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“Best Guesthouse in Franschhoek!”
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The Garden House
Ranked #3 of 64 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 June 2013

My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights in May during a Cape wine tour. We had the best time getting to know Annette and Barry! We miss them already and want to go back for another visit and perhaps get married there. The Guesthouse is so perfectly kept. It was a joy to have the dog and 3 cats around. My favorite kitty was Marmaduke!!!

Annette and Barry were always around to ensure that we were happy. They provided us with great recommendations for wineries and restaurants and all of them turned out to be so special. Franschhoek is on our top places list. We loved it there!

Only one recommendation is to perhaps upgrade to a King sized bed with fluffier pillows. Or not :) We Americans are used to the big beds. I don't think a lot of Americans travel there so this probably isn't important. We would still go back in a heart beat without this.

Good Job Annette and Barry! You guys provided such warm hospitality and we thank you!

Much Love,

Patrick and John

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

We had a great time - a welcome weekend away from the baby! Lovely hosts and a fantastic room and bathroom. A big thank you to Annette for arranging a buy one get one free deal at 'The Tasting room' for us - much appreciated!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

My wife and I stayed with Annette and Barry for a night but it didn't take long to feel right at home. We had a great time chatting with them before dinner, and they were very helpful in helping us choose the right place. Annette even dropped us off as it was little cool that evening.

The room we were staying in was wonderful, clean and comfortable. Wish we stayed for longer.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

We stayed with Annette and Barry on our visit to Franschhoek. We were made very welcome and Annette could not do enough to make our stay perfect. We enjoyed the pre evening drinks and look forward to our return to see how the leg warmers turned out......

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

With so many lovely places to stay around Franschhoek and Swellendam, I am so glad I followed my instinct and booked a stay at the Garden House! Annette and Barry have really made their already splendid property into something very special.

We stayed in the main house guest room the first night and in the cottage for two nights. Both were superb! The room in the main house is roomier than it appears on the website and we could have easily spent a week in the room comfortably. The cottage is very spacious, wonderfully decorated and has a dreamy bathroom! We used their bicycles during the day and rode around from one wine estate to the next!! Annette made restaurant recommendations for the evening and reserved tables for us in downtown Franschhoek. This is one of the reasons I prefer small B&Bs - it gives us a chance to try out the local restaurants.

Annette likes to have the guests in for cocktail hour at around 7pm. This is optional, but you'd be missing all the fun if you went anywhere else. Annette is simply a blast and we really enjoyed meeting the other guests.

Annette and Barry: You are two truly wonderful people - thank you for having us! (And I'm so sorry for taking so long to write this review!)

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

we stayed with Annette and Barry on our recent trip to SouthAfrica.....you must stay here when you visit Franschoek!!! Annette and Barry cannot do enough for you..Annette had recommended and pre-booked restaurants for us...all excellent....cafe des arts........la petite ferme and la bon vivant. We were two couples and we stayed in the cottage and in the main house and both are beautiful.... Annette and Barry are very knowledgeable about the area and the wineries ..the breakfasts are fantastic and the views from the guesthouse are truly beautiful...we had a lovely lovely stay there and we look forward to returning soon...anne e joyce

Room Tip: both the cottage and the rooms in main house are beautiful , the cottage is more spacious and sepera...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 April 2013 via mobile

The guest room at The Garden House is enough to warrant a five star rating - lovely decor, comfy bed, luxury bathroom, well stocked complimentary mini bar, use of the beautiful garden and pool, close to all of the attractions of Franschoek...what puts this place into a whole other league though is Barry and Annette. Their hospitality is second to none - from inviting us into their home for evening drinks to making my husband a platter for supper when I didn't fancy going out for dinner, they really took the time to make our stay in Franschoek a superb experience. That's before you even consider the fact that they have the friendliest dog and cats who will keep you well stocked up for cuddles and company round the pool (especially Marmaduke!) my husband and I have been very lucky and have been able to travel widely in recent years and can honestly say that this was one of the nicest stays we have ever had.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Additional Information about The Garden House

Address: 29 De Wet Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range: £96 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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