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“Rustic with spectacular location among the vineyards”

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Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge
Ranked #12 of 64 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

The two story bungalows are very quaint and basic. Bedroom is upstairs, living and bathroom downstairs. Thatch roof and a little patio looking out over Trevor's vineyard, which, as of last year he is no longer cultivating. The separate common area, is a huge hall, with an enormous fireplace. The bar is honesty-based, self serve.
It is a bit out of town, so you definitely need your own transportation to stay there.
Trevor the owner is a walking oenology encyclopedia and had enormous amounts of wisdom to share about the region's wines. Great asset.
Breakfast was simple, but custom cooked to order by very friendly staff.

Room Tip: all the bungalows are the same
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Thank you so much for making our visit to Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge one to remember everyone is so friendly and helpful and the food was amazing! I will defiantly visit you guys again without any doubt.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

My sister and I spent a night at Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge recently. We were warmly greeted by the receptionist, who kindly offered to make a supper booking for us. The room was clean and well-equipped, and had a stoep with a lovely view across the vineyards to the mountains.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Not smack in the middle of the action of Franschoek, this little beauty situated about 5km from it all is still romantic and peaceful. The hospitality of the owner, Trevor is most appreciated. Ask for extra anything and you get it.. Breakfast is great and you are spoilt for choice even in this quietening season. We appreciate very much Trevor's knowledge of all of Franschhoek and tips on restaurants here and Stellenbosch. We are 30kg overweight with wines to take home to Asia but hey, great information does this to you! : )

Room Tip: We lived in villa #10 and enjoyed the views just as much as #7 (our friends). In wine country all vi...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

We only stayed here for 1 night, as we were attending a wedding in the area. Due to this, we did not spend a lot of time at the hotel to make many comments, however it is in a beautiful location and seems to be well run. We enjoyed our stay here!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights while exploring the area. Based on the reviews on TA we were excited to stay but were a little dissapointed... here's why....
1) there were lots of bugs in the bathroom - all dead lying all over the bathroom, some were squashed into the towels. the whole time we were there they were never removed or clenred. overall the bathroom could have done with a very good scrub
2) the bed was very hard and quite uncomfortable
3) breakfast was average and the quality of the cooked breakfast varied day by day - assume they had different chefs each day
4) we ran out of hot water on the first day - I had only taken a 4 minute shower and suddenly there was no hot water left for my other half. although, the shower was only a trickle and you could barely get wet anyways.

Having said that - the grounds were lovely, great location, just outside Franschoek. The honesty bar was really great and had a good selection of drinks.The staff were very friendly and helpful too. Overall, it was an ok place, it has potential to be really lovely, if a little more care was put in the rooms...

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had a completely delightful stay at Klein Waterval. The beauty of the room and the location are fantastic, but the staff is incredible as well. They went out of their way to make sure we had a great stay and a fun time while in Franshoeck. Thank you!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge

Address: R45 | Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek 7690, 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 #12 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range: $111 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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