"We stay just one night at Otters Bend Lodge. The place is really quiet and beautiful ! It's not in the center of the village so we really had the feeling to be in the middle of the nature. Though, it's only 10-15 minutes walking from the village and it's really safe even during the night. The owner ..."more
"We didn't get to go anywhere over the festive so we decided to have a long weekend away in January. I wanted a rustic stay. Otters Bend clicked all the boxes. The prices were reasonable. So I booked for three. We arrived in the afternoon on Friday. The place was clean and looked exactly like it did ..."more
"We spent two nights at Otters Bend and was pleasantly surprised.
It's very peaceful, well-kept and tidy.
Rooms are small, but beds are comfy!
"Thanks to Mary for accommodating myself and my partner. If you just need a break away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, I highly recommend Otters Bend, the greenery and the scenery. Just breathing in the fresh air and relaxing in nature was my ultimate. Otters Bend accommodated with every..."more
"We had an amazing time there. Stunning hosts and for the price it was excellent value for money! Clean room, clean bedding and lovely hot shower. Lovely fireplace and very cosy. Will definitely stay there again!"
"It was an amazing experience quiet and very relaxing, we had more than what we expected and very friendly staff. The experience was like connecting with nature with the calming river nearby. We definitely be going again and staying longer!"
"You could increase the toilet/shower facility for campers.
Otherwise it was a great experience!
"Lovely place in an awesome environment"
"We loved the place for camp site. Kitchen is perfect, bathroom a bit less. "
"Reasonable stay at Otters Bend Lodge. Location is tucked away and very pleasant. Accommodation was compact but reasonable. Dampness does result in a major mosquito problem - definitely recommend bringing along mosquito repellent. Camping facilities look like a great option."
"Shower curtain was dirty.
Notices for other guests to be quiet in sleeping area."
"Very nice place
Very good value of money"
"Very peaceful and well nestled against a nice riber"
"We loved the place, its value for money! Enjoyed the nature environment, just a pity the river has dried up. The communal are is very comfortable... Met people around the shared fire place.... "
"Lovely stay. Quiet, private & great value for money."
"The charming setting goes a long way to make up for the roughness of the lodge. The light in the trees beyond the deck and in the orchard is absolutely magical.
While one makes allowances at a backpackers, private rooms should be a cut-above.
The lodge needs maintenance. The room next ..."
"We stayed in the family cabin. It is private and was very clean. Thank you!"
"It was a comfortable setting and lodging.
Bathroom extremely small
Not soap at all.
Towels are a little old and smelt.
maybe worth R 200 a night not more.
Thank you for pointing out the lack of soap, ..."
"Wonderful rustic log cabins in a fabulous location walkable to Franschhoek high street. Mark is an amazing guy who enjoys a chat over a glass of wine. So loved being here. Go, you wont be disappointed.."
"We stayed in the log cabins and it was such a stunning location. Opening your curtains in the morning to nothing but trees and nature. The communal setting was a great place to meet new people. The location from town is perfect as you can literally walk into town. Overall I would highly recommend a ..."more
"What a lovely surprise!! The communal area was inviting and much better stocked than I could ever have hoped for. Bedroom was a delight in architecture. Friendly owner. Definatily worth the price :-) Loved that you were so near to Franshoek but also literally a stone's throw away from the river. A..."more
"Great place. Beautiful and peaceful. The cock crows and a nursery grows and the sound of running water can be heard from the nearby stream."
"We loved our stay here! The hosts were very informative and welcoming. We camped peacefully next to the river and close to the main house where the kitchen is fully equipped. The location is amazing and is within walking distance to town, wine farms and many other attractions. We went on a beautiful..."more
"This is a nice place for kids, as they can run around freely and play outside. Its good value for money if u just want a place to crash. The wooden walls are paper thin though and there's definitely a mosquito problem- so go prepared. Real backpackers vibe, friendly people hanging out and chilling.<..."more
"One of a kind,rustic,uncrowded Gettaway,will definately be back!!!"
"Very quiet and nice place, the owner is so helpful and friendly! Beautiful view! Thanks Mark! We really enjoy our stay!"
