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  • Well maintained historic Victorian Cape-Dutch style house dating to 1870
  • Luxurious, tasteful room offer modern convenience
  • Within walking distance of the charming village centre

Avondrood Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Franschhoek


-33.9065, 19.1171


The name Avondrood may be loosely translated to mean 'Sunset Red', a reflection of the vivid colours of Franschhoek and the warm decorations of the guesthouse. Owners Caine Herr and Justin Mitchell have put more than a decade's worth of experience in the hospitality industry into creating Avondrood.

The beautiful Victorian building dating back to 1870 is now a local heritage site and was recently refurnished in a modern, elegant style to give guests a comfortable luxury stay in five spacious rooms and a family suite.

All rooms have King beds and amenities such as a DVD player, iPod docking system, minibar and safe, while the superior rooms and the family suite are equipped with vast Victorian bathtubs and Hans Grohe rain dance showers.

Accentuating the immaculate garden with its swimming pool and Jacuzzi, the guesthouse has a cosy lounge and bar, while the patio is a tranquil place to enjoy an extensive breakfast with a personal touch. 

The guesthouse is happy to arrange airport transfers, reservations at superb Franschhoek restaurants, wine tasting in nearby vineyards, outdoor activities, beauty treatments and excursions to Cape Town. Discounts are offered to the Franschhoek Gym and Health Club, within a 5 minute walk, which offers a wide range of sports equipment for cardio and muscle training as well as an indoor swimming pool, sauna and a wellness café.

The delights of the Franschhoek village, home to arts and crafts shops and museums, are within easy walking distance.

Rates & Summary

5 Luxurious Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King bed
En-suite with bath and rain shower
Some have underfloor heating
1 has a private garden and terrace
4 overlook the garden

Family Deluxe Suite

Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms
King and twin beds
Victorian bath & rain shower
TV lounge and fireplace 
Private upper level veranda
Mountain views


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An extensive breakfast is included


Children younger than 6 years are welcome by prior arrangement.

Why Stay Here?

Nestled amidst the breath-taking mountains and vineyards of the Cape Winelands, and conveniently located within walking distance of the village centre of Franschhoek, Avondrood Guesthouse is a charming well-maintained Victorian Cape-Dutch style house dating back to 1870. It has been tastefully renovated with the addition of modern-day comforts, whilst retaining many features of the original building. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the rooms, lounge, garden and patio are adorned with a selection of contemporary paintings and sculptures.


  • Well maintained historic Victorian Cape-Dutch style house dating to 1870
  • Luxurious, tasteful room offer modern convenience
  • Within walking distance of the charming village centre


The Family Suite offers greater privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, golf clubs, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool with sun loungers 
  • Jacuzzi
  • Large landscaped gardens
  • Gym discount
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Wine tasting
  • Gourmet restaurants


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Cape Winelands

Western Cape


As the name suggests, the Cape Winelands is an area of vines and vineyards; the berries of which are responsible for that most delicious fermented juice of the grape: wine. The region is well known for its proliferation of estates and cellars that continually create quality wines throughout the cultivar spectrum.

This is an area that encourages leisurely meanders along its various wine routes, absorbing the natural beauty of the rural surroundings.

The region stretches northwards from the eastern outskirts of Cape Town. In the south the popular and trendy towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek nestle in the shadow of the mountains that make up the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. To the west the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ follows the Breede River Valley. It takes in the town of Robertson, the quaint village of McGregor and continues to Worcester.

North, across the N1 highway, the historic towns of Paarl, Wellington and Tulbagh are strung out between a series of mountains. In the far north-east, the town of Ceres is a dot in a sweeping valley of fruit orchards.

Craggy mountains are a feature of the landscape, giving rise to the region also being called the Boland (High Land). The mountains include the ranges of the Groot Drakenstein, Langeberg, Hexrivier and Witzenberg. Their steep rocky peaks plunge to gentler gradients rich in fynbos and proteas, before levelling out in fertile valleys threaded with chortling streams.

In these low-lying areas, suspended between the slopes, vineyards stretch in patchwork patterns. Like an artist’s palette the area changes with the seasons - from subtle spring pastels, through lush summer greens, to the earthy shades of autumn.

Not only are the Cape Winelands a delight for connoisseurs of fine wines; the towns themselves are centres for a host of enjoyable pastimes. Many are steeped in history and have magnificent collections of traditional Cape Dutch and period architecture.

These are best viewed during a stroll along the leafy streets. The historic Church Street in Tulbagh has the largest concentration of provincial monuments in one street in South Africa. The university town of Stellenbosch, with its oak-lined boulevards, is the second-oldest town in the country, dating back to 1671. Today it is an important cultural centre with a host of galleries and museums, and the country’s oldest music school.

Franschhoek, reclining in a somnolent valley ambience, entices gourmets to sample its fare at some of South Africa’s top restaurants. McGregor is well known for its life-enriching tranquillity and Ceres for its fruit production and snow-covered mountains in winter. Besides their wineries, Robertson and Worcester are known for the production of some of South Africa’s best known brandies – Klipdrift and KWV, respectively.

The winelands is great country in which to enjoy a leisurely trip along minor roads that fade into the fynbos. They will take you into valleys and gorges, past barns stacked with bales of lucerne, and paddocks with grazing sheep and lazing cows. Around farmsteads and cottages, chickens strut their stuff and pigs wallow in slushy heaven. Dams mirror the sky and hillsides, their reflections rippled by drifting and preening waterbirds. Tractors till the land, and labourers and farmers wave to every passer-by.

For centuries the terroir here has been ideally suited to the production of great wine and today, more than ever before, it is also conducive to the making of good times and fond memories. The Cape Winelands is a region to relax in, whilst inhaling the warm, scented air and indulging in the finer things in life.

Look out for

Wine tasting – naturally this is a popular and pleasant pastime in the region. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971, is the oldest in South Africa. Today other routes lead to the cellars and estates around virtually every town in the region. Many of the wineries offer tasting and sales from Monday to Saturday. Maps are available from the tourism office in each town.

Brandy tasting – this much-loved spirit is produced by a good number of cellars and specialist distillers throughout the region. There are 2 brandy routes in the region. The Western Cape Brandy Route winds through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. The R62 Brandy Route goes through Robertson and Worcester. Many of these offer tasting, tours and sales from Monday to Friday.

Historical towns – the Cape Winelands is rich in history, with most towns and many of the wine estates having their own collections of historical buildings, museums and monuments. The region is synonymous with Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Highlights include Church Street in Tulbagh and the De Oude Drostdy Museum just outside the town. There are Zeederberg Square and the Paarl Museum in Paarl, and Klein Plasie open air Museum in Worcester. Twenty declared National Monuments are in Wellington and there is the Huguenot Memorial and Museum in Franschhoek.

Scenic drives – where there are mountains and valleys there are always scenic roads and passes to explore; here is no exception.

River rafting – the Breede River is the sixth largest river in South Africa and is a playground of fun and adventure.

Adrenalin - for lovers of the adrenalin rush, Ceres Zipslide Adventures offers 8 slides totalling 1.4km amongst the rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains near Ceres.

Art galleries – the towns are home to a host of artists and galleries. The Stellenbosch Gallery and Rupert Gallery in Stellenbosch are popular and showcase art through many mediums and genres.

Wildlife on display – the area has a number of parks that allow one to get close to a variety of wild creatures in captivity. Some of the better known ones include the Drankenstein Lion Park, Butterfly World, Paarl Bird Sanctuary and the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm - all situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch. 

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