My wife and I took a chance on Avondrood based on online reviews. Wow, what a great choice! Justin was an exceptional host. He made some great recommendations for wineries, restaurants and activities (we had to get one day of hiking in to burn off all the calories we were consuming every day!). We had a couple chilly nights and a nice hot jacuzzi was the perfect end to the day. There was also a pool if you happen to visit in the middle of summer. The beds were comfortable (as noted by my wife, who is extraordinarily picky with such things). Our room had a free-standing tub (also tested with good reviews by my wife) and a rainfall shower-head in the shower. The room had plenty of space for my wife to strew her clothes everywhere ... just like at home. The guest-house is just a few minute walk to the center of town, which is perfect if you wanted to go heavy on the wine with dinner since you won't need to drive back. There is a large common room with a big fireplace. Since the weather was a bit chilly, Justin kept a fire going while guests were in the common room. It also had a nice self-service bar, but Justin was always around for sundowners. In addition to serving you, will provide recommendations from the bar's wine fridge. There was also a nice big TV above the bar that would be perfect for watching sports (or, my wife wants to add, BBC period dramas). Breakfast was a selection of yogurt, juice, fruit, cheeses and meats to start. You also had eggs cooked-to-order, bacon, tomatoes and a few other hot dishes to chose from. I think Justin's previous experience with Americans has taught him how to cook thin strips of crispy bacon - the only place in South Africa I've had proper "American-style" bacon. It's the little things ... In short, we had a great time and will stay here again in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy warm hospitality in this charming 4-star luxury Victorian Cape-Dutch style house built in 1870, facing the breathtaking mountains and located in the village of Franschhoek. In less than 2 minutes walk you’re in the village center of Franschhoek, with all their lovely restaurants and art & craft shops. Justin & Caine, your hosts from the South Africa, will offer you true hospitality and personal service. Beautiful lush 2000 square meter garden with swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Stylish, spacious air-conditioned bedrooms with king size bed (extra length), Wi-Fi, LCD-TV, DVD/CD-player, iPod docking system, alarm clock, radio, minibar. En suite bathrooms with rain shower, Victorian baths and personalized beauty care range. Enjoy home-made pastries and freshly high quality coffee during a leisurely and extensive breakfast on the terrace or indoors. Soak up the sun at the pool, or unwind in one of the cosy corners of the garden. Picnic hampers available on request. Secure off street parking. Children are welcome. Free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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