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The Franschhoek Farmhouse is a private villa, an hour’s drive from Cape Town, which channels a luxury London flat, transported to the eye- wateringly beautiful Franschhoek Valley and figged out with plush fabrics – lush toiles, chintzes and linens — in shades of soft celadons and mustards.

The house exudes the sweet aroma of well-being from big fireplaces in the lounge, to heated floors and aircons, plus a kitchen with a full batterie de cuisine with its signature collection of copper pans.

The creative owners have set their stall out with emphasis on their own favourite pieces of South African art, including paintings by Neil Rodger, Gregoire Boonzaier, Edward Wolfe and sculptor Dylan Lewis, plus a marvelously eclectic mix of Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian objects d’art and furniture.  At The Franschhoek Farmhouse comfort is the byline and its owners have thoughtfully lavished their own extensive experience of toney destinations into the expensive mix.

The villa is within walking distance of the enchanting town of Franschhoek which is a monument to the French Huguenots who, fleeing religious persecution, arrived in South Africa from France during the late 17th century bringing with them their unique culture.  The result is a town of unparalleled interests set amongst centuries-old vineyards, cascading mountainscape and Cape Dutch architecture. It is fitting that its history chimes with a variety of food outlets, from extreme fine dining to dishy bistros.  

There is everything to do at The Franschhoek Farmhouse from swimming in the lap pool to walking the mountain paths that wind through fynbos and wildlife at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve with its extensive views over Franschhoek Valley. The town is a favourite destination for top chefs (short cooking courses are on offer), high teas, markets, museums and lots of wine tasting

A guest says, “It is a place of complete relaxation. It’s how I imagined the house would have evolved if the family who built it had lived here forever.” And whether you are sipping a hundred year old malt whiskey on the verandah overlooking the gardens or ‘antiqueing’ in the town, you feel this sense of a place that has built over centuries.

What we love!

  • The full service offered at The Franschhoek Farmhouse – unobtrusive concierge from the in-house butler and a professional chef providing wonderful home-cooked meals.
  • The vegetable garden is a feast for the eyes and, since the organic veggies grown here end up on your plate, a feast for the palate too!
  • The Franschhoek markets with their carefully curated selection of local fresh produce, delicatessens, craft beers, coffee brewers, and other treats. Shop for unique craft, art, vintage clothing, and antiques.
  • The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, stonking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history.
  • The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
  • A 30 minute drive away is the celebrated Babylostoren, an historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best-preserved farmyards in the Cape. Beloved for its magnificent garden that is laid out over 3,5 hectares with indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks and chickens, and more.

Reviewed by Lin Sampson

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (2 three-quarters)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (queen)
  • 3 x Bedrooms (king)
  • Bedrooms ensuite
  • Butler
  • Chef
  • Full time housekeeper
  • Servicing (daily)

Guests

Sleeps 13

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Rates

R44 000 - R61 000 per night