It's the staff....and the breakfast sausage that did it for us!
So as innkeepers from an award winning inn located in Woodstock Vermont, who spend 10 months a year delighting or trying to 'wow' the travelling public, what do we seek when we travel? We seek QUIETNESS and an ability to IGNORE the travelling public. Thus we booked one of their Four Quarters suites and we simply loved it! It was very quiet and we slept well every night.
First off the bed...it was big and the linen crisp on the duvet/comforter/duna depending upon which continent you hail from. The room had space and was spotlessly clean.....I do know cleaning well as I spend 10 months a year cleaning bedrooms and bathrooms! The TV/DVD and hospitality package was great, interesting DVD's and CD's to borrow. I noticed that our DVD player was not playing audio CD's well....in a matter of hours a new DVD player appeared...now that is great service. The lights all dimmed, and there was also a wood burning fire place for the colder months
The bathroom ticked all the boxes of function and indulgence. The complimentary bar and nibbles again had thought and in particular the cider in the fridge needs a mention. Very refreshing!
Outside we had a pool, and another small pool was available in the non exclusive suite garden area. Being upstairs we had a small seating area that was discrete and private and allowed for 'in the altogether' sunbathing....rest assured I applied a lot of suncream!
Moving onto all the staff. They all seem to enjoy looking after clients and the owner Susan is visible about the place, looking, talking and making sure things are going as they should be. The staff take ownership of the task at hand, and there is not a corporate 'marketing management plan' here I feel.
So for breakfast they offer a small menu...but the food....well it reflects the other part of their business. It has been made with passion and the sausages.....oh dear.....they were simply wonderful. Why should you trust my judgement of an 'umble banger??? Well I'm a proud member of the British Sausage Appreciation Society' in fact I like to think I run a distant outpost in Vermont! These small breakfast sausages were packed with prime pork, a little thyme I think, and I would fight you for two or three! I also had a few other breakfast offerings including organic greek yoghurt and the famous 'sticky bun' and all got 10/10. The home baked bread was delicious and the croissants also got 10/10.
My only small suggestion for breakfast....offer some British style back bacon rather than the streaky.
So book and indulge as the place offers a great standard and really does undersell and over deliver.
And another small plus...the whimsical art around the place by a great metal sculptor called Uwe Pfaff was so innovative that we are probably going to order a piece for our place in the US!
You really could not fault the value offered in a very competitive hospitality location. In summary you may gather we were very impressed with place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 83 Km from Cape Town, Le Quartier Francais is in the heart of the vineyards of the famous Franschhoek valley of the French Huguenots. Located in the village centre, this privately owned hotel and restaurant is an exquisite stopping place on the wine trail and the trace of the history of the Huguenot settlers, between Mont Rochelle, Haute Provence, Moreson. Impeccable decoration and service. Eclectic cuisine by Margot Janse and regional wine, of course! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Quartier Francais Franschhoek
- Le Quartier Francais Hotel Franschhoek