Fransvliet Guesthouse has the potential to be a great guesthouse set in a beautiful cottage garden overlooking the vineyards and mountains however when compared to the four properties we have stayed in South Africa, the experience was average, flawed by the lack of service and attention to room detail.
There is no security on the main gate however, it appears this may be in progress. The tea tray wasn't replenished at each service. There is no telephone in the room so if you need to contact "reception" you have to use your mobile (which as an international traveller is expensive unless you have a local SIM). Reception was not attended during the day so if you need anything you have to wander around to find Victor. The room guide had little information in it regarding the services/amenities including any information on Franschoek. We found the coffee machine instruction guide on leaving when we opened the draws.
The breakfast is delicious and plentiful, an asset to this guesthouse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fransvliet Guest House is a tranquil, luxury retreat, only 4 kilometres from the heart of Franschhoek.It is situated on a working farm, growing grapes, olives and figs. Wake up to the call of the birds and in the evening perhaps hear the resident owls calling as they contemplate the night's hunt. Breathtaking mountain views are all around, each one more spectacular than the last. The individually decorated suites are pure luxury, with absolute attention to detail. Soft wineland colours set the tone for a perfect stay. Breakfast is an occasion, every day. Spend time in the newly renovated 65 year old house, either inside or on the veranda, enjoying the view of the pool and the vineyards. Celebrate "the best meal of the day" with either a Continental or a full breakfast that will include seasonal specials. The sparkling pool is at your disposal for those hot lazy afternoons. Relax in the shade with a magazine and an ice cold drink, before you cool off. Lazy winter days are a treat too. Snuggle up in your suite in a comfy armchair with your own personal fireplace - the perfect way to enjoy one of the local bottles of red wine. Meander through the garden, (both indigenous and other) on your way to your suite. Something special will be flowering at all times. In season, luscious figs will be found on the trees, and the scent of lemons may be in the air too. Take an early morning walk around the farm in December. The vines will be green and laden with fruit. In July, a few burgundy coloured leaves and bare sticks have their own attraction. Soak up the 360° view, especially the powerful Simonsberg mountains. ... more less
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