An eclectic mix of old-world sophistication and contemporary design, Franschhoek Boutique Hotel offers high-end hotel style service with the comfort of country living.
Situated just off the Franschhoek main street lined with high-end boutiques, fine dining restaurants and amazing art galleries, it is perfect for that special occasion, romantic getaway or honeymoon, in winter or summer.
Each of the 12 rooms are uniquely and luxuriously decorated, though visitors are likely to spend most of their time out and about visiting the nearby historical Cape Dutch Wineries. The Franschhoek area is world renowned for making excellent versions of almost every varietal of wine and if sparkling wine appeals, there’s also a dedicated Cap Classique route here in the area.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history.
Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in a vintage style railway tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour.
The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is part of the UNESCO declared Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve. Situated in the Franschhoek Mountains, the reserve offers spectacular views of the Franschhoek Valley, diverse plant life and over 30km of safe, well-maintained hiking trails (ranging from 2 hour walks to day hikes).
You can buy permits online at webtickets, at the entrance to the reserve or at select outlets in Franschhoek.
The Franschhoek Valley with its age-old oaks and rolling vineyards is known for its large array of cellars, from smaller boutique wineries to bigger cellars that offer visitors organised tours and tastings.
Home to some of the country’s most loved cultivars and classic styles, these range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Some of South Africa’s extraordinary Méthode Cap Classiques are produced here, and can be enjoyed during a trip along the Franschhoek MCC Route.
The wines made by the Vignerons de Franschhoek can be tasted, paired with wonderful food available from Franschhoek’s restaurants, many of which are found on the wine estates.