"Visited Otter bend Lodge establishment, what a relaxed stay we had. It was terrible weather but the warm welcome made up for it. Close to everything. The kitchen have everything, felt like home! Thank you for having us. "
"We stayed one night at Otter's Bend Lodge. Although the little houses are quite simple the whole Lodge is just beautiful. Surrounded by a river and a little forest. It was very clean and the stuff was nice and smiley.We would join Otter's again!! :)"
"The camping spot is beautiful, the trees are filled with blossoms. Perhaps don't go there if you are allergic to bees. It's so close to town, you can walk there, you can even do wine tastings at the farms nearby, and you can just walk everywhere. The downside is, there is only one toilet shower comb..."more
"what an awesome place the Otters Bend has become (we first stayed here in 2009 I think it was). We stayed in a family room and it's tucked away in the trees with lots of space to relax.
The owners were super friendly and allowed our kids to run around and feed the bunnies.
"Basic needs are met, just outside of the busy town. It's not 5 star in service or quality, but it's 5 star in the company and guests which it provides - we sat with some Belgium foreigners until 3am one evening showing them how to braai - the open skies and views of the night sky from Otter ar..."more
"Nice room in a quiet and green environment. Tenant very nice."
"I recently visited the Franschhoek area for a week and stayed at Otter's Bend Lodge.I was pleasantly surprised with the accommodation relative to the price I paid. I will definitely stay here again if I should ever be in that area again.I really appreciated the privacy even though I shared with a fe..."more
"This wonderful, friendly place is a great option for people wishing to explore Franchhoek. If you plan to spend most of your time exploring the area, then this is the spot for you. The nightly rate is seriously reasonable, and there's a grassy section for camping. The lodge is an easy walk into to..."more
"Lovely setting and views. Rustic accommodation. Loved our nights stay."
"Beautiful views, basic good value for money backpackers type accommodation in the centre of Franschhoek. Friendly people."
"A charming little backpackers and friendly service"
"A quiet place in a pear garden. Little simple huts and a nice lounge and communal area.
There are different rooms. Some are next to each other with a high ceiling and fan with private bathroom. Some are for 2-3 persons and private bathroom.
A Little plunge in pool is there as well bu..."
"We loved Otter's Bend Lodge - Close enough to town so you can easily reach all the shops and cafe's and also far enough to feel like your in the Forest. Nice wine farms all around....Well done!"
"We had a very nice stay. It's a beautiful and relaxing place at a very good rate. Will definitely visit again."
"Would go back again! An ideal place as it is not far from the town centre but still far enough to feel secluded. Rooms basic but that is all we needed and we had a great time around the camp fire. All in all we will be back to stay much longer. Ps price for accommodation reasonable."
"We loved staying at Otter's Bend. It was a wonderful option off the beaten path, the communal kitchen facilities were wonderful, fabulous garden, amazing owners, and incredibly friendly environment. We will definitely be back!"
"We already recommended your Lodge to a lot of friends and family. Thanks a million. We were very happy with everything."
"Great spot to overnight - comfy rooms and beautiful surroundings. I'd definitely stay there again. "
"We had an amazing time with the dogs and around the camp fire."
"Very enjoyable. Mark was extremely helpful. Room adequate, bathroom small but the setting was excellent. Loved the indoor/outdoor kitchen/dining area and the plunge pool was great on the hot days. Would definitely recommend it and would go back again."
"What a lovely little hide away. It is all you need to put your head down for some shut eye."
"Absolutely awesome. Wished I could have stayed another night. Will definitely recommend to my friends."
"In October 2010 we stayed in the family log cabin at Otter's Bend. We were most comfortable there and our son loved playing in the stream and bush beside us. It was lovely going to sleep with the restful sound of the stream. Breakfast was great too."
"Our stay was pleasant, rooms were clean and on arrival we were met by a friendly lady who showed us to our accommodation and explained everything to us. We were there to attend a wedding in Franschhoek. Setting of rooms with the deck was nice and quiet with the sound of the stream running below."
"A peaceful spot amongst the pear trees. Close to town so very convenient. Perfect accommodation if attending a wedding or wanting to explore the Franschhoek area.
Delicious warm muffins. "
"A group of us stayed overnight at Otter's Bend after attending a wedding in Franschoek. It was a great alternative to driving back to Cape Town. The rooms were perfectly adequate and we were all very grateful for the lovely breakfast the next morning. I would describe Otter's Bend as wonderfully ch..."more
"We thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay. The rooms were clean, the hosts very welcoming and the shared facilities, eg. kitchen were clean and perfectly adequate. We would stay there again and would recommend it to others."
