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Angala Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #2 of 64 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Cathbert Inn was recommended to us by Vrede-en-Lust as they were fully booked and we were attending a wedding there. The 2.4 km little tar road meanders past vineyards, farm gates etc.with speedbumps so you can't rush, which means your retreat has already begun. We were welcomed by Carmen and the grey striped cat with big eyes. Friendly service, super clean, beautifully decorated family suite chalet, a Morphy Richards kettle, super breakfast all incl. R2530.00.per night. Beautifully scenery, close to Stellenbosch, Paarl and Cape Town. We will stay there any time we need some me time> well worth it.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Don't be misled by this property's website! The traditional colonial-style main building has had a complete makeover and is now unrecognisable. It is all very comfortable but is now more another "boutique hotel" than a country inn. The main public space is completely open-plan with lots of glass and decking and the swimming pool has been transformed into an eco-pool (including tadpoles and green slime but this should rectify itself in time!). The views are wonderful but only if you have one of the four luxury suites at the front. The other rooms at the back, while of good size and well designed, have only a small enclosed garden and no benefit of the stunning location of the property.

The breakfasts were excellent and the staff very friendly and attentive. In fact the hospitality overall was exemplary. Although there was no choice at dinner, we were very impressed with the quality of the cooking..... and the price was reasonable.

Would we return for another stay? Maybe but only if we booked one of the rooms at the front with more privacy and that wonderful view!

If you do stay here, do go and visit the vineyard at Babylonstoren a few miles away, for it's gardens and excellent restaurant.

Room Tip: A luxury suite at the front for the view and more privacy.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Cathbert is a real treasure. The surrounding valley has a lot to offer and the competition is stuff so hotels need to make a lot of effort to stand out. Cathbert does that and succeeds. From the moment I arrived until I left I was treated like a VIP. My suite was simply stunning with everything one could wish for in a quality establishment, the bedroom was heaven with a huge bed and lovely beding, the bathroom to die for with shower and a massive bath (not very eco-friendly to have a big bath too often these days but you can treat yourself once in a while and this one is worth it) complete with top quality toiletries and thick towels.

The food was outstanding and the service too, both supper and breakfast.

The Inn is high up in the mountains of Franschhoek with the most stunning views and there is a wonderful eco swimming pool that will definitely surprise all visitors.

I will definitely be back and will recommend Cathbert to all my friends.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Out of the way in a stunning location this place is so tranquil it is hard to take yourself away and see the area.
The accomodation is first class in cabins, luxuriously fitted out, just a few metres away from the main eating and relaxing area. Here Max (the Chef) and Aubrey(a relaxed and attentive host), will provide the most beautiful meals. So much so that we decided against the more obvious gourmet food in Franshoek itself for two of our three evenings there.
The beautiful and well appointed outside area with it's Eco pool just finishes it off.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

This is a real find.

Excellent location, 2.5km up the road by vrede en lust, and situated between paarl and Franschoek.

The rooms are spacious and really well presented. They have an eco pool which needs to bed in a little but is fun to swim in and will be less slippery with time.

The food is amazing. My fiance is a Coeliac and a Pescetarian and she was well looked after. The fish and deserts they cooked were out of this world.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Nestled at the end of a 2.5 km driveway this "Inn" is one of the most delightful places you will stay in. Accessed through the Vrede en Lust winery (good place) Cathbert has a fantastic location, great staff who are very helpful, and if you want to dine in style they can do that for you as well. Halfway between Paarl and Franschhoek Cathbert is somewhere that we can heartily recommend. The "eco pool" needs to bed itself in but it is also quite novel and very pretty.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

This lodge has been beautifully renovated recently and the owners have spared no expense on the refurbishments. The staff are all very welcoming and very knowledgeable on the local area and offer recommendations on what to see and do. The lodge is located at the end of a long drive, within one of the vineyards, offering a very safe and quiet place to relax. They offer a great breakfast and also dining option, which is high quality and at a good price. We would highly recommend this lodge to anyone visiting the wineyard area...you won't want to leave..we didn't!

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Angala Boutique Hotel and Guest House

Address: Corner R45 & Klapmuts Road | Through the Vrede en Lust Farm, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range: $281 - $694 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Angala Boutique Hotel and Guest House 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 5 Star Angala Boutique Hotel is where homely luxury blends with the pristine beauty of nature. Located in the heart of the Cape Winelands between magnificent mountains, Angala is a retreat for body, mind and spirit. Our suites and cottages are spacious, fully equipped and private. We have paid special attention to decoration and finer details - clean lines and natural colours are paired with authentic touches throughout. Look out for carefully selected decoration items, sculptures and pieces in our rooms and on our premises, each with a unique origin and story. Angala encompasses an holistic ethos and the property offers its guests facilities including an eco pool, infrared sauna, steam room, and ozonated solar heated pool with spa. Treat yourself to a variety of professional spa and massaging treatments, in the comfort and privacy of your own room. Pearl Valley, Boschenmeer, De Zalze and Stellenbosh golf estates are internationally renowned golf courses, all within close proximity of Angala. Make it your base for exploring the winelands, or indulge in the harmony of our spacious suites and cottages. Whether you're drawn to the pure, natural surroundings, or you just need to get away from it all, you'll experience what you're looking for, right here. ... more   less 
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