Vrede en Lust: A Charming Countryside Stay Near Franschhoek

Vrede en Lust: A Charming Countryside Stay Near Franschhoek

Four-star accommodation meets old-world charm at this picturesque winelands retreat.

At the foot of the Klapmuts Road, a short drive from the picturesque town of Franschhoek lies Vrede en Lust.

Originally established as a working wine farm more than 300 years ago, the estate now boasts a popular wine-tasting centre, four-star accommodation, conference and event facilities, a magical wedding venue, and a wonderful bistro-bakery called Lust.

Towering ancient oaks create a magnificent backdrop for the contemporary rooms and, together with attentive service, make this a stay you won’t soon forget.

The lodgings

The estate offers three accommodation options: a historical self-catering Manor House that sleeps eight; three picturesque Jonkmanshuis Cottages, each sleeping four; and 10 Luxury Vineyard Suites that sleep two each. The latter are perfect for travellers looking for a sophisticated stopover, while the Manor House and Cottages offer an inside look at the old-warm charm present on every corner of the estate.

Manor House

Dating back to 1688, this historical homestead sleeps eight guests in four bedrooms, and offers panoramic vineyard and mountain views.

Facilities:

  • three double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, all en-suite and individually decorated
  • large reception room, spacious lounge with fireplace, and formal dining room
  • view-drenched outdoor patio overlooking the valley
  • pool house with bar, dining area, bathroom and large patio
  • lush, landscaped garden with swimming pool
  • large outdoor boma with fire pit
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • complimentary wi-fi
  • air-conditioning

Cost From R22 950 per night, includes breakfast (exclusive use, depending on season)

Luxury Vineyard Suites

Surrounded by vineyards, with the spectacular Simonsberg mountain as the backdrop, these 10 suites offer guests a modern stay with breathtaking countryside views.

Facilities:

  • 10 suites with king-sized or twin beds, and an en-suite bathroom (five rooms have both a bath and a shower, and five have just a shower)
  • private patio with vineyard and mountain views
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • a safe
  • small fridge
  • TV with select DStv channels
  • complimentary wi-fi
  • air-conditioning
  • hair dryer
  • bath and swimming towels provided

Cost From R2 295 per suite per night, includes breakfast (depending on season)

Jonkmanshuis Cottages

These three spacious cottages are perfect for a private, peaceful and picturesque countryside stay.

Marguerite Cottage

  • sleeps four guests in two en-suite double bedrooms
  • living room with a fireplace and flat screen TV with select DStv channels
  • fridge and microwave oven
  • access to a landscaped garden and shared pool
  • air-conditioning

Cost From R4 195 per unit per night, includes breakfast (depending on season)

Barbère Cottage

  • sleeps four guests in two en-suite double bedrooms  
  • living room with a fireplace and flat screen TV with select DStv channels
  • small kitchen
  • access to a landscaped garden and shared pool
  • air-conditioning

Cost From R4 195 per unit per night, includes breakfast (depending on season)

Jacques Cottage

  • sleeps four guests in two en-suite double bedrooms  
  • living room with a fireplace and flat screen TV with select DStv channels
  • fridge and microwave oven
  • access to a landscaped garden and shared pool
  • air-conditioning

Cost From R4 195 per unit per night, includes breakfast (depending on season)

While you’re there…

…enjoy a complimentary wine-tasting (or two!) at the Cellar Door Tasting Centre, open daily until 5pm. Breakfast is served at Lust Bistro and Bakery, which also offers lunch, take-home baked goods, and everything else in between – all made from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The smiling staff (headed by chef Jean Pierre Smith) and fresh decor add to the farmhouse-kitchen charm, while the outdoor play area is a great way to keep the little ones entertained.

Then there’s the nearby town of Franschhoek – brimming with art galleries, top-notch eateries, outdoor activities and many other exciting things to do – perfect for an outing with family or friends.

Whether you’re after a weekend away with loved ones, or are simply seeking a scenic reprieve away from it all, Vrede en Lust might be just the place you’ve been looking for.

Distance from CT 1 hour
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Where to find it Vrede & Lust Estate, intersection R45 & Klapmuts Road, Simondium, Western Cape

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