Nestled in the heart of the Cape winelands region, Franschhoek is a mecca for wine-lovers and foodies alike. Not only is the town one of the most beautiful wine-producing regions in the world, but it also has some of the best, award-winning restaurants in the country. The stunning valley, fringed with magnificent mountains, is home to roughly 20,000 people and has been built in accordance with the Dutch and French influences that were prevalent at the time. Vineyards stretch out in every direction until they hit the base of the rugged cliffs and are peppered with white-walled buildings.Read More
Naturally, there are plenty of places in this region that offer wine-tasting tours, making that the number one activity to do in Franschhoek. There are also dozens of options for those seeking more gastronomic delights with restaurants serving up interesting game, including impala and kudu, all of which is responsibly hunted. To learn even more about the culinary aspect of the region, the Babylonstoren estate is a beautiful fruit and vegetable farm that can be explored and its produce can be sampled at the onsite restaurant.
Despite its quiet and quaint atmosphere, Franschhoek is a hotspot for shopping. From the Huguenot monument that was built in honour of religious freedom, all the way down Huguenot Road there are a huge number of shops and boutiques selling traditional wares, jewellery, handicrafts and art. There is also a market next to the church, which sells yet more trinkets and souvenirs as well as hundreds of different types of food and drinks for immediate consumption or to take home with you.
If you are planning a Franschhoek holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House Franschhoek
Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House is an attractive, tranquil property with spacious and luxurious rooms, all of which have a private verandah. There is a restaurant on site, which boasts excellent views of the Simonsberg mountains, and an eco pool, which recreates the filtering process used by naturally occurring running water such as rivers and streams. Situated in Angala, just outside of Franschhoek, the Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House offers privacy and seclusion whilst also making an excellent base for exploring the region.
Holden Manz Franschhoek
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. Guests might even want to treat themselves to a spa day during their stay. The estate is set in the Franschhoek Valley and features a small working vineyard.
La Fontaine Guest House Franschhoek
Situated right in the heart of the action, La Fontaine Guest House sits mere minutes from some of Franschhoek's most-loved attraction such as the famed Huguenot Road as well as the Huguenot memorial musem. The Victorian-style rooms are elegant and exceptionally spacious and offer guests a very comfortable night's stay. Within the ground there is a pool, which has beautiful views of the mountains that surround the area. The hotel also prides itself on its adhering to a number of policies designed to make the accommodation more sustainable and to reduce its carbon footprint.
The Last Word Franschhoek
Beautifully restored in the Cape Huguenot tradition, the Last Word in Franschhoek is an exclusive five star historic residence. Rooms and suites are elegantly furnished and all 6 rooms come with a complimentary mini bar. All rooms have a private patio and the suites have a private pool. Lots of local attractions from chocolate and cheese tasting to championship golf courses can be booked for you. Breakfast is included and wifi is available throughout. The last word is perfectly located in Franschhoek - the gourmet capital of South Africa.
Franschhoek Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Franschhoek.