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Gooding's Groves Olive Farm

Goederust / La Motte Main Road, R45, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa
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An idyllic venue in Franschhoek offering a spacious garden, acres of olive groves and breathtaking views of the mountains & vineyards. Gooding's Groves has something for everyone including 8 well-appointed twin/double suites in "The Manor House" or, for those seeking a little more space & privacy there's "The Cottage" which offers a separate lounge and Queen bedroom with ensuite. Finally, for those travelling with children there are "The Barn Suites" set up specifically with families in mind. Each of these provides kitchenette facilities in a studio suite with a double bed and up to 3 single beds so parents and children can share. Gooding's Groves is very dog-friendly, especially to the 3 who live here permanently. If you're travelling with your pet please let us know - we'd be delighted to welcome you to Franschhoek!
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Nqobi B wrote a review Jun 2021
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa3 contributions1 helpful vote
I need to warn others not to waste their money. I was incredibly disappointed by our experience here. Rooms The rooms were ice-cold as some heaters and AC units were not working, during a stormy cold front! There were cobwebs in the corners and dust particles visible all over the blanket on the bed - when you hit the blanket with your hand the dust particles would fill the air and snow down. The bathroom soaps had not received maintenance in a long time - the shower gel and shampoo genuinely smelled rotten. I never knew that soap could rot - until our visit at Gooding's Groves. Also, the website says the rooms have DStv. The TV in my room had only one channel, which was channel 100 (DStv's promo channel). This likely means their subscription is expired. They never mentioned this beforehand. Probably hoped we wouldn't notice. Food We paid R2 000 per night and received stale bread and a thin vegetable soup on Day 1 as the entire lunch meal. During a cold front, we were served cold boiled eggs, poor-quality cold ham and cheese, and stale bread (again) for breakfast. Day 3's breakfast was similar, except some poor-quality viennas were added to the spread and the bread had MOULD underneath it. Based on the texture, look and taste of the bread - it was not purchased more recently than 5 days prior. After a complaint was raised, the owner said we could have requested our eggs to be cooked to our preference at breakfast. This is something you tell your guests AT breakfast, and not only after they complain. The quiche served at lunch on Day 2 had an undercooked crust that was practically still dough. She also promised that dinner would be better, with chicken curry, fresh naan bread, and a pavlova for dessert. This was listed on the menu received prior to our visit. This dinner was instead the curry, STALE BREAD ROLLS - AGAIN (no naan) and a store-bought PnP milk tart for dessert (no pavlova). The owner disappeared before dinner and wasn't seen again, so no explanation was provided about the diversion from the expected menu. They clearly cut corners at the expense of the guests; and took no accountability. General Hospitality On arrival, there was no orientation offered of the place, such as showing us communal areas, access points and bathrooms, etc. But the owner brashly stopped people from accessing the dining room through the kitchen - an easy mistake to make considering the correct entrance is not very visible and there is no signage to indicate correct access points. The domestic staff were helpful and friendly - but it was obvious they are not given enough training and resources to do their jobs properly. We were informed that the place had recently been sold and the new owners were arriving the following month. Perhaps that's why we were given a poor experience - the owner is on her way out and didn't care enough. If that's the case, she should not be taking our money just to overpromise and underdeliver. Hopefully the new owners will do better. But it has left such a sour taste in my mouth, I will never return to find out. *Note: Their positive reviews on their website are very outdated, with the latest one being from 2012 - these cannot be an accurate representation of their service now in 2021. If I could rate this place a zero, I would.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Szymon L wrote a review Apr 2020
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I would give them NO START if I could. We booked the room via booking.com, we were then told that in fact that room wasn't never available, we thought hmm weird, that hasn't happened to us before but ok and move on with finding something else, however the money for booking went through. We thought it is obvious they will refund us, but it's been over a month since our return from Africa and after numerous emails sent to Goodings as well as Booking.com, we haven't got our money back! They charged us for nothing and went quiet. I strongly advise not to deal with them as they haven't bothered to respond to a single message we sent. VERY DISHONEST way of handling business.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Paradijsvogels wrote a review Mar 2020
Meppel, The Netherlands334 contributions80 helpful votes
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We highly recommended this beautiful place in Franschhoek just three minutes drive to the city centre. Stylishly furnished rooms with very comfortable bed and sheets and good airco. Breakfast is very tasty. Enough choice to have a nice breakfast. Besides a small buffet you can also choose from the a la carte menu. Toast with egg and garlic mushrooms is delicious. Beautifully landscaped garden with mountain views. Everything in detail well and tastefully finished. Even the air conditioning fan outside is finished with bamboo. We felt very safe and comfortable in this accommodation. A perfect place to relax. The three small dogs are also very cute. Staff is super friendly. Owner Arlene is very nice, social and helpful. Thank you Arlene for the hospitality. Tip: download maps.me on your mobile with the map of South Africa. Then you can find Goodings Groove Olive Farm very easily and it also works without internet.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Arlene McCaffrey, Owner at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm
Responded 14 Mar 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback - We were delighted to have you as our guests and can only hope that you'll come back again soon! Thank You! Arlene & Marcus
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JJ353 wrote a review Jan 2020
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This is the best place to unwind. The rooms are big and airy,really friendly staff, great breakfast, fantastic scenery and a stone's throw from the best restaurants and vineyards in South Africa. 5 stars all the way 😀
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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ch89 wrote a review Dec 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates25 contributions7 helpful votes
This place was stunning. The back drop was perfect and it was very close to the centre of Franschhoek. Great surprise to realise Arlene was Irish and she was so helpful, recommending lots of places to see. Breakfast was lovely too. Only downside is we never got to use the pool because of the weather!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from ArleneM788, Owner at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm
Responded 15 Dec 2019
So sorry to hear you didn't get to use the pool, but relieved to know that disappointment was made up for by location + views + breakfast offerings! We would be delighted to have you come back again soon! Very best wishes for the rest of your holiday
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Geoff M wrote a review Dec 2019
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom158 contributions42 helpful votes
Thought we got the wrong place as initial driveway to "first lodge" looked iffy !!! how wrong we were as what opened up as we drove between the orchards was lovely. Arlene oh so friendly host was so helpful with her local knowledge and advice and the property itself was very well maintained as well as the gardens and pool area with awesome scenery !! Only downside was lack of a fridge in our room and felt this as most unusual as we all like a glass of cold wine or beer at the end of a pleasurable day. However, this did not spoil our lovelly stay here and would reccommend it ....
