Otters Bend Lodge  Verified Listing

  • Otters Bend Lodge in Franschhoek, Western Cape , South Africa
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  • Double Room.
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  • Family Cabin.
    Family Cabin.
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    Family Cabin.
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    Family Cabin.
  • Twin Room.
    Twin Room.
  • Campsite.
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Braai Area

Otter's Bend Lodge is situated on a ‘farm', in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, surrounded by wine and fruit farms. A foot track leads you off Dassenberg Road through paddock and pear orchard down to the Franschhoek River. You will find Otter's Bend Lodge nestled in amongst poplars, oaks and yellowwoods on the banks of a bend in the river - a nature lover's dream. Its tranquil rustic ambience makes it hard to believe that it is only a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive to the centre of Franschhoek village.

Property Facilities:
Otter's Barrel, the large open communal room, serves as the meeting place for all the Otter's guests.

It is dominated by a huge (36,000 litre) oak wine vat as well as a chunk of yellowwood which serves as the large table top. You will hear firsthand what others have enjoyed in the valley - be it wine tasting, restaurants, hiking, activities or places of interest.

The room is equipped for self-caterers with cutlery, crockery, fridge, microwave, kettle, hot plate and kitchen utensils. An old traditional wood burning stove adds charm to the atmosphere as well as flavour to any meal. If you wish to cook on an open fire, make use of the huge fireplace or braai facilities.

Area Information:
Otter’s Bend Lodge is the ideal base from which you can venture out to explore the Franschhoek Valley and surrounding winelands. It is also a comfortable hour’s drive from Cape Town, half an hour from both Stellenbosch and Paarl, 45 minutes from Somerset West and an hour and a half from Hermanus.

In Room Facilities:
Each of the five cosy rooms in log cabin style leads out through double doors onto a deck under the poplars.

High wooden ceilings and high triangular windows enhance the feeling of being outdoors and surrounded by nature. Although small and compact the rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay and the beds guarantee a good night’s sleep. Each room has a shower, basin and toilet en suite with hot and cold running water. Bedding, pillows and towels are provided. Heaters and additional blankets help to keep the winter chill at bay. Three-prong electrical plugs are in each room.


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Property Type Backpackers, Self Catering
Check-in after 02:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM
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About the Host Member since 24 July 2007


martine Ciapparelli
11 December 2018

Nice place to stay in Franschoek if you don't want to spend a lot of money. Convenient. close enough
to walk to Town.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Chanté Erasmus
28 November 2018

Great self catering space, with enough seating and a nice communal area. Comfortable rooms, shaded with a woods feel thanks to the various trees.
Very cozy with beautiful views from the grounds or surrounding areas.
Otters Bend Lodge is great for a weekend away, or even a longer stay!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Terry Smith
02 May 2018

Really great on all aspects, with regard to hosts, other travellers and community room except for the single toilet and shower facility.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
13 February 2018

We got a warm welcome from Brenda, our room was lovely, the facilities were well taken care of lacking nothing. One felt welcome and nothing was too much trouble for Mark and Mary, a lovely caring couple.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Termare Pugh
10 October 2017

Spacious room

Okay. 3 out of 5
Chew Wai Cheong
09 October 2017

Mark, Mary and not forgetting Ben were all good hosts.
Had a very enjoyable and cosy 2 night stay.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Celeste Basson
27 September 2017

Amazing view and atmosphere, real home away from home. Will definitely return.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

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Franschhoek Reviews

Kendall Kotze
04 March 2019

Wine tram. Conveniently located one hour outside of Cape Town.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Roblene Wareley
07 January 2019

The greenery and the scenery :) Lots of wine farms and restaurants. Perfect for any tourist.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Matthias Burger
20 December 2018

Excellent restaurants and most of them are within walking distance if you stay at Plumwood Inn.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Michelle Stephens
10 December 2018

Great Restaurants and shops as well as wineries and sight seeing.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Clare Holing
05 November 2018

The views and wine tasting options.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Sue Parker-Smith
15 October 2018

Best things to do in Franschhoek:
- Visiting the wine farms, especially Boschendal and Babylonstoren
- Horse riding and mountain biking trails through the farms
- Hiking in Mont Rochelle & Hottentots Holland nature reserves
- Great restaurants

Superb. 5 out of 5
Roblene Wareley
17 September 2018

I love the fact that all the restaurants, wine farms etc. are so easily accessible. Everything is nice and close to each other and everything is so green and beautiful.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Nicola Badenhorst
12 September 2018

This is such a beautiful and well run town, with an abundance of wine and good food! Would highly recommend this for any visitors seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Or just want a romantic weekend away. It is on the pricey side, so be prepared to pay a bit for a meal and drinks. Otherwise have fun!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Kyle De Mink
10 September 2018

The ability to park your car and just walk around the entire town.

Superb. 5 out of 5
MJ Grobler
14 August 2018

The scenery in Franschhoek.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

Nearby Attractions & Landmarks

Huguenot Memorial Monument