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Review of Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House

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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
United States
1 review
“Vreugde Cottage is a favorite!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2008

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!

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheWorldWayfarer
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Bangkok
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2008

We checked out tripadvisor when planning our trip to SA in February this year and came across this little guesthouse with rave reviews. As we could not find a single bad one - we thought we'd give it a go. It did not disappoint - its one of the best places we've ever stayed in - worldwide. Katherine & Arthur are the perfect hosts and we could have quite happily moved in if they'd let us!

Fantastic guesthouse, tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean, scrummy breakfast, and lovely, friendly staff - the whole place is just awesome. Thank you so much for a fantastic stay.
Vicki & Mitch

  • Liked — Rooms themselves - or rather the houses.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BangkokVic
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Herts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2008

Recently returned from a fantastic holiday in South Africa. We spent 7 nights in Vreudge and it was absolutely perfect for us. This is the smallest of the properties and consists of a large living room with a huge very comfortable bed, a couple of comfy chairs, smallish wardrobe, TV, clock, CD/DVD player, mobile phone, quiet and efficient air-con, ceiling fan, kitchenette (fridge stocked with soft drinks and some alcoholic drinks, microwave, kettle and toaster, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, crisp type snacks - all replenished daily), bathroom with separate shower, lovely towels, fresh flowers, safe, hairdryer, bath robes, - it really does have everything you need - you just need to take yourself and some clothes!! Outside is a lovely secluded private garden with a small but perfect plunge pool, (great to dip into at the end of a busy day), sunbeds, pool towels, table, chairs, sofa, patio heater for those cooler evenings, candles, need I say any more, it really is that good!!
The only time you need see any fellow guests is in the morning when breakfast is taken by the main house - and it is a fantastic breakfast - it can really fill you up for the whole day. Katherine and Arthur are always on hand at breakfast time and are happy, willing and helpful. They will answer any questions you have and give advice if needed. All of the staff are friendly and smiling
What suited us so much was the high quality of the accommodation, the privacy we had, the fantastic breakfasts and help on hand if we ever needed anything. I really can't recommend this Guest House highly enough.
As I said we spent 7 days there and found plenty of things to do whilst there, and there were many other things we would have liked to have done if we had more time. My one warning is that although it is only an hour from Cape Town, that time doubles if you need to be in Cape Town during rush hour, but fortunately Arthur was on hand to warn us of that so we just set off an hour earlier on the day in question and everything went smoothly.
Go and enjoy it!!
Oh and I nearly forgot you may also get to meet Chalky who is the most adorable cat - it's worth going for that pleasure alone!

  • Liked — Privacy, cleanliness and luxury.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BrandyHerts
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2008

to the sublime. From Lainsburgh (don't do it!) to Franschhoek. We are now on day 8 of our SA holiday and making our eventual way back to Cape Town with a 4-night stay in the Akademie Street Guest House/s. However, hosts Katherine and Arthur have made sure there is absolutely nothing 'Blackpool B&B' about their rooms. Night 1. was in 'Uitsig', one of the 4 houses in the grounds, accessed by an outside flight of steps. Beautiful, cool, modern, with everything you could possibly need for 2 people Breakfast is served indoors or out, depending on the weather (have to say sometimes pretty grim while we were there but it did not stop us loving every minute). The fresh fruit platter was a work of art ! followed by cereals, home-made meusli, cooked options, bread/toast, preserves and coffee or tea. We had wanted to stay in 'Gelantenheid' for the 4 nights but WHEN we return we will happily stay in Uitsig for the duration. After breakfast we walked into the village centre down the leafy streets - 10 mins stroll - and when we returned our luggage etc had been moved into the detached 2-storey (yes, for 2 people!) 'Gelantenheid' This had much more olde worlde charm about it, lots of space, indoor and outdoor baths, it's own pool and gardens and wraparound balconies up and down. I could wax lyrical about everything for pages but go on line and see for yourselves. In high season it's very difficult to get a table in the up-market restaurants but Arthur kindly booked us in at Reubens the 2nd night and Boulibaisse the last night, although our favourite was the French Connection - excellent food and atmoshpere.Since we've returned to the UK the one question that is repeated is "How safe is SA?". Well, I have to confess that the safety issue was always at the back of my mind B4 we arrived in Cape Town, but in truth never once felt threatened or afraid. Yes, you will be approached by people asking for money but not menacingly (although NOT in Franschhoek as they have a strict policy of not allowing 'car minders' - parking is free 24/7). Notices in shops read "Please do not make beggars of our people". Life's too short not to visit SA.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Leaving it
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wendybotecumin
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2008

My wife and I spent the first weekend of March at the Akademie Street Guesthouse. The location was great. Arthur and Kathryn were extremely accomodating. They offered many helpful suggestions for our daily itinerary. We would definitely go back again.
Ken R.

  • Liked — Location and staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kenmr
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Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2008

Over the years I have stayed in a lot of quality 5 star hotels and Bed and Breakfasts around the world but this was the first time I have found everything perfect.
We stayed in Gelatenheid and from the warm welcome on arrival, through the most beautiful room, garden and terrace to a wonderful fresh breakfast and personal attention from the owners this was a wonderful, romantic experience. We will definetly be back.

  • Liked — High quality of everything
  • Disliked — For the first time anywhere no faults
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AfricaloverLeeds
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thames valley
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2008

We have just returned from our 4 week holiday in South Africa staying with Arthur and Katherine for just one week - the best experience from this holiday or our two previous visits to the country.

This is so much more than a B & B. We felt we had our own holiday home with five star service. We stayed in Gelatenheid and could not believe the space available for two of us - a huge bedroom with inside bath and outside bath on the veranda, comfortable chairs in the bedroom with TV and DVD: downstairs a small kitchen, with dining table and more comfortable chairs, along with plenty of lovely books and magazines. We had our own pool situated within a wonderfully kept garden.

The house was spotlessly clean: breakfasts were superb, accompanied by Arthur and Katherine's advice on how to spend our time and a history of Frabschoek told with a wry sense of humour: minutes from the best restaurants in South Africa, enhanced by the advice received from Arthur: total privacy if we wanted it sitting in the wonderful garden in the sunshine, surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery listening to the bird song, the crickets - and some very noisy frogs! When we were sated with the excellent restaurants we could even prepare our own light meals.

We were so sorry to leave.

  • Liked — Everthing
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank holidaymaker3
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Property: Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Address: 5 Akademie Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House 5*
Number of rooms: 7
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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