakfast a real treat!
Wonderful, warm, hospitable hosts...Thank you!!
<3 Carlynne & Steff (Michelin Chef)
Cape Town

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Never experienced such a quick and warm welcome before. These are great talents you are
full with.  Two special persons in a wonderful atmosphere.  Thank you for sharing this.
With love, Kirsten

I can only agree with the above.  Good luck and we see you soon.
Peter Olslhoorn

Siamo stati per la seconda volta in Villa Paradisa, perche a sentiamo come a casa
Martin & Marilyn so no splendiditi fammo sentire uma grande famiglia, e penso torme
remo amcoro spero, auguro a tutti un splendida vacanza come la mostra grazie alloro di
tutto a Marilyn & Martin
Daniele & Roberto
Italy - Treviso

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for being welcomed into your beautiful home.  Thank you for your wonderful
hospitality.  If you ever come to England I will return the hospitality.
All my love and best wishes.
Dough Holbrook
Rochdale, England

Dear Martin & Marilyn
Words just can't express how wonderful my experience has been with you & Villa Paradisa.
You both have embraced me as if I were part of your family.  I can't wait to bring Paul and the
children here to meet you.  I know they are going to love you as much as I do.
You are both warmly invited to attend our wedding as part of our family.  I know we are going
to have a great celebration at your lovely guest house.
Thank you for the fantastic visit, I shall never forget it!
Here's to more fun adventures!
Love, Eileen

Martin & Marilyn
Thank you for a lovely weekend.  What a wonderful place you have.  The most beautiful view
anyone can dream of, and your warmth and hospitality made it a weekend to remember.
Will definitely come and visit again, and will recommend Villa Paradisa to all our friends.
Keep well and God Bless.
Martin the food was divine!!
Johan & Alet Kapp

Very nice weekend.  Thanks for your hospitality.  Will definitely visit again.
Views spectacular!
Debbie & Warren

Martin & Marilyn
Thank you for the lovely stay.  We had an awesome time and hope to come back someday
again.  What an amazing place and fantastic view.
Natalie & Clinton Smith

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you so much for your great hospitality!  The room was so lovely, the view breathtaking
from our big balcony, we enjoyed it so much.  We'll recommend your amazing villa to all our
Keep well and all the best
Karin & Kurt Bieri

Dear Martin & Marilyn
Thank you for the most "amazing" hospitality - we have had a great time in Knysna - we will
be back in the future (if onoly to have one of Martin's great breakfasts!!
Kindest regards - Louisa & Alan (UK)

Liebe Marilyn, Liebe Martin!
1000 dank fur diese wundervolle

Birgit & Holger
van Kalifornia/Baltic Sea

December 2010
Dear Marilyn & Martin
On behalf of the Banda family, I would like to sincerely thank you for hosting us.
We will always remember and cherish you.
Eileen & Paul
Our wedding was a day to remember!
Eileen Pouliot

Dear Marilyn & Martin
What a wonderful way to spend our 20th wedding anniversary:

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Wonderful hospitality
Beautiful house
Incredible scenery
You have made us feel warm and welcome from the moment we entered.
Thank you
Keep well, go well and take care of each other.
Althea & Hand-Erik Iken

Thank you for your hospitality during our short stay.  The house lives up to its name! 
Stunning views & excellent breakfasts!!!
Liz & Brian, UK

Thank you both so much for making our visit to your wonderful home such a
memorable experience!
We needed some time out and you have looked after us both so well!
You have worked so hard organising our days out.
Everything has been amazing!
With our thanks
Kenny & Carole (Wilson) x

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you both for your warmth and hospitality and welcoming us to Knysna.
We had a wonderful stay and look forward to coming back one day soon!
Thanks also to Jennifer and Thabisa...never has the South African National Anthem
been so beautifully sung!
Finally cheers to Schuckles (ship's cat!)
Hope to see you all again soon.  Thanks again.
Simon & Nikki Martin xxx
Happy Christmas x

Dear Marilyn
We had the privilege of staying at this beautiful place for one night.  Spectacular view,
amazing room, friendly staff and outstanding breakfast...we can only summarize by saying:
Perfect!  Absolutely Perfect!
Thank you for everything!
Lorraine & Wayne

Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for the amazing stay in your beautiful home.  You arranged everything perfectly
for us.  We arrived as strangers and are leaving as friends.  Nothing more to say - we loved it.
Thank you so much!
Andrea & Joachim















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Dear Marilyn & Martin
We had wonderful days at your place. Villa Paradisa is the perfect name for the paradise you created!
Thanks for your hospitality, the delicious barbecue and the very interesting talks. All the best for you!
Tanya & Philipp Tietjen
(Hamburg, Germany)


Dear Marilyn & Martin
Thank you for your hospitality.
Your service was impeccable and your home magnificent. We also got engaged on the balcony on the 31/01/09 overlooking the beautiful view of the lagoon. We will definitely return - soon. Thank you.
Regards, Warren & Cindy

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Knysna has a rich and intriguing history, from its name, meaning "place of wood", in Khoisan, the language of the earliest inhabitants of the area, to the woodcutters, timber merchants, mariners, elephant hunters, gold diggers, silk farmers and royalty . . .


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Coordinates for Knysna:
34° 2' 0.33" S
23° 1' 53.81 E