St Croix Estates

St Croix Estates

R301 Wemmershoek Road, P.O. Box 105, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa
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#20 of 23 cottages in Franschhoek
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St Croix 4* self catering guest cottages offer a haven of peace & tranquility on a farm about 12 kilometers outside of the beautiful town of Franschhoek. The cottages are surrounded by vineyards, mountains and close to the Wemmershoek river. The water in the cottages is from a borehole and safe to drink . There is a generator that switches on automatically should there be a power outage. The cottages are equipped with everything you will require during your stay, plus have satellite tv and are monitored by CCV cameras and security.
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isla001 wrote a review Mar 2013
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't consider St Croix if you want to be able to walk to restaurants,shops or places of interest. This is for folk who want to chill out ,enjoy peace and quiet,read, swim in the pool,have a Braai and if the mood takes you hop in your car and find one of the gourmet restaurants in Franschhoek about 10 Km away.

This is a place for adults,children are not really catered for,no play area etc.

The 2 bedroom bungalows provide great space for both outdoor and indoor living, with each bedroom having it's own ensuite.There is an aircon unit in the sitting room/kitchen and fans in the bedrooms,a Braai outside and a starter pack of wood.
The estate can sell you their wine,recommend day trips and provides wifi facilities, but the best thing of all are the people who run St Croix from Evan the owner to Anne the farm manager,nothing is too much trouble and Sparcie and Mirinder the two lovely ladies who clean the bungalows and can wash and iron for you ,they are just treasures.

