We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Residence William French Guest House

avatar-imageavatar-imageavatar-image
Traveller (142)
Room & Suite (38)
Videos (1)

View prices for your travel dates

Hotel direct offer!Last Minute Deal
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.

About

#1 of 23 guest houses in Simon's Town
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Value
Perched on the hill, just above the famous Boulders Beach and its famous penguins colony, Residence William French offers 5 ensuite bedrooms, 4 of them with magnificent views of the ocean and false bay. The host, William, lives on the premises and looks after his guests as if they were friends or family visiting him.
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Adults only
BBQ facilities
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Ironing service
Show more
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Show more
Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Trendy
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, French
Hotel links
Special Rate:Last Minute Deal
266Reviews4Q+A21Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 257
  • 7
  • 0
  • 0
  • 2
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Most Recent
avatar-image
John R wrote a review Yesterday
Southampton, United Kingdom5 contributions
We stayed for 3 nights in this lovely guest house and sampled William's delicious food for 2 nights. The food is truly amazing. William, Primrose and Angela were very friendly and could not do enough for us. The breakfast too was delicious, with homemade bread, cakes and amazing granola. It was really nice to have a cuddle of William's two dogs too - home-from-home. Would definitely go back.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2024
Value
Location
Service
Trip type: Travelled with friends
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from William French, Owner at Residence William French Guest House
Responded today
We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay and dinners with us! Our team takes great pride in serving delicious dinners, so we are delighted to hear that you found the food amazing and memorable. We are also glad to hear that you felt welcomed and supported through out your stay- it was our pleasure to have you and we hope to see you again! Thanks again for leaving us a lovely review and warmest regards from William and the team.
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Michelle wrote a review Sept 2023
Heidelberg, Germany23 contributions4 helpful votes
Property's Favourite Review
I am so sorry that I am just now writing my review. But it is very important for me to tell you about our unique experience at William French. We stayed three nights in this wonderful guesthouse, so well run by William and his team. William is an excellent host, you really feel welcome. Everything is tastefully decorated and very clean. We had the very spacious and modern furnished room on the top floor with a panoramic view of the ocean, which we could even enjoy from our bed! We stayed well everywhere on our two week trip, but this guesthouse topped it all. The breakfast was outstanding - homemade ciabatta, an insanely good fruit salad, and much more.... One evening we were able to enjoy William's cooking, just fantastic. I could go on and on for pages, but how extraordinary good this guesthouse is everyone should find out out for themselves 😊 If our way leads us in this region again this is our our first choice - for sure. Thank you!
Read more
Date of stay: April 2023
Value
Location
Service
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: hospitality, ocean view, food
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
avatar-image
1878SGL wrote a review 24 Feb
Southampton, United Kingdom1 contribution
Nice guest house. The staff are lovely and friendly.Lovely breakfast and home made Granola that is delicious. We had a lovely room room 4 “Elise” Deluxe Queen Room with Sea View. We were lucky to dine for 2 nights here and William made 2 excellent dinners. You will not be disappointed
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: February 2024
Value
Rooms
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Sleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from William French, Owner at Residence William French Guest House
Responded today
Thank you for leaving us a lovely review! We are glad that you enjoyed what we have to offer- from the breakfasts and room to the dinners. It was a pleasure meeting you and having you stay with us and we hope to welcome you back if you are in the area again. Warmest regards from William and the team.
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
W0rldtraveler1979 wrote a review 13 Feb
The Netherlands6 contributions
We absolutely loved staying at Residence William French; it felt more like staying a a friend's house (a friend with a gorgeous, well-appointed home) than a hotel. The vibe is upscale but relaxed and unpretentious, and the hospitality is stellar. If you're reading this, stop now and see if there's a room available and if so, BOOK IT. You won't be disappointed.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: February 2024
Value
Rooms
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Sleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from William French, Owner at Residence William French Guest House
Responded today
This review has warmed our hearts, thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience and time with us. We always aim to give our guests a friendly and welcoming space to relax and enjoy themselves and are delighted to hear we achieved that. We hope to see you again if you are in the area to welcome you back. Thank you again and warmest regards from William and the team.
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Gary Looker wrote a review 03 Feb
Worcester, United Kingdom3 contributions
Had a wonderful two night stay, our room was fantastic & we were fortunate enough to sample William’s culinary skills on our first evening which was out of this world. The staff were so accommodating & we won’t forget the two pooch’s who were so welcoming & affectionate, we will definitely return when next in the area.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from William French, Owner at Residence William French Guest House
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. It is heartwarming to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again! Warmest regards from William and the rest of the team.
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
karen n wrote a review Jan 2024
Glasgow, United Kingdom25 contributions12 helpful votes
+1
Amazing experience. Primrose and Angela were fantastic , these breakfasts , granola and fruit salad and croissants -the best . So friendly and always there to assist. Cooked breakfasts also delicious The ambience , attention to detail and fabulous food , views and our room vista made this our most favourite place to stay on our travels. Information on area /restaurants, William always happy to help. Sipping wine and chatting late in the afternoon overlooking the sea. I must compliment William on his style and panache which is sublime not to mention his most amazing cooking . My husband and myself had a wonderful meal . Everything was superb .
Read more
Date of stay: January 2024
Value
Location
Service
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Nothing
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from William French, Owner at Residence William French Guest House
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear kassieopia, thank you so much for leaving us a review. We are so glad to hear that you had a relaxing time with us and have taken home wonderful memories. It was an absolute pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope to see you again! Warmest regards from William and the team. xx
