Situated at the heart of picturesque Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, the Akademie Street Guesthouses offers wonderful boutique hotel accommodation with superb service. The guesthouse is just a short stroll from some of Franschhoek's award-winning restaurants, art galleries and boutique stores, making it ideally located to explore this charming town.

There's so much to do in the area: set out on wine tasting excursions to some of the country's top wine estates; visit nearby Stellenbosch, epicentre of the Cape winelands experience; enjoy cheese and chocolate tastings; or simply relax and enjoy a lazy walk through Franschhoek. Return to the guesthouse for a shady read in the beautiful garden or take a relaxing swim in your suite's plunge pool.


  • Located in the heart of Franschhoek
  • Stay in beautifully restored manor houses
  • Small boutique hotel set in 5 individual buildings
  • Enjoy friendly & attentive service
  • Perfect for family stays

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Enjoy reading your complimentary newspaper in the morning out in the garden with your after-breakfast coffee.

Learn about the many highlights of Franschhoek, and make restaurant and day trip bookings, care of the 24-hour concierge service or indeed on your laptop, using the guesthouse's Wi-fi.

Cool off during the day between your sight seeing and wine tasting in one of the four swimming pools.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry service
    Secure Parking
    Wi-fi available


Akademie Street Guesthouses offers a freshly-prepared breakfast each morning, consisting of a continental and full English menu. Since Franschhoek is considered the gourmet capital of South Africa, your lunch and dinner should be enjoyed at any one of the award-winning restaurants in town, complimented of course by local wines from the nearby estates.

Uitsig One Bedroom Suite

The Akademie Street Guesthouses has five separate Afrikaans-named 'houses' and guesthouse suites, each uniquely decorated and offering a real home-away-from-home feel.

Vreugde (Joy) is an intimate garden suite with lovely French doors opening onto a wide veranda and pretty garden, making it ideal for couples. The room features an extra length king-size bed with an en suite bathroom consisting of a separate shower and bath. The garden has a small shared plunge pool.

Uitsig One Bedroom Suite AMENITIES

    En-suite bath and shower
    Underfloor heating

Other Room Types

Gelatenheid (Equanimity) is a beautiful and spacious double storey guesthouse with a large balcony and lovely views over the Franschhoek Winelands. It has a loft-style upstairs bedroom, en suite bathroom and a spacious lounge area. Downstairs the guesthouse has a large lounge and kitchenette which leads out onto a veranda with a private pool and garden.

Oortuiging (Conviction) is an original two-bedroom Franschhoek cottage built in the 1860s. Both rooms are en suite bathrooms with the master bedroom consisting of a extra length king-size bed, and the second bedroom has a twin bed. The rest of the house includes a lounge, kitchen and spacious dining room. It also has its own swimming pool and garden.

Uitsig (View) is a private upstairs suite that enjoys wonderful views of the mountains from a sunny balcony. The spacious bedroom has an extra length king-size bed with an ultra-modern en suite bathroom and underfloor heating. The Uitsig shares a pool and lovely garden with the Twyfeling suites.

Twyfeling (Doubting) is a gracious Cape Dutch-style house and completely self-contained. It has its own living room, library and two spacious bedroom suites, one of which has its own private conservatory area and beautiful views.


  • Day tours
  • Gym within walking distance
  • Hiking
  • Local village visits
  • Restaurants within walking distance
  • Wine tasting
  • Fly fishing
  • Shopping
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 28 Feb 2017 $215 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017 $180 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 May 2017 - 31 Jul 2017 $145 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $180 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 28 Feb 2018 $215 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018 $180 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 May 2018 - 31 Jul 2018 $145 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Aug 2018 - 30 Sep 2018 $180 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $215 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Vreugde One Bedroom Cottage,Twyfeling One Bedroom Suite B,Gelatenheid One Bedroom Cottage,Twyfeling One Bedroom Suite A,Oortuiging One Bedroom Suite A,Oortuiging One Bedroom Suite B,Oortuiging Two Bedroom Cottage Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
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Traveller Reviews

  • Akademie met our needs exactly!

    Nick Taylor, October 2015
  • Akademie Street Boutique in Franshhoek was lovely and once again the service from the staff was excellent. The breakfast they served here was decadent and we really enjoyed all the amenities that were included in our stay.

    Jessica Yee, June 2015
  • In Franschhoek we had rain for three days, but our purpose there was to have some down time in between game lodges, so we simply enjoyed the Akademie Street guest house and the restaurants in the town. The guest house was wonderful, and the owners were friendly and accommodating. They even ordered in lactose-free milk and yoghurt for Karen. The room was large and comfortable, and very well equipped. Breakfasts were excellent. There is a good DVD library and we watched movies while it rained. The owners, Arthur and Katherine were wonderful hosts and obviously very fond of their staff. One thing to note is that there are no taxis in Franschhoek, so you either need your own vehicle or you need to pre-arrange a guide if you want to tour the area.

    Keith Robson, October 2014
  • Akademie Street Guest House: the place to stay in Franschhoek. Superb. Katherine, the owner is fantastic, whilst her husband Arthur is also a very nice gentleman. We were really pampered by all of them: breakfast was to die for. Shame they do not venture in lunches and dinners. The accommodations are excellent. Again we had a bit of problem with the hot water on each of the girls’ rooms. Katherine was extremely apologetic and we think it was because the girls wanted to take a late shower.

    Robert Somogyi, August 2013
  • My only real disappointment was the Akademie Guest House – I am not sure why it is as highly rated as it is, given the cost. There was nothing wrong but I did not think it was so special.

    Gwen Melincoff, April 2013
  • This hotel in Franschhoek was quite nice. We had a two-story house to ourselves (the Gelatenheid Unit) and the service was very good. It's a small boutique hotel and has a very home-like feel.

    Lisa Manganiello, October 2012
  • An incredible find! To have so much space to spread out in, was lovely. It had also become extremely warm by this time but the cool interior of the cottage and shady garden was a real bonus! Our hosts could not have done more for us. I would highly recommend Akademie Street.

    Lindsay Southgate, February 2010
  • The room at Akademie Street Guesthouse was lovely and huge. The location was great and breakfast was fantastic. Katherine was a lovely hostess, although we found Arthur a bit on the quiet side. The only problem we had with Franschhoek was, we wished we had another day or two there! As we arrived rather late, we only had one day for wine tasting and shopping. The second day we went BACK to Hermanus as our shark diving trip was cancelled while we were staying at Birkenhead House. That was also amazing, and well worth backtracking for.

    Kate Painchaud, October 2009

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An incredible find! To have so much space to spread out in, was lovely. It had also become extremely warm by this time but the cool interior of the cottage and shady garden was a real bonus! Our hosts could not have done more for us. I would highly recommend Akademie Street.

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