I don’t often get the opportunity to enjoy five star treatment, but a night at “The Hermitage” in Franschhoek was a stay to be remembered. L’ermitage is exactly that, a retreat in the heart of the Franschhoek valley. The Franschhoek mountains form the backdrop to this beautifully located chateau and villas. Our unit overlooked a quaint little dam, overshadowed by the majestic mountain range, and a chorus of bird song and duck harmony greeted our sunset and sunrise respectively.
Increasingly popular in the hotel context seems to be the self catering unit, with the option to indulge in the restaurant and room service on offer. The villa’s kitchen was well equipped, complete with a combination washer/dryer for clothes. The unit contained its own combined lounge and dining area, which was overlooked by the open plan kitchen.
The two bedrooms were both en suite with the second bedroom leading onto a shower, while the main bedroom contained full bathroom facilities. The pride of the unit must be the resplendent main bedroom, with its views of the mountain and luxurious bath tub, which takes the centrepiece in the room.
With tasteful down lighting one can enjoy a spacious and relaxing soak in the tub, accompanied by the toiletries which are on offer. The shower is also a refreshing affair, with plenty of space to incorporate the large rose head and not necessarily wet one’s hair.
Our stay was crowned by a visit to the L’ermitage Spa, housed in villa one. The resident therapist was friendly and firm in her massage technique, which left us ready to wallow in the tub before heading out for supper. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and courteous and we were supplied with everything from a welcome orange juice, to the weather report for the next day.
Franschhoek is certainly not the quaint village of days gone by, nor does it have the prices to match, but if luxury and professional service are what you are after, then L’ermitage is certainly a competitive choice.
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