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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed at Akademie guest house just a few days ago as part of our honeymoon and had an absolutely lovely 3 nights there! the hosts Arthur and Katherine are very charming and sweet and we felt like old friends by the time we left. We stayed in the Gelatenheid room which had everything you would need and want in a room. Gorgeous views, private pool, a lovely fountain, bathtub on the balcony, candles, snacks, drinks, gourmet coffee, magazines, lovely art, very spacious. The hotel itself is walking distance to main street and serves an AMAZING breakfast.

If you're coming to Franschhoek - stay here. You'll be glad you did!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Large, well appointed rooms in quiet street of Franschhoek.
Arthur and Katherine ( assisted by the friendly staff and Annie the labrador ) are wonderful hosts and a mine of good information on the area, including restaurants, vineyards, trips etc.
The courtyard is a lovely place to relax and enjoy a leisurely, well prepared breakfast.
Can highly recommend staying here.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We had the most delightful stay earlier this month. Gelatenheid is a beautiful, spacious and comfortable cottage. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left (sadly only two nights) we felt very welcome and privileged to stay in such a beautiful guesthouse. Absolutely nothing to fault. The staff were charming and the surroundings beautiful. The Mc William Smiths are true professionals with many years in hospitality and it shows!

The breakfasts are excellent and other pluses include free laundry and free drinks then there is the outside bath in this particular cottage: great on a hot day as well as the private swimming pool and Anna the lovely house dog.

Thank you all so much.

Room Tip: Go for Gelatenheid. The most expensive but oh so comfortable
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We had a wonderful time at Akademie Street. Hazel and Arthur went to great lengths to make us feel comfortable and relaxed and were fantastic with our children - even arranging a housekeeper to babysit each night so we could wander into town for dinner.
We wil defnitely be going back!

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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England
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed at Akadamie Street 2 years ago and such good memories of it that we had to go back.
My husband went back for the delicious scrambled eggs (with herbs) and mushrooms (with lemon and herbs) He also remembered the help given by Katherine and Hazel (Arthur was away for our first stay but gave us very good advice this time)
I went back for all of these also the lovely house, garden and wonderful bedroom with an enormous comfortable bed, the lovely thick white towels. The bedroom is equiped with everything you might want from a mobile phone, espresso coffee machine, fridge, biscuits, drinks, fruit.............
And of course Anna the dog.
We were not dissappointed, everything was just as wonderful as we remembered.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Superb.Wonderfully peaceful surroundings.excellent,non obtrusive but helpful,friendly service. Nothing was too much trouble,delightful staff.
Would certainly make a point of re booking here when next visiting the winelands

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed at Akademie for three nights in early March. The staff are more than helpful and the property is a delightful and well cared for oasis in close walking distance to Main Street.
The rooms we stayed in are very well appointed with extra touches not expected in a b&b. it is a little more expensive than the norm but every effort goes into ensuring that your every need is catered for. Excellent breakfasts on the terrace. Would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: We very much liked Twyfeling room
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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
Amenities:
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: 7 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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