Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
At a Glance
Beautiful private villa accommodating eight guests in the charming Winelands town of Franschhoek
Large open plan living and dining space - perfect for relaxing and entertaining
Pretty gardens overlooking the Franschhoek valley and vineyards, with a swimming pool and barbeque area
Impressive collection of South African fine art
Walking distance from the restaurants, shops and cafes of Franschhoek
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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 holiday to 16 Cabrière
16 Cabrière is a luxurious private villa located in the heart of South Africa's Cape Winelands, ideal for families or celebrations. Home for eight guests, it is within easy walk of Franschhoek's restaurants and shops, tucked away on a quiet side street.
A modern and fresh feeling house on a favoured street, benefiting from enchanting mountain and vineyard scenes, 16 Cabrière provides a peaceful yet stylish retreat. Taking inspiration from both the past and present, the villa has a classic Cape Dutch thatched roof but also nods to contemporary South African fine art in its interior.
Four charming and airy bedrooms over two floors with views of the garden, orchards, pool and Mont Rochelle vine-clad hills, complement spacious open-plan living and dining areas. These can extend to the terrace, garden and sheltered Braai (BBQ) area via concertina doors, effortlessly blending these spaces. A heated swimming pool and yoga/meditation room are available for guests throughout their stay and a sustainable approach means nearly all electricity needed on site is provided by solar panels.
The villa's very own chef, Simba, trained by Michelin-starred chefs, will cater to guests' appetite from a well-stocked kitchen and pantry and even has his own apartment a short distance from the villa.When venturing outside the villa, guests are minutes from Franschhoek's celebrated shops, fine restaurants, bars and art galleries. Exclusive tours can also be arranged to secret wine estates from 16 Cabière where guests can have a "behind the scenes" look at the workings of an industry dating back to the 17th century.
Each of the four rooms is different in style, but all are comfortably designed, with beautiful bedlinens, woodburning fireplaces to keep them cosy in the winter months, and all are ensuite. Two of the rooms are on the upper level, with lovely views over the valley and vineyards, whilst two are on the ground floor overlooking the gardens. There is a fifth small bedroom available for a nanny or extra children if needed.
There is an additional bedroom for extra children or a nanny at the property.
In addition to ample living space, 16 Cabrière houses a yoga room in the north wing, solar heated swimming pool and a considerable outdoor area for entertaining and relaxing that includes covered patios, gardens and orchards.
From the villa, guests can explore the Cape Winelands with its picturesque vineyards that cling to the mountain slopes and friendly valley villages.
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.
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.
Location & directions
Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
Located on a quiet side street of Franschhoek town, within easy walking distance of the shops, cafes and restaurants. The address is residential, making it very peaceful, private and exclusive and the views to the back of the property are over the vines and valley.
How to get there
International flight into Cape Town - approximately 11 hours from London. From the airport, Franschhoek is approximately one hour's drive away. If you are arriving from a hotel in Cape Town the journey may be more like 1 1/2 hours, depending on traffic.
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