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Gooding's Groves Olive Farm & Guest House
Ranked #21 of 64 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We were immediately made to feel welcome when we arrived after a long car journey. drinks and nibbles were laid out for us. the kids headed off to the pool whilst the adults unpacked. the rooms were immaculate with stunning views.
we took 2 rooms, each with 2 adults and one child. very comfortable and good nights sleep. only slight hick up was that hot water seemed to be scarce for morning showers.
We were given some of the lovely olives and olive oil to bring back, nice little touches made this special, without the 'in your face' service you often get.
this is a great place to base yourself to explore the local area. Couples, Family will feel comfortable.
Breakfast was plentiful, staff went out of their way to help.
highly recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at Gooding's Grove Olive Farm. We have 2 small children and stayed in the 2 bedroom villa. I was totally blown away when we walked in. The decor is very rustic/ french provencal. Free standing kitchen, with sitting room stacked with books and magazines, and TV area separated.
The rooms at the main house were very nice too. There is a lovely garden and small pool. There are bikes that you can borrow also.
The setting of Gooding's Grove is just beautiful. It is along the main road where all of the vineyards are and 5 mins from the village. It is a great place to just wander in and out of the wineries, and polo and golf club only 20 mins away. Lots of great restaurants all very close. The mountains are your backdrop.
Mareaze, who looks after Goodings Grove is a lovely warm, special lady, and sent down fresh baked muffins for our boys in the morning, although we were self catering.
We travel a lot, and can honestly say we fell in love with this place. Just felt so homely and peaceful. It is not 5 star flash and new, but definitely 5 star tasteful and laid back.
The only thing that I would have changed, was that we had stayed there for our whole week instead of going into Camps Bay. The village of Franschhoek is fantastic too. We have just booked to go back for a week in November, as so much to do in this area. Kids loved it too!

Room Tip: For families either stay in the 2 bedroom villa, or they have a room with 2 double beds in the main...
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Mareaze, General Manager at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm & Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2012

Thank you guys it was great to have you here with us at Goodings Groves a big thank you from the Goodings family... We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
Take Care
Mareaze

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

After coming from a guesthouse with not much service or personal touch, this place was a total change for the good! The location is just beautiful, our rooms were immaculate with a nice view over the farm and surrounding mountains. We were welcomed by Mareaze (such a lovely host) with coffee & tea and some nice scones. Then we could use the bikes to explore the lovely village and the wineries around the farm of which La Motte did impress us the most! As we liked the guesthouse, we decided to return early and spend some time at the pool watching the sun go down with a complimentary glass of nice wine and some olives. That really made our day! Mareaze did organize a restaurant for us in the evening including a pick up and drop off which was great as we could both drink. The breakfast was just amazing; so much choice and you should really try the fluffy omelette as that was just divine. We were sad to leave already after only one night and we definitly would have stayed longer if we could have! We have already recommended this place to friends who are going to South Africa next week and will keep on recommending this place to anyone we talk to!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

Fell in love with Goodings! Such a relaxing and homely guesthouse. Located just outside the village. Perfect base for all the vineyards and lovely views of mountains. Our room was stylish and airy. Mareaze is a lovely host, helpful and very friendly, will be recommending to friends for their honeymoon - jealous I can't go with them!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Wine, Cheese, Bread & Olives go hand & hand to me. Thus this was the perfect place to stay at. The Guest house is perfectly situated just outside of Franschoek, and right next to the La Motte wine estate - which sets the benchmark for wine tasting experiences! The Guest house is beautifully decorated, rooms are spacious & comfortable - which worked perfectly for us traveling with a toddler! The manager of the guest house, Mareaze is a gracious hostess who went out of her way to make sure we experienced the perfect "homely" experience on the olive farm. Even offering to take our toddler off our hands for 30 min to go feed the chickens! 30 min to mom & dad to relax is priceless!!! They also grow & bottle their own olives, and as someone who really enjoys eating & tasting different olives, these were DELICIOUS! We definately wont hesitate recommending this place to anyone traveling thru Franschoek!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Mareaze, General Manager at Gooding's Groves Olive Farm & Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2012

To our beautifull family who stayed here with us at Goodings Groves Thank you from the Whole Goodings Groves Family... for your usefull and rewarding review!! this so great to hear and
motivates us all to strive and keep up the good work... Thank you Kind Regards
Mareaze Estate manager

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Additional Information about Gooding's Groves Olive Farm & Guest House

Address: Goederust / La Motte | Main Road, R45, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range: $114 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Gooding's Groves Olive Farm & Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
GOODINGS' GROVES OLIVE FARM B&B IN FRANSCHHOEK Surrounded by mountains and olive trees in the Franschhoek Valley is the 4 Star Gooding's Groves Olive Farm and Guest House - an ideal romantic getaway for couples, pensioners and groups of guests who wants to celebrate a special event. Just three km from the centre of the historical village of Franschhoek. The restored manor house built in the Cape Victorian style as a Provencal farmhouse. Here you can relax in the comfort of any one of our eight en-suite guest rooms or semi self-catering units. Enter the warm embrace of the lounge with roaring log fire in winter. In summer the high-ceilings cools the lounge and dining room with folding glass doors that open out on to a shaded patio with our signature view over the vineyards on the mountain ranges. Gooding's Groves offers a bed and breakfast experience with a personal touch typical of the Franschhoek way of life. ROOMS IN THE MANOR HOUSE We have four rooms upstairs and four rooms downstairs. Each room has its own outside entrance and the upstairs rooms each have a julienne balcony and breathtaking views of the mountains and valley. The rooms all have en-suite shower rooms (no baths), airconditioning, heaters and ceiling fans. Three rooms with Twin/King size or single beds, four rooms with queen size beds and one room with two double beds. Free Wi-Fi and DSTV Hotel Bouquet. All rooms equipped with swimming towels, towels, gowns, hairdryer and Tea/Coffee Tray. SEMI-SELFCATERING SUITES: Four Semi Self-catering suiites with views over valley, North-facing spacious semi self-catering suites. Twin/King or Queen size beds, Open plan area with en-suite shower room, kitchen counter, lounge, dining and sleeping area. Air-conditioning or ceiling fan, WIFI, DSTV Hotel Bouquet, towels, hairdryer and equipped kitchenette. SELF-CATERING VILLA: Fully equipped 2 Bedroom House (Child Friendly) No Star Grading: Free-standing Provençal style Villa with private enclosed garden and plunge pool, French doors opening onto north and south facing verandas , spacious lounge, dining room and TV area. Fully equipped open plan kitchen with washing machine and tumble dryer. Free WIFI en DSTV Hotel Bouquet. Air-conditioning in lounge area and panel heaters and ceiling fans in bedrooms. Two en-suite bedrooms with queen size bed in each room. Main en-suite bedroom with shower and bath, Second en-suite bedroom are smaller with shower room only. BREAKFAST: A full farmhouse breakfast with a cold buffet and hot served breakfast included in all rates. CHILDREN: Unfortunately we cannot accomodate children. ... more   less 
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