The 20 Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek

The 20 Best Places to Stay in Franschhoek

This French-flavoured resort town has a pillow for every person.

Just a short drive east of Cape Town, you’ll find this petite slice of Provence, where a handful of French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago (in 1688, to be precise).

Meaning “French corner” in Dutch, Franschhoek has since become a must-visit destination flecked with multi-cultural flavours, while still offering visitors a chance to explore its unique heritage and breathtaking natural beauty.

From boutique boltholes to monastic self-catering cottages and Provençal-style villas, there’s no shortage of lodgings in this exclusive Winelands resort. We’ve rounded up our favourites.

Have you stayed somewhere incredible in the valley? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Maison Cabrière

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Maison Cabriere
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Maison Cabriere Pool
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Maison Cabriere Garden
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Maison Cabriere Bedroom

When Dutch owners Eveline and Alexander de Vries-Spruijt decided to pause their careers in Amsterdam, to embark on an overseas adventure, they chose the tranquil town of Franschhoek to create Maison Cabrière: a boutique hotel that would be quite at home on the pages of a top interior magazine. A small wooden gate from the private parking opens onto a charming peach-pip pathway lined with lavender and rosemary bushes that, in turn, leads into a beautifully manicured garden surrounded by six stylish suites.

The lodgings

  • 3 suites in the main house
  • 3 suites in the adjacent house
  • king-size bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, double vanities and free-standing bath
  • private garden terrace or mountain-facing balcony
  • fireplace in most suites
  • Nespresso machine (with pods) and tea-making facilities
  • Bose Soundlink mini speaker
  • air conditioning and underfloor heating
  • complimentary wifi
  • TV with select DStv channels/ Netflix
  • communal lounge and honesty bar
  • spacious outdoor area with a wooden deck, pool and sun loungers
  • undercover gazebo with cushioned couches

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • walking and riding distance from the village (bikes provided)
  • surrounding restaurants and wine farms

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R2 500 – R3 000 per night (depending on season)
Where to find it 49 – 51 Cabriere Street, Franschhoek
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Gîte

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Gîte
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Gîte Setting
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Gîte Interior
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Gîte Bedroom

This working farm below the slopes of the Franschhoek mountains is a dream come true for discerning travellers looking to escape the noise of the city. Although it’s only a five-minute walk from the town centre, the sweeping vineyard vistas and tranquil countryside atmosphere make for a wonderful reprieve. Each gîte (French for cottage) is fully self-catering, so you’ll likely want to book a meal at one of the many restaurants in town.

The lodgings

  • 3 one-bedroom units, each sleeping 2
  • bathroom with a walk-in shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • private porch with a KolKol hot tub
  • outdoor braai
  • complimentary wifi
  • air conditioning

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • farm walks
  • hiking and mountain-biking
  • neighbouring wine farms
  • quaint shops, cafés, and galleries in nearby town centre

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per unit
Cost From R1 700 per unit per night (depending on season)
Where to find it Cabriere Street, Franschhoek
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La Chataigne

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Chataigne
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Chataigne Cottage Interior
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Chataigne Cottage Pool
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Chataigne Bedroom

On a working wine and fruit farm, La Chataigne is home to five stylish self-catering cottages in a wonderfully intimate (and relaxed) environment, making it a tranquil escape with all the creature comforts discerning travellers desire.

The lodgings

  • 2 Riverside Cottages (Marron and Kastanje); each sleep 4
  • 2 Stable Cottages (Blanc and Noir) with a private pool; each sleep 2
  • 1 Vineyard Cottage (Chestnut) with a private pool (sleeps 2; mattress/cot available on request)
  • king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms (with bath and shower)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge with an indoor fireplace
  • outdoor patio with a gas braai and seating area
  • TV with select DStv channels
  • air-conditioning
  • Nespresso machine
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • stroll through the vegetable garden and vineyards
  • communal Orchard Pool
  • Boules
  • swimming pool
  • personal wine-tasting on the farm
  • visit the town centre (7km away)
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes, in Marron and Kastanje only; all other cottages allow for children 14 years and older. Please note: there is an unfenced pool and river, so parents need to take full responsibility.
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per cottage
Cost R1 620 – R3 800 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
Where to find it R45, Franschhoek
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Tugela

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Tugela
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Tugela Entrance
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Tugela Lounge
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Tugela Bedroom

Right next door to its sister property, Tockie’s Cottage, this equally beautiful country house emanates a historical allure combined with modern appeal. Lovingly restored by the children of its original owners, the central sojourn transports guests to a time where family holidays in the sun and relaxing without devices were par for the course. Capacious interiors, high ceilings and an eclectic blend of botanical, wildlife and bird prints (with a decidedly African feel) create a whimsical and comfortable space in which to chill. There’s also a magical garden, home to squirrels, birds and the occasional owl.

