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The Garden House
Ranked #5 of 64 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 January 2010

We stayed here for 3 nights over New Year. Although everyone has their own opinion I think you'll find the previous reviewer is out of sink with the majority of reviewers of the Garden House who, like me, found this a unique gem amongst mediocre ikea style formulaic accommodation out there. We are experienced global travellers and this is a winner!

Being at the Garden House, Franschhoek was a perfect way to end 2009 and bring in 2010 with a great big smile on our faces.I There's so much to rave about in such a short review, but here's a flavour of what to expect-
* Hospitable & friendly hosts with a wealth of local knowledge (including persuasive tips to get you that elusive table in the most popular restaurants,)
* The accommodation exceeds expectations inside & out with a range of outside seating options, pool etc and beautiful spacious guest rooms with large bathroom.
* The extensive glorious breakfast overlooking the gardens which satisfies even the most hearty of appetites

I could say so much more but don't take my word for it, just book a stay here, you wont regret it.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2009

Great hosts, location fantastic, excellent breakfast and very relaxing.
We stayed in the cottage equiped with all you should wish for.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tulipkingstonhill
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Reviewed 13 December 2009

The Garden House is a real gem in every respect. Charming, elegant chic, warm and welcoming we felt more like family members being very spoiled instead of being paying guests. Annette and Barry are wonderful hosts and the gorgeous (well behaved) dogs and cats simply add to the warm family feel of the place. Whether it's the superb breakfasts served on the stoep overlooking the beautiful country garden or sharing a glass of wine with our hosts and other guests the atmosphere was one of genuine warmth and relaxation. Our only regret was that we had to leave. We can't rate the Garden House highly enough. When we return to Franschhoek, and we will, this is the only place we would want to stay at.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank AAKH
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

We had a wonderfull time as guests of Annette and Barry and their lovely pets. We stayed in the bedroom which was lovely complete with brass bed and ensuite bathroom!
The pool was lovely for an early morning swim or just to laze by during the heat of the day. After an cool swim what could be nicer than a beauitful breakfast on the terrace overlooking the beautiful garden.
What a breakfast! I will not spoil the suprise except to say the blackberries from the garden were a special treat.
Annette could not do enough for us, from recommendations for places to visit or avoid to booking a Jazz Night out.
I wish we could have stayed longer but the memories will live on.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank lanze
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Reviewed 8 December 2009

it would not be a surprise if I saw this fabulous cottage in 'Homes and Garden' magazine - it is beautiful.

We stayed in the cottage - which has a lovely large bedroom and superb bathroom. All the fixtures and fittings are excellent quality - nothing is too much trouble for Annette. She is an excellent tour guide for the area, with recommendations for restaurants, trips and books to read!

You can walk into the centre of the resort which is a pleasant change and means you can enjoy the great wines in the restaurants. We borrowed the bikes for 2 days to cycle out to the vineyards. Not sure we were fit enough to take up Barry's offer of an off-road trip!

The swimming pool is a great relaxation area - after all the wines tasting. There is no point on trying to diet during your stay here - the breakfasts are great and the restaurants are fantastic - just make sure you remember to make your booking for a table in advance as they easily fill up, we often saw people turned away

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Marmie14
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Reviewed 29 November 2009

We booked into the Garden House on the recommendation of the Tripadvisor ratings and were not disappointed in the slightest. We stayed at the Garden House for a week and it made our holiday. If you can, stay in the Garden House which is off to the side (Barry and Annette also rent out a room inside their house). Our room was beautifully appointed with a very large bedroom, huge bathroom (with two person bath, walk-in shower and heated floor) and porch. The House is a five minute walk into town and as Franschhoek is such a quiet town you can leave the car and walk, which is a blessing in such a car-centric country.

Annette and Barry were the perfect hosts giving us time and space when needed (we spent a couple of the days just relaxing by the pool) or beavering away on our behalf when we wanted to go out. We had fab restaurants booked on our behalf and lots of excellent vineyard recommendations (Lynx and MyWyn are musts if you visit). If you are an animal lover you can also accompany Annette as she feeds the local township dogs.

Overall we would recommend the Garden House to everyone. It is a lovely place to stay with beautiful views and, more importantly, wonderful hosts who really work hard to make you feel welcome and ensure you have a good time.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2009

Situated in a quiet location, within easy walking distance of the village restaurants, and enjoying some of the best views of Franschhoek Mountains. Stunning gardens surround the pool. Well appointed cozy, self contained accommodation, owned and run by a charming caring couple. A superb home cooked breakfast each morning. We would happily recommend, and have recommended, The Garden House to friends and relatives.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank rogermb
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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 #5 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range: £99 - £131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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