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
JoshuaSergay wrote a review Jan 2024
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Residence William French Guest House is truly a once in a life time experience. William's guest house is superb from the rooms, to the surreal views, mouth watering food and outstanding staff and service! William is a magnificent host who truly goes above and beyond for his guests. This was now my fifth time back and will continue returning in the near future! Would highly recommend staying here!
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: December 2023
Value
Rooms
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Sleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from William French, Owner at Residence William French Guest House
Responded 12 Jan 2024
Dear Joshua, thank you so much for leaving us a review! It is always a pleasure to have you and we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us this year. Hope to see you back soon! Warmest regards from the William and the team.
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
geezers2 wrote a review Dec 2023
geezers250 contributions62 helpful votes
Dive into unparalleled luxury at the William French Guest House, where the experience extends beyond the elegant rooms and exquisite dining. William is indeed a master chef, we enjoyed a memorable dining occasion with his family, friends and fellow travellers, this was the real highlight. Primrose and Angie are two of the sweetest, friendliest and professional staff that you could wish to meet, and Primrose (Prim) cooked and prepared the perfect candlelit romantic meal for my wife and I, we were made to feel very special indeed. Breakfast is a delight, served in the beautiful surroundings of this stunning accommodation. The soft furnishings and decor are truly spectacular, the whole place is absolutely divine and William has literally thought of everything you could wish for. It is walking distance to Boulders beach to see the penguins, we also walked into town down the lovely hills, and a Uber back was equivalent to £3.00. The addition of a real swimming pool elevates this haven to a whole new level of indulgence. Surrounded by lush greenery and thoughtful design, it offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely swim or a moment of tranquil repose by the water’s edge, the pool at William French delivers an experience of unmatched sophistication. Imagine spending lazy afternoons basking in the sun or enjoying an evening dip under the stars. The pool area is a retreat within a retreat, providing a perfect blend of luxury and leisure. It’s a space where guests can create memories of laughter and relaxation, adding another layer of enchantment to the already captivating ambiance of the guest house. So, whether you’re an avid swimmer or simply wish to immerse yourself in the soothing atmosphere of a lovely pool, the aquatic allure at William French is a splendid complement to an already extraordinary stay. It’s the epitome of refinement, where every aspect, from accommodation to recreation, is carefully curated to ensure a truly unforgettable experience.
Read more
Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Just walk through the door and enjoy.
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from William French, Owner at Residence William French Guest House
Responded 08 Jan 2024
Hello and thank you for taking the time to write us such a lovely and in-depth review! I will pass on your kind words to the rest of the team and we are all so glad that you enjoyed your stay and celebrating the festive season with us. It was an absolute pleasure to have you staying with us and we hope o see you again! Warmest regards from the team at Residence William French.
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Rob H wrote a review Dec 2023
Cardiff, United Kingdom49 contributions16 helpful votes
I feel really bad that I am only now writing a review having stayed there in January 23. The rooms and the views are fantastic but what really make it special is the warm welcome from William and his “nothing is too much trouble” attitude. The location is brilliant for touring the southern cape and sharing the superb breakfasts with other guests is not only enjoyable but also helps you pick up tips for your stay and onward travels. As so many others have said, we wish we could have stayed longer.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2023
Cleanliness
Service
Sleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from William French, Owner at Residence William French Guest House
Responded 08 Jan 2024
Thank you so much for leaving a review, we are glad you remember us after so much time! We hope to welcome you again and best wishes from the team at Residence William French.
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
avatar-image
Franziska wrote a review Nov 2023
Buhl, Germany6 contributions27 helpful votes
Our stay with William was truly the best we had during our 2 week roadtrip along the western cape. We stayed two nights and couldn’t have had a better experience. Everything is beautifully and uniquely decorated with a lot of love for the little details. Both William and his team were very welcoming and made us feel right at home. Breakfast and dinner were exceptional. We went on a fishing trip during our stay and William made it possible to bring some of our catch back and cooked it for us - one of the best meals we’ve had! The only negative thing we can say is, that we only had two nights to enjoy the guesthouse. We would definitely stay here again!! Thank you!
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: November 2023
Value
Rooms
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Sleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Helpful
Share
Response from William Fabre, Owner at Residence William French Guest House
Responded 05 Dec 2023
Dear Franziska, thank you for leaving such a wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and thank you for catching such a delicious fish for us all to enjoy! We hope to see you again and hope you have an amazing festive season. Warmest regards from William and the team.
Read more
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Previous
123456
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Simon's Town area.
PRICE RANGE
R 2,085 - R 2,664 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownSimon's Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

RESIDENCE WILLIAM FRENCH GUEST HOUSE - Guesthouse Reviews & Price Comparison (Simon's Town, South Africa) - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Residence William French Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Residence William French Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Boulders Beach Penguin Colony (0.9 km), Fish Hoek Beach (8.0 km), and Scarborough Beach (7.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Residence William French Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Residence William French Guest House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Residence William French Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Residence William French Guest House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Residence William French Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Whole Earth Cafe, The Lighthouse Cafe, and Saveur.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Residence William French Guest House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Residence William French Guest House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Residence William French Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Residence William French Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Noorul Islam Heritage Museum (2.3 km) and Scala Battery (4.6 km).
Does Residence William French Guest House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.