The lodgings

  • bedroom 1 (the Turquoise Room) with a king-size bed and French doors leading out into the garden
  • bedroom 2 (the Pink Room) with a queen-size bed overlooking the rose garden and terracotta porch
  • bedroom 3 (the Blue Room) with  twin beds ( can be made into a king) overlooking the rose garden and terracotta porch
  • en-suite bathrooms with a shower and/or bath
  • open-plan living room and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • large sitting room with a smart TV and wood-burning stove
  • pool house with a change room, comfortable outdoor seating area, food prep area, large drinks fridge and pizza oven
  • large garden with a terrace, outdoor seating area and mountain views
  • swimming pool and braai area
  • air conditioning and heaters
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Good to know Want to invite the whole family? This cottage interconnects with its sister property Tockie’s Cottage, so you can rent out both for a more exclusive stay.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 6
Cost From R5 900 per night for the house (depending on season)
Where to find it Wilhelmina Street, Franschhoek
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7 Koppies

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: 7 Koppies
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: 7 Koppies Entrance
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: 7 Koppies Kitchen
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: 7 Koppies Bedroom

Perched on a small hill at the top of a long, winding dirt road, 7 Koppies is a tastefully quirky five-bedroom farmhouse in the Franschhoek Valley with spectacular, unhindered views of vineyards, the Simonsberg Mountains and an eminently hikeable fynbos reserve – all of which are best enjoyed at sunset, with a glass of vino, from the edge of the 25-metre-long pool.

The lodgings

  • 3 en-suite rooms (The Garden Room, The Mountain Room and The Orchard Room)
  • 2 spacious en-suite suites (The Valley Suite and The Courtyard Suite)
  • one-bedroom Rockwood Cottage with a kitchen, private pool and balcony
  • all rooms feature king-size beds and organic cotton bedding
  • open-plan communal lounge, fully equipped kitchen and dining area
  • 25-metre-long lap pool
  • outdoor terrace
  • manicured gardens
  • daily service
  • daily breakfast
  • laundry service
  • house manager
  • butler
  • security guard

Things to do

  • nature walks
  • swimming pool
  • surrounding wineries
  • restaurants, galleries, and shops in the town centre (12 minutes away)

Please note 7 Koppies is closed for renovations until 31 July 2021.
Child friendly? Yes, 13 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R4 000 per room per night (depending on season and room type; minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Wemmershoek Road, Franschhoek
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Leeu House

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Leeu House
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Leeu House Exterior
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Leeu House Courtyard
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Leeu House Bedroom

Situated on Franschhoek’s charming main road, Leeu House oozes historical charm that, combined with a pared-down colour palette and warm service, makes stays here rather special. Although very central, the property’s sweeping lawns, perfectly manicured hedges and palm-lined swimming pool – complete with a bar and cabanas – create a level of escapism that feels far removed from daily life.

The lodgings

  • 12 rooms (Classic, Deluxe, Classic with Terrace, and Deluxe with Terrace)
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and/or freestanding bath
  • spacious seating areas
  • wood-burning fireplace
  • private terrace or patio in select suites
  • limited minibar
  • air conditioning
  • complimentary wifi
  • breakfast each morning

Things to do

  • swimming pool with a bar and cabanas
  • The Conservatory serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Oku Asian eatery is footsteps away
  • attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R7 400 – R11 500 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
Where to find it 12 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
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La Petite Ferme

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Petite Ferme
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Petite Ferme Manor House
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Petite Ferme Vineyard Suite
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Petite Ferme Bathroom

With arguably the best panoramas of the Franschhoek Valley and surrounding mountains, this intimate boutique hotel has always had a decidedly well-heeled reputation, despite its laidback ambience and one-and-all appeal of its vineyard-facing front lawn. Perched on the northern slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, all nine rooms, as well as the charming glass-fronted restaurant, boast spellbounding valley and vineyard views.

