Our last three nights of our South African adventure was spent at the Akademie. Our expectations were high based on all the previous positive views for this establishment. However, there is always the concern whether it will live up to the hype. Well My concerns were unfounded and my high expectations were exceeded. As soon as you arrive you are put at ease. You are given a detailed tour of the establishment and explained fully about all the things we should know and more, but in a very relaxed manner. We stayed in the spacious and wonderful Gelatenheid Cottage. It had two floors, wonderful balcony and veranda. Plenty of outside seats to relax in, our own swimming pool surrounded by lovely flowers. The bed on the second floor was enormous but very comfortable. the cottage included a kitchen, with free drinks and nibbles. A lounge with Tv, DVD Player and downstairs toilet. The bedroom also had a lounge with TV and a shower and a toilet. There was also an outside bath, but we did not use it.
Breakfast was either taken outside in the coutyard or in the main house. They were very good indeed including a fantastic homemade Museli (I don't normally like Museli!). Above all Arthur and the rest of his staff were extremely friendly and helpful. They were also very genuine, for instance when we arrived I was suffering with a bad dose of heartburn and indigestion, nothing to do with the hotel I must add. They were very concerned they gave me advice on what to take and eat and by the next day I was fine. When I arrived back home in England they sent me an email, asking me about my health and whether I was fully recovered. Thanks to everyone at the Akademie, I will be back some day.
- 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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