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Franschhoek Country House

Cape Winelands, Franschhoek, South Africa

Franschhoek Country House in the picturesque wine country of South Africa
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Set in the picturesque wine-producing valley of Franschhoek, the Franschhoek Country House offers luxury and indulgence. Flanked by the majestic Huguenot Mountains in the picturesque hamlet of Franschhoek, this up-market country house enjoys an excellent location in a magnificent wine-producing region.

This restored manor house and former perfumery dating back to 1890, is situated on the outskirts of the historic village and is surrounded by enchanting vineyards. An hour’s drive from Cape Town make it the perfect getaway for anyone visiting the Western Cape.

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The original Franschhoek Country House offer 14 well equipped rooms including 6 standard rooms, 5 luxury rooms and 2 cottages - all designed with your comfort in mind offering charming accommodation and expected services to invite you to relax and unwind. All en-suite rooms are individually appointed and have comfortable lush duvets with embroided percale cotton linen.

All rooms include en-suite bathrooms, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and air-conditioning and most rooms have private balconies. A laundry service and room service is also available to guests

Standard Rooms (6)
Standard Rooms are located in the original manor house dating back to 1890 with charming rooms all renovated to offer all the expected luxuries and amenities. All en-suite rooms have a small lounge area inside each room together with a private balcony. In addition a separate guest lounge offer guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy a complimentary sherry.

Standard Rooms facilities include en-suite bathrooms with a range of amenities, shaver plugs, private balcony, individual air-conditioning, in-room tv, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities, overhead fans, safe in room, hairdryers and separate dresser tables.

Luxury Rooms (5)
The Luxury Rooms are located separately and in additional to all the facilities and amenities of the standard rooms offer more space also including a lounge area inside the room as well as a fire place and under carpet heating. Most luxury rooms offer a private patio or balcony to enjoy the views of the fountains and gardens of lavender.

Luxury Rooms facilities include full en-suite bathrooms with a range of amenities, shaver plugs, individual air-conditioning, fireplaces, under carpet heating, in-room tv, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities, overhead fans, safe in room, hairdryers.

Garden Cottages (2)
The Garden Cottages can also cater for guests with small children and consist of a downstairs area with en-suite bedroom with private patio area. Upstairs is a lounge with fold-out bed and a balcony with a view over the surrounding vineyards.

Garden Cottages facilities include full en-suite bathrooms with a range of amenities, shaver plugs, individual air-conditioning, in-room tv, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities, overhead fans, safe in room, hairdryers. Each have a patio downstairs and a balcony upstairs with a view over the surrounding vineyards.

Villa Suites (12)
The recently added luxurious Villa Suites offer discerning guests demanding opulence and space in a relaxed country setting. Arguably the best suites on offer in the winelands, the suites are each a total of 100sqm in size which include a separate lounge, bedroom and picturesque bathroom and 2 private balconies.

Entering into a welcome atmosphere of luxury and space the spacious lounge includes comfortable seating arrangements, an in-room dining facility, mini-bar, entertainment system with satellite tv, fireplace, air-conditioning, dvd player and music throughout the suite. The lounge also leads out onto a large private balcony with loungers to relax and enjoy the gardens and views.

The separate bedroom is luxuriously appointed with all the expected amenities and facilities, lush duvets, quality percale linnen and a choice of pillows to make you feel at home. The bedroom is also equipped with a separate air-conditioning which leads onto the second balcony.

The picturesque bathrooms with it's picture perfect layout includes stand-alone baths, separate shower, bidet and double basins with granite tops. Music in the bathroom and underfloor heating throughout completes the experience of luxury and indulgence!

Villa Suite Amenities & Facilities include:
• Separate lounge to bedroom leading to the bathroom
• Mini Bar
• Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
• In-room dining facility
• Entertainment system with dvd, satellite tv, music throughout the suite
• 3 x Direct Dial Telephone (for each room)
• 2 x Air-conditioners (separate from the bedroom to bathroom)
• Large balcony (or patio on the ground floor) with pool loungers and garden furniture
• Second small walk out balcony (or patio on the ground floor)
• Dresser table with hairdryer
• Comfortable cupboard arrangements
• Bathrooms with double basins, shower, bidet, separate toilet

Pamper yourself with a range of treatments including massages, reflexology, facials, manicures, pedicures and signature treatments. The perfect way to relax and unwind our qualified and professional staff looks forward to spoiling you at our welcoming and intimate treatment room with standard and signature treatments.

