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Tucked into the end of a valley, Franschhoek is the prettiest town in the Winelands.

Surrounded on three sides by towering mountains in a setting reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands.

French influence

L'Auberge Chanteclair, FranschhoekFranschhoek translates as ‘French corner’, commemorating the Huguenot refugees granted land here in their flight from 17th century persecution in France. It is refreshingly compact, with most of the shops, restaurants and the Huguenot Memorial located within minutes of the main street.

Thanks to the French influence, some of the country’s best vineyards are also in and around the town.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Franschhoek

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Franschhoek, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Franschhoek

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    Places near Franschhoek

    Accommodation choices for Franschhoek

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Franschhoek. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Le Quartier Francais, hotel exterior

      Le Quartier Francais

      First Class

      This boutique hotel is well situated in the center of Franschhoek, making it well-placed for exploring the area’s colonial history and dramatic scenery. Offering spacious and comfortable accommodation alongside an excellent service, it’s also home to one of the finest restaurants in town.

    • Leeu House, Franschhoek

      Leeu House

      Deluxe

      Leeu House is a boutique hotel in the Franschhoek valley and is an oasis of comfort and luxury with a country guesthouse feel. Located on the main street of Franschhoek village, the property is close to restaurants, galleries and shops.

    • L'Auberge Chanteclair, Franschhoek

      L'Auberge Chanteclair

      Medium

      L’Auberge Chanteclair, situated near the historical town of Franschhoek, is a tastefully converted farmhouse nestled in stunning landscaped gardens surrounded by orchards, vineyards and epic mountain scenery.

    • Franschhoek Country House and Villas, Franschhoek

      Franschhoek Country House & Villas

      First Class

      Located on the outskirts of Franschhoek with sweeping views across vineyards and the surrounding mountains, Franschhoek Country House has a selection of luxurious accommodation. Guests stay in rooms in the manor house itself, or in villas in the estate’s grounds.

    • La Fontaine Guest House, standard deluxe room

      La Fontaine Guest House

      Medium

      La Fontaine is ideally situated just off Franschhoek’s main street. A heritage building, it retains a lot of its original features; each room is individual and well-appointed with antique furniture that's in keeping with the guesthouse's character.

    • Swimming pool at The Last Word Franschhoek

      The Last Word Franschhoek

      First Class

      Located in the beautiful Cape Winelands region of Franschhoek, the Last Word is a luxury boutique hotel situated within an historic and refurbished Franschhoek house with a backdrop of vineyards and panoramic mountains.

    • Pool at La Cabriere, Franschhoek

      La Cabrière Country House

      Medium

      A tranquil retreat just on the edge of Franschhoek, this small, contemporary guesthouse offers attentive, personal service, stylish rooms and large gardens with panoramic views. Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool and putting green.

    • Gable Manor, Franschhoek

      Gable Manor

      Medium

      This award-winning guest house prides itself on a high level of service and all within a stone's throw of the center of Franschhoek.

    • La Residence, Franschhoek

      La Residence

      Opulent

      La Residence is tucked away in the tranquil vineyards of Franschhoek Valley. It is located on the private wine and olive estate commanding breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

    • Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek

      Mont Rochelle Hotel

      Deluxe

      The overall feeling at Mont Rochelle is one of secluded luxury, which never threatens to feel overbearing thanks to the friendly manner of the staff and the fine balance between elegance and informality.

    Ideas for experiencing Franschhoek

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Franschhoek, and which use the best local guides.

    • Wine tasting on horseback
      The Winelands, South Africa

      Wine tasting on horseback

      Wine tasting on horseback

      What better way to explore the beautiful Winelands than on horseback.

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    • Franschhoek Wine Tram
      Franschhoek, South Africa

      Franschhoek Wine Tram

      Franschhoek Wine Tram

      This unique tram service runs from the historic Franschhoek Village and stops at some of South Africa's oldest and most renowned wine estates.

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