Hotel Reviews - Africa

South Africa: The friendliest welcome in Franschhoek

South Africa is a beautiful country and a place I’d love to go back to sooner rather than later.

There are so many highlights to the country, and so many gorgeous places to spend time, but few are more spectacular than the Winelands and, in my opinion, Franschhoek in particular.

When we were planning our itinerary, we spent a fair amount of time picking somewhere to stay in the Winelands. We wanted to spend a few relaxed days there so it was crucial we picked somewhere comfortable and in a good location.

After some deliberation, we decided on The Garden House. We received a confirmation email from the owner, who congratulated us on our early planning (which went down particularly well with Charlotte!) and gave us some details as to how to find the property.

It was late afternoon when we arrived. Tired after a long drive, we were met by the owner, Annette, along with her friendly troupe of pets. We’d been away from our three cats for a while and were really missing their company, so it was lovely to be welcomed by some feline friends and their dog companions!

The Garden House, Franschhoek

Marmaduke the cat!

The Garden House, Franschhoek

Always a friendly welcome from the pets!

Annette showed us to our cottage, separated by a cute little courtyard from the main house.

The Garden House, Franschhoek

Our lovely little cottage

The cottage was spacious, with one of the biggest, nicest bathrooms we’ve ever seen.

The Garden House, Franschhoek

Huge, amazing bathroom

After our long journey, though, we were perhaps happiest to see the complimentary jar of cookies, the fridge stocked with complimentary beer and cider, and the late afternoon sun setting over the spectacular garden.

The Garden House, Franschhoek

Bedroom, complete with comfy bed

During the course of our stay, we found that there was a great deal we loved about the Garden House. Perhaps top of the list was the hospitality. Annette is possibly the friendliest, funniest host we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying with. Every evening before dinner, she’d invite us to enjoy a drink on her terrace with her and her husband, and during breakfast would organise quizzes to keep us entertained. Nothing was too much trouble for her – she was a real gem.

The beautiful setting was another huge plus. We’ve rarely if ever seen a more stunning garden (the swimming pool right in the middle helped!) and seeing the sun setting each evening over the mountains in the distance was an experience we will never forget.

The Garden House, Franschhoek

Can’t beat that view!

The garden in The Garden House, Franschhoek, South Africa

Gorgeous flowers in a gorgeous garden

Breakfast also deserves a mention. The highlight was local smoked trout, a healthy and delicious start to each day, and the toast, tea, and coffee helped us through each day to dinner and lined our stomachs for the wine tastings ahead!

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Franschhoek, our recommendation would without a doubt be the Garden House. It’s reasonably priced, welcoming, beautiful, and relaxing. What more could you ask for?

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