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“Very colonial and stylish Guest House.” 5 of 5 stars
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Bonne Esperance
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   17 Van Riebeeck Street | Central Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch 7600 , South Africa   |  
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Ranked #20 of 106 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
Stockport, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Very colonial and stylish Guest House.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

We have just spent 2 nights in the Bonne Esperance Guest House. We stayed in room 12 which was lovely and opened onto the courtyard garden. Very well appointed rooms with en-suite all very clean. Front desk staff were excellent and arranged our Vine Hopper Tour which collected us and returned us to our front door when we were very merry!
Great location and breakfast was very good indeed. Would stay here again and recommend to friends. A place full of character. Wonderful.

Room Tip: Room 12 is very nice!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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53 hotel reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

The guest house is in a delightful old buiding near the centre of Stellenbosch. There is a new extension , which we were in but you cant tell the difference. The whole place is decorated and furnished in style with the age of the house, and it works. Our room was really nice, big beds,nice Juliet balcony overlooking cental pool and garden. Big bathrrom with bath. Air con and fan in room.
Breakfast excellent. So good we never got to the cooked bit. Cheese scones and fresh bread with cheese, nice coffee (always marks highly with me). Glass of wine on patio at very reasonable price.
Staff were charming and helpful. What more do you want?

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Southport, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

We stayed for two nights in January 2012 as part of a touring holiday. We'd been through Stellenbosch before but not stayed in the town. Bonne Esperance is a lovely old villa style property, very conveniently situated for a 5 minute walk into the town. The warm welcome on arrival put us at ease straight away, and our room was on the ground floor with french doors out to the courtyard garden and swimming pool. The room was small but nicely furnished and comfortable, with a small bathroom up a couple of steps. Breakfast was taken in the lovely characterful dining room. A great assortment of cereal, fruit, etc and then a cooked breakfast to order with a daily special such as omlette. Bonne Esperance is a very understated charming house with a superb calm ambience and style. The courtyard pool area and gardens are beautiful. All in all a very good stay and we'd definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, UAE.
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed in the loft apartment and it was a wonderfully quaint & clean room. The staff who man the hotel are very welcoming & helpful.

Stellenbosch is a lovely & very safe town and this B/B is very close to the centre so you can take a lazy stroll in the evening after all the wonderful wine tasting for a meal. Make sure you have your morning breakfast on the patio & watch the village go by.

Some observations to consider is that the pool seemed rather small but that was not a big concern to us and the noise levels are evident at times wherein you can hear a bit of traffic but again it wasn't a big deal.

Room Tip: We personally loved the loft & would highly recommend this. But if you rather have something a b...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

In Februari 2012 my wife and I spent a few nights at the Bonne Esperance Guest House. The guest house is a very beautiful end 19th C/beginning 20th C villa situated at walking distance from the town centre. When we booked we were warned that only a very small room was available. On arrival we got an admittantly smallish room, but very nicely decorated and with French windows opening onto a lovely garden with a pool!
The breakfast -included in the room price - was wonderful, and could be served either in a very stately breakfast room or on the "stoep" (Afrikaans for terrace), but what struck us most was the fantastically helpful staff: Service far beyond the call of duty: I had forgotten my sweater in some restaurant, realised it when I was home again, and the Bonne Esperance people mailed it to my home address in the Netherlands! So on all possible points we recommend the Bonne Esperance Guest House to travellers who want to enjoy the best!

Room Tip: Ask for the small room with the French windows
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heswall, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

Sadly only able to stay here for one evening but its location is excellent with lots of good restaurants in walking distance. Rooms were very clean and in the garden there is a plunge pool for cooling down.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Limerick, Ireland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

The guest house is located about 5 minutes walk outside Stellenbosch. We got checked in early no problem. The girl on reception was very friendly.
Our room was very spacious and the bed extremely comfortable . There was a lovely pool area where we relaxed for a while in the evening.
Breakfast was ok the next morning. We had much better breakfasts during our South Africa holiday.
There was no problem leaving the car and bags in the guest house while we wandered around the town the next day.
I would recommend eating in The Apprentice restaurant

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bonne Esperance

Address: 17 Van Riebeeck Street | Central Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch 7600 , South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 106 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bonne Esperance 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bonne Esperance is a charming Victorian Villa with wrap-around veranda, cast-iron moldings and corner-turret. The villa was originally built in 1901. The house retained the same charm and ambiance of that era but with the added luxuries of the modern age. Our 15 comfortable en suite Guest Rooms are lovingly decorated and include air-conditioning, hospitality tray, mini-bar fridge, wireless internet access, hairdryer and safe. Enjoy breakfast au Provence in our breakfast room or outside on the veranda. ... more   less 
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