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The Garden House
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We had a lovely time at The Garden House in December. Wonderful hosts, cottage, garden and views. Great location, only 5 min walk into the village & to some fabulous restaurants. Already planning our next visit.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

I loved everything about the Garden House, Our hosts, the breakfast, the setting, and the service was simply fantastic, Annette and Barry were wonderful. This is definitely THE place to stay in Franschhoek.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank David S
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

There surely isn't available a superlative that previous contributors haven't used in describing their experiences at The Garden House. So no apologies for more of the same:
Our quintessential hostess, Annette, sought tirelessly to ensure that we enjoyed ourselves and missed out on nothing.
We left it until a mere three months before our arrival to attempt to make reservations at Le Quartier Francais and could only make the waiting list. No problem, however, when Annette is batting for your side, and we had a most entertaining and extravagant "Tasting" evening at surely the finest eaterie in Franschhoek. La Motte was almost the equal!
Annette and Barry are charming, loveable and entertaining hosts, and the accommodation is of a very high standard in a beautiful setting. We were quite apprehensive of taking the Music Quiz on our last morning, but acquitted ourselves fairly well - perhaps inspired by Barry's piano accompaniment!!
Thank you both - we do hope to have the pleasure again soon.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Habibisambo
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is a private cottage in the garden of a beautiful Victorian home with a lovely garden full of roses. Spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned, stylish and immaculately clean. A delicious breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the garden and pool, with a magnificent view of the Franschhoek Hills behind. One can walk into the village within 5 minutes, along a pretty road of elegant period homes. The owners are kind, welcoming and knowledgeable and can generally help to make sure you secure often prized reservations at the notable local restaurants and vineyards. Our stay could not have been more enjoyable or hospitable. This is in fact the 4th time we have stayed here and we will certainly be doing so again. This is one of the best guest houses I have ever come across , anywhere in the world. And I do not give compliments lightly!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

What's not to like? The charm of your hosts, human (the wonderful Annette and Barry), canine (Benjy and Lizzie) and feline ( Marmaduke, Charlie and Tonto) is reason enough to come, let alone the wonderful cottage that is all yours, the vast bathroom, the expansive views of the Franschhoek valleys, the beauty of the white roses and blue agapanthus in the garden, the sparkling pool, the local smoked trout for breakfast, a crisp Franschhoek Sauvignon on the terrace at sundown....you get the picture. Western Cape first timers beware, you need to make your restaurant reservations several weeks ahead, but chutzpah is Annette's middle name, so if anyone can shoehorn you into a restaurant...or at least make sure they give you the table with the valley panorama not the view of the kitchen/toilets it is she. Now just get on and book. 300+ tripadvisor contributors can't be wrong.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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