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Bo La Motte Farm Cottages
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

A great stopover in Franschhoek. Idyllic setting, lovely house with great services. The garden was amazing, you can walk to the village and the management was extremely helpful. Would love to go back!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank rachius
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We stayed at Oak Cottage for 5 nights at the end of October 2012 - we had a wonderful stay! The cottage is actually quite large with a lounge, kitchen and dining area, a lovely bedroom (with a huge bed!) and a big bathroom. There is a small patio at the back with convenient braai facilities.

Oak Cottage is located next to the main house, so is not as private as the other cottages, but this was not a problem for us. The Bo La Motte farm is beautiful, and we enjoyed a walk around the vineyards and dams one morning. There are also a number of friendly dogs we had fun playing with. The cottage was cleaned every day and the staff were available to help with anything we needed. I would happily recommend a stay at Bo la Motte cottages to anyone, and would definitely return to stay there should the opportunity arise.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank travel-fantastic
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Bo La Motte
This accommodation offers better value than anything else I could find in guidebooks or online and we were delighted to find that our expectations were exceeded once we actually got there. There are more luxurious places around sure, but Bo La Motte does offer you very comfortable lodgings in peaceful, beautiful surroundings at bargain prices. My recommendation would be stay here and enjoy their hospitality and spend all that saved money in the great restaurants and wineries that this special area has to offer.
Location
Surrounded by mountains and vineyards it feels very rural yet after a 3 minute drive (or 10 minute walk) you can find yourself in the middle of Franschoek with all the delights it has to offer.
Oak Cottage
We stayed in Oak Cottage which is a characterfull whitewashed building beautifully covered in creeping plants and conveniently situated opposite the main farmhouse – A real home from home. If you are a dog lover this is the place for you as you get regular visits from the many furry friends who live on the property. The inside of the property is similarly rustic with a nice and roomy open plan lounge, kitchen & dinner that has a large sofa and a great fireplace which kept the room nice and warm in the evening (September when we stayed). The kitchen was also well appointed with all the necessary cooking implements and good sized fridge freezer to store at least a weeks food and a couple of bottles of bubbly!!! Only complaints in this area is that the TV is tiny (who watches it anyway) and that a food starter kit would have been nice on arrival (maybe some bread, milk & cheese). Worth remembering to get something from the Pick & Pay supermarket in Franschhoek before you arrive.
The bedroom had a king size bed that was slightly firm but pretty comfortable (which is very important for me) and there was plenty of hanging space in the bedroom cupboard (although not many hangers) with further storage in the 2 bedside cabinets. Didn’t notice any air conditioning as it wasn’t necessary when we were there but pretty sure there was none.
The outdoor space is one of the definite plus points of this accommodation. There is a porch area on the front of the cottage which is great in the evening for a bit sun bathing and round the back is a patio area with mountain views and the compulsory braii and sun loungers. If this doesn’t satisfy then there is the duck pond a minutes walk from the front door which is perfect for afternoon/evening picnics and gets the sun all day.
Finally I must mention the fantastic service given to us by the ladies in the office. From booking to departure we were made to feel really welcome and that nothing was too much to ask. Their local knowledge was excellent recommending great restaurants and wineries off the beaten track and they were always on hand to answer any questions we had.
Franschhoek
Location choice was important for us and the reason we came here over Stellenbosch and Paarl. Franschoek is by far the most scenic of the wineland areas. Jammed up against an amphitheatre of jagged peaks it offers not only the hedonistic pleasures of life but the great outdoors with great walking and cycling for all standards available.
As well as the surrounding countryside the town itself is a pretty well kept place and certainly felt safe (don’t be put off by the local lads doing their car parking thing – wielding a stick to direct traffic seems to be the norm!!!). The good looking main street has numerous shops and galleries with plenty to keep your interest for a day or so and if you sift through the standard mass produced stuff that seems to be everywhere now you can find some really original items to take home with you (not cheap mind).
The Nightlife here is quite sedate and chilled, but if you just want to sit back enjoy great food and wine mingled in some good people watching you will love it here - If you want it bouncing you are better off in Stellenbosch or Cape Town. There are a number of nice looking bars and pubs and Franschhoek has an incredible selection of very fine restaurants for a place so small.
Places we checked out all deserve big reviews in their own right are the following:
Salmon Bar.
Funky little place on the main street. Small but interesting lunchtime menu and heard they do a famous breakfast. Good for people watching especially when all the outside tables are used.
Reubens.
Book or don’t get in. On the main street this is a fantastic place with fantastic food. Run by now the world famous Reuben Riffel I can’t recommend this place enough, a real gastronomic experience.
The Common Room (at Le Quarter Francais)
Located opposite (ish!!!) This was our favourite restaurant in Franschoek and arguably one of the best restaurants in Africa. Again booking is essential, if you want the full experience dress up and try the tasting rooms. Failing that the more casual common room, although limited in choice (picky tapas style dishes), is of a very high standard – the sticky bun ice cream is out of this world.
Also heard the following were very good but couldn’t do them all:
Grande Provence, Bread and Wine at Moreson (same people as Le Quarter Francais), Okamai at Glenwood (preorder your sushi)
Wine
Let’s face it this is why you are here otherwise you would be staying in Camps Bay or Hermanus etc....
Everybody has their own way but these were our favourites from our itineraries (based on recommendations from a mixture of wine guides and talking to the locals):
Franschhoek
• Glenwood – Fantastic unoaked chardonnay and don’t miss the sushi restaurant. Very scenic place.
• La Motte - Famous and rightly so. Bubbly and shiraz very good.
• Môreson – Great food and wine. One for a cycling tour
• Anthonij Rupert Wines. A little bit showy but worth a try especially as you get to visit the unusual collection of vintage cars in the museum. Nice chardonnay and better red blends.
Stellenbosch
• Tokara – One the best views in the winelands, great restaurant/deli and one of the best value cab sav blends about (directors reserve)
• Vergeleren – The most famous and impressive vineyard on the Cape. If you can get the V blend snap it up.
• Uva Mira – Out of the way but worth the trip. Small boutique place with award winning chardonnay and Shiraz.
• Villiera – Something for everybody here. Sparkling specialists but beautiful reds (Pinotage for us) to boot.
4 passes Route
Great way to see wine and the best of the winelands scenery. Involves 4 mountain passes, orchards, sea views and loads of wine.
Cap Classique
This is for you bubbly lovers, it is a route showcasing the ”traditional method” sparkling wines of the cape. [ie. not sodastream ;)] . Ok it’s not champagne but there are a few surprises in store. Good are Moreson, Cabriere and La Motte. Villiera (in particular), JC le Roux and
Graham Beck are fantastic. Loads more places if you search for capclassique online.
Enjoy.....................................

