My husband and I booked Realou for a couple days to experience the famous Franskhoek wineries. Before booking, the brochure looked like the rooms might be a bit tired. But they really just need to update it because the place is lovely! It's not 4 or 5 star, but it's perfect for a great room and great location.
The service we had was fantastic. We had the Realou book a wine tour for us. Ask for Andre, he was absolutely fantastic, nice, incredibly knowledgeale about the region and very laid back. The people we spoke to at the Realou were friendly and accommodating to any of our requests.
We stayed in the Cape Dutch room - I loved it! There's a great bathtub (although the water pressure in the shower was very poor), the decor is light yellow with very dark oak furniture - a very comfortable place to relax. Outside there's a small pool and jacuzzi to relax near, and very comfy couches on the patio to chill out in.
The location is fabulous, just one minute from all the restaurants so I didn't have to drive and could drink. It was a great couple of days and we would definitely recommend this to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Realou is a small private Guest House dated back to 1868 and situated in one of Franschhoek's oldest area's located right in the middle of Franschhoek Village next to famous restaurants and shops. Realou stretches across a block on both van Wijk and Cabriere Str on the bottom exclusive vineyard half of Franschhoek Village. Realou is a historical monument painstakingly restored with yellow wood beams quarry tiles, Oregon Flooring, Corrugated Roofing and Cape Dutch Gable. Each suite has its own private outside entrance so your comings and goings are unrestricted. Each Suite has a selection of satellite TV channels and for those with their own laptops free WiFi Access is available on the veranda. Some of the rooms have their own Spa baths but all have walk in showers. Realou has a swimming pool with an Outside Jacuzzi (weather permitting) set in a private lush garden. It has all the comforts one could need to provide a peaceful and restful environment for enjoying the many Gastronomical and Aesthetic delights of this quaint little countryside village situated in the heart of the Wine lands. Safe, secure and private Guests can feel at home while sunbathing next to the pool or having a barbecue with their friends. This is just the escape needed to recover from ones hectic travels or a busy City lifestyle. Realou Franschhoek is a block away from Franschhoek best restaurants & shops and within walking distance to at least three of the Franschhoek wine farms and wine tasting venues. Franschhoek, only 80 km or 45 minutes from Cape Town, is ideally placed en route if you are traveling on the R62 Route, to or from the Garden Route, Hermanus or over the Mountain Pass. It is also less than 30 minutes from Stellenbosch and Paarl. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Realou Guest House Hotel Franschhoek