Some Map Room Guest Comments


Thank you for letting us be the first to experience the Map Room… you have inspired us in many directions… we loved staying and filling the Map Room with happy spirits.
- Dorothee & Cobo

Jo, you’ve done a superb job here. The treasure hunt for the key, beneath a guardian mountain sheep, was certainly worth it for the reward. There’s a very soothing lightness of touch in the design, the perfect antidote to hiking through the local vineyards! Thank you very much. There’s no doubt I will be recommending the Map Room to anyone who comes within a nose of the Winelands. All the best.
- Matthew Hilton-Dennis, The Greenwood Guides

We had a wonderful time! The Map Room is fantastic! Thanks for your warm hospitality and taking care of the little things. Thanks also for all the recommendations & bookings on our behalf. Again – we had a superb time!
- Jannie & Coree

We’ve had a wonderful time here. The Map Room is ideal for our type of holiday, close to the restaurants, but peaceful and quiet. The views over the mountains are superb. The weather has been very kind to is and maybe a little too hot! Walked off at least one dinner by hiking up to the Wemmershoek viewpoint. The view from the top was amazing. We will definitely be back, saving pennies for the next trip away!
- Les & Maxine

We had a great time here, the Map Room was spacious and loved the design, perfect for getting into the village but enough away from the main street to be able to kick back on the balcony, drink a glass of wine and relax watching the stunning view. Many thanks for organising a restaurant for Simon’s birthday & the special birthday cupcakes left on the doorstep for us. We would love to come back again one day.
- Simon & Jacqui

Thanks for the hospitality at the Map Room. A great venue to lose oneself for a working holiday in the Cape Winelands. Appreciate all the arrangements to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Trust your endeavours to the north are successful and perhaps we shall see you in the Vic Falls area.
- Colin & Maine

The Map Room rocks! Perfect location to start off our honeymoon & marriage. Beautifully designed and decorated, we loved every second. Thank you Jo.
- Luke & Carine Rous

A real escape from the city, and a special place to celebrate my 49th birthday. We’ll be back!
- Clare & Hugh Bosman

Thanks for arranging everything and lighting the fire on Friday night. Luckily Stuart lit my fire for the rest of the weekend…
- Jane

Thanks for a LOVELY stay, although the weather was miserable. The fire, ‘Jeeves Towel Rails’ and the most stunning view, with a glass of red more than made up for it! Thanks for checking up on us on a daily basis to see if everything was ok at The Map Room.
- Davida, Fanie & Nina – “we’ll be back”

What a wonderful surprise capped only by the cosiness and warmth of the Map Room! A fantastic stay for folks coming out of the “boendoes” really!
Jo- Thanks for your hospitality and hope you had a great time in France. We had a wonderful stay in a magnificent setting and surroundings. Leaving with slight headaches though – TOO MUCH WINE!!
- Johan & Karen

From the perfect wedding to the perfect honeymoon setting, The Map Room will always be a very special place to us. There is nothing like a fire, some good wine and ‘One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ playing. How cool is that? This place kicks some major ass. See you in a year on our anniversary.
- Lindsey & Michelle Appolis

Thank you for a wonderful stay at the Map Room! This was the first time in 10 years (since we had our children) that we had a few days away on our own and we could not have chosen a better venue. It’s simply beautiful…. We’ll definitely be back…hopefully sooner than 10 years from now!
- Johan & Leonie Nel

A sad farewell from your Aussie residents – thanks for the loan of Themba for walks, and so impressed you are coming all the way to Joburg to see us off!!
- Peter & Anney

Thank you so much for a lovely stay and your warm welcome! Coming to the Map Room was indeed serendipitous for us given the proximity of our future abode! And it has been fortuitous as we will no doubt keep in close contact in future – whether it be on the subject of building homes, or talk of the bush, culinary adventures, or perhaps just to see how Themba is doing. All our appreciation and all the best to you always!
- Kitty Cortes & Audrey Crisologo

Your cottage made Franschhoek an amazing experience – we truly relaxed and took in the view. Thank you also for the fantastic dinner choices – we had the best table in the house, in all the best restaurants each and every time. Until next time!
- Christina & Matthew Turner

Thanks Jo for a lovely couple of days, wine tasting, cycling and eating well.
- Ed & Camra

Many thanks for letting us stay here. Map Room is excellent and I think we spent more time here than in Franschhoek. Definitely a highlight of our trip!
- Nicola Sample & Wikash Bhagwahali

Fantastic place in wonderful Franschhoek. We’ll try the Groot Karoo too next time (hope there’s just as many Outside mags!)
- Peter & Elaine

Thank you for a wonderful stay at the Map Room. After three days in Cape Town it feels like such an escape. You have done a great job with the interior design too – many ideas for our new farm in Scotland.
- Tim & Rachel

First visit to Franschhoek and very much hoping to return one day. Very comfortable (& spacious!) Map Room. La Petite Ferme was a great recommendation and a highlight of our first week in SA. Thank you!
- Matthew & Alison Haggis

