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“A Home away from Home in Franschhoek”

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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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London
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“A Home away from Home in Franschhoek”
Reviewed July 22, 2009

The thing that makes Akademie stand out is how thoroughly it achieves the “Guest House” feel that so many B&Bs strive for. As soon as we walked through the front door we felt as though we had found a long lost family home. The rooms oozed cozy, and we found ourselves longing for more time just to be here. The linens were soft & plush, and the colours, fixtures, paintings, furniture, and other decorations made us want to transport this room back into our house at home. We were there in the rainy doldrums of the Cape winter, and it was so comfortable to just relax with a book or take a hot bath while sipping local wine. The breakfast was an amazing spread of fruit, juices, museli, jams, and toast, and of course all the usual English breakfast fixings of high quality ingredients and fabulous flavour. The friendly hosts and owners Arthur and Katherine seemed to make it their personal mission to ensure we had a great time during our stay, and were able to recommend all sorts of things to do in the area. Of course their task is made a bit easier by the huge array of top SA restaurants within easy (and safe) walking distance in Franschhoek, and winery after beautiful winery just a short drive away.

I have been lurking on TripAdvisor for a couple years now and have used this site many times to find a place to stay. Rarely have I seen a property with such consistently high ratings as Akademie, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it priced cheaper than many “upscale” hotels in the area. We were awarded with a stay that met or and exceeded all expectations, and was so good that I felt compelled to finally create a TripAdvisor account just so I could post this glowing review. Needless to say, I will definitely go along with the other posters here and recommend this property if you’re in the area (and perhaps even if you have to go out of your way to stay here ;).

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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travelnow2pa
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Reviewed July 16, 2009

We were delighted to stay at Akademie Street for two nights. My husband and I were very impressed with the charm of our accomodation and the hospitality of Arthur and Katharine.
We will definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

We recently had our semi-annual visit to Akademie Street for a short "wine vacation". As always Akademie Street delivers to the nth degree. Everything is done with the utmost of personal touch and care, and no request is too great or too small. Katherine and Arthur have both become old dear friends and arriving here is like coming home; albeit with far more luxury! Breakfast is always delicious, and Katherine's "cheese demonstration" is to be savored for the descriptions she provides, the care she takes in choosing the selection, and (not least) for the taste. The grounds continue to be beautifully maintained, and they have added a lovely and tastefully designed swimming pool behind the main house; this in addition to the private splash pools that three of the existing "cottages" have for private use. They are also adding two new suites in the main house. This is the only place we stay in Franschhoek and plan our vacations around availability here. Once you have sampled the best why bother going anywhere else?

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2009

We stayed for 2 nights at Akademie. Our three children slept in the 2 bedroom cottage and my husband and I stayed in a smaller cottage. Both cottages are gorgeous with private pools, beautiful gardens, and fountains. Katherine and Arthur gave us fantastic recommendations and advice. The breakfasts were very fresh and delicious. Every morning was a made-to-order breakfast with fresh fruits, local cheeses, breads, hot croissants, and fresh-squeezed juices. During the day, we drove around Franschhoek and Stellanbosch and in the evening we walked down to the village of Franschhoek and had amazing dinners and wines. There are so many great restaurants that we did not get to try. Our last night we had an amazing meal at Rueben's. This is a delightful area of South Africa to visit and Akademie Guest House is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2009

We stayed at Akademie for 2 nights whilst following the British Lions Rugby tour. This was our first visit to the winelands despite having previously visited Cape Town 4 times so we were excited. The drive from Cape Town is easy and takes you past a couple of really good places to stop. As soon as you arrive in Franschoek you feel more relaxed than the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. Akademie is one block back from the main street and is set in beautifully secluded gardens. We had booked the Utsig accommodation but as they were quiet were upgraded to the Gelatenheid suite which is huge. Larger than our house in London we were spoilt for space. A large terrace wraps around the first floor and there is a lovely outside bath. Inside there is another good bathroom with freestanding bath and the largest bed you have seen. You also have your own large private courtyard with a lovely pool that was too cold to use in the middle of June. Having settled in we went for a stroll one of the many excellent local restaurants and had a high quality meal at Reubens. Arthur, the owner had given us a list of places to try and as he used to Le Quartier Francais we knew he would give a good recommendation. Breakfast was very nice - loads of fresh fruit and whatever cooked items you want. We were sad to leave and will definitely be back.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Windsor, UK
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

A fantastic Guest House. We stayed in GELATENHEID for the 3 nights of our stay in Franschhoek and have to say it is one of the nicest places we've stayed in the whole world, let alone South Africa (where to be honest the standards are generally high). Our hosts were extremely hospitable and nothing was too much trouble for either them or their team.
The property is stunning, the gardens beautiful and the location a perfect 10 minute stroll to the excellent restaurants and bars in the village centre. Only slight criticism is that the water in the swimming pool was very cold, but apparently the new pool (which was being dug when we were there) will have some form of solar heating to take the chill off which will be great.
In fact we loved the place so much that we're planning to return this November.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

We spent 3 weeks touring South Africa staying in high quality accommodation and this was the best experience of all. If we'd known how much we were going to enjoy Franschhoek and this guest house, we would have booked to stay longer. The weather wasn't kind to us so we didn't use our pool or spend as much time in our own private garden as we would have liked! Inside Vreugde, we had every comfort, including probably the largest bed we have slept in. Because of the size of the bed, there is no seating in the suite, but there is plenty on the verandah. The minibar is actually a mini kitchen and everything is complimentary.We had a warm and friendly welcome and wonderful breakfast served by the owners, who genuinely wanted us to get the most out of our stay and were a mine of information. We didn't want to leave and will definitely be going back!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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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: 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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