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“Not close to the village, peaceful!”

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Maison d'Ail Guest House
Ranked #20 of 63 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
368 reviews
70 hotel reviews
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“Not close to the village, peaceful!”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Franschhoek was full of people for the Bastille Festival weekend. We were glad we chose this place which is someway outside, and safe from the noise and bustle, to say nothing of the people wine crawling around the village!
We had to phone the owners to let us in, they were there in 5 minutes. It is a purpose built, modern building, without a great warmth when you arrive, but the facilities are excellent. Bedrooms and bathrooms are comfortable, spacious and well equipped. We slept well.
Breakfast was very good, with freshly made fruit salad, good juice, cereals, pastries, yoghurt and really tasty full English options. I particularly liked the herby fried tomatoes.
We made ourselves at home and sat by the fire in the evening.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

We had a wonderful stay and felt very welcome. The room was amazing with traditional French decor. Extremely clean with incredible views over the valley of Franschoek. We even had our own balcony and jn the evening, Clive made lit the fireplace in the gorgeous living room downstairs for us to sit around and relax in the evening. We even had a fridge filled with local wines that we could choose from and enjoy around the fire place. Breakfast was top class too! Please do not even stay anywhere else, this is incredible value for money. Its very safe and you have secure parking for your car too. Short walk down the road to the town centre so very conveniently situated. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Les Avirons, Reunion Island
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Welcomed by Clive and Jeanne and their lovely black labrador, Zack. Relaxed atmosphere, big rooms, was superb and hugegood beds. The breakfast is just amazing. The entire team is very friendly. The guesthouse is centrally located, just off the high street on a quiet residential road and is a short walk into the town centre10 minutes. I recommend the place for vacation.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Very lovely place to go if you plan a trip to the Winelands. The B&B is on the hillside with a perfect view of the valley. This B&B has for sure bigger rooms than a hotel and serves a fantastic breakfast.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 no nights in this beautiful B&B - the room & bathroom and our private patio were huge, the bed very comfy and the breakfast delirious - really high standard accommodation worth every penny!
Location was good too- You can walk to the restaurants in the town centre. We wish we were there a month earlier when the late summer weather would have been perfect to laze around by the pool!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

My boyfriend and I spent 3 nights at Maison d'Ail when we were in Franshoek for a wedding. The guesthouse is centrally located, just off the high street on a quiet residential road and is a short walk/ drive into the town centre (it's a bit of a hill walk so pack some good walking shoes!).

Our room was clean and modern, and staff were very accommodating and friendly. We arrived early for our scheduled check-in, but were able to leave our car on the property and drop our bags off in our room. The room itself was lovely and tidy. The only tiny negative was the mosquito problem, but that is not the fault of the guesthouse, just par for the course of staying in a rural setting.

If you are heading to Franschoek for business or pleasure, and are looking for a no mess, no fuss, easy and accommodating experience - I would highly recommend this neat little guesthouse.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We were welcomed by Clive and Jeanne and their lovely black labrador, Zack. The accommodation is purpose built for guests next to their own house and they've thought of everything. Breakfast (excellent) is served overlooking the pool with the mountains in the background - stunning. There are plenty of comfy chairs, sofas and loungers dotted around the pool and inside the house for you to relax and chill on and plan your wine tasting tours of the area.

I must admit that for some reason when I booked the accommodation I thought that it was a closer walk to Franschhoek centre than it actually was but its was still only a 15 minute walk...though it.seemed longer when walking back from the Wine Tram tour with our purchases :)

Our room (room 1) was superb and huge....we had our own private courtyard and the bathroom was huge. However there was a personal downside that may not be an issue for others - it was right next to the kitchen and therefore even if you wanted a lie in you are disturbed by other guests or the staff getting breakfast ready - I know its a small point but the option for a lie in is important when you're on holiday. We often found on our trip that there were signs around hotels stating please be courteous to other guests after 10 pm at night etc but there isn't the opposite for early mornings!

I've marked the accommodation slightly lower on value for money as it was the most expensive place we stayed in on our trip down the Garden Route....but I appreciate that its a Franschhoek thing and not particular to this accommodation.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Maison d'Ail Guest House
Address: 77 Reservoir Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Maison d'Ail Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the tranquility of this newly established guesthouse, Maison d’Ail, owned and run by the Garlick family. Nestled under the Franschhoek mountains, this guesthouse will enable you to relax and unwind in the most tranquil surroundings.Spend your days relaxing at our pool or step out onto the bustling streets of Franschhoek and enjoy top class cuisine and wine at one of the many restaurants and wine farms in the valley.Luxury...amazing views...peace and quiet...who could ask for more? ... more   less 
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