We stayed at the Akademie as the last leg of our honeymoon in early May 2013. Our first three stops were Londolozi, Rovos Rail, and Mt Nelson, and the Akademie was in the same level of comfort and a wonderful way to close things out. Just off the main strip in Franschhoek, the Akademie is within walking distance of everything in Franschhoek and a mention of the name of the B&B gives you instant credibility with all local restaurants and wineries. Katherine and Arthur have put together a wonderfully charming homestead that offers spacious and wonderfully appointed accommodations, wonderful service that imparts the feel of home, and a serene interior courtyard landscape with hidden nooks, fountains, and colorful foliage. The ever-dependable Hazel is there to answer your every whim, and you are greeted daily at breakfast by the house Labrador, Anna. We stayed in the two-story Gelatenheid townhouse, and with that, Katherine and Arthur have thought of absolutely everything!! Each level is exactly as you would have your home appointed, with access to your private pool, full kitchen, spacious bedroom in the upstairs full-floor “loft”, and a private tub on the second floor balcony. They provided a mobile phone, free of charge, already programmed with most eateries and wineries in the local area, which came in handy on more than one occasion. Gelatenheid has its own entrance and its own driveway and allows you to be as engaged or disengaged with the other guests as you want to be. Wineries such as Haute Cabriere and La Petite Ferme are literally 4 minutes away (if that), and Stellenbosch is roughly 25-30 minutes. The Akademie Guest House is perfect in that it allows easy access to the wineries by car, but also allows you to stroll around Franschhoek on foot in the early evening through all of the shops and restaurants. I found this little piece of paradise directly through Trip Advisor, so hopefully, this post will encourage others to stay at the Akademie in the same manner. It is entirely worth it and has earned every star of the rating. Simply fantastic.
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- 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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