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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“Wonderfully restful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2013

We stayed at Akademie for three nights in early March. The staff are more than helpful and the property is a delightful and well cared for oasis in close walking distance to Main Street.
The rooms we stayed in are very well appointed with extra touches not expected in a b&b. it is a little more expensive than the norm but every effort goes into ensuring that your every need is catered for. Excellent breakfasts on the terrace. Would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: We very much liked Twyfeling room
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Winchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

The reviews on Trip Advisor had led us to have high expectations of Akademie Street but they were wildly exceeded by what proved to be one of the favourite hotels stays we can ever recall. The elegant, effortless, seamless service we experienced comes, of course, from fanatical attention to detail but you are never aware of this. Everybody is devoted to your stay being an absolute joy and Hazel and her team do a wonderful job with delightful service which is friendly, attentive but never cloying.

The accommodations are laid out around the gardens in such a way that you enjoy total privacy and are hardly aware that others are also staying at the property. The breakfasts with their locally sourced ingredients were beautifully prepared and presented and it was hard to drag ourselves away to go out and explore Franschoek and the surrounding area. Except, of course, that Catherine and Arthur were a fountain of knowledge about everything the area has to offer and we did get to see and do so much.

We can't wait to share with others what Catherine and Arthur have created here. There is a touch of magic that enriched our enjoyment of South Africa and we can't recommend Akademie Street highly enough.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Uitsig suite which was light, roomy and spacious but I'm sure all the accommoda...
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

Wow. From the moment we started communicating in regards to reservations, we knew that Akademie was going to be special.

We arrived on a Wednesday having driven from Cape Town, using the clear directions that Jessie had emailed to us. We were greeted by Anna (their wonderful dog), Jessie and Arthur. There were no formalities. Just shown to our room with warmth, and shown how our first room - Vreugde works.

Vreugde is a smaller room with a huge courtyard and its own plunge pool. Our second room was Twyfeling. This was part of the main house, with a huge bedroom, a conservatory and a courtyard with a lemon, lime and guava tree.

Both rooms were very well appointed. The beds were massive and comfortable. There is an all inclusive mini bar - bottle of SA bubbles, beer, whisky/gin/brandy/Amarula, soft drinks, bottled water, as well as snacks (crisps, biscuits, decadent chocolates), and a Nespresso machine. What more could one ask for.

The bathrooms were plush with quality towels and robes, very high end toiletries, heated floor and loads of natural light.

There was always a fruit platter in the room, loads of seating area, magazines, DSTV with a plasma screen, iPod (does not work with 5) docking station and so on.

Your laundry is included, which was a huge plus point. Leave it in your bathtub in the morning, and it comes back all fresh by late afternoon.

What made the place very special were the staff. Always smiling, wanting to be of help, wanting to talk, and giving suggestions on where to go. Katherine, Jessie and Arthur recommended so many restaurants to us. Brilliant. They made the reservations for us, and we always got great tables.

Breakfast was an affair and a half. A fruit platter that is better then any 5/6/7 star hotel. So much on there, so fresh, and best of all, the fruit was ripe and sweet. Home made muesli, a juice of the day, loads of coffee, and a hot breakfast. Anything you pretty much wanted was available. We had it indoors once due to rain, in our conservatory twice due to the weather, and by the pool on the last day. Never a hurried affair, it was served at a pace you liked.

Anna - a gorgeous dog. She also made our stay special.

WiFi was included, and very fast.

Akademie is a non pretentious place that offers bespoke service, and the staff all make you feel like you are family. We are already plan future visits with friends.

Well done to everyone at Akademie for creating a haven in a heavenly village.

Room Tip: They are all brilliant. Each is so individual and has its own charm.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

My husband and I stayed here in February after travelling the Garden Route. I am so glad Hazel managed to get me a room after Trailfinders failed too. This beautiful Boutique B&B really fulfilled my expectations and more. I wish that I had booked 3 nights instead of 2. This has got to be the best place to stay in Franschhoek. I could go on and on .... Just look at the other reviews, it's all true. It is one of my top places in SA. Thank you Catherine, Hazel and Arthur for such a fabulous time, service, breakfast and the room was just perfection!!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Great Neck, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

Due to a change of plans based on a early checkout from a hotel that disappointed greatly--despite generally favorable trip advisor reviews, we had spent 3 nights at the very luxurious La Residence before checking in for 4 nights at Akademie. At 1/3 the price, nevertheless it did not disappoint.
Catherine, Arthur, and Hazel were gracious, considerate, and warm and friendly hosts. Breakfast was a delight and the friendly Labrador Anna, a most pleasant companion. Vreugde was a cozy room and the garden and pool a tranquil retreat. In short, the place has great vibes, and a wonderful base to explore the wine country.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

From the moment we arrived and were warmly welcomed by Hazel, we knew we were somewhere very special indeed. We stayed in Vreugde and loved the private garden with plunge pool, and the wonderful breakfasts taken in the dappled shade of the courtyard will never be forgotten. The staff were superb - nothing was too much trouble, and Katherine and Arthur are a fascinating source of information, and were also able to book us into every restaurant we requested. This has to be the best place to stay in Franschhoek ,and probably in the whole of South Africa!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

Well, what shall I say? We stayed at Akademie street for the second time within two years, and I am happy to confirm that it has even further improved. Catherine, Hazel and Arthur are so nice people and always have time for a chat. All the house is lovely decorated and full of lovely little details. it's like staying home away from home.
the breakfast is fabulous and you will hardly fine any better in the world. Try the Omelette with sweet fresh tomatoes. Mmmmh.
With all the good reviews it is mandatory to book well in advance to avoid disappointent. (6+ Months)

Room Tip: Ask for the "pool room" which has a very large bathroom all surrounded by glass into a sma...
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Property: Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Address: 5 Akademie Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Number of rooms: 7 suites. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House in Franschhoek offers luxury five star accommodation in five unique buildings all situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of the village in the heart of the Cape wine lands. There are four swimming pools and four gardens. This hotel and guest house is in a quiet area within easy walking distance to the restaurants. - Owner Managed ... more   less 
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