Standard Treatments
• Aromatic, neck, back and shoulder massage
• Aromatic full body massage
• Reflexology
• Full body salt scrub and mud wrap
• A range of facials

Signature Treatments
• Sole Delight
• Proudly South African Mud Experience
• Back Revival
• Chocolate Fanatics
• African Wood Massage
• Cooling Off
• Complete Renewal
• Especially For Men
• Top to Toe Essentials
• Buttered Up

Monneaux Restaurant
The famous Monneaux Restaurant ranks among South Africa's top restaurants, and serves an inspired contemporary take on the classics. Lunch is enjoyed on the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree while dinner is enjoyed in the elegant but relaxed dining room in the original manor house.

Set on the original site of Franschhoek's first parfumerie, today its the heavenly scent of chef Louis Jansen cooking that inspires at the Monneaux Restaurant, a Cape culinary classic.

Even by the food & wine capital of the country's high standards, Monneaux is an extra-ordinary success, having been in the country's Top 100 list for six years consecutively, on the Top 10 list for two years and winning the American Express Platinum Award for fine dining.

The underground cellar is available for private functions where dinner can be enjoyed by an impressive selection of local and foreign wines. The restaurant's bar lounge provide a comfortable environment to relax and enjoy the company you're with.

The wine list emphasizes the boutique wines of the Franschhoek Valley as well as an impressive selection of other award winning wines of South Africa.

Flanked by the majestic Huguenot Mountains, the Franschhoek Country House is about an hour's drive from Cape Town. Situated in the heart of the wine-route, Franschhoek has plenty to offer.

Wine-tasting on the farms in the area, or in the neighbouring towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl, is a popular tourist pastime. Cape Dutch architecture, gentle walks in the valley and tales of its Huguenot heritage are all part of Franschhoek's charm.

Visit the Huguenot Monument and learn of the families who settled on land in the Cape given to them by Governor Simon van der Stel. With them, they brought their in expertise agriculture and wine-making. The wine cultivars introduced by the Huguenots have today matured into a complete range of renowned quality red and still white wines and port. Relax and enjoy the beauty of the valley in the comfort of the Franschhoek Country House.

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.

Things to Do and Places of Interest in and Around Franschhoek
In Franschhoek it’s all about food & wine and if you are looking for good food and good wine – this is the perfect town! Many of South Africa’s top restaurants and wine farms are in Franschhoek and there are numerous options to choose from.

Following is a list of all the places of interest in and around Franschhoek – some of them as close as a 5 minute drive and other a day’s trip.

Wine Tasting and Cellar Tours
There are numerous wine farms in the Franschhoek Valley. The farms in Franschhoek are all within 5-8km radius and, although smaller farms, they produce some of South Africa’s best wines. To visit these wine farms is one of those “must do’s” during your visit to our valley.

Paarl and Stellenbosch are also very well known for their wines and wine routes and are well worth the visit – they are both a half an hours drive away from Franschhoek.

Places of Historical Interest
The Huguenot Monument and memorial museum is based in Franschhoek and forms the focal point of the Franschhoek Valley. The museum serves as a research, information and education centre on the Huguenots.

Horse Riding
The Mont Rochelle Equestrian Centre offers trail riding, wine tasting on horseback and riding lessons with expert supervision and tuition. They offer rides for the novice and the more experienced riders. Horse-drawn carriage rides can also be arranged.

The Franschhoek Valley offers a wide variety of shopping opportunities, all with in a five-minute drive from Franschhoek Country House: Jewellery Shops, Farm Stalls, Boutiques, Arts & Crafts, Curios, Kei Carpets, Galleries and Antique Shops and many more are all available in this little village and is well worth the visit.

Approximately thirty minutes drive from Franschhoek, one can also find Paarl or Stellenbosch with larger shopping malls.

Paarl & Stellenbosch
Both of these towns are a 20-30 minute drive from Franschhoek and have a lot to offer. Among these are:
• Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
• Afrikaans Language Monument and Afrikaans Language Museum
• Bird Sanctuary – along the banks of the Berg River featuring 136 species
• Snake Park, Ostrich Farms, Crocodile Farm and Butterfly World
• Sasol Arts Museum
• University of Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens
• Stellenbosch Village Museum
• Oom Samie se Winkel – A typical village shop in existence for many years
• Ballooning

This is a day’s trip and really worth the visit. On your way there take the coastal route from Gordon’s Bay and return over the Franschhoek pass from Villiersdorp. The scenery there and back is worth the trip and Hermanus is a beautiful town. It is also known as one of the best spots in the world for whale-watching - the months of August to September is the best time.

There are numerous beaches only an hour’s drive from Franschhoek at Strand and Gordon’s Bay. Most of these beaches are safe and have lifeguards on duty. One can also visit the beaches around Cape Town.

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