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“Lovely Le Ballon Rouge” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Le Ballon Rouge
Ranked #14 of 65 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Lovely Le Ballon Rouge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

We stayed here whilst in Franschoek. Great little B&B right near the town. The breakfast was great. The managers David & Jenny were lovely and really helpful. David also provided a wine tour which was excellent!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

We stayed at Le Ballon for two nights and felt at home from the moment we arrived. Very friendly and helpful staff. Really Jenny was amazing ;she booked dinner and also arranged a wine tour with her husband who happend to be a very knowledgeable wine guide. The guesthouse is absolutely beautiful. The rooms are impeccable and clean with spaces bathrooms with more than enough towels. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful with selection of cheese ,yogurts , pastries ,fruit and cereals including a cook breakfast of your choice.
We’d definitly recommend this place and would stay here again.
Carol & Barry
Toronto,canada

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2011

Warm and nice welcome. Centrally located victorian guest house. Lots of restaurants and shops/super market in short walking distance. Cosy rooms with spacious bath. Breakfast with supplements on order. Free WLAN available in public areas. We enjoyed our stay and returned for one night on our way back to Cape Town.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kountbln
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Brit in France
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227 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2011

This is a moderate sized guest house, just of the main street. Many restaurants within walking distance.

The rooms are olde worlde, high ceilings, ensuite bathroom, and antique furnishings. Very welcoming.

The staff are very friendly, but there's no reception after 18h hours.

Small breakfast buffet, but with a choice of full English or a filled omelette in addition (but no price supplement)

No major criticisms, but the rooms are street level, and people can see into the rooms easily. some rooms have full shutters, and in time all rooms zill have shutters according to the management.

overall a no surprise choice.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stopeter44
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

After traveling for 27 hours to get to South Africa from Los Angeles, we were met at the airport by David, one-half of the friendly management team -- along with his wife, Jenny -- of Le Ballon Rouge. David and Jenny made us feel instantly at home, offering tips for local restaurants and attractions. David later gave us a personal wine estate tour, and proved to be extremely knowledgeable. The room was spacious and comfortable, and the breakfast was very good. The location, right off the main street in Franschoek, is excellent. But, most importantly, David and Jenny's warmth, hospitality, and good spirits helped us get up to speed and get over our jet-lag.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bruton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

Le Ballon Rouge is located a block back from the High Street so it is quiet but all Franschhoek bars, restaurants and attractions are easily accessible.
Our room was huge with four poster bed and a separate seating area. It was clean, well maintained and very tastefully decorated and furnished.
The rate was very reasonable for the standard of accommodation and included a full breakfast.
The standard of service was excellent - personal but professional.
We will definately be back to Franschhoek next year and Le Ballon Rouge will be our first choice for accommodation.
The proprieter, David, also organised a lovely wine tasting tour for us - it was perfect. There was a good variety of vineyards; just the right amount of information and cheese & biscuits provided just when we were starting to flag a bit!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Snowmass Village
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2011

We stayed two nights in a lovely room with a spacious, beautiful bathroom. The staff were very nice. There is plenty of parking onsite, a large courtyard, delicious and beautifully presented breakfast., and one block walk to the main street. We loved it!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Le Ballon Rouge
Address: 7 Reservoir East Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Ballon Rouge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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