It is not 5 star accommodation but 3 star with all the love and care you could wish for.
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Date of stay: January 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There are 3 two bedroomed cottages and 2 duplexes all are great.
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Karen E wrote a review Jun 2019
Cape Town, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
All the cottages are named after wines....we stayed at Semillon-a beautiful one bedroom duplex.
Almost all conveniences right there; however, limited DSTV bouquet and in the mid winter cold evenings, it would be next to have a bigger variety to choose from .
The BIG downside for us was the fact that NO visitors are allowed.....not even close family. So we telephoned the estate manager to ask “permission” for our daughter, son in law and 3 year old granddaughter to stop by for an hour or two en route to lunch at a local restaurant. The manager had to first call the owner to obtain permission-which we were then told that it would be “ok but not for long”!
They arrived from Cape Town soon after 11am (our lunch booking was for 12:30). Whilst my husband made them some tea, I took my little granddaughter for a walk- she is a very quiet and obedient little girl and walked around holding my hand whilst exploring.
FIVE minutes into our walk, the manager approached us and in a very polite manner, enquirer as to when our “guests” would
Be leaving!
We left immediately.
Whilst i can understand that some guests may take advantage of situations, I feel that this policy is ridiculous, embarrassing and downright ridiculous!
We felt like thieves.....anyway, we returned after lunch, spent one more night there and the left......never to return!
Footnote.....in the guest book in the cottage, I noted that loads of people from abroad have stayed there and imagine if they had to have made friends in the village and wanted to socialize at their holiday accommodation.....THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN PERMITTED!
What a beautiful setting to be marred by such small minded restrictions!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from StCroixCottages, Owner at St Croix Estates
Responded 18 Jun 2019
Dear Karen On our website it states “no visitors”, you signed a booking confirmation that clearly stated “no visitors” and agreed to abide by it. This rule has been brought in with the best interest of our guests. We’ve been in the industry for many years and have had visitors take over the pool, have loud barbeques, park many cars on the lawns and ruin a peaceful weekend for our other paying/registered guests. The other side of the “no visitors” rule is for the security of our guests. When we allow visitors onto the farm we do not know who they are, and this can place our registered/paying guests in potential harm, as have occurred on other guest farms. Lastly we only allow children when an indemnity form has been signed, as the pool is uncovered and this is a working farm. We made an exception for your daughter to come collect you to take you to lunch and when the owner looked out of his window you were sitting on the edge of the pool with a small child……… We are sorry you feel aggrieved by our rules, but you were aware of them before you booked on St Croix and we made an exception for you, and this is the thanks we get. This is exactly why we will never make an exception to this rule again. Kind regards St Croix Estate
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EnglishInMunich wrote a review Feb 2011
München
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband I stayed at St Croix Guest Cottages for 11 days in January 2011. We were greeted by friendly staff who helped us with our luggage and showed us to our cottage. The cottages are all named after different grapes. We stayed in the cottage Merlot. The cottage itself is stand-alone with two bedrooms (one with a double bed, the other with two single beds), two bathrooms (one with a shower, the other with a bathtub and shower possibility), a fully-equiped open-plan kitchen, lounge and a big "stoep" (patio) in the front and in the back. The back also has barbecuing facilities and two tables with chairs. You can sit there in the morning while sipping on your coffee watching the squirrels, birds and the beautiful mountains. One can have your laundry done, parking is for free. There is a swimming pool, but we didn't use it. We were too busy wine-tasting in the vicinity. Not sure if children are allowed on the farm, we travelled without any. The accomodation was very affordable and ideal for relaxing. Once a day two charming cleaning ladies serviced the cottages. The farm is a working farm and produce their own wines which one can also buy at the office. They don't yet offer wine-tasting to the public, though. Unfortunately they were fully booked, otherwise we would have prolonged our stay, but one thing is for sure. We would definitely return!
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Date of stay: January 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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_philiptranter1 wrote a review Mar 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
After a long days travel we arrived at St Croix Guest Cottages and checked in to our charming Cape Dutch style spacious 2 bedroom cottage complete with the ubiquitous cane furniture that adorns most 3 star accommodation in South Africa( it’s like the last 20 years never happened).
I thought I would take a quick shower (after avoiding the 3rd degree burns from the scolding hot water) I got out to be faced with a dilemma, the first of many strongly worded notices we would encounter during our visit,(the photo’s I added will help with context) fearing that some of the dust I may have picked up whilst driving at 31 km/h on the way in might result in stained towels and to avoid incurring’ exorbitant costs’, I decided rather not to dry myself with the towel provided, so still wet, I thought perhaps a quick lie down may be in order, Aha! They had that covered too with another potential fine for damage to linen.
In an effort to avoid further sanctions I decided to take a walk to the delightful pool area. Surely here I would be free to enjoy myself as I pleased? Au contraire, this too was filled with previously unforeseen potential dangers. I took a cushion and did my best to cover it with the slightly too small complimentary beach towel, thus leaving open the possibility of staining the cushion covers with either water or sunscreen. Heaven Forbid!
However, feeling brave I took my life in my own hands and lay down, everything seemed to be fine. At this point I noticed a seemingly innocuous group of pensioners. Fearlessly, some of them even took to the pool.
All was going well, at which point the children in our party arrived and jumped at the chance of some fun by the pool. Unfortunately, a rogue pensioner decided now was the time for her daily 40 lengths, (freestyle, but with terrible technique, I presume on this basis she was English) she seemed intent on a ‘swim to the death policy’ for pool rights. Well after coming off 2nd best to a 7 year old and a pair of ten year olds (we all know how that feels) she proceeded to enquire in a rather aggressive tone if we thought that this behaviour was appropriate.
Unfortunately, pointing out that appropriate behaviour for small children whilst using a swimming pool would involve jumping in, swimming and maybe even some splashing amongst the general enjoyment was not helpful. This only served to antagonize the pensioners, who then found the time (that’s the one thing you have in abundance when you’re retired) to complain to the owner en masse (who they are of course good friends with) about this raucous behaviour.
Then on Day 2, after recovering from the anxiety of the children potentially using the TV incorrectly, I saw the person who had checked us in lurking around our cottage rather furtively. I decided to put her out of her misery by taking a stroll outside , she took the opportunity to point out she had received ‘umpteen’ complaints about our children’s behaviour. Not surprised, I enquired as to the nature of the complaints; she said the complaints related to raucous behavior at the swimming pool and some noise. I did wonder how she quantified ‘umpteen’ but as life is short I moved on. What exactly was the noise in question you may ask, were the pre-teens partying unsupervised to load music at 11 o’clock at night? No, they were however playing hide and seek in the communal areas of the property at 4.30 in the afternoon, Shocking!

Anyway, “Please could you just contain your children”, I’m sorry, ‘contain them’ in what way? Well you know, we have got a lot of elderly people staying so could you just, you know.
Somewhat bemused, and wondering why our right to enjoy the facilities was not equal to those of the Mafioso pensioners again we moved on.

