Rooms: 1 cottage: 1 double with en-suite bath and shower and 1 twin with en-suite bath and shower. Wifi, aircon, coffee-machine, braai area, satellite TV.
Prices: 2 people sharing R750 pp per night, 3 people R700 pp, 4 people R650 pp. Minimum stay 2 nights. With regret no children 2-10 or pets.
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Meals: Self-catering, but numerous restaurants nearby.
Directions: From Franschhoek Main Rd driving towards Franschhoek Monument turn R. Drive for 2km. Turn L up Green Valley Rd (Clementine Cottage signed). Turn L up 1st gravel rd (signed again). Drive over bdge onto L’Avenir, thro’ orchards, pass shed on L, Cottage 150m further on R.
Running late with my mobile battery dead, I was relieved to find find myself beyond the low-lying bridge that marks the entrance to L’Avenir. Completing my journey through the orchards of plums (no, not clementines) I met Malcolm, who runs this 21-hectare, family-owned, working fruit farm, his wife Jackie, their children Sarah and John, and the most recent furry additions to the family, Harry the bouncy chocolate Lab and Amber, the affectionate Jack Russell. In retrospect, my timing was perfect: the sun was setting behind the mountains that frame the Franschhoek Valley and from the stoep of Clementine Cottage, looking out over the pool and the vineyard beyond, the sky was stained a deep red. The only sounds I could hear, as I enjoyed a most welcome chilled glass of wine (from one of the neighbouring estates) with Malcolm and Jackie, were the frogs croaking contentedly in the dam that forms the centrepiece of the farm. If you find the pool too confining, a few lengths of this dam should satisfy any Tarzanesque impulses you may harbour. Being only a five-minute drive from the village (longer if the geese are crossing the road) I was able to enjoy a fine meal before returning to the biggest bed I’ve ever had the pleasure of sleeping in. Nicely done up in the original farm cottage style, Clementine Cottage has everything you could desire for a lazy break, from pool, braaing area and satellite TV to large, stylish en-suite bedrooms.