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Hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses and other places to stay in Franschhoek
As home to the largest concentration of award-winning restaurants in South Africa and as the honorary food and wine capital of the nation, the charming Cape Winelands village of Franschhoek boasts all sorts of accommodation: quaint bed and breakfasts, intimate and well-appointed guest houses, luxurious chalets, no-frills self-catering options, elegant five-star hotels and more.
No matter where you stay in the French-inspired Franschhoek though, you can be guaranteed that scenic vineyards, spectacular views, world-class cuisine and warm hospitality will be within easy reach; the town is also only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town.
So whether you overnight in the centre of the quaint village or in the midst of one of Francschhoek’s working wine farms, you’re bound to find yourself laying the framework for an unforgettable visit.
FIVE-STAR HOTELS IN FRANSCHHOEK
- Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa
Perched on the slope of the hills surrounding the town, Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway or an indulgent escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This luxurious five-star establishment is built on the grounds of an original country retreat, and though it has a total of 65 bedrooms, all featuring stately en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and remote control television with selected DStv channels, the hotel manages to retain a sense of rustic charm. Guests can treat themselves to some pampering at the award-winning on-site Camelot Spa, or can dine at the Le Verger restaurant, an eatery with an esteemed wine list.
Top tip: This is the ideal place to take a loved one on a romantic getaway. World Luxury Hotel Awards voted Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa the most romantic retreat in South Africa in 2011.
16 Minor Road | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 8900
- The Last Word Franschhoek
This exclusive and intimate five-star historic residence in the heart of the Franschhoek village boasts six luxurious rooms that claim an elegant and sophisticated interior complete with sumptuous home comforts. There are four double rooms that open onto private patio gardens and two suites, both of which have access to semi-private pools. All of the rooms have access to large en-suite bathrooms. Individuals with a taste for the finer things in life will appreciate the opulence, style and grace the Last Word has to offer.
Top tip: The hotel is in walking distance of all the best restaurants and boutique shopping in Franschhoek.
68 Huguenot Street | Franschhoek | +27 (0) 21 876 4723
- Mont Rochelle
If a personal touch is something that you value highly and old-world charm is your cup of tea, look no farther than the lavish five-star rooms of Mont Rochelle, a Franschhoek hotel set on a working wine farm. Whether you prefer a contemporary, classic or colonial design, this accommodation’s 16 bedrooms and 6 plush suites leave you with the feeling of being in a private manor house. The rooms span across three wings of the Provencal-style hotel, and each comes equipped with air-conditioned, satellite and DVD facilities, and a complimentary tea and coffee tray. Head to the in-house gym or get your adrenaline fix from a horse ride through the vineyards, an activity that can be arranged by the concierge.
Top tip: The Mange Tout Restaurant on the estate is a fine-dining establishment with breathtaking views of the valley. Alternatively, head out to The Country Kitchen (also on site) for a relaxed, Mediterranean feast.
Dassenberg Road | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 2770
FOUR-STAR HOTELS IN FRANSCHHOEK
- Protea Hotel Franschhoek
If you are seeking a hotel which exudes tranquillity and beauty, but that doesn’t significantly depreciate the contents of your wallet, look no farther than the Protea Hotel Franschhoek. Set squarely in the centre of town within easy reach of popular restaurants and shops, the four-star hotel offers 30 luxurious en-suite rooms, all equipped with air-conditioning, a bar fridge and a television. The hotel boasts its own in-house restaurant, a swimming pool and well-stocked vinotique.
Top tip: Each room receives complimentary Wi-fi (limited to 100mb)
33/34 Huguenot Road | Franschhoek | + 27 (0)21 876 3012
- Klein Oliphants Hoek Boutique Hotel
This charming and intimate four-star boutique hotel is sophisticated, comfortable and rich in character. Built as a mission station in 1888, Klein Oliphants Hoek takes pride in its warm and personalised customer service, and its cosy atmosphere. The small Franschhoek hotel offers eight elegantly decorated en-suite rooms at decent prices. The lounge area in the house has a diverse library and an elaborate fireplace. For guests looking for something extra special, the hotel offers suites with private pools or Jacuzzi’s, set in secluded courtyards – perfect for individuals who like their privacy.