The lodgings

  • 5 Vineyard Suites (Florentine, Provençale, Africa, Moresque and Léman), each with their own private pool
  • 4 Manor House Rooms (La Petite, Library, Veranda and Bridal) open onto a shared pool
  • king or queen-size bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and freestanding bath
  • indoor fireplace in Vineyard Suites
  • minibar with complimentary wine
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • air conditioning and heating
  • smart TV
  • complimentary wifi
  • breakfast each morning

Things to do

  • leisurely walks
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails (bikes provided)
  • complimentary guided vineyard tour and wine-tasting
  • swimming pool
  • on-site restaurant serving lunch and dinner
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per room
Cost From R3 013 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
Where to find it Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek
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Fransvliet

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Fransvliet
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Fransvliet Pool
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Fransvliet Patio
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Fransvliet Bedroom

If you’re headed to Franschhoek for the weekend, be it for a romantic getaway or a rendezvous with friends, you definitely want to be close to the action. About five minutes’ drive from the town centre, on the R45 Main Road, is Fransvliet Guest House. A short distance from some of the best restaurants and wine farms (and within walking distance from Leopard’s Leap Vineyards), this charming cottage is secluded enough to feel like you’re getting away from it all.

The lodgings

  • 8 suites varying in size
  • king or queen-size bed (can be made into twin beds)
  • pull-out sleeper couch (in two suites)
  • en-suite bathroom with bath and shower
  • indoor fireplace
  • private patio
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • TV with select DStv channels
  • complimentary wifi
  • breakfast each morning

Things to do

  • shared swimming pool, loungers and umbrellas
  • scenic walks
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per suite
Cost From R1 180 per night per person sharing (depending on season and suite type)
Where to find it R45 Main Road, Le Roux, Franschhoek
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La Cotte Farm Cottages

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Cotte Farm Cottages
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Cotte Farm Cottages Patio
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Cotte Farm Cottages Lounge
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Cotte Farm Cottages Bedroom

Aside from being an ever-popular wedding venue (one look at the scenic surrounds and you’ll understand why), this beautiful wine farm is also a sought-after destination for those seeking a quiet reprieve in a bucolic setting. An undeniable sense of peace and tranquillity, coupled with beautifully appointed lodgings, makes this country escape dating back to 1698 a firm favourite for people visiting the village.

The lodgings

  • 10 Orchard Cottages (divided into one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom cottages)
  • 9 Forest Cottages (divided into Mezzanine, one-bedroom and two-bedroom cottages)
  • en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with an indoor fireplace
  • smart TV with select DStv channels and Netflix
  • private pool at each Orchard Cottage
  • shared pool for Forest Cottages
  • shaded verandah with a braai and outdoor seating area
  • air conditioning and heating
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • farm walks
  • La Cotte Restaurant serves breakfast and brunch
  • view-drenched bar for afternoon and evening drinks
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 6 per cottage
Cost Orchard Cottages: From R2 457 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
Forest Cottages: From R2 700 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
Where to find it 24 La Cotte Street, Franschhoek
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Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Franschhoek Country House & Villas
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Franschhoek Country House & Villas Pool
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Franschhoek Country House & Villas Monneaux Restaurant
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Franschhoek Country House & Villas Bedroom

With the heady scent of lavender wafting through the air, rose bushes and lemon trees at every turn, and a stately Provençal-esque villa, you might think you’ve landed in the south of France when you arrive at this small luxury hotel in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley.
Set against the rugged Franschhoek mountains, the restored manor house has 26 French country-style rooms, each with high ceilings and exposed beams and a balcony boasting breathtaking views of the vineyards and valley beyond.

