Very stylish cottage in a beautiful spot just after the village of Franschhoek. Spectacular views of surrounding mountains. Very upscale furnishings, inside and outside. Owners take care of having a great stay.
The unit is not really a 1-bedroom as the 'bedroom' is open to the living room, separated by a half high wall. Did not bother us, but may be good to know if not all guests want to go to bed the same time...
Suggestions to fill in the last details to perfection: add a dryer (washing machine only), solar panels to heat the pool (we stayed in December, water was to cold to use the pool, pity!).
Only really downside is the adjacent horse stud as horses poop just in front in of the terrace which is not cleaned by the stud owner and causes huge amounts of flies on the terrace (sitting outside was not pleasant at some times) and inside if you don't keep the doors closed. For inside the owners provide insect repellent (works average) but outside no solution. The outside living reduced our review rate.
Although Franschhoek is extremely busy at this time of year we were lucky to book Saddlebrook Cottage well in advance. The cottage is extremely comfortable, in a very nice private setting not far from town and operated by John and Russel, two of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Saddlebrook Cottage is a 10 out of 10.
This is our 8th visit to the Cape and we have previously stayed out in the Franschhoek Valley, however did not find Saddlebrook until this year.
Previous reviewers sum up our thoughts, whilst we did not meet John or Russell during our stay (they were away) we were left a very warm welcome note as well as some nibbles and a bottle of wine. Hanncock (Manager) made us welcome and provided a great introduction as well as outstanding service during our stay. we had a great 6 nights.
Please read previous reviews as they speak our thoughts as well.
Thanks John, Russell, Hannnock (Max & Sam the dogs) we will return
My lovely wife has found some absolute gems on our travels. This is a pure cut Princess Diamond.
This stunning property is located just over 1Km outside Franschhoek on the road to the left of the Memorial, in one of the finest local wine valleys. Secluded, in a private estate with walled gardens and a private pool, this is a wonderful getaway for singles or couples, with a maximum of two occupants.
I have been lucky enough to stay at some of the finest hotels in the world, as part of one of my previous occupations, and a private suite with facilities and space that this location has, would cost a fortune. There is everything here for self-catering, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom that is beyond realisation for a self-catering cottage, and a lounge which reflects the true meaning of lounge. You could play hide and seek in this cottage! (The pictures on the internet do not do this cottage justice!)There is an excellent information station with things to do, local amenities, and even flora and fauna information. The cottage is ideally situated for the Franschhoek Pass, providing access to the Eastern Cape, the Stellenbosch and Paarl wine routes are accessible from the main road through Franschhoek, and Cape Town is around one hours drive if you drive at Pick's speed which is within the speed limit!
The owners live on the estate in an unobtrusive location. The cottage and the pool are serviced daily.
This is the best self-catering venue that we have visited in Africa and Europe - we tend not to do self-catering elsewhere. OK there is no restaurant, and no room service - but just along the road is one of the finest culinary experiences in South Africa - Franschhoek. Fine wine, fine dining. Woolworths opened just before Christmas, and there is are two Pick n Pay's and several high quality wine shops in the village.
Why will my Wife kill me? - because she wants to keep it all to herself! We have of course booked to go again in April.
Trust me - you will love it here!
Saddlebrook cottage has all the ingredients for the perfect rural retreat, and takes self catering to a whole new level.
As seasoned travelers of over 25 years, my partner and I have not found better.
The cottage is really lovely, sheer elegance in a rural setting, superbly furnished and equipped for two.
The private walled garden and pool are set within a much larger park like garden, with magnificent mountain views. We were completely secluded, yet within minutes of the busy village centre.
We were welcomed by John with genuine enthusiasm. Both he and Russell are warm charming and attentive hosts, and will not miss a detail to make your stay memorable.
Thanks also to Hannock for keeping the cottage immaculate throughout our visit - always smiling.
Our weeks stay wasn't enough, we will return for longer next time.
On arrival, a basket of fruit, a card and some chilled wine set the tone for a wonderful stay in such a stunning area.
The cottage is done to perfection with every little touch covered, a comfy bed, private pool and a great amount of space.
Russell and John have done an amazing job in making us feel very welcome and offered a great stay.
Without any hesitation, I would stay here again and recommend.
I don't think it is possible to find a nicer, more private, more luxurious place to stay in all of Franschhoek. This is the perfect place for a couple or single traveler. Very large and elegantly furnished private cottage with private pool and the most expansive uninterrupted views of the spectacular mountains surrounding Franschhoek. Spacious and finely appointed spa bathroom, very comfortable high end furnishings, fully equipped kitchen, and a most comfortable bed. The outdoor patio by the pool is equally large and comfortably, tastefully furnished. Easy access to all that Franschhoek has to offer yet providing the utmost in privacy. Hosts John and Russell are extremely gracious and are most helpful in recommending things to do and places to eat in Franschhoek and surrounding area. Treat yourself and stay here.
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