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“The perfect start to our honeymoon”

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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Bimingham, England
2 reviews
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“The perfect start to our honeymoon”
Reviewed 20 April 2009

What a fantastic place to stay this is - please book it for your holiday now! My new husband and I stayed in Gelatenheid last September (2008) on the first night of our honeymoon. We were astouned by the beauty and originality of the guesthouses. All individually decorated, with beautiful artwork, bedding and fittings. Gelatenheid was such a romantic and luxurious guesthouse, yet also very cosy and comfortable. Katherine and Arthur are wonderfully helpful and generous and very knowledgable about the area. Their breakfasts are superb! I really could rave on about Akademie for hours, but you will just have to go there for yourself!

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed 9 April 2009

My family and I spent two wonderful nights at Akademie Guesthouses. We stayed in the Vreugde and Uitsig rooms, both were perfectly charming and very spacious, particularly Uitsig which I highly recommend. Hosts Katherine and Arthur are absolutely fantastic. Wonderful people, extremely helpful and very interested in making your stay a very personable, and certainly unforgettable experience. And we were amazed at the rooms, every possible need and consideration taken care of. Chocolates on the bed, two shower caps not one, note pads, tons of magazines, free mini bar and free 24 hour laundry service, wonderful spa toiletries in large bottles, you name it, Akademie provides it with such a personal style of consideration for their guests. The property is charming with plunge pools, flower gardens, perfect and private peace and beauty. Breakfast is a wonderful affair (attended by 3 house cats if you wish, no less) and everything is freshly prepared and delicious. The location of Akademie is perfect. 5 minute walk from the main street of Franschhoek and super restaurants like The Tasting Room and Reubens. Parking is easy and right in front of the guesthouse and free. We loved Akademie so much we didn't want to leave. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Calibishie, Dominica
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Reviewed 8 April 2009

We stayed at Akademie over a year ago, but I still think fondly of it. It is probably the best place I've ever stayed. Utter luxury, total comfort, endlessly gracious hosts, and the world's absolute best breakfast. They thought of everything. We stayed in the back upstairs apartment. I cannot recommend it enough!

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 7 April 2009

The McWilliam Smiths continue extraordinarily high standards of generous hospitality in these delightfully configured guesthouses, providing an oasis of independence and tranquility within a gentle stroll of the gourmet treats of Franschhoek. It is the intelligent attention to detail which reflects the hosts' charming personalities, discreet but attentive and the warm sense of being valued as a visitor. One always leaves smiling
Jean Haden
UK and Cape Town.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
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London
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Reviewed 26 March 2009

This is definitely one of the best places we have ever stayed - we were in Gelatenheid - our pool was wonderful - the breakfast was delicious - hopefully we will be able to return.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 25 March 2009

We stayed at Akademie street for 2 nights.There were 3 of us so Oortuigung was perfect, our very own 2 bed 2 bath cottage complete with private garden and pool and all this 2 minutes walk from the main street of Franschoek and all its wonderful shops and restaurants.
The rooms were well appointed and the little touches like the gorgeous toiletries in the bathrooms, chocolates on the pillows and complimentary bottle of champagne were worthy of many a much more expensive hotel.
Breakfast was amazing, the best we savoured in South Africa, served in the beautiful garden beutiful fresh smoothies, homemade Jams, and the most amazing local sausages and bacon. It really et us up for the day!!!
Arthur and Katherine and their staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful.
This place really is a little oasis in the centre of Franschoek, We would recommend it to anyone..

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Hertford, UK
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

The accommodation was superb. Spacious, comfortable with the biggest bed imaginable and two bathrooms. How nice in a world of air conditioning to lie in bed at night accompanied by the gentle hum of a ceiling fan. The cottage was lovely and cool despite 30 degree temperatures outside. The garden was secluded and also provided an area for sunbathing in private and a plunge pool.
The staff were simply fantastic. Everybody was friendly and really there to provide for all our needs. The owners were knowledgeable and charming and the breakfasts excellent. The area was completely safe even late at night and we walked everywhere in Franschhoek which had a wide variety of restaurants serving quality food.
We can recommend Akademie unreservedly and our stay there was one of the highlights of our honeymoon !

  • Stayed March 2009, 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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