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Otter's Bend Lodge

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed here with a friend in a tent for two nights. Such a cool little place. It has this really nice communal area where you can cook, braai, and chill, play board-games or just sit by the fireplace. Even has a small pool. Otter's Bend is close to Franschoek Centrum and if your budget is focused on getting through them...

Thank seidireek
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

We have stayed at Otters Bend before, and we're thrilled to be there again. The welcome from Mark and Mary is second to none. They make visitors very welcome and nothing is too much trouble. As a backpacker you can't expect five star accommodation. The beds are clean, the facilities are good, and the location is fantastic. We will definitely...

Thank JennyCharles
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Otter's Bend Lodge is truly a gem of a backpacker's nestled in the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley. The rooms walk out onto a beautiful leafy porch and just around the corner is a lovely communal area with everything you can think of: splash pool/paella pans/ fireplace/enormous bar counter...

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Surrey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

It could be a fabulous backpackers lodge, it is in a good location and has charm and character but overall it felt neglected and run down. The mattress on our bed was in desperate need of replacing, the bathroom had a hole in the floor and the shower bowl was broken. In the communal space there is a great fire...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

no one present at entrance to hand keys or even to welcome us and other overseas guests were waiting too. This place has a lot of potential as it is very central and surrounded by beautiful estates. but unfortunately it is so neglected and so dirty and garden overgrown in front of living area that it is a shame. The...

Thank Odile K
Orangeville, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

clean, comfortable bed...it is a work in progress so a few things need to be finished but we knew that. great to be able to use the kitchen.. the main room with the fireplace was lovely .and a wonderful location.

Thank D4436FWbarbaram
Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oct-Nov 2016, I was one of 8 injured British ex servicemen who travelled to Otters bend from the UK for 8 days of rehabilitation with Blesma (British limbless ex servicemen's association), the accommodation is what i would call rustic, each room has its own toilet, sink and shower, wifi is available at the main house. meals are taken in the...

2Thank andyfuller1964
Darling, South Africa
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I really found the atmosphere excellent..loved the main space where we all hanged out. The area was always kept clean and help not far away. Will defs be back with friends. All the staff were always friendly. I definitely felt at home.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Thanks for a great weekend, we were only 4 girls and we felt so safe! Everything was well organised and a place not to forget, we will definitely visit again. Thanks Mark/Mary for well spend weekend at Ottesbend

1Thank heiliana
Medellin, Colombia
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We loved our time here :) My boyfriend and I spent the weekend camping next to the river. It is a beautiful spot with all the amenities one would need and more; toilets, showers, fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, swimming pool and an abundance of braai areas. It is about a 2 minute walk to Mont Rochelle wine farm and ten...

1Thank Sarah L

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Address: Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Price Range: $17 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“Pick one of the rooms on the streams edge facing away from the communal area. Less noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles Gelybean, 10 Jul 2015 | Read review
“No good rooms. Find another place”
 of 5 bubbles Mattyredvers, 1 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Just don't :-(”
 of 5 bubbles Jangles_11, 20 Oct 2014 | Read review
“If you want a budget place to stay and rather spend your money on the good food and wine the region has to offer this is a very good option.”
 of 5 bubbles PaulChanguion, 30 May 2014 | Read review
“Just choose an other backpackers”
 of 5 bubbles 824thierrys, 4 Mar 2014 | Read review
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