The lodgings

  • 14 standard and luxury rooms
  • 12 luxury villa suites
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and deep-soaking tub
  • Nespresso machine
  • spacious lounge and entertainment area, and balcony with chaise-longues (in villa suites only)
  • minibar
  • complimentary wifi
  • indoor fireplaces
  • air conditioning
  • breakfast each morning

Things to do

  • award-winning Monneaux Restaurant
  • on-site spa treatments
  • two swimming pools (one heated)
  • explore the landscaped gardens
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per room/ suite
Cost From R2 450 – R3 950 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
Where to find it Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
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La Clé Lodge

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Clé Lodge
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Clé Lodge Exterior
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Clé Lodge Lounge
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Clé Lodge Bedroom

Among sweeping vineyards and beautiful gardens, La Clé Lodge is the epitome of a sequestered farm stay. Its Cape Dutch-inspired interiors (courtesy of Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs), coupled with a tennis court, helipad, duck ponds, water features, and lush lawns as far as the eye can see, make this the ultimate hideaway –  not to mention a team of experienced chefs on hand to tend to all your dining desires.

The lodgings

  • 2 king-size Garden Rooms
  • 2 king-size Petite Rooms
  • 1 king-size Courtyard Room
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and/or freestanding bath
  • small seating area
  • private patio leading out onto the garden (in Garden and Courtyard rooms only)
  • TV with select DStv channels
  • in-room safe
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary snacks
  • heated towel rails
  • complimentary wifi
  • spacious living and relaxation areas
  • farmhouse kitchen
  • helipad
  • breakfast each morning
  • Winter Cocooning dinner

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • bicycles (subject to availability)
  • tennis court
  • in-house massage treatments
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes, 12 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R3 250 per room per night (SA resident’s rate, depending on season and room type)
Where to find it 32 Cabriere Street, Franschhoek
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Vineyard Retreat

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Vineyard Retreat Farm Sanctuary
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Vineyard Retreat Farm Sanctuary Interior
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Vineyard Retreat Farm Sanctuary Patio
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Vineyard Retreat Farm Sanctuary Patio

This newly remodelled Provençal-style sojourn offers a peaceful and private escape from which to explore the renowned valley. Set on a boutique farm within 10 minutes walk from the heart of the village, the retreat boasts old teak windows, with olive green shutters and a vibrant interior palette planting it in the 21st century. Towering cypress trees and a vineyard right outside your front door enhance its countryside charm.

The lodgings

  • open-plan interior with a queen-size bed and lounge area
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • outdoor patio with a seating area
  • indoor wood-burning fireplace
  • kitchenette
  • shaded outdoor courtyard
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • shared 25-metre swimming pool and sun loungers
  • on-site equipped gym
  • scenic garden walks
  • Farm Sanctuary SA (featuring world famous painting pig, PIGCASSO, ‘OINK wine’ tasting and sanctuary tours)
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? On request
Sleeps 2
Cost R1 500 per night for the house
Where to find it 63 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek
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Le Petit Manoir

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Le Petit Manoir
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Le Petit Manoir Exterior
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Le Petit Manoir Deli
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Le Petit Manoir Bedroom

On Franschhoek’s main drag (Huguenot Road for GPS purposes), this pint-sized guesthouse is perfectly positioned within walking distance of many of the town’s central attractions – a huge boon if you’re travelling without a vehicle. The garden and pool area are surrounded by walls, but the utterly central location is still a huge drawcard.

The lodgings

  • 4 King Suites
  • extra-length king-size bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and freestanding bath
  • private balcony
  • Nespresso machine
  • complimentary tea and coffee pods
  • Smeg minibar
  • wood-burning fireplace
  • air conditioning
  • complimentary wifi
  • complimentary breakfast served each morning
  • communal swimming pool
  • welcome drink on arrival

Things to do

  • garden with a swimming pool
  • Le Petit Manoir restaurant and deli
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R3 570 per room (depending on season)
Where to find it 54 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
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Le Quartier Français

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Le Quartier Francais
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Le Quartier Francais Protege
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Le Quartier Francais Suite
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Le Quartier Francais Bedroom

Le Quaf (as it’s affectionately known) is a sumptuous, sophisticated and central stopover just off of Franschhoek’s main drag, where contemporary art, exemplary service and a clutch of 27 beautiful rooms await. In addition to Protégé, a casual fine-dining restaurant that nurtures young talent, the hotel is also home to Epice.

