Akademie Street Guesthouse has earned the distinction of being one of my favorite bed and breakfasts! My companion and I stayed in Vreugde, a small honeymoon cottage, while our friends stayed in the larger Twyfeling. Tiny, yet well-appointed, our guesthouse had a sense of intimacy and luxury larger hotels are not able to recreate. The main room contained a large king-size bed with a flat screen television mounted on the opposite wall, which we never turned on! Instead we were captivated by the views through the two sets of French doors that opened to a brick and stone terrace. Complete with a leather couch and cafe table, it was the perfect place to enjoy a bottle of wine in the evenings. Beyond the terrace was a small pool, all confined within our private garden courtyard.
The main room also contained a tiny kitchenette--reminiscent of a ship's galley--and stocked with fruit, snacks and beverages. The entire room was tastefully decorated with original watercolors by the owner's father. Opening off the bedroom was a luxurious bathroom. It included all the "necessities:" heated towel racks, fluffy robes, scented candles, a deep soaking tub and locally produced toiletries (Charlotte Rye) made with essential oils from Grasse, France. Heaven!
Breakfast, included with our stay, did not leave us disappointed. We ate a leisurely breakfast in the dining room of the main house while we visited with the delightful owners. We were served a hot breakfast of our choice along with fresh-squeezed orange juice, tea, coffee, homemade breads and muselex, fresh yogurt and a fruit platter with at least 10 different seasonal fruits.
The accommodating owners were able to recommend a wonderful restaurant for our dinner, Le Bon Viviant, which was conveniently located within walking distance. Of course no trip to Franschhoek is complete without a visit to the world-class wineries, and we were pleased to find the bed and breakfast was only a short drive away from the wineries.
I highly recommend Akademie Street Guesthouses, especially Vreugde cottage. While some may be turned off by the cottage's small proportions (especially if one is a heavy packer), I found it charming and intimate. Twyfeling was more spacious and slept more people, but didn't have the same captivating feel of Vreugde. Akademie Street Guesthouse was a favorite among us all and difficult to leave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Number of rooms: 6 suites. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House in Franschhoek offers luxury five star accommodation in five unique buildings all situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of the village in the heart of the Cape wine lands. There are four swimming pools and four gardens. This hotel and guest house is in a quiet area within easy walking distance to the restaurants. - Owner Managed ... more less
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