"We had a great time at Otters Bend. We came to Franschoek for a wedding at it was the perfect place to stay over for the night - very convenient and well priced"
"Otter's Bend was pleasant, the scenery was beautiful and the calming sound of the water was very welcoming.
I liked the communal kitchen and the friendliness of the owners and the other guests, it was welcoming and I'll certainly visit the establishment again. The only thing that concerned ..."
"Very peaceful and relaxing.The perfect place if you want to get away from the city."
"Very peaceful and relaxing.The perfect place if you want o get away from the city."
"We only stayed over for one night. It was cold and the room was draughty - we would have appreciated an extra blanket. I don't recall the website saying that we should bring extra blankets, because I would have remembered something like that.
I think this would be a fantastic place for a larg..."
"Rooms could do with a bit more soundproofing though, as campers next door partied throughout the night."
"Wow. I have stayed in many 'backpackers' in my life, and I can honestly rate this as the best, 5 stars. For the cost of our stay, I was completely blown away by the luxury and service. Soft towels on soft beds, and the communal kitchen and dining area was so luxurious. We felt welcome from the secon..."more
"Great accommodation, great hosts, plus two lovely dogs and close proximity to shops and restaurants."
"We had a good 2 night stay. Room pretty small but excellent value. Very friendly, vineyards in walking distance."
"Our stay at Otters bend lodge was great, thank you.
"Nice environment, close to town. Felt very welcome by hosts."
"Very quiet, informal and restful"
"A lovely place!"
"We drove around during the day and the sound of the wind rustling the leaves and the sound of the river made it such a peaceful place to simply relax. We met wonderful people from all over the world. I'll definitely go there again."
"Fantastic location, fantastic people!"
"Fantastic very peaceful. Breakfast was really good value for money. Will definitely be returning."
"The room wasn't where we expected to stay but it was large and clean. The family run establishment is great and the family themselves very friendly and helpful."
"It was so peaceful and quiet - the only sounds we heard was the wind in trees and the nearby river - occasionally a dog barking somewhere in the distance. A pleasant escape from the noisy rat race. I was travelling with a retired aunt who had never been to the Cape before, Otters Bend was definite..."more
"Basic clean units in a wonderful setting. The common room for breakfast was OK, didn't use the catering facilities. The optional breakfast was good. Overall it was a quiet place in a wonderful setting."
"We were allowed to check in early and the room was clean and tidy. We only stayed one night but the surroundings were lovely and the price was very reasonable."
"The setting is fantastic, the people are friendly and the overall stay was wonderful."
"A beautiful setting, wonderful atmosphere, great facilities and friendly people. "
"I will def. return and will just stay a little longer. It was so peaceful and beautiful by the river - one day is to short. Thank you so much for your kindness."
"I'd like to thank Marc and Mary for their hospitality, it was such a relaxing getaway. When I got home everything was quiet and I wondered why...there was no river :-( A beautifully, perfect setting, with wonderful, warm people."
"Best value for money ever! Lovely setting and atmosphere. Very helpful and caring staff who went out of their way to make the stay awesome!Eill def be back in summer to use the pool..and we'll bring friends!"
"You can not get better value for money in the Cape."
"Nice pleasant down to earth farm life. Great hospitality and friendly people, thanx again"
"The view is wonderful and you feel very secluded in nature. Nice and quiet. I love the wooden cabins and will definitely return."
"We had an absolutely great time. The peacefulness of Otters bend lodge was the best way to wind down my vacation. We took a hike on the Mount Rochelle Trail, up to breakfast rock with the kids, was awesome as we started hiking in the mist. I will definitely be recommending Otters Bend and have alre..."more
"We had a lovely stay at Otter's bend. Cottages are great. Well equipped social area. Hosts were lovely and very helpful. Definitely recommended"
"Enjoyed our overnight stay. Booking process, payments on day of arrival all hassle-free. Cottage neat and clean. Setting of lodge awesome. Although you need a 4x4 to travel on the road to get to the lodge."
