Franschhoek Country House & Villas
Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
At a Glance
Enjoy the stunning views from the rooms
The famous Monneaux Restaurant
Pamper yourself with a range of treatments including massages and reflexology
Central location in Franschoooek
Great base to explore the wine farms in the area
Best time to Visit
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The Winelands are a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, somewhat like the South of France, which is what makes the area perfect for grape-growing. Summer in Franschhoek is the reverse of the Northern hemisphere. The best season visit is September to March when it is hot, sunny and dry. From April to August it cools down with some rain.
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Set in the picturesque wine-producing valley of Franschhoek is Franschhoek Country House & Villas, offering luxury and comfort in 26 exquisite rooms and suites with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and the perfect base for exploring the area.
Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a restored manor house and former perfumery, dating back to 1890, situated on the outskirts of the village and surrounded by enchanting vineyards and majestic mountains. Being only an hour’s drive from Cape Town makes it the perfect getaway for anyone visiting the western Cape. The famous Monneaux restaurant has become known for its innovative Modern French Cuisine, prepared with fresh, well sourced ingredients, and is exquisitely presented. À la carte lunches are served in the tranquil gardens whilst dinner is served in the understated yet elegant dining room or enclosed veranda.
The Country House offers 14 luxury rooms including two colonial honeymoon suites and two garden cottages. All rooms feature hand-crafted furniture, pure cotton linen and overhead fans. Some rooms have satellite TV, fireplaces, under-floor heating and most lead out onto balconies or private patios. Bathrooms are spacious and many feature gorgeous Victorian free standing baths. There are now an additional 12 exclusive villa suites measuring 100 sqm and feature a separate lounge, bedroom and picturesque bathroom and two private balconies.
The Country House offers 26 rooms and suites including six Standard De Luxe Rooms, five Luxury Rooms, two Garden Cottages and 12 Villa Suites. Some rooms have satellite TV, fire places, under floor heating and most lead out onto balconies or private patios.
Other amenities include direct dial telephones, minibars, tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning. There 12 exclusive Villa Suites, each measuring 100 sqm, feature an entrance portico leading into a large, well appointed sitting room.
Children are welcome but there are no facilities except babysitting which can be provided on request. Attractions kids will love in the Winelands area include Bugz Play Park, the Franschhoek Motor Museum, Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum. For a chance to see some of South Africa's abundant wildlife, the Giraffe House, the Cheetah Outreach Facility and Eagle Encounters are the best places to go.
Facilities at the hotel include two outdoor swimming pools, restaurant, bar, massage treatments, complimentary Internet access and WiFi connection throughout (charged additionally).
Aside from relaxing by the pool or indulging in a massage, the hotel will be happy to arrange activities in the surrounding area including horse riding in the mountains, golf, wine tours, hiking, cycling, hot air ballooning and paragliding from the Franschhoek Mountains.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
Franschhoek Country House and Villas is conveniently located in Franschhoek within walking distance or a short drive to the gorgeous shops and superb restaurants. There is a lovely garden, restaurant and pool with great views of the surrounding stunning mountains. The rooms are large and spacious and spread out in the gardens in seperate buildings. The property would suit families who can enjoy the gardens and couples.
Boschendal Estate is one of the oldest wine producers in the New World, incorporating French viticulture heritage. This is also the site of the original Cape Dutch Manor House, with history dating as early as 1685.
Stroll through a beautifully landscaped indoor garden as brightly-coloured butterflies flutter around you
Chocholate & Wine Pairing
This is a unique opportunity to learn how to pair sweet wines with delicious chocolates at Waterford Estate.
Cycling in Devon Valley
This half-day trip allows you to take in the picturesque view of Devon Valley, working off the delicious calories from the region's famous four-course gourmet at Clos Malverne, paired with wine tastings at two award-winning estates.
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren. A walk through the gardens is a fantastic experience, time your visit to take advantage of Babel's opening times. Lunch here is not to be missed!
Dinner reservation at Tokara
This evening we have booked you a table at Tokara.
Enjoy a guided tour of Thandi Estate to visit the orchards and interact with the local community.
Hike Jonkershoek: Panorama Circuit
Follow the famous Panorama Circuit, trekking around 17km or approximately 6 hours through some of the most exceptional views of the Cape Peninsula.
Hike Jonkershoek: Sossyskloof
This scenic trail takes you through 7.2km or approximately 2.5 hours to a scenic lookout point.
Hike Jonkershoek: Tweede Waterval
For those looking for a relatively easier trek in Jonkershoek, trek around 6.5km or approximately 2 hours to a beautiful hidden waterfall.
Huguenot Memorial Museum
Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the museum narrates the story of Huguenots's arrival in the Cape, how they survived and contributed to the newly-established nation.
Le Quartier Lounge Bar
Le Quartier Lounge Bar is a recently opened, stylish cocktail bar at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. Mixologist, Matthew Roberts is quickly making it Franschhoek's evening 'hot spot' with his unique, African-inspired cocktails.
Private guided Winelands tour - Full Day
Exploring the Winelands with a private guide comes highly recommended. Not only do you avoid the question of who's driving, but you'll be taken to some hidden gems you'd never find in a guidebook, and the tour can be completely tailored to your interests.
The Garden at Babylonstoren
Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful acres of Babylonstoren's gardens. Team up with the gardeners for a fun and interactive experience.
Waterford Estate Vineyard Safari
Waterford Wine Estate, in the heart of Stellenbosch offers a range of tours for visitors, including a Wine Safari Tour in a safari style Land Rover, a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour and a Reserve Vintage Tasting Tour.
Wine at Babylonstoren
Enjoy an interactive tour of a working wine farm. Babylonstoren take you from the grape to the finished product. The enthusiasm and commitment to the Babylonstoren ideal shines through on this tour.
Location & directions
Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
Franschhoek Country House & Villas is situated on the outskirts of the village of Franschhoek - only 1km from the main town and surrounded by wine farms and beautiful mountain vistas. Surrounding areas such as Paarl, Stellenbosch and Cape Town can be explored from here.