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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 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 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: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 37 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 27
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 85 Reviews

Facilities

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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

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Reviews for Otter's Bend Lodge

85 guest reviews Reviews of

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Fiona Ronquest-Ross
17 June 2018

Great budget accommodation

Richard Apps
04 June 2018

Hot water in cold weather.

Fiona Ronquest-Ross
21 May 2018

It was hard to find for myself and two sets of visitors I had. Google earth did not show us exactly where to be, the sign needs to be lit or repainted and a sign on the gate would help.I loved being woken by 4 Barn owls and listening to the frogs in the babbling brook. Great interaction with other guests and good value. Bathrooms need either cleaning materials so guests can mop up after themselves.Thanks

Angus Mackenzie
20 May 2018

Otters Bend is a quaint place for anyone to stay, very quiet and serene. A brisk 10 minute walk away from the main road, and simply the perfect reasonably priced accommodation in Franschhoek

James Massey
01 May 2018

You could increase the toilet/shower facility for campers.Otherwise it was a great experience!Thank you.

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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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