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Auberge Clermont

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Top choice for wine lovers
- Peaceful setting with mountainous scenery
- Historic, upmarket and stylish property
- Close to nature reserves

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Overview

Auberge Clermont is a stylish and upmarket country guesthouse located on a working fruit farm and vineyard in the Franschhoek Valley. It lies about an hour outside of Cape Town and is close to several nature reserves. Due to its countryside location, it offers plenty of peace and privacy and is ideal for those who like to be out in the open - mountain vistas and views of the surrounding scenery are one of the real highlights of a stay here.

In all, there are just five double/twin rooms, a honeymoon suite and a private self-catering villa. The Garden double/twin rooms offer views of the orchard and vineyards, with direct access to the hotel’s gardens, whilst the Loft rooms have stunning views of the Franschhoek Valley and are designed to be bright and airy. As for the honeymoon suite, which is actually a former wine cellar, it’s very spacious and well presented, with tasteful decor and plenty of amenities. The private villa once functioned as a farmhouse and dates back to 1862; nowadays the two-storey villa comfortably accommodates up to six people and is outfitted with all the mod cons. All accommodation is Auberge Clermont is individually decorated and comes with amenities such as air conditioning, under-floor heating for cooler months, a ceiling fan, tea and coffee making facilities and a satellite TV.

While staying here, guests get to enjoy gourmet breakfasts every morning; these are served in the hotel’s courtyard dining room, with an alfresco dining option also available. The hotel provides the unique opportunity to experience life on a farm and vineyard and it’s possible to sample some of the many wines and olive oils produced here. As well as getting a hands-on lesson in farming and wine production, guests can also make use of the lovely facilities, which include a swimming pool and tennis courts. The vibrant mountain village of Franschhoek is a short walk away; it's well renowned for its high-quality wines, its quirky shops and its delicious cuisine, with many top restaurants to try out.

Auberge Clermont welcomes children and families are advised to book the private villa as it offers plenty of space and has a fully equipped kitchen. Parents should be aware that the villa’s loft can only be accessed from an outside staircase so children must be supervised at all times.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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