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“Very special boutique guesthouse”

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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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“Very special boutique guesthouse”
Reviewed 13 December 2013

We had a lovely two stay at this guest house. The owners were delightful and nothing was too much trouble. Our room was spacious and comfortable. Breakfast was very good, although we did not have a cooked one, there were lots of options. The guesthouse had lots of character with a pretty garden with fountains which added to the peaceful experience. It was a very quiet location and just 5 minutes walk to the main street with many restaurants.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

We spent two days here on our way from PE to Cape town on our Honeymoon - this was our absolute favourite place. We stayed in Oortuiging - a beautiful 2 bedroomed cottage complete with small kitchen and living room - we thought we'd only booked a room but it could have housed four of us! It was a bit breezy for the plunge pool but we loved the labrador who wandered in and out wagging her tail, and breakfast was delicious, homemade muesili followed by whatever else you wanted. The complimentary laundry, drinks and snacks are some of the small additions that make this place deserve its amazing reviews! We loved every second and one day will be back!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Had the most amazing stay here. The rooms are lovely and they have thought of all the small details that make things easy (e.g. multi plug sockets, complimentary snack and drinks, etc.). The rooms are lovely, large and comfortable - the pictures actually don't give them justice. The host, Arthur and Catherine and their daughter, were just amazing - professsional, friendly, warm and helpful. The breakfast was amazing as well. I can't wait to go back there. Haven't felt so relaxed in a long time. Can't recommend this place enough.

Room Tip: We stayed in the main house by the pool and it was lovely with an private secluded glass room where...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in late November, and I can only echo the previous reviewers. This is a very special place, mainly because it's a real reflection of the taste and focus on quality of its owners, Arthur and Catherine. You're surrounded by beautiful pieces of art and a mix of classic/contemporary design, and you know that every small detail - down to the teaspoons - has been deliberately chosen for its beauty. The service is discrete, but there when you need it, and we received fantastic recommendations for trips and dining. Small touches, like the complementary mini-bar, make it feel like home (except much nicer than mine!).

We loved it, and will definitely return if we're in Franschhoek.

Room Tip: We stayed in Twyfeling, on the ground floor with our own little conservatory, and it was perfect.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, UK
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Hazel met us on arrival and really made us feel welcome. She introduced us to our accommodation and it blew us away.

We stayed in the Gleatenheid, which is wonderfully laid out and to describe it as spacious would be an understatement. It is at the end of the beautiful gardens and, whilst only 15 seconds from the main buildings, is very private. We had our own pool - I took my time getting in as it was chilly - and sunbeds. The upstairs and downstairs verandas provided comfortable seating and perfect venues for a pre-dinner aperitif from the in-room complementary bar. The upstairs veranda also features an outside bath (there is another one inside of course for the less adventurous), which is set back and so screened from sight. The Gleatenhead is tastefully decorated and features a large number of original oil paintings, lots of sofas, a kitchen area, great roof beams upstairs and a huge bed.

We used the inclusive laundry service, which was excellent, and enjoyed the breakfasts in the choice of inside or outside venues. The food and service exceeded our high expectations.

Akademie street is a short, and safe, walk to the quirky town centre as well as the best Franschhoek restaurants for the evening. When out and about keep an eye open for the fountain that Arthur donated to the town. The wine train is well worth the experience, as is going to one of the vineyards to eat as an alternative to the town centre one evening (the vineyards generally provide return door-to-door transport if you book in advance). On that point, do not leave booking restaurants until you arrive in Franschoek as the best ones fill up well in advance (over a month in some cases), although Hazel will do all that she can to help you.

The service here was superb and well up to the 5* tag. Hazel is a real asset to the business, but I think that Arthur knows that, and Anna the dog is just great. What a place...

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

On arrival at Akademie Street the rain was pouring down but within minutes we were entering our own little mini paradise - Gelatenheid! A beautiful secluded house on two floors full off lovely personal touches selected by Arthur and Katherine! Lovely sofas, unusual lights and even two individual claw leg baths one inside and one on the balcony to soak away the hours in ( if you have time)! Overlooking intimate gardens full of flowering bushes and fountains with a swimming pool for our own personal use. Everything had been supplied even down to the suntan lotion tucked into the basket with the swimming towels. Breakfasts were taken in the main house and what a treat, stunning fruit plates, homemade museli, yogurts and almost anything cooked you required! Top that with fabulous teapots made especially for them by a well know local potter that you want to take away with you! Even the weather turned lovely for our stay and we'll definitely be returning another time

Room Tip: All rooms appear to be lovely here so take your choice but book early as they are always busy!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We stayed at this delightful place in accommodation called Gelatenheid for 3 nights. Everything about the place was as near perfection as I could imagine with highlights including:
1. The warm welcome from Hazel who was utterly charming and a treasure trove of information about the area.
2. The stunning, spacious and artistic house with its own small pool which became our home from home.
3. The picturesque gardens with their fountains, flowers and various nooks and crannies
3. The fabulous breakfasts in the main house or courtyard which set up each day.
4. Meeting the highly personal owners, Arthur and Catherine, who have achieved in their own unassuming way, the perfect escape location.
We will return to the Winelands and Franschoek, and book our stay around this once in a lifetime experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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