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Franschhoek Country House Properties

Franschhoek Country House
Luxury Rooms

The Country House offers 14 luxury rooms and an additional 12 exclusive Villa Suites. All rooms offer hand-crafted furniture, pure cotton linen and overhead fans Some have satellite TV, fire places and underfloor heating and most lead out on to balconies or private patios. Each suite measures 100 sqm and consists of an entrance portico leading into a large, well appointed lounge. French doors lead you into the luxurious bedroom and both rooms open onto a large private balcony. The bedroom also has a second intimate private balcony with views over the lush gardens.

Each bedroom has a beautifully fitted en-suite bathroom decorated in a French provincial style. The suites boast many luxuries including independent air-conditioning, individual satellite TV, DVD player and a music system that extends from the lounge to the bedroom and bathroom. Fireplaces and underfloor heating to the lounge, bedroom, bathroom and even the showers ensure guests are cozy and warm in the winter. Other standard items include a mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities. Guests traveling with friends or children also have the opportunity to take up adjoining rooms with Franschhoek Country House Villas offers 14 luxury rooms and an additional 12 exclusive Villa Suites. Each suite measures 100 sqm and consists of an entrance portico leading into a large, well appointed lounge. French doors lead you into the luxurious bedroom and both rooms open onto a large private balcony. The bedroom also has a second intimate private balcony with views over the lush gardens. Each bedroom has a beautifully fitted en-suite bathroom decorated in a French provincial style. The Franschhoek Country House suites all have independent air-conditioning, individual satellite TV, DVD player and a music system that extends from the lounge to the bedroom and bathroom. Fireplaces and under-floor heating to the lounge, bedroom, bathroom and even the showers ensure you are cosy and warm in the winter. Other standard items include a mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. Guests travelling with friends or children also have the opportunity to take up adjoining rooms with communal portico areas.
The main building of Franschhoek Country House & Villas houses the guest lounges, restaurant and cellar. The lounge offers you the opportunity to enjoy a drink before dinner or an afternoon cocktail on the veranda whilst enjoying the beautiful mountain views. Villa residents are offered the opportunity to either dine in the beautifully decorated dining room upstairs or a select few have the opportunity to dine in the exclusive cellar which is stocked with a carefully selected range of Franschhoek and other exclusive wines from the surrounding region. Dinner at Franschhoek Country House Villas is an experience with a difference as platters of exciting dishes are served to share. You can choose from a selection of platters such as sashimi, oysters, meat and game platters, exclusive cheese boards and delectable dessert platters. You will also have the opportunity to eat in the Monneaux Restaurant reputed for its a-la-carte selection of contemporary cuisine.
Franschhoek


Year Round

South Africa is a year-round destination, and the best time to visit depends on your priorities. Safaris are best in the winter months (May to August). The grass is lowest, so game viewing is easier, and the temperatures are mild (maximum 20–23C). There is very little winter rainfall in the north. Namaqualand, in the Western and Northern Cape Provinces, becomes a floral phenomenon in spring (mid-August to mid-October), when the desert-like terrain is transformed into a carpet of flowers, drawing thousands of visitors. The best season for the beach is summer (November to mid-March). The southern regions are summer destinations, with low summer rainfall. Temperatures reach 28-30C or higher on truly beautiful days. The warm waters of the east coast make for almost year-round swimming. South Africans tend to take their annual holidays in summer, causing tourist destinations to be overcrowded from mid-December to late January, as well as during the other school holidays.
Wine Tasting, Beautiful Landscapes, Vineyards, Museums, Galleries, Quaint Villages, Biking & Excellent Cuisine.

Franschhoek Tourists Attraction and Activities
There are many Franschhoek tourist attractions to delight and entertain visitors staying at the Franschhoek Country House. Explore this beautiful area for fascinating education and fun.

La Fromagerie at La Grange
While you're out visiting the local wine estates, neutralize your palate with some cheese tasting you can choose from over 30 delicious South African varieties or enjoy a cheese-centred lunch on the verandah of the converted 200-year-old barn at La Fromagerie.

Huguenot Fine Chocolates
Visit this quaint Belgian chocolate shop for a decadent lesson in chocolate making and indulge in some fine chocolate tasting during the show. You'll be tempted to continue the chocolate tasting long afterwards too.

The Flying Company
Go on an airborne adventure in one of The Flying Company's helicopters for magnificent views of this splendid part of the country.

