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About Akademie Street Guest Houses

Akademie Street Guest Houses offers 5 Star accommodation in five unique buildings, all situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of the Franschhoek village in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

There are four sun-kissed swimming pools and shady, gardens where one can lie in privacy and listen to the splashing of the fountains, the song of the cicadas, the cooing of the Cape Doves - sounds so evocative of the Cape Winelands.

This is coupled with the personal service that only a very small, family owned and managed, guest house can give. From this retreat one can stroll to the village centre and its famous restaurants. Historic wine farms, great golf courses, hiking, fly-fishing, and riding are all close by.

Gelatenheid/Equanimity is our largest guest house - a double storey just for two. The en-suite loft bedroom with king-size bed, dressing and living room area opens onto an upstairs verandah with special views over the mountains and vineyards. There is also a romantic bath under the trees with a heated towel rail. Downstairs there is a kitchen and a dining area overlooking a large pool and private garden.

Oortuiging/Conviction is our 1860’s luxury cottage nestled under a giant white stinkwood tree. It has two en-suite bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and a dining room. It has its own pool and private shade and sun gardens. Oortuiging can sleep three but takes two in spacious luxury.

Vreugde/Joy sleeps two in a king-size bed or, if previously requested, in twin three-quarter beds. The bath and shower are separate, there is a small kitchenette, and French doors open onto a wide verandah with beautiful garden and private pool. One can lounge on the leather sofa on the porch listening to the birds and the singing of the fountain. This is a very intimate, private place.

Uitsig/View sleeps two in a king-size bed or, if previously requested, in twin three-quarter beds. The bath and shower are separate, and French doors open onto a sun-baked balcony with a lovely view of the mountains. This private, upstairs suite is wonderfully comfortable. Uitsig shares a large heated pool and garden with Twyfeling.

Twyfeling/Doubting is a gracious Cape Dutch style house with large living rooms and two large bedroom suites, both of which sleep two in a king-size bed or, if previously requested, in twin three-quarter beds. Twyfeling shares a large heated pool and garden with Uitsig.

All our prices include VAT, Franschhoek Tourism levy, generous breakfasts, welcoming bottle of Champagne, free drinks, telephone, Internet, and laundry. "Best Small Guest House in South Africa" - For each of the last six years voted into top two in the Automobile Association – American Express Awards - Winner in 2006, 2007 and 2009 Amarula, Best Retreats in Africa – Service Excellence Award 2008.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 24 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 23 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans


  • Portfolio Collection
  • 5 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Superior
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Akademie Street Guest Houses

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Lynn Jones, United Kingdom
10 October 2012

From the moment we were welcomed into Akademie Street Guest House, we felt relaxed. We were able to be as private as we liked, and felt warmly included when we went to breakfast (which was beautifully made with a delicious selection of fresh herbs in the omelette). The facilities in the stunningly furnished and spacious room left us wanting for nothing. We only wish that we had been able to stay longer.

Emily Alldis, Malawi
16 November 2011

This is a great place with incredible service and perfect breakfasts! It is located a five-minute walk from the shops and restaurants. I highly recommend it.

Glen Tomlinson, South Africa
11 August 2010

Gelatenheid is the perfect place to stay in Franschhoek. It is warm, spacious, comfortable and very private. The attentive and friendly staff will make sure you find it hard to leave.

David Pimentel, Mozambique
29 June 2010

The guest house and the room we stayed has an exquisite atmosphere. Fantastic breakfast. Walking distance to the main Franschhoek road where you have access to very good restaurants. Very interesting and friendly hosts - Katherine and Arthur

Kay Crouch
22 September 2009

We stayed in the Vreugde House at the Akademie Street Guest Houses in Franschhoek in early September 2009. This property is absolutely charming and the proprietors, Arthur and Katherine, provide an outstanding level of service. We will most certainly return and stay there again. I can't recommend this guest house highly enough! You will love your beautiful accommodations and the breakfast is just outstanding. It is actually very romantic as well.

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Akademie Street Guest Houses is 0.2km from the centre of Franschhoek , the nearest airport 58.7km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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