The lodgings

  • 25 rooms (Auberge rooms, Grande rooms, Four Quarters suites and Petite Garden suites)
  • 2 Pool Suites with their own private garden and swimming pool
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and/or bath
  • spacious seating areas
  • wood-burning fireplace
  • private courtyard, Juliette balcony or patio
  • minibar
  • air conditioning
  • complimentary wifi
  • breakfast each morning

Things to do

  • resident art gallery
  • swimming pool
  • on-site restaurants Protégé and Epice
  • complimentary tasting of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines at Leeu Estates
  • nearby attractions in town centre

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per room
Cost From R8 200 – R14 000 per night (depending on season and room type)
Where to find it Corner of Berg and Wilhelmina Streets, Franschhoek
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Macaron Boutique Guest House

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Macaron Boutique Guest House
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Macaron Boutique Guest House Breakfast Area
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Macaron Boutique Guest House Lounge
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Macaron Boutique Guest House Suite

On the corner of a quaint residential road, a stone’s throw from Franschhoek’s buzzy centre, Macaron Boutique Guest House offers countryside comfort in an intimate setting. The beautiful Victorian house is home to nine suites spread across two buildings and, despite its central location, the property features a large garden with two pools that provide an undeniable sense of tranquillity.

The lodgings

  • 9 suites with king-size beds
  • en-suite bathroom with shower
  • desk and seating area
  • private patio and wood-burning fireplace in select rooms
  • TV with select DStv channels
  • mini bar (additional cost)
  • air conditioning
  • complimentary tea and coffee
  • complimentary wifi
  • breakfast each morning
  • complimentary macarons
  • shared lounge area

Things to do

  • two swimming pools
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R1 482 per room per night until September 2021 (depending on room type)
Where to find it 28 Van Wijk Street, Franschhoek
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La Residence

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Residence
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Residence Setting
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Residence Lounge
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: La Residence Bedroom

Set among sweeping vineyards, plum orchards and olive groves in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, this 12-hectare estate is the epitome of countryside elegance. Opulent interiors designed by Liz Biden complement the breathtaking surrounds and spectacular mountain backdrop, while friendly staff and personalised service make this tranquil space all the more desirable for a luxurious Winelands retreat.

The lodgings

  • 11 Luxury and Superior Suites within the main hotel (each sleeping 2)
  • 5 large Vineyard Suites (each sleeping 4)
  • private pool and outdoor dining area in select Vineyard Suites
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and freestanding bath
  • seating area and desk
  • private patio
  • TV with select DStv channels and Netflix
  • fully stocked minibar
  • air conditioning and underfloor heating
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary wifi
  • breakfast each morning
  • complimentary shuttle service into town centre

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • on-site spa room
  • restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • wine-tasting cellar
  • game viewing (miniature horses, springboks, guinea fowl and peacocks)
  • explore the 12-hectare estate (cabernet sauvignon and shiraz vineyards, plum orchards, herb garden and olive groves)
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding golf courses and world-renowned wine farms

Child friendly? Yes (children over 10 in the main hotel; children of all ages in the Vineyard Suites)
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per suite
Cost From R6 500 per person per night (depending on season and suite type)
Where to find it Elandskloof Private Road, Elandskloof Farm, Franschhoek
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Leeu Estates

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Leeu Estates
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Leeu Estates Spa
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Leeu Estates Outdoor Dining
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Leeu Estates Bedroom

On the slopes of the Dassenberg mountains lies a 100-hectare wine farm with an immaculately restored Manor House, boasting sublime views of vineyards, gardens and fynbos. Owned by Indian entrepreneur Analjit Singh, this estate is one of four farms he acquired after a serendipitous visit to Franschhoek in 2010, during which he felt “a deep sense of belonging, of energy, a sense of place.” Interestingly, Singh means lion in Sanskrit, which translated into Afrikaans is leeu.

