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“Great B&B in the winelands”

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Alba House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #9 of 44 Paarl B&B and Inns
Hamburg, Germany
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36 reviews
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“Great B&B in the winelands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

My husband and I spent three wonderful days at the Alba House in Paarl in November 2012. Initially, we planned only to stay for 2 days but were fortunately able to extend our stay to 3 nights. Ivana and John are great hosts who run a wonderful B&B. We stayed in the Superior Double Room which has a stunning view of the mountains and is lovely decorated. The breakfasts which Ivana prepared where really delicious and included everything you want to have for a great start into the day. John and Ivana recommended different trips within the area e.g. to visit the Paarl Mountain or other places in the Winelands which we really enjoyed. Paarl was the perfect point to start these day trips and even Cape Town is just a 40 minutes drive. Next time, we come back to South Africa, we definitely come back to stay again at the Alba House. Thanks for the lovely time; it has been a great part of our honeymoon.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

We had an amazing 2 night stay at Alba Guest house while visiting the area from the Uk for a friends wedding.
Ivana & John were lovely, extremely helpful before the holiday with any questions we had about the area, booking taxi's etc & they couldn't do enough to make our stay more comfortable once we'd arrived.

Ivava ungraded us to a huge room free of charge just because it was available, suggested an amazing organic wine tasting vineyard to visit that wasn't full of tourists (we were the only people there), booked taxi's for us & even sorted out for us to stay at another guesthouse in the area when we suddenly decided to book another night before heading back to the city (because they were fully booked). At the same time we had our privacy & we felt if we needed anything we could just ask.

The garden/ pool area at their home is stunning, overlooking the mountains, it's beautifully kept & was quiet & relaxing. Their staff were lovely & accommodating & even ironed my boyfriends shirt when he asked for an iron! The B & B was easy to find, central location to explore & a perfect place to come back to after a long day of sightseeing.

The breakfast was lovely & set us up for a fantastic few days exploring nearby Franschook, Stellenbosh, a few vineyards, lovely places to eat & fabulous drives & views up Paarl mountain.

There are no reasons why you shouldn't choose this fantastic B & B. We would honestly return on our next trip to SA & will be recommending to friends & family alike.
Thanks again,

Lizzie & Tom (Merseyside, UK)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed at Alba House twice, once over Christmas and recently in September. The rooms are very comfortable, decorated with great taste. The breakfasts were delicious. The hosts John and Ivana were very welcoming. We would recommend this B & B in the heart of Cape Winelnds and will definitely come back!
Vladimir and Natalia

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Salzburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

We spent 1 week of our holidays in Paarl. The Alba House was a perfect place to stay. The room was spacious, quiet and well furnished, the breakfast gorgeous and the pool big enough to swim. What made it even more comfortable was the hospitality of Ivana and John. They did everything to make the stay enjoyable.
We are looking forward to come back.
Claudia und Markus, Salzburg

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

Alba house is a very heart warming home from home. Our stay (3 adults) was an extremely enjoyable experience. the B&B provides everything to cater for all your needs..and if there is anything missing Ivana does her upmost to deliver the goods! The facilites are exceptional, swimming pool area most welcome after a days walking in the nature reserve. Ivana is very attentive and will provide assistance with all you require, making reservations, providing maps to areas of interest and also making recommendations for fine dining and wine tasting experiences. A beautiful home that makes you feel welcome the moment that you enter into the property. A very very very clean property with lots of additional extras including access to nice wines available to purchase at a very reasonable price. Breakfast was amazing with plenty of choice. The house assistants were very pleasant, friendly and also attentive. Anyone considering this area to stay would be very satisfied and content staying with Ivana and John.. A big thank you! Sharon, Lorraine and Jimmy

Room Tip: Front facing room with the view of the mountains is stunning!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2012

We stayed 6 nights at Alba house and enjoyed every minute of our stay there. The rooms were very clean and spacious, and had a lovely patio area. The pool was immaculate and all staff were extremely friendly.The breakfasts were very good. The owners made us feel so welcome and were full of knowledge about the best places to visit in the area. We will certainly be staying there again if we are ever in the area and would highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paarl, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2012

This is a beautiful property, wonderfully located and possessing a stunning view over the valley and beyond to the mountains. In a delightful garden with a large and beautiful pool, Alba House ought to be suitable for holiday makers wanting a long stay or business people needing to be in Paarl. We stayed for one night because we were attending a function in the area. Our room was comfortable and well appointed, and the breakfast was substantial and very fresh.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Alba House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 16 Lille Street | Paarl, Paarl 7646, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Paarl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in Paarl
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Alba House Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME TO 4* ALBA HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST: Situated within the golden triangle of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek at the Western Cape. Surrounded by world renowned wine estates. Cape Town International airport 40 minutes drive, Cape Town only 30 minutes. Alba House offers spectacular views, en suite air conditioned rooms with king size beds, own private entrances and patios, huge salt water swimming pool with fresh water solar heated pool shower, beautiful garden. The picturesque town of Paarl, is one of the 3 oldest in South Africa. Ideally suited for Cape Town visits. The Cape Peninsular and the sea side towns near Cape Town easily accessible from us. We offer airport transfers, holiday planning and visits to local attractions.Special discounted "Play and Stay" golf packages at Paarl-Boschenmeer and Pearl Valley Golf Estates arranged. The amazing Val de Vie Polo Estate within easy reach. Walk to wine farms for wine tasting and leisurely lunches under oak trees. Paarl area produces 1/3 of South African wines. Great restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries, museums, mountain trips with picnic. ... more   less 
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