A small band of French Huguenots, who fled their country to avoid religious prosecution in 1688, settled in this valley, tightly hemmed in by mountains. The settlers soon developed impressive vineyards and homesteads, which to this day bear their original French names. With the impressive Huguenot Memorial, museum and rose garden at its head, the town has just one main street, lined with antique shops, cafés and restaurants.
The enchanting Franschhoek Country House & Villas is the perfect retreat from which to explore the vineyards and estates in the area. The elegant French provincial rooms and suites all offer ensuite bathrooms with stand-alone baths and separate showers. The cottages, with their own private gardens, are ideal for families, while the spacious villa suites include private balconies, a large sitting room, entertainment system and underfloor heating.
Guests will be impressed by a contemporary take on culinary classics at the award-winning Monneaux restaurant, where gourmet meals are served with boutique wines from the region and the rest of South Africa. For more intimate dining, the underground cellar is available for private functions. The nearby attractions range from cheese and wine-tasting to horseback and hiking trails. Golf and paragliding in the Franschhoek Mountains will be sure to thrill adventure-seekers.
What we love about Franschhoek Country House & Villas
- Indulge in mouth-watering meals prepared by the renowned Monneaux Restaurant, served under a flourishing pepper tree in the fountain courtyard.
- Unwind with a soul-soothing treatment, such as the Top to Toe Essentials or the Proudly South African Mud Experience, in the first-class Treatment Room.