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“A pretty little place in a pretty little Town !”
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Bonne Esperance
Ranked #7 of 116 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed in the loft apartment and it was a wonderfully quaint & clean room. The staff who man the hotel are very welcoming & helpful.

Stellenbosch is a lovely & very safe town and this B/B is very close to the centre so you can take a lazy stroll in the evening after all the wonderful wine tasting for a meal. Make sure you have your morning breakfast on the patio & watch the village go by.

Some observations to consider is that the pool seemed rather small but that was not a big concern to us and the noise levels are evident at times wherein you can hear a bit of traffic but again it wasn't a big deal.

Room Tip: We personally loved the loft & would highly recommend this. But if you rather have something a b...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

In Februari 2012 my wife and I spent a few nights at the Bonne Esperance Guest House. The guest house is a very beautiful end 19th C/beginning 20th C villa situated at walking distance from the town centre. When we booked we were warned that only a very small room was available. On arrival we got an admittantly smallish room, but very nicely decorated and with French windows opening onto a lovely garden with a pool!
The breakfast -included in the room price - was wonderful, and could be served either in a very stately breakfast room or on the "stoep" (Afrikaans for terrace), but what struck us most was the fantastically helpful staff: Service far beyond the call of duty: I had forgotten my sweater in some restaurant, realised it when I was home again, and the Bonne Esperance people mailed it to my home address in the Netherlands! So on all possible points we recommend the Bonne Esperance Guest House to travellers who want to enjoy the best!

Room Tip: Ask for the small room with the French windows
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Willem45
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

Sadly only able to stay here for one evening but its location is excellent with lots of good restaurants in walking distance. Rooms were very clean and in the garden there is a plunge pool for cooling down.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank kevinrwilson
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

The guest house is located about 5 minutes walk outside Stellenbosch. We got checked in early no problem. The girl on reception was very friendly.
Our room was very spacious and the bed extremely comfortable . There was a lovely pool area where we relaxed for a while in the evening.
Breakfast was ok the next morning. We had much better breakfasts during our South Africa holiday.
There was no problem leaving the car and bags in the guest house while we wandered around the town the next day.
I would recommend eating in The Apprentice restaurant

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ger H
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

A wonderfully quiet, clean, tasteful, central place to stay in Stellenbosch. The service was excellent, the central location convenient, the breakfast spread was marvellous, and the decor and peaceful atmosphere added to a smooth and relaxing weekend away. A really lovely little find. Thank you!

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the pool, very nice courtyard!
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Hester W
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

We stayed in Stellenbosch for 3 nights, and were not disappointed with Stellenbosch( and the surrounding areas) or Bonne Esperance. The guesthouse is just lovely, with the friendlies staff in both Astrid and Maroli. They both go beyond what you would expect in such a small establishment, helping you with maps, areas of interests, and even making suggestions( and then booking ) places for you to try in town.
The guest house is within a 5 min walk of the centre of town, and the walk is just lovely, passing the botanical gardens on the way.

We had the room near the reception, but this was not an issue, with our sleep never interupted at any point. Breakfast was plenty with a special warm breakfast also offered everyday, over and above the norm.

Astrid and Morli made our stay here that much better. Such awesome service ladies, we will be back when we are in the area

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Chantel S
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Very close to nice restaurants and shopping. Our room was on the small side, however, clean and cozy. The breakfast was also nice. Guesthouse popular, make sure to do a booking well in advance.

Room Tip: Ask for a large room
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bonne Esperance

Address: 17 Van Riebeeck Street | Central Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 116 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range: $109 - $272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bonne Esperance 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bonne Esperance is a charming Victorian Villa with wrap-around veranda, cast-iron moldings and corner-turret. The villa was originally built in 1901. The house retained the same charm and ambiance of that era but with the added luxuries of the modern age. Our 15 comfortable en suite Guest Rooms are lovingly decorated and include air-conditioning, hospitality tray, mini-bar fridge, wireless internet access, hairdryer and safe. Enjoy breakfast au Provence in our breakfast room or outside on the veranda. ... more   less 
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