We recently stayed at Basse Provence with some friends. We got a really nice room overlooking the swimming pool, the room was an upstairs unit and from the outset looked to be an excellent place to stay.
But looks as they say, can be deceiving. All the doors in the room are really low, even the door to the on suite toilet was low, I found this out the hard way a few times hitting my head rather hard a couple of times in the middle of the night, there are also two wooden beams in the room that are a hazard in the daytime, never mind in the dark. The bed was quite large, two beds pushed together in fact, the problem is the mattress on my side of the bed was tired and sagging and I woke up with a sore back on both mornings.
On the second night we had had a long day out and all we wanted to do was get an early night, this was not to be the case as there seems to be a club or shebeen located in the informal settlement across the valley, that was playing very loud music into the small hours of the morning. On top of that we were woken up at 3.18am by our family members in the downstairs room, they had heard someone trying to force their way into their room, and then this person ran off into the night, we pushed the panic button to call for backup, but none arrived.
We were told on arrival that there was a 24 hour guard on duty, but not to worry as it is "very safe" we'll at least no one was hurt, next time we lock all the doors.
The cherry on the cake for me was the amount of general noise coming from both the very busy road through Franschoek and the constant whining of machinery all through the day from the surrounding farms, definitely not a quiet relaxing stay.
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