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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse

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Guest House / Bed and Breakfasts - 7 suites spread over 5 quaint and characterful buildings
TGCSA 5 Star
Children 16+
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ABOUT Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse

Six rooms in five unique buildings situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of the village Franschhoek. There are four sun-kissed swimming pools and shady gardens where one can lie in privacy and listen to the splashing of the fountains, the song of the cicadas, the cooing of the Cape Doves … sounds so evocative of the Cape Winelands.

This is coupled with the personal service that only a very small, family-owned and managed, five-star guest house and boutique hotel can give. From this retreat stroll to the village centre and its famous restaurants. Rated number one Hotel in Franschhoek on Tripadvisor.com.

TGCSA 5-Star Guest House | Laundry | WiFi | iPod docker | Substantial seasonal specials | Children welcome

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ROOMS

Oortuiging
Sleeps 2
1 Unit
From R 3,000.00 p/p sharing Bed & Breakfast
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Vreugde
Sleeps 2
1 Unit
From R 3,750.00 p/p sharing Bed & Breakfast
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Uitsig
Sleeps 2
1 Unit
From R 3,000.00 p/p sharing Bed & Breakfast
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Twyfeling
Sleeps 2
2 Units
From R 3,000.00 p/p sharing Bed & Breakfast
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Check in & check-out times

Check-in: 15:00

Check-out: 11:00

Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.

GUEST FEEDBACK

Akademie Street boutique
26 Apr 2014

"We had a wonderful stay, emjoyed every moment. Hazel is very professional, a real asset."

Chris Booysen from South Africa
Heaven on Earth.
27 Dec 2011

"They've thought of everything. It was like staying in a rich celebrity's country manor. Perfect. Say 'HI' to Anna for me."

Lucas from USA
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"My family and I spent two wonderful nights at Akademie Guesthouses. We stayed in the Vreugde and Uitsig rooms, both were perfectly charming and very spacious, particularly Uitsig which I highly recommend. Hosts Katherine and Arthur are absolutely fantastic. Wonderful people, extremely helpful and very interested in making your stay a very personable, and certainly unforgettable experience. And we were amazed at the rooms, every possible need and consideration taken care of. Chocolates on the bed, two shower caps not one, note pads, tons of magazines, free mini bar and free 24 hour laundry service, wonderful spa toiletries in large bottles, you name it, Akademie provides it with such a personal style of consideration for their guests. The property is charming with plunge pools, flower gardens, perfect and private peace and beauty. Breakfast is a wonderful affair (attended by 3 house cats if you wish, no less) and everything is freshly prepared and delicious. The location of Akademie is perfect. 5 minute walk from the main street of Franschhoek and super restaurants like The Tasting Room and Reubens. Parking is easy and right in front of the guesthouse and free. We loved Akademie so much we didn't want to leave. Highly recommended Apr 9, 2009 "

Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"What a fantastic place to stay this is - please book it for your holiday now! My new husband and I stayed in Gelatenheid last September (2008) on the first night of our honeymoon. We were astouned by the beauty and originality of the guesthouses. All individually decorated, with beautiful artwork, bedding and fittings. Gelatenheid was such a romantic and luxurious guesthouse, yet also very cosy and comfortable. Katherine and Arthur are wonderfully helpful and generous and very knowledgable about the area. Their breakfasts are superb! I really could rave on about Akademie for hours, but you will just have to go there for yourself! “A absolutely wonderful place. It was very difficult to leave!” Apr 20, 2009 "

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"We stayed for five wonderful nights at Akademie Street Guesthouse. Arthur and Katharine are two amazing people, who put absolutely everything into making your stay so fantastic. They are worthy recipients of their five stars. All their staff go that extra mile. It is a beautiful oasis in the wonderful village of Franschhoek. The previous review was very thorough and I agree with everything he said. I was disappointed with just one thing. I was on holiday because my doctor had suggested I have a holiday, because I have had workmen in my home for the last seven months. The guesthouse is having a pool built, so we had the workmen arriving at 7 a.m. an hour earlier than my worken at home! May 5, 2009 "

