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About Otter's Bend Lodge

Otter’s Bend Lodge, in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, is a unique backpackers, hikers, and travelers lodge offering a self-catering or bed and breakfast base from which to explore the Western Cape Winelands and Franschhoek. It also makes an ideal getaway for city dwellers and overnight stop for wedding guests. Otter’s Bend Lodge is situated on a farm, in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley surrounded by wine and fruit farms. A foot track leads off Dassenberg Road through pear orchards down to the Franschhoek River. The adjoining log cabin rooms and communal living area will quickly absorb you into this gem of a spot where the whispering of the wind in the trees and the gurgle of the river, as it makes its way round the bend, tend to command a peaceful silence that is appreciated by all the Otter’s visitors. Twin and double en-suite, log cabin style rooms lead out onto a deck situated amongst trees. There is a communal self-catering lounge/dining/kitchen area with large open fire, wood burning stove, and fully equipped kitchen. A dip pool overlooking the river offers the perfect spot to cool off in summer.Otter's Bend is within easy walking distance of the village, several renowned wine estates, and famous restaurants. Horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, wine tours, historical sites, and boutique cellars are on the doorstep.

Conference Venues: Small casual workshops/thinktanks up to 20 people. Home meals by prior arrangement to suit your budget. Yoga retreats, team building events, outdoor activities. Projector, whiteboards and other equipment available.

Family friendly: Set next to the river, with organic vegetable garden, orchard and many walks. Family rooms and camping available. Bikes for hire. Walking distance to the village.

Romantic: Private cabins available set apart in amongst the trees near the river bank. Comfortable double beds, own braai spot (subject to wind conditions). Walking distance to Franschhoek's famous restaurants. Late check outs by arrangement.

  • Response Rate: 99%
  • Response Time: 5 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 27
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 69 Reviews

Facilities

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Room availability and prices

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Reviews for Otter's Bend Lodge

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Amy Blaine, South Africa
17 February 2017

It was a comfortable setting and lodging.Bathroom extremely smallNot soap at all.Towels are a little old and smelt.maybe worth R 200 a night not more.thank you Establishment Response:Dear AmyThank you for pointing out the lack of soap, the quality of towels and the smell in your room. We were disappointed that you had this experience of Otter’s Bend Lodge. This has definitely alerted us to tightening up on our checking of rooms as this is below our expected standard. Kind regardsMary and Mark

trudy feltham, England
04 February 2017

Wonderful rustic log cabins in a fabulous location walkable to Franschhoek high street. Mark is an amazing guy who enjoys a chat over a glass of wine. So loved being here. Go, you wont be disappointed..

Victoria Gough, South Africa
10 November 2016

We stayed in the log cabins and it was such a stunning location. Opening your curtains in the morning to nothing but trees and nature. The communal setting was a great place to meet new people. The location from town is perfect as you can literally walk into town. Overall I would highly recommend a stay at the Otter's Bend Lodge.

Selma Marais, South Africa
24 October 2016

What a lovely surprise!! The communal area was inviting and much better stocked than I could ever have hoped for. Bedroom was a delight in architecture. Friendly owner. Definatily worth the price :-) Loved that you were so near to Franshoek but also literally a stone's throw away from the river. Awesome place!!

Galen Schultz, South Africa
26 September 2016

Great place. Beautiful and peaceful. The cock crows and a nursery grows and the sound of running water can be heard from the nearby stream.

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Otter's Bend Lodge Map

Otter's Bend Lodge is 1.5km from the centre of Franschhoek , the nearest airport 57.2km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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