Staying here was a great experience and a real treat for us as we had our own self-contained cottage with kitchen, pool, walled garden and wood fired hot tub/plunge pool. The facilities were so good and the complementary refreshments were so plentiful that we had to tear ourselves away to go into town or do a wine tour.
The hotel is situated in quiet a leafy suburb that is within walking distance of the town and some great restaurants such as La Bon Vivon (try the tasting menu) and Café Des Arts (local style dishes), as well as the wine tram routes or even a short walk to La Lude winery for fizz/MCC. The restaurants in Franschoek seem to close quite early but that gave more time to enjoy the hotel facilities and accept free drinks in the lounge, whilst chatting to other guests.
There were some outdoor games to try and bicycles to borrow should one wish and the owners even provided complementary sun-creams. There was also a large shared swimming pool for guests around which, breakfast was taken. This comprised a huge fresh fruit platter, a wide selection of hot foods to order, breads, pancakes, Danish pastries etc we were fit to burst but had to finish it all as it was lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Number of rooms: 8 suites. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House in Franschhoek offers luxury five star accommodation in five unique buildings all situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of the village in the heart of the Cape wine lands. There are four swimming pools and four gardens. This hotel and guest house is in a quiet area within easy walking distance to the restaurants. - Owner Managed ... more less
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