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"We decided to stay at Akademie due to the highly complimentary reviews on this web site and even our high expectations were easily exceeded. This Guest house is truly one of the best B&Bs we've ever stayed in. The rooms were huge and extremely well decorated, everything from drinks to laundry was complimentary, the gardens and setting were just stunning and the breakfast was one of the best we'd had through out our 2 week honey moon in SA. It is perfectly situated about 2 blocks from the main drag and the staff were so willing to help, our only complaint was that we'd only booked for 1 night. We'll definitely have to go back, honestly if you don't say here you really are missing out on an incredible experience!! May 6, 2009"

Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"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. Jun 22, 2009"

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"We arrived in Franschhoek at the Akademie Street Guesthouse after a rather harried transfer from Cape Town. As soon as we stepped into our beautifully appointed, cozy, luxurious room (Uitsig - which means "view") - every last bit of stress and annoyance melted away. We had read glowing reviews of this place on TripAdvisor - and still, our expectations were more than exceeded --- gorgeous art, windows on three sides, heated floors, a pre-programmed cellphone for your use (loaded up with restaurant numbers, the host's number, etc), welcome split of champagne, free drinks and snacks, excellent wireless, sumptuous bathroom stocked with wonderful products, and a HUGE bed outfitted with a zillion pillows and the most comfortable linens and blankets you can imagine. It only got better. The next morning we were treated to a delicious breakfast - fabulous cheeses, flaky croissants, fresh fruit, muesli, and typical English breakfast items. Breakfast became a highlight of each of the 4 days we stayed here - we couldn't wait to get down there, and we lingered over coffee and delightful conversation with the hosts, Arthur and Katherine, who couldn't be more charming. We kept fantasizing about just staying there forever and having them take care of us for the rest of our lives. We have rarely felt so welcome, so pampered and taken care of... They gave us great recommendations on things to do (ask about Gudrun for a fantastic wine tour) and made sure we always had everything we could have possibly needed. Superlative service from the entire staff. This is my first post here. I have used TA many times - but it was Akademie that inspired me to write a review. If you are ever in the Cape Town area - YOU MUST GO to Franschhoek (which is really a lovely little village) and stay at the Akademie. One last thing - two words - FREE LAUNDRY. Aug 1,2009"

Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"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! “We always come back to Akademie Street” Jul 16, 2009"

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"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? Jul 2, 2009"

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"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. Jun 26,2009"

Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"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 ;). Jul 22, 2009"

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"“Simply wonderful” Stayed in Gelatenheid for a week - wonderful time, much assisted by the charming Arthur and Kathrine- actually they were billiant in resisting what I suspect is their natural urge to cover you with their hospitality by leaving us alone for most of the week. This understanding of a customer is a sign of highly experienced and successful guesthouse owners. Gelatenheid, in particular, is very private with its own front door and carport. The bed was huge and extremely comfortable. The service from all the staff was ultra-efficient, friendly yet discreet. South Africa is fortunate to have many wonderfully run and beautiful places to stay in and Akademie is deservedly at the top of many "best of" lists. The last poster asked whether it was the best b&b in the world, I am not sure if Akademie is simply a b&b, but I understand why the question was posed. Simply wonderful is the best description I can manage - highly recommended might be more practical perhaps - we will certainly return. Sep 3, 2009 "

Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"“The Best B&B in the World?” Akademie Street is simply a cut above the rest. The service is excellent and the owners are friendly. The rooms are well appointed and even include a fully stocked (and complementary) mini-bar. The breakfast is also great, but it's simply too much food as they serve both English and South African! Aug 18, 2009 "

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"My wife and I stayed 3 nights at Akademie (Uitsig) and had a wonderful stay. It's a great location, just a short walk from the main street, but quietly secluded so that you can enjoy the private or communal spaces to the full. The owners and staff are so friendly and cannot do enough to help you. They have a superb little guide book with plenty of suggestions if you're new to the area, and have a wealth of knowledge that they are only too happy to share. Breakfast is outstanding. Delicious home-made museli, the freshest of fruits with light yoghurt, fresh smoothies, great coffee and smashing cooked brekky if you can make room (you should!). Our room was huge, had an enormous bed with soft pillows and linens, a lovely bathroom and was kitted out with every convenience we needed (including a good sized fridge and a proper steam iron and ironing board - I'm a stickler for this, so it was great to see as standard). The complimentary mini bar was replenished daily which was super, and the bottle of Graham Beck brut on arrival was a lovely, lovely touch. Free wifi worked all the time. I would, and will, recommend Akademie highly to friends and family. Book with confidence! Toiletries were first class. Dec 6, 2009 "

Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"Great welcome into someone's home with wonderfull art and a real homely touch from Cathy and her team. 1 night is just not enough ! Loved the gardens and the peacefullness of it all “Great value, style, space, friendly staff and amazing breakfast!” (Dec 7, 2009 )"

Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"The weather was unseasonably cold and wet during our stay but the welcome at Akademie Street Guesthouse could not have been warmer. We stayed in Vreugde - a lovely cottage with self-catering facilities, a private garden, and pool. In warmer weather it would have been delightful to sit in the sunshine and enjoy a few glasses of local wine. Nevertheless we enjoyed our stay. Franschhoek is in a beautiful area and tours of the local wine estates are a must. There are plenty of delightful restaurants in walking distance of Akademie Street or just a short drive away and the town's reputation as the gourmet capital of South Africa is well deserved. Owners Katherine and Arthur are very friendly and welcoming. They shared their extensive knowledge of the area with us at breakfast which we took in the main house. Their personal approach makes Akademie Street a great place to stay in a beautiful location! We certainly hope to return. “The best B&B in SA” (Dec 7, 2009 )"

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"We very much enjoyed our brief stay but would definitely go back when we next visit South Africa. The staff were so friendly and helpful and even managed to arrange an emergency dentist appointment for me, which was very much appreciated. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. The pool room that we stayed in was beautiful and the bathroom was amazing - we had seen nothing like it before. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to friends and family. “Wonderful place to stay - shame about the weather!” (Dec 8, 2009 )"

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"Easily the best place we stayed in the 2 weeks in Sth Africa. Everything was perfect and done with such style, grace, finesse that we were left amazed. The Room (we were in the little Oortuing cottage) was outstanding and a real treat to have an entire house to ourselves; the breakfast was beyond belief and we are still dreaming of the home made and baked muesli, the staff were kind and gracious and seemed to know just how much each guest wanted to interact with them. Its an easy and safe walk to the excellent restaurants on the main street of Franschoek (Rubens and Le Quartier Francais were superb) as well as other local attractions. From start to finish this place was a total pleasure and treat. Cant recommend it highly enough. The free laundry service was excellent too! A fabulous guesthouse tucked away in an amazing location!!!” (Dec 12, 2009)"

Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"If heaven is anything like Gelatenheit, then I am not afraid to die anymore..... Gelatenheit where we stayed for 3 days is: authentic, fantastic, beautiful, perfect! Loved the whole experience Mar 5, 2009 "

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"“Heaven” Mar 13, 2009 "

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"May 6, 2010 | Trip type: Couples We stayed here as part of our trip around South Africa on our honeymoon - all I can say is WOW!! It was gorgeous. The room was lovely and there were lots of lovely extras. The breakfast was also lovely with fresh smoothies and fruit. I want to go back there!! "

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"May 2, 2010 | Trip type: Friends getaway Great location. Walking distance to shops and restaurants. A wonderful breakfast cooked to order was a great way to start the day, so much so we skipped lunch. The accomodation itself was clean, open, bright with your own entrance and a balcony. In our "cottage" we shared a small swimming pool with a couple of other guest rooms. All the guest rooms/ cottages are decorated in a different style and some have their own private swimming pool. The gardens are exceptional. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The in-room refrigerator was well stocked with snacks, water, drinks, wine at no extra cost! Wished we could have stayed longer. It was a beautiful and relaxing location."

