This property set in the stunning Franschoek valley amid scenery from paradise, is very beautiful. It's very well kept too, trimmed, loved and obviously cared for. There are hotel rooms on this rustic site set amid vineyards, an orchard and towering mountains, but we stayed in two of the self catering cottages on offer. They are very comfortable these cottages and certainly do give a feeling of being on a farm. Donkeys bray, roosters crow, the night sky blinks wonderfully brightly while guests lounge about indoors or outdoors enjoying the peace and fresh air. There are lovely patios outside each cottage, but no shade to cover them. The sun beats down unbearably there, making these little havens unusable, except perhaps for sun starved Northern Hemisphere people. Having stayed at many equivalent places, since we live in Cape Town an hour away, we are in a good position to compare La Auberge Dauphine with other places of its type. On the plus side it is magnificently located, very close to Franschoek but feeling far away. The cottages are clean and beautifully furnished, the views great and the bathrooms have lovely big baths and strong showers. On the negative side though, La Auberge's cottages are advertised as having self catering facilities. But although the kitchen is fitted out for this purpose, it is not similarly kitted out, meaning many basics are, frustratingly, missing: i.e. a barbecue (braai) that works, a paring knife, enough big bowls for storing fresh produce and making salad, an oven tray, braai tongs etc. There's another issue here too. Although La Auberge is charged as a self catering facility, one is forced to have breakfast there or forfeit some of the rate one pays. Now as I see it one of the main points of opting for self catering is to both eat at one's leisure, more cheaply if one so desires and thereby to free oneself of the 'full English breakfast' syndrome at which one tends to over eat. Especially in Franschoek, the gastronomic capital of South Africa, this is not advisable before one even leaves for the day's activities. It would not be difficult for the owners of the property to create this option for the self catering guests with a rate adjusted accordingly. This, I was told on inquiring, was not possible. So for the European or American tourist who wants no meal preparation as part of his trip and who wants to dine in Franschoek's restaurants, La Auberge is perfect. For the locals who enjoy a casual braai away from the restaurant scene and lazy home cooked breakfasts at mid morning, there are perhaps better options. One thing more: there are bottles of wine placed in the cottages one one's arrival and replenished each day. Nothing is said about being charged for these though. This surprise only comes on checkout. All in all a lovely stay, but the property's marketing should change, or its inventory and rate options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Auberge La Dauphine is situated in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, surrounded by majestic mountains, only 50 minutes drive from Cape Town and 2 minutes drive from Franschhoek village. Set in 4 hectares with its own vineyards, orchards and dam, it offers wonderful bed and breakfast accommodation in a sympathetically converted former wine store and cottage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge La Dauphine Hotel Franschhoek