Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
At a Glance
Beautiful surroundings of the vineyard
Quiet and relaxed
Fantastic swimming pool and garden
Lovely original building
Offering peace and seclusion whilst being only a few minutes from the center of Franschhoek
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.
To start planning your vacation to Auberge Clermont
Auberge Clermont is a charming little guesthouse situated in the heart of the Franschhoek valley, a short distance from the center of town. There are just six individually decorated and comfortable rooms surrounded by vineyards with wonderful views.
Auberge Clermont is a small wine fruit farm situated just on the outskirts of Franschhoek, a short drive into the center of town. This is a charming base for relaxing and indulging in all of the wonderful food and wine of the region and the staff will ensure you're well looked after.
There are just six bedrooms, each individually decorated in the colors of rural Provence. The loft rooms are light and stylish with superb views. Some rooms overlook the orchards and majestic mountains beyond. The bathrooms have separate showers, double basins and heated towel rails. Under floor heating and ceiling fans ensure year round comfort. The deliciously romantic honeymoon suite has a giant bathtub, double showers and a huge double bed beneath a hand painted ceiling of clouds and birds.
In addition, there is an historic self-catering two-bedroom villa. Enjoy this secluded, beautifully appointed old cape farmhouse, with large covered terrace and private swimming pool overlooking the plum orchard and vineyards. The villa includes a large loft room with bathroom – ideal for children.
Delicious Provencale breakfasts are served in the pretty courtyard dining room or under the 18th century oak trees.
A tennis court and small swimming pool are great for summer fun and you can also go horse riding, play a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and of course visit the wonderful wineries nearby.
Auberge Clermont offers six Rooms and one Villa sleeping up to four guests. All the rooms are complete with satellite TV, telephones, under floor heating, ceiling fans, heated towel rails, minibars and coffee / tea making facilities. The honeymoon suite and loft rooms also have air-conditioning.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities except babysitting, which is available 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, and for a chance to see some of South Africa's abundant wildlife, the Giraffe House, the Cheetah Outreach Facility and Eagle Encounters.
Facilities at the Auberge Claremont include a swimming pool and tennis court. Delicious Provencal breakfasts are served under the 18th century oak trees or in the charming courtyard dining room.
The guesthouse offers complimentary use of the swimming pool and the tennis court. Picnics on the farm are charged additionally. You can also visit local vineyards and sample the delights of the Western Cape's award winning wines.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
We loved Auberge Clermont when we dropped in for a brief visit like a small, intimate little farmstead, the property is surrounded by swathes of white roses, their scent permeating the entire building. Auberge is small and intimate, with just six rooms, some surrounding a courtyard with a beautiful old oak tree in the middle. There is a small lounge area but outside is the place to be with incredible views over the mountains and surrounding vineyards. The rooms are quaint and intimate, very simple farmhouse style, and unfussy with twin or double beds. From here explore the winelands or take a wander through Franschhoek with its myriad shops and restaurants it is a five minute drive away. You get the feel that guests are very well looked after here the manageress is delightful, and insisted we try the handmade chocolates which are given to every guest and of course we were delighted to!
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
I loved the private villa at Auberge Clermont, this is real Franschhoek: a pretty little cottage in the Cape Dutch architectural style, surrounded by a working wine farm and with spectacular views of the Franschhoek mountains. Beat that!! It sleeps six and works on a self-catered or bed and breakfast basis. There is nothing fancy about the villa but it is perfect for those after a really authentic experience, that is more relaxed than the hustle of the town center but still only just over 1 km walk to the high street. The villa is also exceptional value for the experience it offers.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Auberge Clermont's charm lies in its homely atmosphere. With big roaring fires in the evening and comfortable sofas to sink yourself into, it's hard not to fall in love with Auberge Clermont.
There is a really great, chilled-out vibe and it's not at all stuffy or pretentious. The rooms are nicely decorated and definitely not trying to be anything too fancy. There is a very romantic French feel to them.
You can take walks around the farm in which the hotel is situated or venture over to the tennis courts for a couple of hours. The pace is slow and easy and the emphasis is to really relax. Any tours or activities that you might be interested in doing can be easily arranged through the great staff on reception.
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.
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 Wine Estate Wine Drive 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
Auberge Clermont is located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, surrounded by magnificent mountains, and only a few minutes from the center of the quaint village, Franschhoek.
How to get there
12-hour international flight to Cape Town International Airport. Auberge Clermont is a 1-hour drive from the airport.