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This Victorian farmhouse, with its lofty ceilings and light and airy rooms, is set in wonderful landscaped gardens amongst spreading oak and jacaranda trees, creating a very special ambiance. Whether enjoying a bottle of the Chanteclair wine on the front stoep or exploring the fragrant gardens and orchard, the backdrop of the Franschhoek Mountains will not disappoint. L’Auberge is a tranquil haven where one can relax, unwind and enjoy life between exploring the charming town of Franschhoek and the surrounding area.

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Rooms

The main house has four king or twin rooms and a single room, and there are two detached units, Vine Cottage and The Studio, situated in the grounds. All come with superb views of either the mountains or vineyards. Varying in size and character, the rooms share the same level of attention to detail, featuring under-floor heating and/or a fireplace, an en suite bathroom with heated towel rails, home-made biscuits, satellite TVs, hairdryers, minibars and safes, as well as tea/coffee facilities. 

The rooms in the main house are named after different trees found in the garden, and each have their own personality, with some offering direct access to the garden through French doors. The Studio is separate from the main house, featuring a queen size bed, separate seating area with a fireplace and a private veranda with wonderful mountain views. It offers ample space, with high ceilings and wooden beams adding to its character. Vine Cottage has a colonial feel, featuring a queen size bed, a small dining area and a separate lounge area with a fireplace. French doors open out to a large private terrace set beneath vines, which makes a lovely place to relax as you enjoy your surroundings. 

Location

Known as the 'gourmet capital of South Africa', Franschhoek is ideally situated for all of the Western Cape wine routes and is just under an hour away from the centre of Cape Town. Chanteclair is a short five minute drive from the centre of Franschhoek, set in beautiful countryside and impressive mountain scenery.

Food and Drink

A delicious breakfast is offered to guests every morning and can often be enjoyed out on the property's beautiful breakfast terrace if the weather is fine. The house doesn't provide guests with a lunch or dinner dining option, but Franschhoek's centre is just a short drive away and is well known for its gourmet restaurants. The property's staff will be more than happy to provide recommendations on the best places to dine in the area.

Families

Children over the age of 12 are welcome to stay at L'Auberge Chanteclair.

Facilities and Activities

Guests will be greeted with a complimentary welcome drink on arrival, and the property offers a host of services, including laundry, secure off-street parking and night staff. The landscaped grounds are home to the swimming pool, and Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the property. 

Local Excursions

Activities in and around the Franschhoek area include private wine tasting on various estates, tennis, swimming, village and mountain walks, cheese tasting, chocolate tasting and trout fishing. The Franschhoek 'hop-on, hop-off' Wine Tram Tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley as it stops at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

Our opinion

Housed in a former art school where people once came to paint the beautiful surrounding landscape, L’Auberge Chanteclair is a peaceful haven in an ideal location, with magnificent views, homely accommodation and a friendly service.

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