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"Apr 29, 2010 | Trip type: Couples Having spent 3-nights in "Uitsig" in mid-April, we agree with what everyone else is saying: Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse is absolutely wonderful. Beauty and elegance surround you at every step. The rooms and common areas are tasteful and immaculate. The gardens are absolutely beautiful. Breakfasts were delicious and far more than 2 people can eat!. Hazel and the Akademie Street staff are expert at providing top-notch customer service with warmth and friendliness. Katherine and Arthur are wonderful, friendly hosts who made us feel very welcome during our stay. We would not hesitate to recommend Akademie Street as a base for exploring Franschhoek and the wine lands, and we will definitely return (soon we hope)! Keith and Robert Seattle, Washington USA"

Anonymous
Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"Apr 21, 2010 | Trip type: Friends getaway From the moment we arrived and for almost three days we were treated like royalty. The most hospitable owners and staff cared for our every need. The breakfasts in the romantic gardens, the swimming pools, spacious rooms (with every conceivable conveniences), and the proximity to the wonderful shopping and dining--- ALL made this one of the BEST hotel experiiences we have ever had-- AND we have been around."

Guest feedback about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
15 Sep 2010

"Apr 10, 2010 | Trip type: Couples This place doesn't feel like a guesthouse, it feels like you've landed your own historic home in the middle of the wonderful town that in Franschhoek. We stayed in the oldest house, dating back to 1860, and you could smell the history in the place. The location is perfect - 2 mins walk to the main street, but set far enough back to feel beautifully peaceful and private. The service (and the breakfasts) are faultness. A marvellous place to stay."

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DIRECTIONS & MAP

Directions:

GPS Coordinates

S33° 54’ 44.60” E19° 07’ 24.66”

Directions from Cape Town International Airport

Go directly out of the airport to the N2 and follow the directions to Somerset West along the N2. Turn to the left when the sign says Stellenbosch (Baden Powell Drive – R310 – exit 33). This road goes past Spier and you will travel quite a way. When you came to a traffic light at a T-Junction turn right (you are then almost in Stellenbosch) Continue along this road until the 10th traffic light (This includes a streetlight at a pedestrian crossing). This 10th traffic light is past the industrial/commercial area of Stellenbosch just when you are coming into the countryside again on the right hand side.

Look for a sign to the right saying Franschhoek, Ida’s Valley. This sign is on the right hand side about 30 metres before the turn off and is obscured by leaves. The actual turn is at this streetlight.
Turn right. Go over the pass and past Boschendal until you reach a T-junction. Turn right and about 15 km later you will find yourself in Franschhoek. Drive through Franschhoek until the end of town - the monument in front of you. Turn left. The second road is Akademie Street - turn left (You cannot go right). Come to reception at Twyfeling, under the big oak trees (you will see the Akademie Street Guesthouses sign outside Twyfeling).

Directions from Cape Town Centre

Take the N1 highway towards Paarl. Drive a fairly long way until you get to exit 47 where sign says R44/R103 Stellenbosch, Klapmuts, Wellington. Turn right. Fairly soon come to a 4-way stop. Cross over and shortly thereafter you will see a sign to left saying Franschhoek. Continue for about 9 km until you reach a T-junction. Turn right and keep driving until you find yourself in the town of Franschhoek. Drive through Franschhoek until the end of town - the monument in front of you. Turn left. The second road is Akademie Street - turn left (You cannot go right). Come to reception at Twyfeling, under the big oak trees (you will see the Akademie Street Guesthouses sign outside Twyfeling).

Directions from Route 62 (Oudtshoorn / Calitzdorp /Ladismith / Barrydale / Montagu)

From MONTAGU you can either go directly to ROBERTSON via ASHTON or else a longer (about half an hour) but very pretty route is to go to Robertson via Bonnievale. We recommend you take the detour.

Go through ROBERTSON in direction of WORCESTER
Before you get to Worcester you pass two small farm stalls NUY on left. Shortly thereafter is another farm stall with a big tree (usually full of pumpkins). At sign saying AAN DE DOORNS turn left. At T-Junction turn left towards VILLIERSDORP. Go straight through VILLIERSDORP. When you get to bridge over a large lake turn right. Sign says FRANSCHHOEK. Go over pass.

At bottom of pass when arriving in Franschhoek look for sign on right saying Akademie Street Guesthouses. Follow sign. We are in Akademie Street on the right hand side almost immediately thereafter. Watch for the "Akademie Street Guesthouses" sign in the garden under the big oaks. This is Twyfeling and this is where reception is.