"Had the best weekend ever with my partner we enjoyed the stay it was nice and quiet but everyone was so friendly and the assistance was excellent. I would suggest Otters Bend Lodge to anyone who wants a break away from the busy life of the city or just to spend quality time with your loved one and f..."more
"I will definitely be back. The setting is perfect. The facilities are clean and comfortable. Mark is very welcoming and accommodating. Thank you for a beautiful backpackers :)"
"Otters Bend Lodge has a variety of accommodation, from camping to small wooden cabins equipped with the basics, a communal kitchen and dining area. We stayed in the latter and loved it. My 7 year old son bemoaned the fact of no WiFi, but I think the digital detox was good for all of us. If you like ..."more
"The owners were so lovely in welcoming us. Friendly as ever. The place itself was beautiful with natures environmental surroundings. I loved the trees and the calming atmosphere. The room was spacious, warm and cozy. The bed was very comfortable. It was really tranquil. It was also conveniently near..."more
"We arrived there early evening but it was dark already - Place looked very doggy in the dark and made me question my hasty decision in booking so late and just grabbing what was available, I had booked the backpackers cabins. Oliver the host - oh what a lovely young man warmth and kindness just radi..."more
"What an amazing spot - very rustic but spotlessly clean. Huge indoor
enclosed boma with very well equipped kitchen and huge fireplace
for cosy winter nights. Room was very comfy with good mattresses,
duvets, heating etc. Highly recommended as a reasonable trip
away with all the comfo..."
"We stayed at Otters Bend Lodge for 2 nights and it was lovely. The atmosphere is welcoming and the owners are generous with their time and advice. We enjoyed meeting the other guests and wondering around the grounds. The rooms were comfortable. I would recommend staying here and we plan on coming ag..."more
"Our stay at Otters Bend Lodge was very peaceful and relaxing. Mary checked us in on the day of our arrival and showed us to our cabin in the woods. The communal area was well stocked with crockery, cutlery, pans and pots etc.
We had a good 2 nights stay and would return for future getaways.
"My stay was a one night stop over and I felt very safe. The place is secluded, the bedrooms was neat and also clean. It was a great value for money."
"The accommodation was really great. The environment was really nice and my stay was a good value for money. I will definitely stay there again."
"My wife and I were on honeymoon. The staff gave terrific service. They were friendly and very helpful. I cannot say I was sorry being there. The environment is so peaceful and quiet. Our stay was extremely brilliant. We will definitely go back and the place is highly recommendable."
"What a lovely accommodation, such a peaceful and beautiful place. Surrounded by mountains, forest and a river, a great place to go to and relax. Just a stone throw away from main town Franschoek, with wonderful wine farms around it. We will definitely visit again soon!"
"Loved our stay at Otters Bend Lodge. Very quiet and wake up to the sounds of nature. Room has everything you need. Definitely an amazing break away from the hustle n bustle of the city."
"The highlight will have to be the dinning area were all guests meet. We ended up even sharing food with the others, played games. Mark the owner joined us later on, we had a chat, gave us good advice, it was amazing, we had the best weekend ever."
"We had a lovely stay at Otters Bend, we actually stayed at the camp site and it was an experience of note! We arrived late after a long day and we just follow the signage and found a site to set up camp. It was a wonderful new and exciting experience. Thanks!"
"We really enjoyed our stay at the Otters Bend Lodge. The cabins we lovely, it was cozy and comfortable. The staff was amazing and really friendly and helpful. The Lodge itself was beautiful, we loved the place."
"We had a lovely stay at Otters Bend. 100% satisfied. We will be back. "
"A pleasant quiet retreat where I was able to sit on the deck at the end of each day watching squirrels in the trees. Such peace.
"The rooms are clean and comfortable, the communal kitchen braai area with pool is perfect for relaxing.
Set in the Forest and orchard I think this lodge is an ideal getaway.
"My stay was very good. No complaints whatsoever. I will recommend and revisit this establishment."
"Everything was good. The rooms were fully equipped with everything we needed for the stay and it was very clean and tidy. I will recommend this establishment to others and definitely revisit in the future."
"Easy living. Nothing more than the most need."
"Our stay here was more of an adventure and I would recommend it for overnights. Overall it was a good experience."
"We went for a wedding and Otters Bend Lodge was the perfect place to stay. It was peaceful and very serene. Rooms were well equipped and very comfortable. Thank you for the great service."
"Beautifully located establishment with very friendly staff. I had a great stay."
"I had a pleasant time and the accommodation was really nice."
"This is a lovely accommodation which we enjoyed staying at. Being outside of the town was great."
"My husband and I only booked in for one night.The room was smaller than I imagine,but all you needed was there and it felt like camping in the woods, just you sleep in a bed! But with the load shedding, it was very cold, so if you decide to go in winter, take extra warm clothes and blankets, because..."more
"The hosts were very warm, welcoming and friendly. We really felt at home and the place was cosy and clean. I can't find fault with anything, so we were glad to have stayed here."