Top tip: Each room is individually decorated. Keep your eyes peeled for the angelically inspired Courtyard Room, and the Hidden Missionary Room, an abode that used to be the original missionary’s quarters.
14 Akademie Street | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 2566
FIVE-STAR GUEST HOUSES IN FRANSCHHOEK
- Le Manoir De Brendel Estate
Nestled within 30 hectares of wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley, the Le Manoir de Brendel Guest House offers guests the opportunity to overnight in Franschhoek on a quaint, working farm renowned for its quiet and tranquillity. Choose from 10 luxurious suites, all of which are serviced daily and equipped with air-conditioners, satellite television, mini-bar, coffee and tea making facilities and a safe for valuables. For the actively inclined, head out to the tennis courts, or while away next to the pool. They also have an on-site spa for some r & r.
Top tip: Le Manoir De Brendel Estate is a popular wedding destination, and boasts a quaint wedding chapel next to the dam.
R45 | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 4525
FOUR-STAR GUEST HOUSES IN FRANSCHHOEK
Boschendal Wine Farm Cottages
Boschendal estate, which sits just outside of Franschhoek and is one of the oldest wine farms in the country, has an enticing accommodation offering that features different types of self-catering cottages to suit the mood and purpose of guests’ holidays. Nature lovers who are looking for a retreat can opt for either the large Rhodes Cottage or one of the smaller Orchard Cottages, both of which are located on a part of the estate that encourages adventuring in the outdoors – think of anything from swimming in dams and trail running to trout fishing and hiking. Those wanting a food and wine-focused experience can choose from either one of the Werf Cottages (perfect for two) or the Clarence Cottage (it can accommodate four) as these lodgings are centrally located close to Boschendal’s activity hub, which is home to a restaurant, deli, wine tasting room and picnic area). All cottages have a fireplace (so they’re ideal for winter), a fully-kitted kitchen, elegant décor and comfortable bedrooms and furnishings, making them ideal bases from which to explore the Cape Winelands town.
Top tip: Guests are able to request breakfast, lunch and dinner baskets to be brought to their respective cottage.
Boschendal Estate | Pniel Road | Groot Drakenstein | Franschhoek | +27 (0) 21 870 4274 (Boschendal accommodation has not yet been rated)
- Rickety Bridge Manor House
Set within the Rickety Bridge wine estate, an enchanting farm that overlooks sprawli vineyards and the majestic Wemmerschoek Mountains, the Manor House’s three en-suite rooms have every luxury of a four-star hotel as well as a romanticism of a time gone-by. All rooms have air-conditioning, under-floor heating, satellite television, mini bars, tea and coffee facilities, and free Wi-fi connectivity. The hotel offers good value for money, and the staff’s friendly, personalised approach will make you feel like a VIP.
Top tip: Avid bird-lovers will appreciate thewide variety of bird species in the beautiful gardens of the Manor House.
R45, Main Road | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 2129
- Rusthof Country House
This four-star exclusive country house is situated in the heart of Franschhoek and caters for no more than 16 guests at one time. The spacious double rooms are all en-suite with separate a bath and shower and are fully heated/air-conditioned. Ideally situated in Franschhoek’s main street, you are only one minute’s walk away from the best restaurants and galleries in town.
Top tip: Make sure to try the new, private in-house restaurant, called Ryan’s Kitchen.
12 Huguenot Street | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 3762
FOUR-STAR SELF-CATERING COTTAGES IN FRANSCHHOEK
- Blueberry Hill Cottages
Blueberry Hill is a small wine farm in the heart of the Franschhoek mountains, just 2km from the village centre. Two luxurious self-catering cottages afford guests exceptional mountain views and valley vistas. Both cottages have three bedrooms; two double rooms with queen size beds, and a third bedroom with a single bed. The open-plan kitchen is well-equipped, and has both an electric stove and microwave. Each cottage has a television, although the relaxed and family-orientated environment calls for long evenings spent in front of a roaring log fire or outside on the veranda sharing stories or playing cards.