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Mayomurphy wrote a review Nov 2019
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A beautiful setting with amazing, airy, clean accommodation. Arlene, the owner made us feel right at home and went out of her way to accommodate us.....she even dropped us into town to start our wine tasting! Arlene advised us on which wine farms to visit, and recommended certain restaurants for us to soak up the wine....it was an Incredible day. There is a fabulous outdoor area to sit, relax and soak up the breath taking views, and you can also take a dip in the pool. Breakfast in the morning was DELICIOUS!!!! lots to choose from, I had a fried egg with avocado and bacon on a gorgeous seeded bread....yum!! Staff were very friendly. A real gem of a place to visit. We will definitely be back . Thank you so much guys xxx
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ArleneM788, Owner at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm
Responded 06 Nov 2019
Such a lovely review Sarah, thank you! It was our pleasure to have you as our guests - we're only sorry you could only stay the one night!! Delighted to know you're planning a return trip and very much look forward to welcoming you back to Franschhoek. Enjoy the rest of your holiday Arlene :)
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Miriam J wrote a review Oct 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom17 contributions16 helpful votes
This was a wonderful stay. Arlene couldn’t have been more helpful and paid attention to all the details that make a stay an entirely pleasurable experience. Her experience in the hospitality business is evident in the beautifully equipped rooms and the well-organised and attractive environment. The breakfast was delicious with fresh fruits, a range of hot options, delicious breads and home made preserves - and excellent tea and coffee. The service is highly recommended with the friendly staff taking the initiative to offer cold drinks. A great pool (bit chilly in October, but I’m sure a real boon in the summer) and a beautiful garden area. The rooms were lovely - a great size with comfortable beds and fantastic hot water! I would certainly return here if I had the opportunity
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: Breathtaking views of the mountains from the upper floors. But all rooms are delightful.
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Response from ArleneM788, Owner at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm
Responded 09 Oct 2019
Miriam, that's so very kind of you to say - We're thrilled to know you're enjoying your time with us! Thank you very much for the kind words. (Sorry the pool was a bit chilly, but hey, it woke you up!!) :)
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Rene000 wrote a review Sept 2019
Fish Hoek, South Africa58 contributions71 helpful votes
Seven of us booked rooms at Gooding’s Grove as we were attending a function in the area. On our arrival, when we asked whether we could have a drink, we were not exactly warmly welcomed and the only wine available was a small glass of white wine from the back of a fridge in the kitchen. When we queried this as part of feedback, we were told that their pub is closed in the winter months, and this was on their website. The rooms were really cold despite having the air conditioning turned up high. The breakfast the next morning was also not up to scratch, and one was left with the feeling of scarcity rather than abundance, and as if we as guests were more of a nuisance than anything else.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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DanO68 wrote a review Jun 2019
Alexandra, New Zealand658 contributions473 helpful votes
A nice base for staying in the Franschhoek area. We chose this place mainly because it was pet friendly and we were traveling around with our two wee dogs. The entrance is a bit non-descript, but after driving down a few narrow drives you arrive at the main lodge. It has a beautiful setting amongst the olive trees, and a really nice lawn/garden around the lodge. Our room was reasonably good, although a bit dark with lack of big windows. We had plenty of heaters which really kept the place warm on a cold and stormy winters night. The free Wifi was a nice bonus and the breakfast was surprisingly good – cooked-to-order items off a menu plus cold buffet items such as cereal and fruit salad. Overall a great stay and recommended to other travelers.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from ArleneM788, Owner at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm
Responded 20 Jun 2019
Hi there, Thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay - especially the breakfast. We're very proud of our morning offerings! With regards to your comments about the room you were in, I'm afraid that's part of our pet-policy - we don't allow animals in the suites on the upper floors due to safety concerns (all of those suites have balconies with gaps between the railings and we would hate for a precious pet to have an accident in the excitement of chasing a squirrel or anything!) Thank you for taking the time to review your experience and we hope to see you in Franschhoek again soon Arlene
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gooding's Groves Olive Farm
Which popular attractions are close to Gooding's Groves Olive Farm?
Nearby attractions include First South African Perfume Museum (4.4 km), Franschhoek Motor Museum (7.9 km), and Glenwood Vineyards (3.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gooding's Groves Olive Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hari Kitchen, Arkeste, and La Petite Colombe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Gooding's Groves Olive Farm?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Boschendal (11.2 km).