Set in the picturesque wine-producing valley of Franschhoek, the Franschhoek Country House and Villas offers luxury rooms in a beautiful setting and fantastic food.
This restored manor house and former perfumery dating back to 1890 is situated on the outskirts of the village in the Cape wine lands and is surrounded by vineyards and majestic mountains, just an hour's drive from Cape Town.
The in-house Monneaux Restaurant is rated as one of South Africa's best and serves an inspired fusion of Western and Eastern influences. Lunch is served on the magnificent fountain terrace and dinner in the relaxed, yet elegant dining room. The wine list emphasizes some of the top wines of the region. Breakfast is full English or continental and lunch and dinner are a la carte.
The Country House offers 14 luxury rooms - most lead out onto balconies or private patios. All rooms have luxuries and amenities including satellite TV, direct dial telephone. Some also feature fire places, under carpet heating and air-conditioning. The new Villa Suites offer the ultimate in luxury and are all 100sq metres in size.
Franschhoek has plenty to offer the visitor, with many restaurants, shops and craft centres as well as the wine routes. 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. Other activities such as horse riding, mountain biking and golf can be arranged from here.
Table Mountain, stunning coastal scenery, penguins, plus wine tasting. Heaven?
"Lovely setting and water features in the grounds. Our suite was lovely but the bed was a bit hard for our preference. Hotel Restaurant menu was a combination of "small plates" - from which you were recommended to select 3 to 5 dishes, which was nice for 1 night but there are many other fabulous restaurants in the town."