The lodgings

  • 17 rooms (Classic, Deluxe, Studio, Executive Suite and Executive Suite with Terrace)
  • 6 cottages
  • en-suite bathroom with a rain shower
  • seating area and desk
  • wood-burning fireplace in select suites
  • private courtyard or patio
  • unlimited minibar
  • air conditioning and underfloor heating
  • complimentary wifi
  • breakfast each morning

Things to do

  • Bokkie Garden
  • Leeu Spa by Healing Earth with heated swimming pool
  • on-site restaurants Le chêne and La Petite Colombe
  • wine-tasting at Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines studio
  • gin-tasting spirit room
  • Everard Read art gallery
  • fully equipped gym
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per suite
Cost From R9 200 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
Where to find it Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
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Stone Cottage Retreat

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Stone Cottage Farm Sanctuary
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Stone Cottage Farm Sanctuary Exterior
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Stone Cottage Farm Sanctuary Bedroom
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Stone Cottage Farm Sanctuary Interior

This eclectic Tuscan-meets-Morrocan stone cottage on a working farm (only a few minutes from the town centre) provides a wonderful reprieve from the noise of daily life, inviting you to soak up the serenity of one of the most exclusive valleys in the world.
What’s more, your stay will support the neighbouring Farm Sanctuary SA, a home for rescued farm animals, one of whom is Pigcasso, a pig who paints!

The lodgings

  • open-plan interior with a queen-size bed and lounge area
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • freestanding bath overlooking the garden
  • indoor wood-burning fireplace
  • kitchenette and coffee table
  • shaded outdoor courtyard
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • shared 25-metre swimming pool and sun loungers
  • on-site equipped gym
  • scenic garden walks
  • Farm Sanctuary SA (featuring world famous painting pig, PIGCASSO, ‘OINK wine’ tasting and sanctuary tours)
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? On request
Sleeps 2
Cost R1 500 per night for the cottage
Where to find it 63 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek
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Tockie’s Cottage

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Tockie's Cottage
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Tockie's Cottage Kitchen
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Tockie's Cottage Lounge
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Tockie's Cottage Bedroom

On one of the oldest streets in the village, this heritage-rich cottage oozes charm and understated elegance. Although a mere stone’s throw from the slew of attractions on Franschhoek’s main drag, the bougainvillea-wrapped courtyard and spacious garden provide guests with a feeling of being splendidly secluded. In addition to complete privacy and a lovely modern-farmhouse feel, the mountain views from the outside relaxation area enhance its appeal.

The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom with a king-size bed and French doors opening onto the garden
  • 1 bedroom with twin beds (can be made into a king) and French doors opening onto the garden
  • en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower
  • open-plan TV, dining and kitchen area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • outdoor eating area in the courtyard garden
  • dining table seats 8
  • TV room with a smart TV and a gas fireplace
  • spacious garden with a swimming pool and braai area
  • air conditioning and wall heaters
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Good to know Want to invite the whole family? This cottage interconnects with its sister property Tugela, so you can rent out both for a more exclusive stay.
Child friendly? Yes (pool fence available on request, for Tockie’s only)
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 4
Cost From R3 025 per night for the cottage (depending on season)
Where to find it Berg Street, Franschhoek
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Mont Rochelle

Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Mont Rochelle
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Mont Rochelle Miko Restaurant
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Mont Rochelle Suite Dining
Best Franschhoek Accommodation: Mont Rochelle Bedroom

As he is known to do, Sir Richard Branson took a 17th-century hilltop estate in the magnificent Franschhoek Winelands and turned it into Leisure Land, where polished service, plush (yet pared-back) furnishings and an unbeatable location are all part and parcel of the Virgin experience.  All the rooms have a sexy weekend-away vibe, where local interior designers Hot Cocoa have struck the perfect balance between restrained and whimsical. Exposed-beam ceilings, oversized floor-to-ceiling windows offering killer views of the mountainous valley enhance the luxe factor.

The lodgings

  • 26 rooms (Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet, Pinotage and Cap Classique rooms)
  • king-size bed
  • open-plan bathroom with a freestanding bath
  • fully stocked minibar
  • TV lounge
  • private terrace
  • indoor wood-burning fireplace
  • private plunge pool in Cap Classique rooms

Things to do

  • tennis
  • Boules
  • croquet
  • spa treatments
  • horse-riding around the 100-acre estate
  • heated outdoor swimming pool
  • vineyard-facing gym
  • wine-tasting
  • in-house restaurants Miko and The Country Kitchen
  • scenic picnics
  • nearby attractions in town centre
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R5 000 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
Where to find it Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
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Time of publication: 23 June 2021