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Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge
Ranked #10 of 63 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
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South Africa
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“Very comfortable stay!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

Thank you for a wonderful stay! Breakfast was delicious. Views to die for and very good location for our needs. Suites were spacious and comfortable with lovely linen and towels.

  • Stayed November 2011
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

A beautiful setting overlooking a secluded vineyard with the mountain in the back. We stayed there with another couple during a weekend getaway with friends.

The main dutch-farmhouse type building has three rooms and two other rooms attached like an annex, which is where we stayed. Those rooms were cosy but quite simple; probably the rooms in the main building are nicer (they have high thatched ceilings). However all rooms look out directly onto the vineyard – spectacular in the morning when the mists rise, and the sunset – as well as having an extra back entrance to the courtyard behind where in the summers the pool is open.

The breakfast was a bit disappointing: just your standard b&b fare; nothing spectacular. We would have loved some local touches like local cheese or nice jams (after all, Franschhoek is the culinary capital of SA, and one wonders why the owners didn’t take advantage of this).

However, the dining room is part of a standalone building that also includes a fireplace lounge and an unmanned and well stocked honesty bar – open all night. This was fun if you are travelling with a group of friends because after dinner you can hang out by the roaring fire like it’s your own living room (we had it all to ourselves both nights as south Africans like to go to bed super early) and mix your own crazy drinks. The host Trevor was super hands off (maybe a little too hands off!) and you could do as you like.

Overall a pleasant stay in a spectacular setting, perfect for what we did, but perhaps not as luxurious/fabulous as the brochure and some of the other reviews make out. Undoubtedly, it must be incredible in the summer, but then there are surely no special rates like the ones we paid (350 rand pp pn) :(

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

Although we were the only guests at the hotel because it was winter we were treated very well. We arrived late and were shown to our bungalow room overlooking the beautiful Franschoek mountains. We drove into the town which was quite dead at 8pm but had a sumptious meal at Reubens in the town which was excellent and original. Enza the manageress could not have been more helpful to us the next morning as she recommended a place we could stay near Hermanus to see the whales which was stunning. The hotel is simple, clean and well situated. It is near the Solms Delta farm which is really interesting to visit as it is a cooperative venture with an interesting museum giving the history of the farm and its inhabitants. Klein Waterval is a great place to explore this exsquisite area.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

We celebrated our friends 40th birthday at the Klein Waterval Lodge and I was very impressed with the level of service - Ezna you are a star - and the hospitality on offer.

We thoroughly enjoyed the open fire that was provided and well stocked as well as the honesty bar. Furthermore the full farmers breakfast in the morning was a treat.

The lodge is beautifully located wirh great views and only a few kilometres outside of Franschhoek and very reasonably priced. The rooms are not the most modern ones but very spacious and practical.

Thumbs up for a great experience from a fellow guesthouse owner.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2011

Our room (#8) was spacious and lovely. It had its own little terrace overlooking the vineyards. Trevor the owner greeted us warmly and gave us plenty of recommendations on restaurants and wineries to visit.

The small hotel has a small bar for the evenings which works on the honor system, which worked perfectly for us. Met the other guests there at night which was great fun.

The breakfast served by Trevor and his staff was hearty and plentiful, gave you a good basis for the day before you hit all the tasting places nearby (-:

We liked the location very much as it is between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and not far from Paarl - everything is easy to reach by car.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2011

Located a little outside the town itself, Klein Waterval is a lovely place to stay. Rooms overlooking the vineyard and the mountains were fabulous and the openess of the space had moonlight washing over your room at night. Ezna who manages the place was a really sweet and made sure she was there to help and recommend. We had a lovely time just relaxing outside the room and enjoying the views when we weren't getting tipsy in the hundreds of cellar rooms tasting wine around Franschoek. A short and easy drive from the town, its a place to stay and relax. With spacious rooms and good service, its a place I would recommend for anyone visiting the winelands.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights with our 2 daughters to visit the wineries. It is full of character and is a very beautiful setting. The staff are lovely and very helpful and recommended all the best wineries to visit and also gave us good restaurant recommendations. We had a wonderful 2 days and felt we had very good value as the prices are considerably lower than many other places we looked at. I dont think you could possibly be disappointed with Klein Waterval.
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge
Address: R45 | Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek 7680, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the Franschhoek Valley on the banks of the Berg River, surrounded by vineyards and dramatic mountain views, Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge offers friendly country hospitality in a relaxed farm atmosphere. Comfortable double bedrooms, each with their own entrance and private terrace, overlook tranquil gardens and vineyards. A delicious wholesome farm breakfast is served, and for dinner, nearby Franschhoek buzzes with bistros and restaurants. Enjoy the magnificent swimming pool or unwind on the peaceful deck alongside the stream. ... more   less 
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