So in conclusion, if you are looking for family friendly accommodation with children (preferably over the age of 45, the children that is) and want to stay in a 1970’s style retirement village on a slightly dilapidated wine farm in the middle of nowhere, not near Franschhoek, then kick back, relax and enjoy!

But try to keep your barbecue to a reasonable size….
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Renee F wrote a review Nov 2018
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Three of us decided to spend the weekend at St Croix, as we were attending a conference nearby. We had no idea what to expect but the reviews looked great so we decided to give it a go.

I'm really happy to say that it met our expectations and more. The setting is lush and green and full of life. The rooms were immaculately clean and equipped with everything we needed, so we settled in right away.

The owners came to check on us every day, which made our experience extra special. Friendly hospitality with the human touch - brilliant.

We will definitely be back.

P.S The sign said to watch out for "small dogs and wild animals." Next time I'd like to see some of those doggies :) We did see some elegant bird species. Magical.
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Date of stay: November 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from StCroixCottages, Manager at St Croix Estates
Responded 15 Nov 2018
Dear Renee So pleased to read that you had a Magical Experience, thank you for choosing to stay at St Croix Estate. It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you all, we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. St Croix awards you with 5 stars, thank you for leaving your accommodation in a more than perfect state. Next visit we will definately try and show you our "plump" buck, our little doggie Quattro and owl's. Kind regards Jenny St Croix Estate
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Freedom827840 wrote a review Oct 2018
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We had booked our trip in advance and were really looking forward to our stay as we never get the chance to get out of the city. We phoned a day before to confirm if we could arrive earlier and the manager Jenny with whom we had been dealing with was very helpful and told us that would be fine and if we needed anything else we can just call her on the number she provided.

The day of our arrival, we were running late so phoned ahead to let them know. A male answered the phone so my wife asked for the manager who we had been dealing with. The man that answered the phone said that she is not here at the moment and wanted to know how we got this number but he will pass on a message to her!

We arrived and settled into our cottage and had unpacked all our goods and clothes. We then came across towels that were stained and dirty. So we phoned the number that was provided in the booklet to ask for clean ones. The owner answered the phone, so I asked to speak to the manager with whom we had been dealing with. He said that the offices are not open on the weekend and can we phone back on Monday. So I told him that we are guests staying at his cottages and asked him if we can please get some clean towels as the ones that are in the room are dirty. He said "Fine! he will come and look" He seemed very disgruntled.

On his arrival at the cottage I opened the door to give him the dirty towels and he just let himself in. This to me is rude and invasive!! As I was showing him the towels he grabbed them out of my hand as I was in mid sentence and left. He came back a couple of minutes later and asked me to check the towels to see if they were clean! At that stage I said to him that I didn't like his attitude and the way he was treating us. His response was that he doesn't like people who complain and he said that he did us a favour by letting us stay one night at his accommodation. He then also blamed his staff and said it is their fault that the towels were dirty. He then proceeded to to tell us that we must leave and he will give us a full refund. I understand that these are just towels but it is unhygienic to give your guests dirty towels

I am in hospitality myself and I have NEVER come across a person who claims that he has worked in hospitality for 24 years, who can be so rude and condescending. I am absolutely DISGUSTED and APPALLED at the way we were treated and how things were handled. All of this could have been avoided if towels were just replaced!!

We were there for an hour and believe me when I say we will NOT BE COMING BACK. Evan Albertyn, you are a rude and disgruntled man who should not be in the industry that you are in!! No one deserves to be treated the way you treated not only me but my family as well. YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE THE OWNER of your 4 star establishment!!!!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2018
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from StCroixCottages, Owner at St Croix Estates
Responded 31 Oct 2018
Dear Rob Bezuidenhout We take note of your review and apologise for any inconvenience. We are part of a water saving scheme, thus we use borehole filtered water in our laundry. This causes discolouration which is unavoidable. We had the towels inspected by a professional consultant in the hospitality industry who said it is obvious that the towels are clean, but stained by the water, and that he has seen similar stains at other places using borehole water. Our housekeeping lady has worked at St Croix for 24 years, is part of the family, and takes pride in her work. We know she will always make sure the cottages, linen and towels are clean.
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kljwinnipeg wrote a review May 2015
Winnipeg, Manitoba
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The grounds of this estate are gorgeous, and the cottages are lovely and well-equipped. There is a nice (though chilly!) pool as well, with lounge chairs for relaxing. The farm manager, Ann, is very friendly and helpful, and even gave us a tour of the vineyards while she did her rounds inspecting the vines, which was very interesting. There are nice short walks to do around the estate, including up to a hilltop that gives a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and the valley. And it's only a 5 minute drive into the town of franschhoek. The only downside is that there is no wifi in the cottages - there is wifi on the estate, so we checked email sitting outside the farm office.

