Franschhoek is in the Cape winelands region, the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine.
Spectacular vineyards cover the mountain slopes that were settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture.
After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in France in 1685, when Protestantism was outlawed, hundreds of Huguenots fled their homeland, arriving by ship at the Cape of Good Hope. Many were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Oliphantshoek (Elephant's Corner) - so named because of the vast herds of elephants that roamed the area. Soon after they settled here, it become known as Franschhoek (French Corner). The Huguenot monument and museum chronicles the history of the pioneers, with each of the original Huguenot farms having its own story to tell.
Besides the obvious wine tours, there are also walking trails, cycling and for a wine tour with a difference, take a horse riding wine tour. There is also trout fishing in various streams and dams on the surrounding farms.
Franschhoek also has numerous antique shops and local arts and crafts stores, an easy way to while away an afternoon.
Tailormade Holidays to Franschhoek
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in South Africa — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Franschhoek.
Cathbert Country Inn is an attractive, tranquil property with spacious and luxurious rooms, all of which have a private verandah. The luxury cottage has a private pool & garden.
Designed in the Cape Dutch style, the Holden Manz Guesthouse offers farm-style hospitality in breathtaking surroundings. Guest suites are furnished in muted tones to help sooth and relax with all benefiting from their own terraces and state of the art technology. Guests can dine at the Franschoek Kitchen on the beautiful deck that looks out onto the majestic mountains of Franschoek. Why not treat yourself to a spa day whilst staying here? Our top tip! The estate is set in the Franschhoek Valley and features a small working vineyard.
La Fontaine is a pretty hotel with spacious rooms and is set in well manicured gardens. There is a family garden suite and three luxury rooms in Campbell House, an adjoining renovated late 19th Century home.
Plumwood Inn is a small romantic retreat and offers seven rooms of different sizes in two adjacent properties: four in the main house and three in the villa.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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