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“Basse Provence - A wonderful stay in Franschhoek”
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Basse Provence
Ranked #42 of 63 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
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“Basse Provence - A wonderful stay in Franschhoek”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

We spent two nights here while visiting the wine country in and surrounding Franschhoek. It is a lovely setting, set well off the main road into town. Our room was large, very comfortable, and well appointed. We stayed in the County House, which is a smaller house next to the Manor House. We had originally booked a second floor room with a thatched roof, but were upgraded upon arrival since the second floor rooms were being renovated. Much appreciated, since our room was quieter and bug-free. The breakfast served was delicious, and cooked to order. All the employees were very helpful and friendly. Franschhoek is a lovely town, and we enjoyed walking the downtown area. For travelers looking for a great stay in the South African wine country, we would recommend Basse Provence.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

The guest house is located along the main road and gives you a great base to explore Franschhoek. The rooms are spacious and unique and very good value. The free breakfast was nice as well. This is an excellent choice if you want a lovely quiet stay right in the heart of Franschhoek - you can even walk to the nearest vineyards.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perpignan, France
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

I was there for a friend's wedding last november and it was my first time in SA Despite the weather the venue and the hotel were brilliant! The staff was always welcoming, the food was delicious and the rooms very comfy!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

This is a charming little Cape Dutch guesthouse, directly off the main road as you drive into Franschoek. We arrived quite late, but were given a very friendly welcome by Heidi who greeted us by name. We stayed in the Guest House rather than the Manor House, which has four beautiful suites, with huge beds equipped with baths and showers. It's a little too far to walk into Franschoek at night for dinner, but the hotel recommends local restaurants which will collect you and drop you home - consult the guide in your room to see which these are - so that you can enjoy the local wines over dinner. Perhaps the breakfasts don't quite match the standard of the rooms, but the sheer beauty of the setting is unbeatable.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We stayed in a pleasant room in the main house, with good quality linens, semi-functional DSTV, and a well-appointed bathroom. Lots of closet space, a safe, etc. all the usual amenities. Breakfast, however, was terribly poor quality for a region known as the wine and food capital of the Western Cape. Generic pre-grated cheddar cheese with middling scrambled eggs on soggy toast. Sigh. None of the other options looked much better. On the up side, staff were welcoming and helpful, there's a very cute and sociable dog to pet, and the property is nicely landscaped and well maintained. No complaints aside from the food, but it's a good bit less expensive than many other options in the area, so perhaps just plan on eating breakfast out in one of Franschhoek's many amazing cafes?

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Dijon, France
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

A group of seven of us went to stay during a recent motorcycle tour of the area.

The first problem was that we were booked into the Rickety Bridge but they put us in the Basse Provence, which is basically fine but not if you get there at the end of a long day, the staff want to leave at 5pm and you arrive at 4:55pm!

Anyway, after arriving at the "wrong" place, all getting back on and going to the right place, we found the environment lovely and the accommodation rather quirky but fun.

The member of staff who showed us around was in a desperate hurry to leave and as a result our introduction was brief to say the least.

We took up almost all of the rooms but a couple of the other guests were shocked to see us in their cottage - one lady in particular seemed to think the whole place was hers and she was happily putting her bra on with her bedroom door wide open as four of us walked past! Also first thing the next morning there was a man who had a striking resemblance to Mr Bean doing exercises involving lots of contortions wearing only the tightest and smallest speedos - he did not acknowledge our existence in any way and seemed to close his eyes and wish us away.

Also a member of our group took a beer from a mini bar only to be told later that it belonged to another room - sorry to whoever had a slightly larger bill than they expected!

There is absolutely nothing to eat on site and it is a few km to the nearest restaurants. Fortunately the staff member did tell us about a place which would transport guests using their own car. We did this and supper was fine.

The night was windy and the trees made quite a noise (in a good way!). The winds also meant there were no strong smells from the nearby small sewage treatment plant, although I can see this being a problem in the hotter weather and if it still.

The TV channel choice was very limited but we were not very interested in that.

Overall we all came away having enjoyed the experience even if, at times, we felt like we were on the set of an old "Carry On" movie, sorry if this review comes across badly, that is not my intention but rather I'm just trying to make sure you don't do what we did by not knowing the score in advance.

I suggest if you go, you make sure you are staying in the main Rickety Bridge Manor, not the Basse Provence annex, but it is fun and reasonably priced - I would go back but knowing what I was in for would make it much better.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We stayed in the cottage for two successive Saturdays to attend weddings in Franschhoek.The cottage was ideal for two couples (one with two little children) with two en suite bedrooms with large bathrooms with bath a shower separated by a living room with easy chairs, a sleeper couch on which the little ones slept, a dinin tabel for four, bar fridge and microwave, tea and coffee making and cutlery, crockery, and glassware for four.

The breakfast, which can be taken inside or outside on the patio,is reasonable but with nothin home made or special.

I Would rate this currently at 3&1/2 stars. It would certainly deserve four stars if the breakfast was a bit more interestin with some wow factor, a better entrance pathway created to the cottage (first impressions count), the night light moved to shine on the pathway without glaring into one's eyes, cushions and an umbrella provided for the seating areas on the patio and some shelves provided in the bathrooms for cosmtetic bags and toiletries.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Basse Provence
Address: P.O.Box 455, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
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Ranked #42 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
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Hotel Class:4 star — Basse Provence 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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