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“Truly Special”
Review of The Garden House

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The Garden House
Ranked #1 of 63 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Coventry, England
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Truly Special”
Reviewed 9 December 2008

We stayed for two nights at the Garden House in late November 2008. When we arrived at the Garden House we received a very nice welcome from Annette, who settled us down with a cool drink and an introduction to the Garden House.
The hosts Annette & Barry are the most helpful and friendly people who you would want to meet, from previously emailing a very helpful restaurant guide, to helping with all the information of the area that you would need, nothing is too much trouble. Also a table was booked at the Friday night Jazz at the vineyard Brasserie. (Which we would recommend if you are in Franschhoek on a Friday evening during the summer)
The cottage is very spacious and comfortable, with very nice fittings.
The breakfast was second to none, and very relaxed taken on a beautiful veranda overlooking the garden and mountains, and includes local smoked trout and cheeses.
This is my fifth visit to Franschhoek, staying at various quality guest Houses, but without doubt, The Garden House is the best
I was in two minds about reviewing this guest House because once anyone has visited the Garden House, it will make it the only place to stay on any return to Franschhoek, and maybe full when I next holiday in this beautiful location. I will plan and book in advance

  • Liked — Friendly Hosts & The Quality Garden House
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jim Atch
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Trento, Italy
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Reviewed 2 December 2008

From the moment we arrived and received the warmest of welcomes from Annette, we knew we were going to feel at home in this wonderful Guesthouse. It is absolutely beautiful and well positioned in Franshoek, just outside the village's centre but within walking distance at the foot of it.
We have stayed for one day at Franshoek and spent unfortunately only one night at The Garden House but we have really loved it!
Annette, the owner, is a superb host, extremely welcoming and so nice. She gave us a lot of precious advices about the local winery and helped us to find the best wine tasting according to our request. She made our stay unforgettable booking the dinner for us in a wonderful restaurant where the chef is an artist.
The cottage is very nice with quality furnishings and fittings and the bathroom is spacious.
The breakfast were delicious and taken on a sunny veranda overlooking on the amazing garden. The food is also excellent and include local smoked trout and cheese.
We recommand this lovely Guest House to everybody!!

  • Liked — the garden and the owner
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank kimlange
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Dublin
1 review
Reviewed 28 November 2008

My wife and I stayed in this amazing guest house during our honeymoon. From the very first contact with Annette, I knew we were heading somewhere special. She supplied me with a list of recommended restaurants in the area, which true to fashion I promptly forgot about. But Annette, the ultimate host provisionally booked us into a restaurant for our first night (a Saturday) incase I had forgotton to do so (I had), and what a restaurant!!!
Annette and Barry couldn't do enough to make us feel at home. The accommodation is spacious, comfortable with a huge bathroom and a small fridge stocked with beer and soft drinks free of charge. The breakfasts are sumptious, served on their stoop, overlooking their amazing garden and the mountains of Franschoek with the birds and house cats and dogs for company.
We accompanied Annette one afternoon to the local township too feed the dogs and cats - an amazing experience that we will never forget.
To summarise - If you're going to Franschoek - stay at the Garden House- You won't regret it.
Thank you Annette and Barry for making our time in Franschoek so memorable.
John and Lara.

  • Liked — Amazing hosts
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank thwwhiskeyman
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 2 November 2008

After spending some days in Cape Town, my wife and I headed to Franschhoek to enjoy superb food and excellent wine. We found both and much more at Annette and Barry's Garden House. They were perfect hosts and made us feel at home. The place is very comfortable and welcoming, with a magnificent extra-large bath we enjoyed very much. We can't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank MOOrmeno
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London
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Reviewed 9 October 2008

What a great way to see the winelands!! The room is amazing with a fantastic bathroom. Annette and Barry are the perfect hosts and make you feel right at home. We must return in the summer to make the most of the pool!!

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dunsford
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Reviewed 27 July 2008

We stayed a night in the Garden House in Februari and quite enjoyed it. Room comfortable, lots of animals around. Breakfast was ok. Hosts are very nice and caring.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — animals
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank he1943
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Alexandria, VA
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70 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2008

Spent an overnight at The Garden House in their spacious and lovely guest cottage. The cottage is very well equiped with luxury linen and bath products in the huge, luxurious bathroom featuring a tub for two and plush bathrobes. There's a tea tray with cookies and a fridge stocked with complimentary beverages as well as heat and aircon. As we were there in the winter, the underfloor heating in the bathroom was a real plus!

We didn't get the breakfast as Annette (the owner) doesn't do it in the winter. But she did supply youghart, granola and coffee for us in our room and had warned us in advance.

Annette and Barry are part of the appeal -- very interesting people who are happy to take the time to offer you a sundowner on their veranda and chat. They have two dogs and many cats who wander around.

We plan to stay there again!

  • Liked — Luxurious touches, location, hospitality
  • Disliked — No breakfast available in winter
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Smosh
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Additional Information about The Garden House

Property: 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
The Garden House Hotel Franschhoek

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