I was invited by the Three Cities Hotel Group to join them at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa yesterday morning, and immediately jumped at the opportunity.
Franschhoek is definitely one of those places in South Africa that I can’t get enough of, in an area that can be described as one of the most beautiful wine valleys of the world.
Driving through there in the early morning, seeing the chilly winter sun lighting up the Franschhoek and Jonkershoek mountain range surrounding the village. Witnessing the hustle and bustle of the shop keepers opening their doors and positioning their tables in the slivers of sun available. Franschhoek always lives up to its description of being spectacular. I love the winding roads guiding me past wine farm, after wine farm. Each one having something special that entices passersby to pop in. Seeing that there are well over 30 wine farms, each one producing world class wine, your weekend getaway could turn into a week. With over 28 restaurants in the town (8 of which are in the top 100 of South Africa), anyone who thinks they have had enough, will discover that here, your appetite is insatiable!
Le Franschhoeks setting is breath taking. The mountains, the vineyards and of course the hotel itself is beautiful. Its elusive charm with a contemporary Cape Dutch feel. The rooms are spacious, full of natural light and simple decor makes you feel instantly relaxed. There is no end to their facilities. 3 restaurants, 5 conference venues and of course, Le Verger - The Orchard Restaurant - my personal favourite! It’s a dining area that flows into individual glass conservatories amongst the fruit trees, offering an al fresco style restaurant. In summer they offer picnics where you receive a wicker basket and help yourself to the selection of cold meats and cheeses (to name but a few) from the delicatessen. You the pick a spot outside, open a bottle of wine and enjoy the beauty that is Franschhoek.
Next stop was the Camelot Spa, with its huge array of treatments, all of them being a speciality. Nothing compliments a weekend better that a world class spa treatment.
After a hearty breakfast overlooking the mountains, I was ready for the day ahead. I can only imagine how one would feel after an entire weekend!
There are plenty of events happening throughout the year in Franschhoek, the more popular one being the Bastille Day Festival on the 13th to 15th of July. So contact us now to book your accommodation. There couldn’t be a combination any better than the beauty, serenity and romance that is Le Franschhoek and the hustle and bustle that is the Bastille Festival!