Top tip: Braai-lovers will appreciate the breathtaking views over the valley from their balconies.
Middagkrans Road | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 3362
- Petit Plaisir
Petit Plaisir offers guests a single cottage that is fully equipped, stylishly decorated and within 10-minutes walk of the village centre. The four-star self-catering accommodation has a double bedroom (sleeps 2) and an en-suite bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, swimming pool, air-conditioning, satellite television and Internet access. Petit Plaisir is the perfect romantic hideaway for couples on a budget, and it offers visitors the ultimate luxury: privacy. The cottage has a kind of understated sophistication that will make you feel right at home, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Top tip: Enjoy the peaceful seclusion and breathtaking vistas from the veranda, while sampling some of the region’s delicious wines.
4 Heide Street | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 3091
- Heidi Cottage
This charming luxury four-star Franschhoek cottage is immaculately decorated and furnished in a Cape country style. The fully-equipped accommodation has two bedrooms, a large kitchen and a separate lounge/dining room. Also on offer is satellite television, laundry facilities and a braai area. Heidi Cottage is ideal for families, and is just a short walk from the restaurants, art galleries and shops in the town’s centre.
Top tip: Dip into the ample-sized saltwater pool to cool down on those hot summer days.
58 Akademie Street | Franschhoek | +27 (0) 79 955 3114
THREE-STAR SELF-CATERING COTTAGES IN FRANSCHHOEK
- La Galliniére Guest Cottages
La Galliniére Guest Cottages are located on a boutique vineyard, just a 15-minute walk from the town centre. The three self-catering cottages each sleep between two and four guests, and provide some of the best value-for-money accommodation in the area. Each cottage includes a well-equipped kitchen, complimentary toiletries, satellite television, quality linen and towels and complimentary tea and coffee. The three-star cottages also have an outdoor swimming pool and braai facilities.
Top tip: Children are welcome, and kids five years and younger stay for free.
Main Road | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 2579
- La Chataigne
La Chataigne is situated on a working wine farm roughly a 10-minute drive from the Franschhoek centre, and guests can choose to stay in any one of three quaint, recently renovated cottages. This charming and wallet-friendly Franschhoek accommodation flanks the Kastange River, which runs along the border of the farm. The three-star cottages have spectacular mountain views, and they are the perfect place to relax and forget about the chaos of city life. All three cottages have en-suite bathrooms and fully-equipped kitchens, and there is a swimming pool and braai facilities. There are also terraces on both sides of each cottage, areas that lend themselves to comfortable indoor and outdoor living.
Top tip: Take a stroll through the nearby pear orchard, and cool off in their modern swimming pool.
R45(just before La Motte wine estate) | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 3220
CAMPING, HOSTELS AND BACKPACKERS IN FRANSCHHOEK
- Otters Bend Backpackers Lodge
Otter’s Bend Lodge, in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, is the ideal, affordable country getaway for city dwellers and travellers on a strict budget. Each of the five, cosy log cabin rooms has a shower, basin and toilet en-suite with hot and cold running water. Although small and compact, the rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay. Bedding, pillows and towels are provided. The large, open communal room is equipped with cutlery, crockery, fridge, microwave, kettle, hot plate and kitchen utensils. There is also a huge fireplace, and there are braai facilities. Additionally, in amongst the orchards, with access to the communal area and pool, is a camping area. Camping is limited to three two-man tents.
Top tip: Situated on the banks of the Franschhoek River, this lodge has a tranquil ambience especially appealing to nature lovers. It is almost unbelievable to think that the village is only a 15-minute walk from the Otters Bend.
Dassenberg Road | Franschhoek | + 27 (0) 21 876 3200
Coming late 2019: La Colombe’s Indian-inspired eatery, Epice Franschhoek.
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