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Welcome to the Garden House, a charming heritage building in a quiet, elevated location on the edge of Franschhoek’s Historic Area, with beautiful views across the valley but only a short walk to the shops, restaurants and cafes in the village.

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Your stay will be in The Cottage which is separated from the main house by a peaceful and shaded courtyard.  It has a spacious bedroom with a queen sized bed, warm and cool air conditioning, a ceiling fan, fridge with complimentary soft drinks, tea and coffee making facilities (including Nespresso), hair dryer and safe, TV with Netflix.


In the large en-suite bathroom there is a bath, separate shower, and dressing gowns.

If you are travelling as a group of three or four, extra accommodation can be made available in the main house where there is a very nice double room with en-suite facilities.

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From October to mid-April guests can enjoy the lovely valley views from the veranda of the main house with a breakfast of muesli, yogurt and seasonal fresh fruit, orange juice, delicious Franschhoek smoked salmon trout and local cheeses, toast, plus lashings of tea and strong, fresh coffee.


From mid-April to October, we provide a light breakfast in The Cottage of muesli, yogurt, orange juice, toast, locally made jam and marmalade.  If you're prefer a bit more, there are some very nice places in the village.

About Us


We are Annette and Barry and in October 2001 we moved from London to Franschhoek where we have lived happily ever after. We are both active in the community and Annette is involved in animal welfare, raising money for the sterilsation of dogs and cats in the nearby township as well as converting 200L drums into kennels.  Barry is involved in heritage and conservation in Franschhoek valley.



We’re not known as The Garden House for nothing but don’t expect the pristine perfection of Versailles or Kew Gardens! Ours is a delightful, rambling garden where you can really relax. Deadhead a few roses. It’s very therapeutic!



Ours are legendary! Before going out for a wonderful dinner, join us for an aperitif!  Whether you fancy a G&T or a Jack Black Lager, a glass of chilled Chenin or full-bodied Shiraz from a  nearby vineyard, or simply an ice-cold fruit juice, hopefully we’ll have something to whet your palette!


The pool is big enough to swim in or just relax in the sun loungers!

Solar Energy


With our solar energy installation, you'll always have free WiFi, lighting, hot water and air-con.

Our Pets

They are all "rescues" and an important part of our life. We have two cats and a very friendly little dog, Lizzie, who is usually there to welcome you. Marmaduke, a generously proportioned ginger cat, may check you out and Bovver may also be about looking for a bit of trouble.





Wine Tasting


With around 30 vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley, you’re spoilt for choice. The very popular Wine Tram goes to many of them if you’d like the company of other bon viveurs (but you have to book); or you can just turn up at some vineyards or make an appointment at others for a personalised wine tasting.


A 15 minute walk away, the Huguenot Museum and Memorial tells the story of how 250 Huguenot refugees settled in the Cape in 1685.

South Africa’s first Perfume Museum is also nearby.

A 10 minute drive away, is an incredible collection of over 80 classic cars is on display at the Motor Museum on the beautiful L’Ormarins Estate. You don’t have to be a petrol head to enjoy it with a little wine tasting afterwards. 

Wining & Dining 


With some of the finest world class restaurants in South Africa, Franschhoek is for foodies. Many cafes, pubs and restaurants are in walking distance of the Garden House, while others are just a short drive away. Take your pick from pizza to posh, from fish ‘n chips to the finest of fine dining.

Other Activities

Take a hike, ride a bike, run a trail, swim a lake, ride a horse, serve an ace, swing a club and then visit a spa - it's all here!

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“The garden setting is too beautiful for words and Annette was a lovely friendly, caring host..”


Mid September 2023 -mid April 2024: R2600

Please note:

  • The rate is per night, inclusive of cold drinks, sundowners and bicycles.

  • The rates may vary during festivals and are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • The rate for a combined  booking of The Cottage and the Main House room is available upon request.

  • We don't normally take bookings for less than two nights.

  • If you cancel your reservation less than 30 days before your arrival date the full amount will be due if we can’t get another reservation for the same dates.

We look forward to welcoming you at

The Garden House!

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