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Friday, January 4, 2008

Franschhoek & a Review of the Garden House (Nov 11th)

Today didn't start so well - one of my lovely nails fell off - I caught it in the bathroom door. Argh! :-(

We had a nice breakfast of fruit salad followed by poached eggs on toast with venison sausage and then started our journey to Franschhoek, a short drive away.

We took the coastal route past Betty's Bay and saw lots of fabulous scenery along the way. Here is a photo of one of the views:


Lovely view along the coast, Western Cape
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We stopped in a place called Somerset West, just outside Cape Town to visit a shopping mall and had a look around the shops and a coffee, then continued our drive to Franschhoek, stopping in Stellenbosch along the way.

Stellenbosch was a pleasant university town surrounded with lots of greenery, hills and vinyards. We had a bit of a drive around town, got lost and then found a vineyard with a nice garden area and stopped for a spot of lunch and a glass of vino.

The scenery here is beautiful - lots of rolling slopes covered in vines and lots of hills, trees and flowers.

We arrived in Franschhoek in the early afternoon and checked into our guesthouse - The Garden House



The Garden House, Franschhoek



The garden house is very central - just a few minutes walk from the village. We began our stay in style with a glass of vino on the verandah with Annette and her two dogs Noodle and Benjy.

The Garden House & Franschhoek turned out to be one of the highlights of our stay in South Africa.

Here is a short review of the garden house...

The accomodation is a lovely cottage in the garden, with a very tastefully decorated large bedroom, a bathroom to die for with a huge tub and walk in shower, plus a his 'n' hers sink. Here is a photo of the bedroom:



Our room at The Garden House, Franschhoek
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and the fabulous bathroom...



Bathroom at The Garden House, Franschhoek
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The room also has a seating area, a fridge with complimentary drinks and lots of books and info on the area.

The owners Annette and Barry are originally from England and are lovely friendly people. They are both full of knowledge of the local area and really helped us to have a fantastic stay there.

We shared a glass of vino or two with them on the verandah over the course of our stay.

The garden is also very pretty with lots of flowers, a nice decent sized swimming pool and great views of the hills.


Garden and pool at The Garden House, Franschhoek
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Breakfast here was also a very pleasant change from the bacon and eggs. We had fresh fruit, yoghurt and granola, warm croissants, cheeses and smoked trout - very tasty!

This afternoon we didn't do much. Had a wander round Franschhoek village, which is very nice with lots of shops, restuarants, vineyards and fantastic scenery.

Dinner this evening was at Le Bon Vivant and was lovely. I had a prawn starter followed by springbok, which was very nicely presented. Stuart had a springbok starter followed by beef and I finished off my meal with a dessert called the "Ultimate Chocoholic", which consisted of chocolate souffle, white chocolate ice cream and a couple of other chocolate delights.

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2 Comments:

At January 29, 2009 2:59 AM, Blogger nick said...

Looks beautiful - views are exceptional.

 
At April 30, 2010 1:45 AM, Blogger Tom W said...

yeah it really does!! the accommodation looks really great too.
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