Wow. From the moment we started communicating in regards to reservations, we knew that Akademie was going to be special.
We arrived on a Wednesday having driven from Cape Town, using the clear directions that Jessie had emailed to us. We were greeted by Anna (their wonderful dog), Jessie and Arthur. There were no formalities. Just shown to our room with warmth, and shown how our first room - Vreugde works.
Vreugde is a smaller room with a huge courtyard and its own plunge pool. Our second room was Twyfeling. This was part of the main house, with a huge bedroom, a conservatory and a courtyard with a lemon, lime and guava tree.
Both rooms were very well appointed. The beds were massive and comfortable. There is an all inclusive mini bar - bottle of SA bubbles, beer, whisky/gin/brandy/Amarula, soft drinks, bottled water, as well as snacks (crisps, biscuits, decadent chocolates), and a Nespresso machine. What more could one ask for.
The bathrooms were plush with quality towels and robes, very high end toiletries, heated floor and loads of natural light.
There was always a fruit platter in the room, loads of seating area, magazines, DSTV with a plasma screen, iPod (does not work with 5) docking station and so on.
Your laundry is included, which was a huge plus point. Leave it in your bathtub in the morning, and it comes back all fresh by late afternoon.
What made the place very special were the staff. Always smiling, wanting to be of help, wanting to talk, and giving suggestions on where to go. Katherine, Jessie and Arthur recommended so many restaurants to us. Brilliant. They made the reservations for us, and we always got great tables.
Breakfast was an affair and a half. A fruit platter that is better then any 5/6/7 star hotel. So much on there, so fresh, and best of all, the fruit was ripe and sweet. Home made muesli, a juice of the day, loads of coffee, and a hot breakfast. Anything you pretty much wanted was available. We had it indoors once due to rain, in our conservatory twice due to the weather, and by the pool on the last day. Never a hurried affair, it was served at a pace you liked.
Anna - a gorgeous dog. She also made our stay special.
WiFi was included, and very fast.
Akademie is a non pretentious place that offers bespoke service, and the staff all make you feel like you are family. We are already plan future visits with friends.
Well done to everyone at Akademie for creating a haven in a heavenly village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Number of rooms: 6 suites. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House in Franschhoek offers luxury five star accommodation in five unique buildings all situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of the village in the heart of the Cape wine lands. There are four swimming pools and four gardens. This hotel and guest house is in a quiet area within easy walking distance to the restaurants. - Owner Managed ... more less
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