I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angeliou

Since every guest welcomed at Madison Manor is beyond special, the above quote is part of our everyday routine.

Knysna Accommodation

With 17 uniquely decorated rooms, guests will be able to select the perfect suite for their needs. Swathed in history and splashed with flair and colour, each room has unique antique furniture depicting the Knysna (and South African) wood history.


Whether you want to relax away from the madding crowd with your nose in a book, or soaking up the sun while sipping a cocktail, you will find the perfect spot at Madison Manor.

Rates & Directions

Our rates are set to accommodate any traveler.
Whether you are traveling for business, leisure or on honeymoon. We at Madison Manor can offer you the perfect room.

Madison Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa is an exclusive, owner-run establishment, uniquely situated at the top of ‘town-hill’ with a 180 degree view of the town of Knysna, the lagoon and the famous Knysna Heads.

A 5-minute brisk walk will get you to the town centre where you will find the Knysna Mall as well as all major banks. Strolling further down Grey Street, quint shops and coffee stops will keep you company until you reach the famous Waterfront where a range of activities will add to your Garden Route experience.

Make Madison Manor your Garden Route base from where you will build life-time memories.

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

Michael and Louise Huisamen

A little history

The original property was called Fair Acres and was built in the early 1900’s...

The original property was called Fair Acres and was built in the early 1900’s. The Thesen Family (after whom the Thesen Island Estate is named) was next-door neighbours.  During that period, the property belonged to an elegant English lady by the name of Tilbrook. It changed hands after it was occupied by a Captain Weller who was Port Captain of the Durban harbour.

Another English lady by the name of Diana Stanier lived there in about the 1940’s.

A couple named Wilkinson, was the next proud owners and they later sold the property to Allan Perrins, who lived there with his sister, Susan Backhouse.

A note on Allan Perrins may be of interest: he came from the very wealthy English Perrins family (Lee and Perrins Worcester sauce) and as a captain in the Welsh Guards had been Equerry to Edward, the Prince of Wales. (Subsequently the king Edward V111) approximately in the 1930’s.

The name changed from Fair Acres to Madison Manor when the current owners bought the property in 2013.