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“The valley of the lions”

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Franschhoek Country House & Villas
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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“The valley of the lions”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Seated in the beautiful wilderness of the West Cape Region, Franschhoek is like a picture from a story book of cultured wine lands. The Franschhoek Country House and Villas is in a perfect setting with its history of perfume making over a century ago. The atmosphere and service is of the standard of yesteryears, when the guest was treated as a houseguest, welcomed by the family. We are being treated like a royalty here and we love the accommodation of a villa, with two patios and a walk in closet. The views are over the vineyards and to the mountains. We will certainly return.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

... you will love this place! I have never been so relaxed than during my stay at Franschhoek Country House & Villas. We loved it so much, we booked another night! We had a wonderful room and were treated to champagne given that it was our honeymoon! Gardens were fabulous. The pools were great. Drinks service on the lawn was a bonus. My one criticism was the coffee... sounds strange, but im a coffee fan and didnt like the coffee during breakfast - i tasted like instant. Thats just being really picky! Staff were helpful and friendly! Would love to go back someday!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed four nights at Franschhoek Country House and Villas and had a wonderful stay. The villas are beautifully appointed and huge. The staff are friendly and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. The food was outstanding so much so that we ate dinner in the hotel restaurant every night. We would highly recommend this beautiful hotel.
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Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

We have just spent two nights in a villa at Franschhoek Country House & Villas and cannot fault it. The room is spacious and well appointed. Very comfortable beds (albeit two singles pushed together in very European style) and huge bathrooms. Toiletries a bit basic but fine. Mini Bar awesome.

Restaurant at the hotel is excellent - had a great lunch - and the breakfast is great also with an impressive buffet, good a la carte menu for cooked items and great service.

Service generally was great. We arrived at 8am from a flight from London and although the receptionist was a little mesmerized we were checking in so early when our villa would not be ready until 2pm, she arranged for a room to be available for us so that we could freshen up and sleep.

The hotel offers a shuttle service into the centre of Franschhoek which is great.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

My husband and I spent a few days here on our honeymoon and we loved it. Our transfer got us to the Villas quite early, so our room wasn't ready yet but they arranged for us to have a half-day, private wine tour. It was absolutely amazing. If you decide to do it, see if they can arrange to have Leonard as your guide as he is incredibly knowledgeable and very friendly.

The meals that we had at the restaurant were out of this world and we loved the tasting menu. And the view of the mountains with breakfast could not be beat. Our room was incredibly spacious and we loved the bathroom as well. I really enjoyed walking between all the buildings and looking at all the beautiful fountains on the property.

We made sure to use the complimentary shuttle into town, which was great. We were also given wonderful restaurant recommendations and everyone at the hotel was very accommodating. I would highly recommend people to stay here in the future.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

While in South Afriaca, we stayed in a number of Hotels, and Franschloek Country House and Villas, was very different from our previous lodgings (which also were excellent). We thought the Villas were so spacious and beautifully decorated, and the bathroom was just heaven. It was open and elegantly designed and furnished - all adding to the country villa atmosphere.

I would definitely recommend the food at the restaurant, and also I couldn't fault the staff who were very attentive not only in the restaurant, but for the whole stay.

There are excellent wineries within walking distance - La Motte - being a favourite. I'd definitely recommend a stay at Franschhoek House and Villas.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Have just returned from an amazing trip to South Africa, our first stop was the One & Only in Cape Town which was superb so when we arrived at Country House & Villas in Franschhoek we were somewhat disappointed. The hotel feels tired and dated and whilst the staff were very enthusiastic when we arrived they seemed inexperienced. We were traveling with our 13 year old daughter so we were allocated one of the suites which was appreciated but as we had booked and paid for 3 occupants in the room it is disappointing when there are only towels, robes etc for 2.
When we arrived in our room there was a smell of air freshener and when this cleared away there was a strong smell of gas in the lounge area of the suite coming from the gas fire. The staff were not concerned about this but as my daughter was meant to be sleeping in this room I was not very happy about it and had to request a stowaway bed to be put in our room for her to sleep on. I do not think that the staff reacted to this problem efficiently or effectively.
On the plus side the complimentary shuttle service at night to your restaurant is a nice touch.
I would not return to this hotel as there are so many nice places to stay in the town.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Franschhoek Country House & Villas
Address: Main Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Franschhoek
#1 Spa Hotel in Franschhoek
#4 Family Hotel in Franschhoek
#4 Luxury Hotel in Franschhoek
#5 Romantic Hotel in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Franschhoek Country House & Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by enchanting vineyards and majestic mountains, this small Boutique hotel is set on the outskirts of the town of Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands less than an hours drive from Cape Town. Offering a selection of standard, luxury, garden cottages and the exclusive villa suites. With a top rated award winning restaurant, guests can relax and enjoy the hospitality, laze at the pool, enjoy a massage or stroll on the world-renowned charming town of Franschhoek. ... more   less 
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