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“Great position in Stellenbosch with exceptional service” 5 of 5 stars
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Aan Dorpstraat Guest House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   14 Papegaai Street | Twon Centre, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #14 of 106 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
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“Great position in Stellenbosch with exceptional service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

Having stayed out of town before, I decided it would be nice to stay where you could walk into the town. You are only a 10 minute stroll into the town itself, with lots of nice distracting shops on the way!
Gwen and Johan are excellent hosts. Nothing is too much trouble. Gwen organised a taxi for us on evening to go to Rust en Vrede (a must by the way!), and then organised a oicnic for us during breakfast at a local winery. We stayed in the bedroom at the top of the stairs with a table and chairs outside. What a great room and a very comfortable bed. It had lots of storage space behind the beds, to hide your suitcase, a fridge with goodies in it (ice was readily available downstairs) and space to keep your wine chilled. The bathroom was amazing - great high powered shower, huge cubicle and a claw foot bath. Nice selection of toiletteries and plenty of them.
Breakfast was huge - good selection of fruit, cheese, yoghurt. Then cooked to order - try Johan's poached eggs.
Also a very nice, small pool, and Johan kindly turned ont he water jets for us.
If you don't want to eat out, there is a very good thai/chinese take away just around the corner and your hosts will gladly provide cutlery and plates.
Johan and Gwen are very passionate about their guest house and make you very welcome. The only slight put off for me was the biometric entry system. I always thought Stellenbosch was a very safe town, but this did make me rather wary.
But definitely stay here, if you want great service and position near to the town. Wifi access also very useful

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GwenHugo, Owner at Aan Dorpstraat Guest House, responded to this review, January 10, 2011
Dear Lisa

Thank you so much for your very kind review. Your kind words mean a great deal to us especially, as you so rightly noted, since we are so passionate about our guest house..

For the benefit of future guests, however, I would like to comment on a few aspects if I may :

1. Location: We are very centrally located in Stellenbosch - in the heart of town - and not 10 minutes out of town. In fact, we are only about 2 minutes' safe walk from the closest, excellent restaurants, about 7-8 minutes' safe walk from the nearest shopping/business centre (that is in the very middle of town) and 5 minutes' walk to the nearest ATM, filing station, Info Bureau, etc.
2. Safety & security: The reason why we use electronic security is to simplify matters for our guests - so that guests do not have to carry keys and so that they know that their possessions are safe and NOT because we are located in a dangerous area. But we take security precautions to make guests feel secure and not to make them feel frightened. We chose an electronic system that is extremely easy to operate for the benefit of our guests. It is important for future visitors to South Africa to note that you would take the same safety precautions in SA as you would anywhere and that having great security does not mean that we consider our area to be dangerous for tourists.
3. Your beautiful photographs: The 3 really beautiful photographs placed by you are not of Aan Dorpstraat Guest House but of the beautiful wine estate, Warwick farm - that visitors to Stellenbosch would almost certainly love to visit. This farm is about 5 to 10 minutes' drive from our guest house.

Once again, thank you for your review. We really appreciate all the lovely comments you made about our guest house are so happy that you enjoyed your visit with us so much and hope that you will visit us again in the near future.

Warmest regards

Gwen
Aan Dorpstraat Guest House
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2010

Gwen and Johann are extremely friendly and helpful hosts. Their enthusiasm for their roles is very evident. The location is ideal for enjoying the night life of Stellenbosch and as a base for wine tasting tours in the region during the day. The rooms are very clean, comfortable and tastefully furnished. The bathrooms have a definite wow-factor. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2010

highly recommended for a stay in Stellenbosch; walking distance to centre of Stellenbosch, great breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

Johann and Gwen are fantastic hosts and their attention to detail was second to none. They showed a genuine interest in their guests and it felt like a home from home for me. There were many recommendations about the town and going the extra mile by drawing maps and writing notes of the area really impressed me. I am more than happy to recommed such a wonderful place. Biometric security was a nice extra too as it meant that you didn't have a key to carry around. I will definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

It was a short, one nighter but very enjoyable stay. The service really was fantastic, the friendly faces made it comfortable, the food was spectacular & the rooms are so well put together and cozy. I really did enjoy it thoroughly x x x

Thank You so very much.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2010

We were warmly welcomed by Gwen and Johan; they made us feel at home as if staying with family, instead of an establishment.
The rooms are lovely, modern and well appointed.
A delicious breakfast was served including a perfectly cooked poached egg!
Would definitely stay again next time in Stellenbosch.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

We stayed at Aan Dorpstraat for two nights at the end of our road trip holiday around South Africa and were amazed by the 5* attentive and welcoming service received from Gwen and Johann. They did everything to make our stay comfortable, nothing was too much to ask and it honestly felt like staying with old friends! Our room was obviously recently decorated and beautifully clean, cosy and well appointed. Particularly like the 'slipper' free-standing bath, although never got chance to use it with all the wine tasting! We also given a delicious breakfast cooked personally for us. The road was a little noisy in the mornings, but only if you have a long lie- in like us! For the standard of service, security, and rooms this is an absolute bargain in price - should be 5*!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 14 Papegaai Street | Twon Centre, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 106 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Aan Dorpstraat Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4-Star luxury, B&B accommodation including air conditioning, internet, silent mini-bar fridges, filtered water, small swimming pool and secure parking. All rooms fully en-suite - some with bidets. Owners, Johan and Gwen offer warm hospitality and personal service. Located centrally. 2 - 10 minutes’ walk from great restaurants and business centre. Short drive to wine estates, golf course, beach and other attractions (30 km from Cape Town International Airport). No children under 12 years. ... more   less 
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