Welcome to The Garden House
We guess you're here because you already know a little bit about Franschhoek - it's a lovely little village in an idyllic setting only 80km from Cape Town with great restaurants and vineyards, a Huguenot history etc. So we'll just tell you a little bit about us, The Garden House - and a little bit more.
There are just a few photos on this website. To see photos posted by our guests on TripAdvisor click here.
A little bit about The Garden House
The Garden House is special. Built around 1881 with views over the Valley it is set in a beautiful garden with a pool big enough to swim in. Although it's less than a 15 minute safe and easy walk to Franschhoek's shops and many of its best restaurants, The Garden House is very quiet and private.
A little bit about The Cottage
Most of our guests stay in The Cottage which is separated from the main house by a shaded courtyard so we all have our privacy. It has a spacious bedroom with warm and cool air conditioning, a ceiling fan, fridge with complimentary soft drinks and beers, radio, TV and DVD player with a selection of interesting films, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer and safe. In the large en suite bathroom there is a bath, separate shower and under floor heating.
A little bit about the main house room
Occasionally, and in summer only (mid-October to mid-April), guests may stay in a pretty little room in the main house. It has en suite facilities with the shower over the bath, tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge with complimentary soft drinks and beers. However, the Victorian brass bed is only 135 cm (4 ft 6 ins) wide and with a brass footboard it is only suitable for very friendly couples if neither is a second row forward.
A little bit about breakfast
In the summer season (mid-October to mid-April) guests enjoy the lovely valley views from the veranda of the main house with a breakfast of home-made muesli, yogurt and berries in season and seasonal fresh fruit, orange juice, delicious smoked Franschhoek salmon trout, Franschhoek cheeses, toast, warm croissants and lashings of tea and strong, fresh coffee.
In the winter season (mid-April to mid-October), we provide a light breakfast in The Cottage of home-made muesli, yogurt and orange juice. If guests want a bit more there are some very nice places in the village.
A little bit of what to do after breakfast
Actually, there is so much to do!
There are 29 vineyards for wine tasting, shops for retail therapy, four jewellers who can have your engagement ring ready in a couple of days, galleries with some of South Africa’s finest contemporary art and exquisite ceramics by local potters, two museums showing the fascinating history of the Valley and its Huguenot settlement and another with one of the world’s great collections of classic cars.
More active guests can hike in the pristine Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve alone or, for a few hours or more, with a retired professor who can tell them about everything from the formation of Franschhoek’s mountains and their flora and fauna to the history of Franschhoek and South Africa today. They can also hike on the beautiful 5km La Motte Trail, take our bikes for an easy, scenic ride to nearby vineyards for a little light wine tasting, ride into the hills on old forestry tracks on their own or with Barry, jog round the village or alongside the Berg River Dam, go horse riding just 10 minutes down the road, play tennis just up the road with friendly locals or on their own or golf at a world class course just 20 minutes away.
For wonderful scenic drives or a day out go to another of the lovely villages in the area, Cape Point, Cape Town or Stellenbosch.
There are art house films at a dinky little 30 seat cinema for the price of a glass of wine and festivals every month.
If you can't bear to be disconnected or just want to reserve your seat for your flight back there is free WiFi in The Cottage, the main house guest room and even by the pool for your iPad, smartphone or laptop or you can use ours.
And if that’s all too much you can just chill out by our pool and then have a sundowner on the verandah with us before enjoying the finest value fine dining anywhere!
So stay awhile. Franschhoek has so much to offer. A two night stay is our minimum in season but occasionally we may have one night available between longer bookings.
A little bit about us
In October 2001 we moved from London to Franschhoek where we have lived happily ever after. Annette is involved in animal welfare and raises money for sterilsation of dogs and cats in the nearby township where guests can go with her on "feeding" trips and Barry has a chess group in the township primary school.
A little bit about our pets
They are all "rescues" and an important part of our life. We have four character cats and two very friendly dogs - Benjie and Lizzie – who are usually there to welcome you. Marmaduke - a generously proportioned ginger cat – who may also come along to check you out is also very partial to smoked salmon trout so may hang around during breakfast living in hope.
A little bit about money
Until mid-April 2015, the rate per night for The Cottage is R1,700 and from then until–mid October 2015 it is R1,400.
From mid-October 2015 to mid-April 2016, the rate per night for The Cottage is R1,800.
For the main house guest room the rate per night is R1,200 to mid-April 2015 and R1400 from mid-October 2015 to mid-April 2016. It is not available from mid-April to mid-October 2015.
These rates include breakfast, cold drinks, sundowners and use of bicycles.
Our domestic can do your washing but please pay her R50-R100 for this.
As we do not have credit card facilities payment must be made in cash. There are ATMs in the village.
We hope to see you at The Garden House.
Annette & Barry