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We (couple and 15 month old) stayed in the Pear Tree cottage for 5 nights in December 2012. Had great service from Lindi and Anneke when I made the booking and they made a recommendation on a suitable cottage that was child friendly. The setting of the farm and cottage in particular was so beautiful surrounded by vineyards, mountains and dams. The cottage overlooked a large dam (that was fenced and pretty much toddler-proof), and was close to the swimming pool (also fenced) and jungle gym. Our son loved the friendly dogs, cats and chickens on the farm. There was also a good size lawn in front of the dam that he could play on.

The cottage itself was well equipped, spotless and nicely decorated. A lovely place to relax and enjoy the area.

We had a fab time and would recommend staying here without hesitation!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Donna E
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights in Oak Cottage which was a perfect spot to spend the last few days of our SA trip. We were made very welcome and given lots of good advice on things to do and places to eat - of which there are many excellent ones! The weather was a little cold and wet on day two but the cottage was so well equipped and comfortable that it was no problem to stay in and enjoy some SA wine while watching sport on cable TV! On the other days, we were able to get out and enjoy Franschhoek and the nearby Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which has great walks in wonderful scenery. A pleasant 10 minute stroll from Oak Cottage to the centre of Franschhoek. Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We loved Oak Cottage which was perfect for a couple.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ellen F
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