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Franschhoek is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and only a short hop from Cape Town. Visit to explore the rustic vineyards, Dutch architecture and beautiful scenery. Many of the vineyards have French ancestry, not to mention French names, and each have fascinating stories to tell. What’s more, restrictions on new developments have created an architectural time capsule that shouldn’t be missed. Our recommendations will show you the best places to stay in Franschhoek to enjoy this rural gem.
What not to miss:
Boschendal Manor & Winery - Taste some fantastic wine in an idyllic location, and maybe even hear a bit of history.
Franschhoek Wine Tram - Just what it says on the tin. Spend a day hopping on and off the tram at all the best vineyards for a day you won’t forget (hopefully…).
- Franschhoek Pass - Rent a car and drive around the valley to see some of the most spectacular views in Southern Africa. Tour guides can be hired.
- The Franschhoek Motor Museum - If you need a break from wine tasting, the motor museum will take you through a hundred years of automobile evolution with some breath taking vehicles.
- The Huguenot Memorial Museum - Learn about the history of the French Huguenot settlers who came to the area. Visitors can also enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens around the museum.
Our selection of the best places to stay in Franschhoek ensure that there really is something for everyone in this charming and historic town.
The Best Places To Stay in Franschhoek
For something truly special
La Residence, Franschhoek is as good as it gets. Littered with antiques and palatial decoration, there is no limit to indulgence.
Le Quartier Francais houses an extremely popular restaurant with locals and visitors alike. Private pools, colourful decoration and a friendly reception.
For those on a budget
Basse Provence Country House boasts traditional architecture and comfortable suites, great for families.
Just out of town you'll find the charming Lekkerwijn It's an elegant country house with ten bedrooms and gorgeous pool for relaxing after a hard day's wine tasting! And prices start from as little as £60 per night.
Stay on a vineyard
La Petite Ferme is within reach of the town but also offers fantastic views and a highly renowned restaurant.
Rickety Bridge Manor House sits within Rickety Bridge Wine Estate and has a particularly intimate feel. Beautiful traditional architecture and an outdoor pool, not to mention a great name!
Leeu Estates lies in the middle of a beautiful vineyard and is one of the country's most luxurious hotels. Colonial architecture and divine dining.
For a couple’s retreat
The rural Mont Rochelle is well known for its restaurant and comprehensive spa.
Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa has light and airy bedrooms, movie star mirrors, a fantastic spa and simple but delicious menu.
21 Roux Street only has three suites and will make you feel right at home. Also, in amongst the well kept garden lies a beautiful swimming pool to cool off in.
For an apartment or cottage
- If you prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner, Booking.com for a great range of cottages and villas located fantastically for exploring the local wineries and sights.
- Fly to Cape Town International Airport, located 88km (54 miles) from Franschhoek with a large range of domestic connections alongside several international carriers.
- If you want to rent a car to explore the beautiful region and dramatic views - for prices visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
- To get the best of the weather aim to visit between November and February. If possible try to avoid going between May and September as it can get quite chilly and there’s likely to be a good deal of rain.
Best Hotels in Franschhoek
Lekkerwijn 10 rooms from $76Franschhoek (Groot Drakenstein)
Lekkerwijn is set in a 17th century country house, nestled in the valleys of Franschhoek. The charming rooms are decorated in a period style with antique furnishings-or you can choose to stay in one of the rustic-chic cottages. Relax in the sun by the pool! A fantastic family retreat.Value chic - An elegant coutnry house, surrounded by lush gardens at a great price-what more could you ask for?Weddings - An intimate venue which offers a well organised wedding packageCountry Escape - Lekkerwijn enjoys a fantastically peaceful rural locationSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - I Escape
Basse Provence Country House 9 rooms from $79Franschhoek (Western Cape)
Quintessential thatched Cape Dutch style building dating back to 1855. Comprised of seven homely suites, some featuring in room bathtubs. In addition there is a two bedroomed cottage - ideal for families. Outside there is a pool with vineyard vistas and plenty of walking trails.Sights nearby - Franschhoek town is just a scenic walk or short drive away.Great walks - Along the Franschhoek River.Views - Great views from hotelSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa 79 rooms from $137Franschhoek (Western Cape)
A 79 room hotel with a homely boutique feel. Light filled bedrooms are extremely comfortable, decorated in soft palettes and featuring sparkling bathrooms with movie star mirrors. A delectable breakfast spread is served as well as a seasonal à la carte menu at DISH. Camelot spa is not to be missed.Great walks - Traverse the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.Views - Great views from hotelSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
La Petite Ferme 12 rooms from $138Franschhoek (Cape Town)
Famed vineyard with gourmet restaurant La Petite Ferme's hotel could not be anything but superb. Suites decorated in soft palettes feature breathtaking pastoral views, and some private plunge pools. Located within easy reach of the charming town of Franschhoek and even more excellent restaurants.Great walks - A downhill stroll wander into the quaint town of Franschhoek.Sights nearby - The French Huguenot's memorial is just a short walk away.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.