The ‘Map Room’ is fantastic! It’s beautiful. I love the setting. I love the character. I love the lights above the kitchen counter. I love love love the DVD collection… I love the view; it’s something out of this world. I wish I spent more time here in Franschhoek… best of love with your travels, especially through Africa! I think it’s awesome! Looking forward to our next visit..hope to meet Themba! Thanks for everything.
- Johan, Elise, Estee, Ruan & Melissa Swiegers

We loved it here. Very sad to be leaving back to sunny England where we will create our own Map Room somewhere. Farewell Africa…. until next time.
- Rich & Nancy Powell

We had an absolutely fantastic time, the Map Room is co comfortable and immaculately conceived that we didn’t even want to go out for dinner. Thank you for such a lovely stay.
- The Fysons & Baillies

Thanks Jo, we had a fantastic stay at the Map Room. We were expecting great things and both the property and area deliver in spades. The second bedroom was a great surprise and our baby daughter slept more peacefully here than at any of the five venues we’ve taken in on this holiday – as did her mother, but that is a different story! We plan to return, possibly with grandparents in tow.
- Kevin, Clare & Harriet Ashby

Thank you so much for having us to stay in The Map Room – it’s the perfect combination of comfort & style, fitting like an egg in a nest into this exquisite valley. Bouillabaisse very romantic for Valentines Night. French Connection & Country Kitchen at Mont Rochelle also great as was a walk into the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, taking in stunning views and meeting a few baboons. We’ll miss this place!
- Sean & Sally

Great space, great company and wonderful wisdom on all matters Franschhoek. We had fun, which isn’t bed when you are working.
- Sally & Simon, Travel & Leisure Australia

What a beautiful place, so stylishly and individually put together. Gorgeous views, great space and so welcoming. Many thanks.
- Lisa & Craig

Thank you, what a wonderful place with such a great quirky character! We had a fantastic stay and look forward to returning to Franschhoek one day in the not too distant future!
- Shelley & Matthew

Thank you. What a great view! We had a wonderful stay and will certainly be back.
- Leeza, Ian, Roz & Bob

Merci d’avoir transformé notre passage à Franschhoek et de nous avoir évité la “old lady”! Nous esperons revenir un jour passer plus de temps dans ce joli endroit D’ici là perroquet aura appris la Marseillaise par couer! La prochaine fois que tu viens en France, il faudra s’arreter au Cap Ferret manger des huitres. A trés bientôt – les Princesses backpackeuses!
- Sarah, Anais et Marie

Thanks very much for sharing this great place with us! Thanks for taking care of us and making the bookings at the ‘need to go’ restaurants. Wish you well!
- Katrin & Dannie Thank you for an absolutely fabulous stay. You are a great host. The Map Room has the greatest VIBE, beautiful & spacious. We look forward to seeing you again.
- Shirley Campbell-Yates

Thanks for letting us share your ‘little piece of heaven’ for a few days – we hope to be back some day. This was a great way to finish our tour of SA and we will always have fond memories.
- Jill & David

The moment we stepped into the Map Room, we knew this place was something special! Thanks for letting us stay in this inspiring place; fantastically decorated, with stunning mountain views and an extremely good vibe. We had two perfect days in Franschhoek, and really enjoyed the restaurants you suggested (and the goodies you left for us!). We’ll definitely be back! Bedankt!
- Lilian & Patrick

Delightful location with stunning views. Great apartment to relax in and excellent restaurant recommendations; Bouillabaisse on Huguenot Street – food, wine & service all fantastic) from Jo. We’re off to try more wineries today – and from our visits yesterday would definitely recommend Graham Beck – quality wines, beautiful location…Solms-Delta to learn a little history…Bread & Wine restaurant (at Moreson farm) for a truly memorable alfresco lunch.
- Alistair, Fiona & Rebecca.

We came, we saw & we conquered…what an incredible weekend! Thank you Jo for a gorgeous ‘bolt-hole’ – beautifully appointed and so stylish… amazing food (Reuben’s, The Tasting Room & Bread & Wine). Amazing people, beautiful surrounds. Wish we didn’t have to leave. Thank you.
- Carly & Anthony

A beautiful part of the world. Great accommodation, fine food & wine were enjoyed by all. A great part of our story to take back home to Oz.
- Tim, Carmel & Alicia Crawford

As South Africans from Cape Town we enjoyed a special birthday time here. What a gorgeous & welcoming home! We will return soon!
- Jenny & Amber Ireland, Kerryn McHendrie & Gavin Jones.

What a treat – we loved it here and are sad to be leaving! A very special part of our honeymoon to be remembered forever. Will definitely be back – maybe when the sun comes out (it rained non-stop while we were here but we didn’t care). Totally Gorgeous!
- Matt & Genevieve Warren

We had a wonderful stay in the Map Room. The rain and wind made it even cosier to sit in front of thefireplace. Really romantic, great for our honeymoon.
- Rob & Emely

We absolutely loved everything about this place. It was the most romantic place we have stayed in so far…the fireplace, the big bath in the bedroom, the hugeness of the place..it was all just perfect. Hopefully we will be back some day – thanks a million!
- Rosa & Justin