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de Alchemist Guesthouse

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28 Van Wijk Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa (Formerly Auberge Bligny)
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a fantastic stay here. The staff are lovely and welcoming and the breakfast was great. It looks exactly as it appears in the pictures so I would say look closely - I didn't pick up on the fact that there was no door between the bedroom and bathroom in our room which is not ideal! Couldn't fault it in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A truly unique and peaceful Guesthouse. Perfectly situated moments from the high street, shops and restaurants (and of course the Wine Tram). Couldnt recommend more! Breakfast was accomodating, smiles were on all faces. Thanks for a wonderful stay!!!

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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Tastefully decorated, with a central garden and pool serving as a courtyard, walking distance to main street and restaurants, great breakfast and good coffee, all one could ask of from a guesthouse...

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Lausanne, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Very nice rooms with a beautiful old style decoration. Beautiful garden and pool in the middle, where you can have breakfast if the weather is nice. Friendly staff. Short walk to the center and some fine restaurants.

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Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

The rooms where clean and well presented (a few hooks to hang our towels on in the bathroom would have been welcomed) There is a beautiful view of the mountains and the gardens are lovely. It is very conveniently situated and we walked to dinner every night. The breakfasts were very unimaginative and rudimentary and an upgrade on the bed... More 

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Mauritius
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Very nice stay at De Alchemist Guesthouse. We shall definitely come back. THe weather was beautiful and the visits in and around Franshoek were very interesting and relaxing. Good food and wine tasting during our stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

These owners have exquisite taste - everything is so beautifully decorated and the grounds are delightful. The breakfast was so healthy, local and scrumptious. On a quiet side street but convenient to "downtown". Best wifi I had throughout our 2 week trip in South Africa.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Three nights in Franschhoek and we could not have chosen a better 'home'. From the moment we arrived to be greeted by a warm, smiling Christopher in Yves' temporary absence we felt welcome. Christopher and the rest of the staff were wonderful and friendly our entire stay. And it was fascinating listening to Yves' story of how de Alchemiste came... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We booked a very last minute stay after we were let down by another guest house in Franshhoek. I'm a keen planner so an un-researched, last minute booking made me a bit nervous! My nerves disappeared as soon as we arrived and greeted by Yves, who is a fantastic host. Our room was beautiful, the grounds are gorgeous, and it's... More 

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Sandton, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

The owner was not really on top of the booking when we arrived. the rooms need some finishes like mirrors in the bedrooms. We booked a mountain view room but got a street view with the outside street lights so bright at night we never had a dark room.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The story of 'De Alchemist'. Cafe in Ghent, Belgium - Guesthouse in Franschhoek, South Africa During the Spring of 2013, Yves & Martine decided to start a new adventure by opening a nice little cafe in the old medieval town of Ghent, Belgium. They called it 'De Alchemist'. Because the place was so popular, Adrian and Emma - their 2 youngest children - also started working at the bar and it became a beautiful family business. On the wave of happiness and adventure, Yves and Martine took things one step further. During a short holiday in South Africa, they decided to buy a let down bed & breakfast and started another big adventure. Thanks to the ideas of Martine and the hands of Yves, the guesthouse turned into a beautiful oasis of peace and quiet in the beautiful wine valley of Franschhoek. Franschhoek - food and wine capital of South Africa ... more   less 

Additional Information about de Alchemist Guesthouse

Address: 28 Van Wijk Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa (Formerly Auberge Bligny)
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Price Range: $104 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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