"What makes this place so amazing is the scenery. I was happy with my room as it suited my requirements: a bed and a bath. "
"Needed accommodation on a limited budget for 5 staff members and two business owners for a night (worked close by on an estate). Was perfect for what we needed and economical. Clean, comfortable beds, warm water and cosy common room or communal kitchen. Rustic feel with lovely trees and bird life. "
"I really enjoyed the peace and quiet of this place and had such a pleasant time that I would really like to come stay again."
"We visited Franschoek for a wedding and just needed a bed for the night, so Otters Bend Lodge was quite adequate for our needs, as we didn't need to spend much time in the room. The beds were comfortable and the rooms are next to the river and in a pear orchard which was rather unusual, but nice. Ma..."more
"A convenient, comfy, relaxing gem on the outskirts of Franschoek. Simple rooms and a brilliant communal area with a kitchen containing everything you could need to braai or cook. Great value for money and will definitely be back!"
"The rooms were exactly like what was advertised on the website. Everything was very nice. We would make use of Otters Bend again and recommend to others."
"We had a lovely stay! The rooms are cosy and neat, making it ideal for a romantic getaway for those on a budget. A forest on your doorstep, adds to the feeling of being far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The communal area was well equipped and had a very relaxing feel. Definitely worth..."more
"We had a good time overall.
The place is lovely and cosy.
"I had an excellent stay at Otters Bend. The rooms were neat and clean. The surroundings were lovely. I will recommend them to others."
"Excellent surroundings and service is very good. Had a nice stay."
"Thank you very much for making my stay at Otters Bend pleasant. Oliver really has a good manner with the people that stay there. The place is really clean and well looked after. I will recommend them to others whenever I can. "
"Perfectly located accommodation in Franschhoek which is affordable for people from SA. Lovely surrounding trees and comfortable neat rooms, would stay there again!"
"The best weekend I've had in a while. Tranquil setting, sounds of the stream, and plush green trees from the cabin windows. Self-catering out doorsy feel. Great value for money!"
"Being at Otters Bend Lodge, is absolute peace, quiet and tranquil! The mountains, orchards, little mountain-stream, twilight fire going, meeting interesting people at Otters, a glass of Franschhoek wine, family, friends and the Franschhoek sunset! What more?!"
"The stay went very well. It's a very nice place that I would recommend to others if they need this type of accommodation."
"We had a wonderful stay. Would stay here again. Have already recommended to others."
"Thank you for a lovely stay. We have already booked at this lodge again and would recommend to others."
"My stay at Otters Bend Lodge was great. I would recommend this place to others as well as revisit."
"We only stayed overnight and arrived through orchards in the dark. What a pleasure to wake up virtually at eye level with squirrels cavorting in the poplars, and to receive a doggy welcome from Titch. We loved the feel of emerging from our little pitched-roof room and making our way to the communal,..."more
"We enjoyed our stay,the place was lovely.Certainly affordable,great accommodation for the rate paid.Will recommend to family and friends."
"Planning a night in the very exclusive Franschhoek, we came across Otters Bend Lodge - not knowing what to expect...but we were pleasantly surprised! Just what you needed for a sleep-over between the vineyards. Will definitely return...with friends!"
"Our family of 4 stayed at Otter's Bend for two nights during the Franschoek Literary Festival. We had a cabin with a double bed and double bunk, and a small bathroom. The room was clean and comfortable.
The communal area has a big wood burning fireplace and kitchen, together with long tables for..."
"I have to say I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised, Otters Bend Lodge is easy to find, the views were spectacular and the river outside our door was heavenly and the staff members were welcoming. The Backpackers / Lodge are very neatly kept, made comfortable and the staff member..."more
"Otters Bend Offers a very comfortable and affordable HQ from which to explore the beautiful Franschhoek. We will definitely be returning soon."
"Otter's Bend was brilliant!! We were in Franschoek for a wedding and had expected too take a taxi from Otter's Bend to the venue and back, however when we arrived our hosts (Clinton and Oliver) had organised to take and fetch us after the event! Thank you! The room was cute, clean and comfortable. L..."more
"Thank you to the friendly staff at Otters Bend Lodge, you made us feel right at home and part of the family, we had a peaceful nights rest in the most beautiful environment. Early morning coffee in the forest was so amazing... wish we could have stayed a bit longer. I highly recommend Otters Bend Lo..."more