I would also say that if you are trying to decide between staying in Franschhoek or Stellenbosch, I would definitely pick Franschhoek. It's a very small town, very charming and gorgeous. Stellenbosch is a very big bustling town that has a small old town which is nice, but staying there is not relaxing, and you have all the usual city-type hassles such as parking, crowds, etc.
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Date of stay: March 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Elisa G wrote a review May 2013
West Hollywood, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We a wonderful stay! It was amazing staying at the St. Croix Estates. Everything was perfect. The living arrangements were more than I expected and I am overly impressed. Very clean. Excellent service. The people were unbelievably amazing! I would stay here every time I come to South Africa from America. Its a beautiful place and I loved it! Thanks fro making our stay as outstanding as it was.
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Date of stay: May 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Mdkairo wrote a review Jun 2012
ocala
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This has to be one of the best places to stay... EVER.
Amazing wine, amazing view of the Drakkenstein mountains, immaculate roomy cottages well spaced out between each for a good amount of privacy and located on the interior of the farm as well.

The price is a STEAL considering what you would pay at another farm or in the US for this level of service.
The cottages were serviced daily to perfection.
Tharena the receptionist and the owners were very gracious and kind as well as the resident farm manager who loaned us her gps.

If I took the time to detail everything that was great about this place this review would be insanely long. My recommendation is not to hesitate and book ASAP if you are thinking about staying in Franschoek. Yes, they don't have a lot of reviews but that is because St.Croix is a hidden gem in the Winelands.
Their is Shiraz is fantastic, btw and we were even given a bottle as welcome back gift after we decided to return and finish out our honeymoon there.

Caveat: For some reason either in the Merlot or the Chardonnay the bathtubs leak. Not really much of problem since the cottages are cleaned daily and there will no trace of water or wet towels when you return in the evening.
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Date of stay: December 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Chardonnay or Merlot for honeymooners who want privacy and a stand alone cottage.
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Jenny M wrote a review Nov 2011
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The cottage was amazing and the accommodation (two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms) suited us as we were travelling with my 93 year old father in law. The cottage was well equipped and clean. There was even a vase of roses from the garden in the cottage when we arrived!
A very tranquil setting with stunning views of the mountains!
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Date of stay: November 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We loved the two bedroom cottage (Merlot) and had a look at the one bedroom guest cottage as well...
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Rianda M wrote a tip Jun 2019
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"any of the houses"
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Whitsywoo wrote a tip Mar 2018
Cape Town, South Africa8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I think all the cottages are great! The ones for 2 people are great value for money with balconies on each side."
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Leighbl1 wrote a tip Oct 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa55 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabernet has great privacy and "into" the winelands...we loved our room Shiraz...in fact they are all great!"
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Karen E wrote a tip Aug 2015
Cape Town, South Africa154 contributions64 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the cottages seem equally good!"
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isla001 wrote a tip Mar 2013
Wiltshire, United Kingdom34 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are 3 two bedroomed cottages and 2 duplexes all are great."
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R 1,706 - R 2,101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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14
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Frequently Asked Questions about St Croix Estates
Which popular attractions are close to St Croix Estates?
Nearby attractions include Franschhoek Motor Museum (3.9 km), Glenwood Vineyards (5.8 km), and Franschhoek Pass (7.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at St Croix Estates?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at St Croix Estates?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at St Croix Estates?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at St Croix Estates?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to St Croix Estates?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hari Kitchen, La Petite Colombe, and The Hussar Grill Franschhoek.
Are there opportunities to exercise at St Croix Estates?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to St Croix Estates?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Boschendal (7.2 km).
Is St Croix Estates accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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