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Franschhoek Country House & Villas
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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Durham
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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Reviewed 24 May 2007

This hotel was absolutely fantastic if you want to visit the Winelands area of South Africa. The rooms are set amongst gardens filled with waterfalls, lavender and lemons and smell heavenly. The rooms are large and the service in all areas of the hotel was excellent. There are two nice swimming pools, one heated, and the restaurant food was fantastic. Our waiter, Emile was also able to keep my husband up to date with all of the English football scores (not necessarily a bonus for me).! The hotel also recommended a wine tour run by a local lady, Christa, who was brilliant - well informed, fun and we had a brilliant morning with her after which we knew alot more about while and were quietly sozzled. Franschhoek is a beautiful village with upmarket shops and restaurants set in a lovely velley surrounded by huge mountains. DEFINITELY stay here if you can - we'll be returning as soon as we can.

  • Liked — Gardens
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2007

We had a really lovely stay here. Their accommodation is really good with all the expected amenities, airconditioning really welcome as it was very hot

The staff was really good and helpful with our special requests

We have to single out their restaurant as one of the best we enjoyed while travelling to South Africa - a talented chef and very good service. We ate at some of the other famous restaurant in town and although they were also good, the Monneaux Restaurant was the best.

The grounds are lovely with a beautiful pool setting and once again great staff attending to us .

Breakfast was just wonderful!

In short this was a well run hotel without being too "formal"!

We will defintiely return and can recommend it highly.

Stayed March 2007
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2 Thank Roths
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Singapore
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2007

Stayed 4 nights in December.

Staff great, management always available. This place has lovely gardens, a very nice pool area with lovely views

The rooms are very nice and the restaurant really good.

We recommend it highly and we will return!

  • Liked — Staff and Restaurant
  • Disliked — The short stay!
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with family
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4 Thank Stuart46
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Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 December 2006

Our second time that we have stayed and it was (as before) just perfect!

Staff friendly and efficient! Food divine! Rooms really nice!

Our stay was even better than the previous year and we will be back next year!

What a wonderful time!

  • Liked — Service!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — None
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with friends
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1 Thank PieterV
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Bedfordshire, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2006

Our friends and ourselves (travelling as two couples and celebrating our respective 30th wedding anniversaries) selected this hotel from an internet search and booked to stay in two of the relatively new villa suites for the first 3 nights of our first visit to South Africa. We arrived at the hotel after the long overnight flight from the UK and a 90 minute drive from Cape Town airport, only to find that they had no reservation for us, despite us having all the usual accomodation vouchers. The hotel director Jean-Pierre Snyman treated this as a personal crusade to resolve matters despite having absolutely no obligation to do so. Having checked matters out with both our UK and SA travel companies it transpired that all of our SA accomodation (4 different hotels) had been cancelled in error. Jean-Pierre managed to fit us in to the Country House villa suites (after re-arranging another 1 night booking for other clients) and with all of our other accomodation fully booked, liased with the agents until suitable alternative accomodation had been found. We found the hotel to be truly wonderful and the suites absolutely magnificent - they are enormous in size and contain every conceiveable luxury. The Monneaux is a superb restaurant and bears strong comparison with the multitude of other high quality restaurants in Fransschhoek . This is a fabulous hotel, which we would have no hesitation in recommending to others; in addition the overall service standards are excellent and as for Jean-Pierre, we cannot praise him and his team high enough. Thank you guys.

  • Liked — Villa suite rooms were superb size with every possible luxury
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Go for a villa suite as opposed to a room in the main hotel; the extra expense is well worth it.
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with friends
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3 Thank JAZZIZ
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Hampshire, UK
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2006

Franschhoek Country House is situated on the outskirts of the trendy village of Franschhoek, surrounded by spectacular scenery and within an easy hours drive of Cape Town. We had read mixed reviews about the hotel and were uncertain what to expect but our fears were definitely unfounded. The welcome we received, the service and general ambience was everything you would expect from a high class hotel. The staff were extremely friendly, competent and well trained. Attention to detail was precise which made our stay there all the more fantastic. The restaurant Monneaux was exceptional and the staffs intimate knowledge, not only of the menu but of the wine list, was impressive. The rooms were well furnished and comfortable and ours had a fantastic mountain view. My wife and I would definitely highly recommend the Country House to anybody and indeed are planning a return in the next couple of months.

  • Liked — Spacious room and great views
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank robchar
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2006

We were extremely looking forward to staying here especially after reading their promotional material sent with Conde Nast magazine. However, I cannot stress how disappointed we were with our stay and I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. The room allocated to us was above the kitchen/staff area and hence was extremely noisy for most of the day and well into the night. Even though the hotel is set back from the main road, you can still hear a lot of noise. The standard of the room was far from 5 stars with extremely dated furnishings, no bathrobes and a hairdryer with visible live wires. OK the pool area is lovely and the head chef was extremely friendly but this does not make up for the appalling room standards. My husband complained at reception but the hotel was fully booked and they would/could not move us to another room. We paid considerably more for our stay here than in Cape Town and I am disappointed to say that the accomodation in Cape Town (Abbey Manor) was far more superior.

  • Liked — Pool
  • Disliked — Room
  • Tips/Secrets — Do not stay here!
  • Stayed February 2006, travelled as a couple
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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 Spa Hotel in Franschhoek
#1 Business Hotel in Franschhoek
#4 Luxury Hotel in Franschhoek
#4 Family 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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