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Villa Exner
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Grabouw
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We attended a wedding in the Elgin Valley and stayed at Villa Exner. The location is quiet central.
The staff was super friendly, the breakfast amazing and the facilities really great.
The only negative is that there is no cable TV in the rooms, but there is a DVD player with a TV screen.
They really take great care in the small detail and I would most definitely recommend this as my preferred stay-over destination in Grabouw.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sascha S, Owner at Villa Exner, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Many thanks for your review, it was a pleasure to welcome you at Villa Exner.
Just as an advice, only our Double rooms don't have satellite TV; From Luxury King rooms contain satellite TV, mini bar fridge, ironing station, laptop sized safe, King bed and a lot more space as well as direct garden access. Generally, our Double rooms are designed for a shorter stay and to offer a most cost-effective accommodation by offering slightly less amenities.
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Wasn't expecting such luxury at the back of Grabouw but Villa Exner was a treat! The hosts are lovely, the service impeccable and the breakfast was great!

Spacious room and bathroom, comfortable bed and very pretty grounds. Would definitely recommend - great for an Elgin Valley wedding weekend accommodation.

Room Tip: Room 11 was just great!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

It is 1am on my honeymoon and I am lying in bed at Villa Exner being treated to the snoring of our neighbours in the room next door. The house, pool and rooms are beautiful and the owners very friendly. I would just echo feedback regarding the thin walls, as you too may find yourself writing reviews to keep yourself occupied until you're tired enough to sleep through the neighbours snoring.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Wanted to explore the Elgin Valley area and all that it has to offer. The Villa Exner was certainly a great place to be based. It provided a environment that was very relaxing with great food and a service that was excellent. The rooms have been fitted out to a high standard and are pleasing to the eye. There is a lovely swimming pool within the garden that has been beautifully landscaped.We were provided with some very useful advice about the area and where to explore, as a result we stayed an extra night. A most enjoyable stay.
Tony & Liz

Room Tip: We had a luxury room that had a shower and a bath in one of the annex's a short distance from th...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We originally booked in for Friday and Saturday night but so loved the place stayed the Sunday night-it was my sons wedding weekend which made it more special-run as one would expect by a German family-proffessional and beautifully decorated but not pretentious-we have lareday committed to goping back in winter-stunning place in a very quiet area in the valley,
Trevor M and Amanda.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

This glorious 5*+ Boutique hotel can be found nestling between vineyards and orchard covered hills and valleys of the beautiful Elgin Valley. It is a family run hotel which offers all we expect from a 5* hotel together with kind personal attention from the family. The room, with views over three sides of the building was very spacious and very comfortable.( a small refrigerator to keep the bottled water cold would have been welcome) An excellent, controlable air- conditioning system kept the room at a perfect temperature. Having the kettle etc. for making tea/coffee in the dressing room was thoughtful. We enjoyed fine dining, of the highest standard, served in beautiful surroundings. Lovely easy gardens and a large swimming pool. This gem of a hotel, hidden behind the town of Grabouw, is the perfect place to experience the tranquility of the countryside and yet be within easy touch of the Winelands, Franschoek, Stellenbosch and Cape Town. We look forward to another visit.

Room Tip: We were VERY happy with- Room 23.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

a lovely building, well maintained by its German owner. meals carefully prepared. manicured gardens and peaceful setting. room spacious and well fitted out.

however - specifically ordering a "King Deluxe Room" (at extra cost) only resulted in a room with two small single beds being pushed together, covered no less with two small single duvets. very average result for a couple. very noisy room as well as bathroom from next door flushed right up against bedroom wall. on arrival surprised to find not a "Boutique hotel" as advertised but a converted house whose rooms are very close together and whose walls are not soundproofed.

worst of all, a rude owner who was unapproachable and in no danger of smiling

Room Tip: this might seem intuitive, but dont pay extra and ask for the king deluxe room (in the main building...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Exner

Address: 11 Essenhout Avenue, Grabouw 7160, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Grabouw
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Grabouw
Price Range: $90 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Exner 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Exner is an exclusive small boutique hotel, centrally located at Elgin Valley Grabouw in the Winelands and close to Cape Town. All major attractions and activities are within easy access, making it your ideal base to explore the Cape while enjoying the space and tranquility of the country side.Experience all those indulging touches and the intimate, personal service that only a small boutique hotel can offer.Villa Exner provides the space to relax and rejuvenate; rolling lawns, a decadent open garden offering privacy and interactive places where you can sit and chat in a laid-back atmosphere, make new friends and enjoy life in a modern country style. Villa Exner is based in the heart of Elgin Grabouw, only an hour from Cape Town. Surrounded by pure nature with the two bordering Nature Reserves, the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as the Winelands and Hermanus at the doorstep, there are a million things to do. Hiking, birding, mountain biking, 4x4 off road trails & tours, quad biking, golf, tennis, paragliding over the stunning False Bay, scuba diving along the coast, to name a few. One of only two South African water-skiing schools, with the most beautiful setting, is also close by. ... more   less 
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