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“Amazing surroundings, amazing service, amazing breakfast!” 5 of 5 stars
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Fransvliet Guest House
4.0 of 5 Ranch   |   R45 (Hugenot Road 4km before Franschoek) | opposite La Motte - Leopards Leap, Franschhoek, South Africa   |  
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“Amazing surroundings, amazing service, amazing breakfast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Fransvliet for three nights and loved it. Stepping out into the beautiful garden with the vineyards and mountain beyond that really made you feel like you were in the heart of wine country and would definitely choose staying here over a place in town in a heartbeat. You do need a car to get around but it's not far from the centre of town and right around the corner from some great wineries including Moreson which has a fabulous lunch offering.
The rooms at Fransvliet are very well kept, modern and clean. We were there in the winter so the heated floors, towel rack and fireplace was very nice to have! To be honest, we found this place thru Tripadvisor and selected it based on the rave reviews on breakfast, and like all the reviews before me...one of the best we had in South Africa. Shirley's breakfast comes with eggs, pastries, homemade preserves with local cheeses and yes, Victor does make one mean apple and pear juice...perfect way to start the day.
This was our first time to South Africa and we are looking forward to staying here again when we return to Franschoek!

  • Stayed August 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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Shirley K, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
Hi Sue and Nathan

Thank you for your great reveiw! It was so great having you and we are so glad that you enjoyed all the little special touches! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed overnight at Fransvliet at the recommendation of a friend, and were well pleased to do so. The place is rather new, and in excellent condition set in vineyards of a working farm. Rooms are very nicely and cleanly appointed- extremely comfortable. Nice amenities, including a fireplace, underfloor heating, electric blankets, and a Nespresso machine for a really nice cup of coffee in your room in the morning. Also, the location is great, just outside of town five minutes, and close to a slew of excellent wineries and restaurants. But, the best part of Fransvliet is Shirley and her breakfasts. Shirley is an amazingly engaging lady with the energy of 5 ordinary people. She makes the place and is just interesting to talk to. And, breakfast is a real treat to start the day- including superbly exceptional scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, croissants, homemade mufffins, homemade jams, and fresh apple and pear juice to die for. Fabulous. Service is excellent and with heartfelt hospitality. We'll be back!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shirley K, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
Thank you so much for your wonderful review - we are so glad that you enjoyed all the "treats" and special touches! We look forward to seeing you again soon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We have stayed in umpteen hotels in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch over the years, including many of those positioned as 5 star/top end. Looking for something different for a brief one night stop in Franschhoek we turned to Tripadvisor, as we invariably do, and were taken with the unqualified praise for Fransvliet. All the praise to good to be true? Not a bit of it - a rare find indeed!
The rooms are generous in proportion and the bathrooms even more so - and both very well furnished and equipped (wonderful bed linen!). Being a chilly winter weekend, the fire in the room was particularly welcome and added to the cosy ambiance. Shirley made us immediately welcome with an equally warming reception. We did not do justice to the impressive breakfast on offer - but we will on our next visit, which has already been booked!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shirley K, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
What a wonderful review - thank you! We are so glad you found us, and so look forward to having you back again soon - Spring is on its way and soon you will be able to enjoy the sparkling pool too :)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the fransvliet guesthouse very much. The rooms were very nice, with a romantic fireplace. Shirleys breakfast was the best we had so far in South Africa, scones and muffins are made each morning by herself. And specially, we would like to thank Victor, he made our stay even more perfect!

  • Stayed August 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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Shirley K, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, August 26, 2012
Thank you for your generous comments. We passed your good wishes on to Victor :)and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Hopefully you will be able to see the farm in Summer next time, and come and enjoy the pool!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

Excellent service, wonderful host and no better option from which to experience the valley and all its splender...Shirley is an endless source of local information and tips and she guided us through our stay and made the time that much more memorable! We will be back for sure.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shirley K, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Hi Brent
So glad that you enjoyed you time with us - Franschhoek really is the most magical place! We look forward to seeing you again soon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

What a wonderful place to stay. A definite must. Beautifully situated on a farm slightly away from the bustle of Franschhoek but close enough to enjoy all that the area has to offer. Accommodation is beautiful, comfortable and all amenities are supplied. Shirley and Joe are most friendly and gracious hosts. Breakfasts a tasty treat. Cannot recommend this guest house enough.

  • Stayed June 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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, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, June 26, 2012
Thank you for your great review - we so enjoyed having you stay. Hope to see you again soon!
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We ended our month long African safari at Fransvliet Guest House in Franschoek. We arrived looking rather scruffy and were welcomed warmly. Our room was huge and sparkling clean and the bathroom was well equipped with wonderful toiletries that even my husband enjoyed using. Everything about this guest house makes you feel like a very special visitor - from the enthusiastic dogs to Victor's smile in the morning as he brings you your freshly prepared juice (my favorite was carrot and apple), wonderfully creamy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and coffee that will keep you going through multiple wine tastings! Shirley, the owner, suggested one of the best restaurants we ate at in South Africa (Ryan's Kitchen) and made sure we found some of the best wineries for our explorations. We were in very good hands with our hostess and would highly recommend this new gem to travelers in this area.

Room Tip: all the rooms are equal and have great views of the garden and vines
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  • Stayed June 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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, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, June 26, 2012
Thank you for your Martha for your great feedback. So glad that you enjoyed so much of what Franschhoek has to offer - incredible food, amazing wine tastings - and a wonderful chance to relax and enjoy yourselves. Hope to see you again soon!
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Address: R45 (Hugenot Road 4km before Franschoek) | opposite La Motte - Leopards Leap, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fransvliet Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fransvliet Guest House is a tranquil, luxury retreat, only 4 kilometres from the heart of Franschhoek.It is situated on a working farm, growing grapes, olives and figs. Wake up to the call of the birds and in the evening perhaps hear the resident owls calling as they contemplate the night's hunt. Breathtaking mountain views are all around, each one more spectacular than the last. The individually decorated suites are pure luxury, with absolute attention to detail. Soft wineland colours set the tone for a perfect stay. Breakfast is an occasion, every day. Spend time in the newly renovated 65 year old house, either inside or on the veranda, enjoying the view of the pool and the vineyards. Celebrate "the best meal of the day" with either a Continental or a full breakfast that will include seasonal specials. The sparkling pool is at your disposal for those hot lazy afternoons. Relax in the shade with a magazine and an ice cold drink, before you cool off. Lazy winter days are a treat too. Snuggle up in your suite in a comfy armchair with your own personal fireplace - the perfect way to enjoy one of the local bottles of red wine. Meander through the garden, (both indigenous and other) on your way to your suite. Something special will be flowering at all times. In season, luscious figs will be found on the trees, and the scent of lemons may be in the air too. Take an early morning walk around the farm in December. The vines will be green and laden with fruit. In July, a few burgundy coloured leaves and bare sticks have their own attraction. Soak up the 360° view, especially the powerful Simonsberg mountains. ... more   less 
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