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Fransvliet Guest House
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Perth
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9 reviews
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“Potential possible”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

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.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Shirley K, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for taking the trouble to review our Guest House.
To answer your comments, yes the Gate/security is in progress. Regretably the municipality has prevented us from doing this to date, as they are installing a new pipeline through the farm.
There are 3 staff members around all day until 16h00 - I am sorry if you had to look for Victor, but he too works within the guest house, not just in the reception..
There is a full compliment of information on Franschhoek, and some on Stellenbosh on the display section in the dining area. In fact far to much to place in each unit.
Your tray should have had the tea replaced, but the complimentary biscuits and sweets are not usually replinished during the stay. The large sealed container of fresh milk, is also not usually replinished.
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Pietermaritzburg KZN Natal South Africa
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Most definitely the most beautifully appointed rooms & holywood bathrooms I have ever seen. The mixture of old and modern architecture on the property works so well and the gardens are absolutely beautiful. The roses were flowering abundantly and the grassed courtyard is beautifully manicured and lush. We had 3 rooms and although they were all beautiful we loved the one on the back of the old building which had a lovely verandah with comfy chairs where we could enjoy the garden. The four rooms in the new section look onto the most beautiful indigenous gardens with so much texture and colour - an absolute delight. We will definitely return to Fransvliet on our next trip.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Sarnia, Canada
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed there the weekend of April 5; 2 rooms for 2 adults and 2 children (13, 10). Rooms are very nicely decorated with large bathrooms and well appointed. The rooms face a beautiful garden with the mountains as a back drop. Fantastic ambience. Breakfast is a cold buffet of cereals, fruit and cheese/breads with a special hot cooked breakfast a la Shirley Kilian. Thanks to Shirley for the stuffed mushrooms and eggs - really superb. The kids loved the breakfast juices every morning, freshly prepared. They liked the pineapple and ginger juice in particular. Thanks to Viktor for going out of his way to make the trip memorable. HIghly recommend Fransvliet.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Shirley K, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on the guest house. We enjoyed having you all for the weekend. Our juices change all the time, so do come back in another season to sample what we offer again.!
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Sarnia, Canada
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We booked two nights at Fransvliet Guest House, great experience, comfortable beds with a great breakfast.

The rooms are well done and very comfortable, large bathrooms with a tub, walk in shower with ample space to sort out your luggage.

Safe in the room, wifi is complimentary but this is Africa and the Wifi is slow compared to NA Standards.

The owners great you and they are very pleasant.

I would return again and stay at Fransvliet.

Room Tip: All rooms are great and safe, nestled in the company's vineyard. All rooms are off the road.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Shirley K, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thank you very much for your generous praise. My whole team will be delighted to read your review. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
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Luxembourg
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

we had an great stay (only one night) late January this year.
we were welcomed so lovely and everything was just perfect.
Breakfast is really really stunning!!!
Shirley was very helpful in organizing our restaurant reservation - (Ryan's Kitchen / great food)
we will recommend Fransvliet Guest House to family and friends.
Thank's a lot once more.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shirley K, Owner at Fransvliet Guest House, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
It was a pleasure to have you stay -and we hope you will return. Franschhoek is a special place, and we always aim to make our guests stay at Fransvliet perfect too.
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melbourne
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We were fortunate to stay at Fransvliet Guest House from 15th - 17th March and had a wonderful time. We arrived slightly early but were welcomed by Victor with a lovely coffee and chat. Our room was lovely, romantic, comfortable, all the mod con's and more. Had a proper coffee machine which was a bonus. Spent a couple of hours by the pool which was lovely. Next door was Maison and we enjoyed a lovely dinner there.
Breakfast was amazing, trust me you wont go hungry and the quality of food was great with a lovely selection of breads, cereal and we were fortunate to enjoy the best scrambled eggs and smoked trout.
Can't wait to visit again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This place is simply stunning. Location is beautiful as you might expect from Franschhoek. But then the rooms themselves are amazing, decorated with such great taste and attention to detail. We felt like we'd found the best place in Franschhoek and will definitely be returning in the near future.
I could go about the breakfasts and the amazing owners but just book and see for yourselves.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fransvliet Guest House

Property: Fransvliet Guest House
Address: R45 (Hugenot Road 4km before Franschoek) | opposite La Motte - Leopards Leap, Franschhoek, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fransvliet Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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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