Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a Five-Star luxury hotel surrounded by gorgeous Western Cape countryside, a private retreat offering an award-winning restaurant, spa, swimming pool, and easy access to the village of Franschhoek itself.
Situated in one of the most renowned wine regions in the world, Franschhoek boasts a rich cultural history and is often referred to as "the food and wine capital" of South Africa.
Rooms are available both in the Country House itself and in the form of an opulent series of villa suites. All 14 rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, a private balcony, flat screen TV and mini-bar, while the larger villa suites feature extra luxurious amenities and greater privacy.
Franschhoek Country House & Villas offers a range of fantastic facilities, including a two swimming pools - indoor and outdoor - a bar open throughout the day, and Monneaux, the hotel's award-winning restaurant. A spa is also available for use, featuring a wide range of soothing treatments to ensure your stay is as relaxing as possible.
Food, drink & entertainment
The Monneaux Restaurant fuses classic Mediterranean dishes with an unmistakable South African Cape twist, including produce sourced from the surrounding winelands. The wine list is predictably impressive, offering the boutique wines of the Franschhoek valley and across the nation. An onsite bar is also available from 11am until late at night.
Sport, games & activities
A number of golf course can be found close by, as well as various hiking and horse-riding routes through the surrounding mountains and valleys. The main in-house attraction of the hotel is its luxurious treatment room, a soothing spa facility offering both standard and signature services at the hands of qualified professionals.
The standard Country House rooms feature a lounge area, bathroom, and private balcony, as well as a number of amenities including a flat screen TV, individual air conditioning, and mini-bar. Guests keen for a little extra luxury will find it in the retreat's special villa suites, all of which contain a separate dining area, entertainment system, and two private balconies within their 100 square metres of space.
A small cultural hub some 75 kilometres east of Cape Town, the town of Franschhoek is often cited as the food and wine capital of South Africa. Hidden amongst the mountains and vineyards of the Cape Winelands, the town boasts beautiful scenery to go with its historical and cultural value.
The fact that there are more award-winning restaurants concentrated in the area than anywhere else in South Africa lends credence to Franschhoek's claim as the prime gourmet destination in the country. The surrounding vineyards and wine cellars add a similarly impressive dose of sophistication and legitimacy.
Many of Franschhoek's attractions and traditions reflect the French history giving it its name; Franschhoek can be translated literally to English as 'French corner'. Especially interesting in this regard is the Hugenot monument towering proudly in a small park at the top of the village, standing as a reminder of the settlers who founded the town.
Although South Africa enjoys its best weather during its hot, dry summer months between November and March, an alternative time to visit would be during Bastille Day - the 14th of July. This annual festival sees the town celebrate its French heritage with a wine and gourmet fair.
Franschhoek's cultural significance is well represented by its museums and attractions. Take a trip back in time at the Memorial Museum and learn about the French settlers' way of life, or explore a little more recent history at the Franschhoek Motor Museum. For active holiday-goers, the stunning rural surroundings contain plenty of opportunity for hiking, cycling, and even trout fishing.
A trip to the town wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of its many surrounding wine cellars, most of which offer tasting sessions and tours. Franschhoek's restaurants are held in just as high regard - and rightly so. Drop into Café BonBon for a beautiful lunch under the trees of the valley, or seek out Ryan's Kitchen for a true gourmet experience.
The warm, intimate atmosphere of Franschhoek is also displayed by its nightlife, the town boasting a number of comfortable pubs and bars in which to while away the evenings. The Elephant & Barrel presents itself in a traditional English style, while also offering traditional South African food and a selection of classy cocktails.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.