Franschhoek Hiking Trails
Conquer the Boland hiking trail beginning at Jan Joubert se Gat, Hike up Du Toit's kop (medium gradient), Wind your way up the old Cat se Pad' walking trail for a more sedate walk, Table Mountain can be seen from Breakfast Rock at the Mont Rochellle Nature Reserve, so make a morning picnic out of this walk, Take sundowners up to the top of the Franschhoek Pass

Franschhoek Sport Activities
Enjoy a challenging round of golf at Pearl Valley golf estate, Jack Nicklaus's latest offering to the golf world, one of the championship golf courses in the Winelands, Dive into the crystal rock pools found along the Franschhoek Pass, There are many fly-fishing venues in the Franschhoek valley, Paraglide off the Franschhoek Pass into the village, Franchhoek has tennis courts that can be reserved and hired out, Rent a mountain bike and explore the valley at your leisure

Wine Tasting on Horseback
For something more unusual, various Franschhoek wine estates offer wine tasting tours on horseback around their farms. Picnic in the lavender fields or herb garden of Bien Donne Werf farm and learn about their fruit research. Or take your basket to Chamonix, Dieu Donna, Boschendal or Riverside next to the Berg River.

Franschhoek Music
Jazz lovers will appreciate the live jazz outside La Grange on Friday evenings, while classical listeners are not forgotten with monthly classical concerts held at La Motte wine estate.

Franschhoek Heritage Culture
Take a tour of Mooiwater township or Pniel, the first town of the free slaves. Visit the Huguenot Memorial Museum for a history lesson of the Franschhoek settlers. Professor Rust will educate you on the heritage and the flora of the valley. For some French-Huguenot architecture, visit the Boschendal Manor (1685), Burgundy Bourgogne farm or the thatched Dutch Reformed Church (1847). David Walters at Roubaix House Gallery showcases some of the best South African art and promotes local artists. Watch artist David Walters himself throw clay. Make your own Shona sculpture at the Munhutapa Gallery at Boschendal.

Franschhoek Shops
The village centre boasts an array of art shops, galleries and specialist stores trading items such as Cape furniture, African and tribal artifacts, cottage furniture and scientific instruments, amongst others. Watch carpet weavers at work on hand-knotted carpets at Kei Carpets. The street market is open on Saturdays and the Kuns Ronvaart', an arts crafts and antiques route around the village, is another interesting alternative. Be sure not to miss out on the many interesting Franschhoek tourist attractions available in this beautiful area, along with the magnificent wine estates and golf estates in the Winelands.
Local Info

Franschhoek, Valley of the Huguenots, One of the premier destinations in the World of Food and Wine! Not surprising when one considers that this fertile ground is where the French first made wine in South Africa 300 years ago. Today, that noble tradition is carried forward by the members of the Vignerons de Franschhoek. Twenty-one wine farms, including some of South Africa's most respected names, who produce many of South Africa's top wines. All the noble cultivars and classic styles are on show here. From superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc to the rich reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Not to mention the valley's renowned methode Cap Classique Sparkling wines and Ports. And you'll be happy to know most farms readily welcome visitors for tastings. But Franschhoek's finer tastes don't end with wine. The picturesque valley also offers some of South Africa's most acclaimed restaurants and with everything from delicious Cape country fare to sublime French cuisine it's not surprising that the area if known as the Wine and Food Capital of South Africa. There's a menu here for every taste, and every pocket.
Guest Reviews

"Dont want to leave, tranquility was amazing. A dream come true. Thank you!"
- Marcon, January 2006

"Very beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Excellent breakfasts!"
- Newman, December 2005

"Very nice people, place, very nice food, we would love to come back for sure!"
- Lohle, December 2005

"Amazing food and service at your restaurant. Thanks to your friendly staff, we had a wonderdul stay!"
- Stewart, December 2005

"Excellent food, service and accommodation."
- Winton, December 2005

"The restaurant food was some of the best ever!"
- Hurwitz, December 2005

"Excellent stay, please relay our thanks to all staff."
- Wolstenholme, December 2005

"We had a lovely time here and are so happy we chose your beautiful country house for lodging in Franschhoek. Thank you all!!"
Aarset, December 2005
This restored manor house and former perfumery is situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek and surrounded by vineyards and mountains. Franschhoek Country House and Villas, a restored manor house and former perfumery, is situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek and surrounded by vineyards and mountains.
During summer, you can laze at the pool with beautiful mountain vistas, visit the boutique wine-farms in Franschhoek, or stroll in the charming town found by the French Huguenots. Attention to detail and personalized service is the motto of this country retreat. The ambience is one of a French provincial village, complete with water features, fountains, cobblestones and olive trees. All suites enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, fountain courtyard and swimming pools.

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