21 Roux Street 3 rooms from $138Franschhoek (Western Cape)
This beautiful guesthouse provides just three rooms - thoughtfully decorated suites. Featuring antiques, pastoral paintings and other classic decor touches. The garden is Mediterranean in style and picture perfect with an inviting pool. No restaurant but a delicious breakfast is served.Sights nearby - The French Huguenot Monument is within walking distance.
Rickety Bridge Manor House 3 rooms from $155Franschhoek (Western Cape)
An intimate three bedroom manor house, located within Rickety Bridge Wine Estate. Ensconced by the Franschhoek Valley and verdant vineyards. Charming rooms, up in the rafters feature exposed beams, antique furnishing and roll-top baths. There is an outdoor pool and homely sitting rooms.Restrictions on children - Children older than 16 years are welcome.Great walks - Along the nearby Franschhoek River.Secluded setting - For escaping.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Le Quartier Francais 21 rooms from $341Franschhoek (Cape Town)
Locals flock here for brunch, lunch and dinner; tourists scramble for a room. Twenty-one colourfully decorated rooms feature gorgeous upholstery and some, private pools. There are three in-house fine dining options plus plenty more right on your doorstep. A firm Franschhoek favourite.Restrictions on children - Children cannot be accommodated at this hotel.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool.Spa
Holden Manz 5 rooms from $397Franschhoek
Holden Manz is situated on a wine estate between the Franschhoek and Stony Brook rivers. This country house offers spacious accommodation and smart bathrooms, whilst their Franschhoek kitchen serves up absolutely stunning dishes for you to try! Relax in the sun by the pool. A top country retreat.Country Escape - A stunning location and exquisite cuisine make Holden Manz the ideal spot for a romantic country escapeTotal relaxation - Feel a million miles away from all your worries as you unwind in their spaRemote - Off the beaten track.Secluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - I Escape
Mont Rochelle 26 rooms from $399Franschhoek
A Virgin Limited Edition property set in spectacular rural surrounds in one of South Africa's finest wine growing regions. Classically designed throughout with soft hues, clean lines and plenty of light. A fabulous restaurant makes for romantic evenings and glorious spa is utterly spoiling. Bliss.Country Escape - A tranquil property set amidst rolling vineyards and with epic mountain views.Outstanding locationSecluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Akademie Street 7 rooms from $457Franschhoek
Akademie Street offers a variety of boutique suites and cottages in charming Franschhoek. The property boasts elegant accommodation with chic interiors and wonderful views. Swim in one of the four pools or soak up the sun in one of their hot tubs! Enjoy full English breakfasts. A magnificent spot!Honeymoons - Elegant, intimate and wonderfully private cottages and suites surrounded by some of South Africa's best wine estates.Country Escape - Just a few minutes walk from the charming village centre, surrounded by lush gardens and rolling countrysideGreat walks - Franschhoek is home to many fantastic surrounding hiking trailsFull of characterRecommended by - I Escape
Leeu Estates 20 rooms from $492Franschhoek (Western Cape)
Located in the charming Franschhoek Valley, nestled amidst 68 acres of working vineyards lies one of South Africa's most luxurious new hotels. This elegant 19th century Manor House blends colonial and African interiors to great effect. Fine dining and fine wines complete the package. Divine.Romantic Break - A popular honeymooner's destination Leeu estates includes indulgent rooms, spa and fine diningFoodies - Award winning wines paired with gourmet dishes - plus Franschhoek is a foodie's meccaGreat walks - Through the Franschhoek Valley and its beautiful fynbosRestrictions on children - Children above the age of six permitted
La Residence, Franschhoek 16 rooms from $825Franschhoek (Western Cape)
A visual feast, everywhere you look the eye falls on some exotic antique or painting. Each unique suite is decorated in the colours and fabrics of a maharajah's palace, a miniature Versailles or a Moroccan harem. Utter indulgence continues right through to the dining and the award winning spa.Restrictions on children - Children above the age of 12 are permitted.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith