If you book the more expensive suites at La Petite Dauphine you could not be more comfortable. The suites are set in a vinyard with fruit trees looking away to the mountains beyond. There is an adequate pool and all the more expensive suites have access to a plunge pool. There is a mini bar (fairly important as the Cafe Bon Bon has no bar of its own) although the contents were a bit haphazard. Some suites (eg No. 2) have one large and well appointed bedroom and some (eg No 3) have a smaller bedroom and a sitting room. The whole place is quite spread out and involves a lot of walking. The reception is behind the Cafe Bon Bon, which serves breakfast, lunch and on three days per week (currently Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) serves dinner. This means that you need o go into Franschhoek (about 10 minutes drive) for an evening meal on other days. The food and wines are perfectly acceptable and there is an antique piano player who may or may not be an asset who expects to be tipped. It is very much a sophisticated restauraunt and not a 'cafe'. You cannot drive to the reception and you need to park in the Cafe Bon Bon car park and walk about 50 metres beyond the restaurant to find it. (It is not clearly marked for those arriving in the dark.)
There are a total of 9 suites, six of which (1 - 6) are set out in an attractive garden with a pond near the pool and are to be highly recommended, but they are about 300 m from the Cafe Bon Bon. The remaining three suites are about 600 m. from the Cafe Bon Bon, which is quite a hike for breakfast (although you can drive). We did not see much of rooms 7 and 8 but they look to be comfortable with plunge pools and good views. I will talk about suite 9 separately.
The website offers senior and junior suites. As it turns out all the suites are senior suites except suite 9 which is a junior suite and about half the size of the remainder. We booked a junior suite on Bookings.com, as it was described similarly to the senior suites, with a plunge pool and a balcony, except that it was smaller. This proved to be a bad mistake. We arrived in the dark and did not realise until the following morning that it was completely surrounded by trees so that it no longer has an open view and the terrace faces south east so it really gets no sun. For some inexplicable reason the garden round it has not been maintained so the balcony looks straight out onto an unmaintained piece of bundoo with long grass and dead canna flowers to look at. It certainly did not have a plunge pool as was claimed by booking.com. In fairness I have now looked at the estate's own web site which says that suite 9 only has access to the main pool and no plunge pool, but as this is 300 metres away it is a bit of a turn off. Nevertheless the Estate website shows photographs of suite 9 before the surrounding trees had grown up, giving a much more attractive appearance than the reality. The suite is really too cramped for any one wishing to unpack their luggage, and the minibar was surrounded by a pool of water, apparently because it had been turned off by previous guests.
It can be imagined that we asked to be moved to a better room, only to discover that this was the only junior suite. Nevertheless after some pressure we were moved to senior suite rooms at no additional cost. It was a pity that this was not achieved with very much grace or charm! It was not a very happy experience for us, but the senior suites proved to be extremely comfortable.
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