(During our trip to South Africa we stayed in Kichaka Game Lodge (near Grahamstown), Villa Afrikana (Knysna), Akadamie Street (Franschhoek) and Atlantic View,(Camps Bay). Reviews for each can be found on Tripadvisor.)
Our visit to Franschhoek was the third stop on our South African adventure and after the short drive from Cape Town airport we checked into Akadamie Street, which is a combination of hotel and guest house comprising of four or five pristine properties contained within a beautifully planted garden.
The ‘room’ we chose was Gelatenheid which, in reality, is a two storey cottage with a wraparound balcony on both levels and a full-length swimming pool for our private room. The inside of the cottage is huge, with a kitchen, sitting room and loo downstairs, with the open-plan upstairs consisting of a large, comfy bed, seating area, bath and shower-room. Outside on the upper balcony there is a second roll-top bath, totally invisible to any outside prying eyes, and great for bathing al fresco.
The owners, Arthur and Kathie, are wonderful and very hands on. Arthur served breakfast whilst providing helpful advice and tips on which vineyards, restaurants or places of interest to visit and Kathie was always so smiley and happy and at pains to ensure that we enjoyed breakfast, which we always, always did. In fact, the breakfasts were amazing, so much so that we asked for the recipe for the homemade muesli and stewed fruits, which Arthur ensured were typed-up, printed off and handed to us on checkout.
The cottage, as well as being comfortable (beautiful leather reading chairs inside, comfy chairs on the terraces) is full of books and magazines about the local area and South Africa in general; I found myself one evening sitting under the stars with a glass of pre-dinner sparkling wine we’d picked up from Graham Beck earlier in the day getting caught up in the history of the area and the influence of the Hugeunots. Arthur also provides in the room a map of the local area’s vineyards and a Platter’s Wine Guide for use during your stay, which is an essential piece of kit for anyone even slightly interested in visiting the vineyards. There is also free use of a local pre-paid mobile phone with the numbers of all the local vineyards and restaurants preloaded. And free laundry! These were just some of the many small touches that shows their dedication to ensuring their guests have a wonderful time and helps raise Akademie Street to the lofty position of being a destination in itself.
Arthur & Kathie are keen to continually develop and improve their service and always welcome feedback on how they can improve. In our opinion, there was very little else they could do but, after scratching our heads, we suggested a very small improvement (stopper for sparkling wine so a bottle can be enjoyed over a couple of nights) and after returning to the UK we received an email from Arthur thanking us for the comment and promising to take it forward. Now, that is commitment to service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Number of rooms: 8 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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