Although Franschhoek is small, it is large in its offering of great things for visitors to do. Within close walking distance of the hotel are some beautiful shops, museums and galleries. Here are some to consider.
The Huguenot Museum and Monument
Huguenot Memorial Museum, with its famous monument in front of it, portrays the history of the French Huguenots before and after their arrival in the Cape of Good Hope.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum
The Motor Museum displays a wonderful selection of cars, motor bikes and bicycles dating back 100 years. This unique private collection is one of the finest collections of motor vehicles across the world, and a real must-see for motor or history enthusiasts.
The Franschhoek Local Market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm with live music, arts, crafts, gifts and a great food and drink offering. It offers great fun and a wonderful atmosphere.
The main road, Huguenot Street, has very many lovely boutiques and galleries. Here are some of our favorites;
Franschhoek is a great base for tours and activities across the winelands including Paarl and Stellenbosch. For our more active visitors there is a wonderful choice of hikes, bike tours, kayaking, quad-biking, horseback riding and golf.
Please ask Guest Services for more information.
There are literally too many to mention, and no two people can agree which are the best vineyards to visit while in Franschhoek. Of course, for an overview of very many of the main vineyards, the Franschhoek tram is a great option, and tickets can be booked at the Front Desk for you.
Here are some of our personal favourites, chosen by category of wine or grape; .
Franschhoek is undeniably the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, so, it should be no surprise that we are spoilt for choice with a fantastic food offering in the village and beyond.
The following restaurants are really very good. They get busy, so why not ask us to book for you before you arrive in the town.
Franschhoek is small and very easy to get around. The town itself is made up on a single main road with tributary roads off it. In and around the greater Franschhoek area, the roads are good and well signposted.
We have a private tour and transfer company available to our guests. Their services include airport transfers, tours across the peninsula, and in the winelands, and short distance transfers. This is an easy and popular solution to your transport needs whilst staying at our hotels.
There is little in the form of public transport, but many other options are available. Please speak with the guest service team for more information.
Taxis: reliable taxis can be ordered at reception.
Tuk Tuk: These three-wheel taxis are a new and very popular attraction to Franschhoek. They do need to be booked in advance so please speak with a team member for help with this.
Wine Tram:This hop-on hop-off experience can bring you to very many of the well-known vineyards and wineries in and around town. These tickets are available at reception.
The town, although small is very busy and vibrant. Please see below for some of the notable and worthwhile events planned for the coming months and click on the link for more detail;
Christmas Carols at "An Evening of Carols for Change"
17 December 2018
Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival
2 February 2019
The Franschhoek Literary Festival
17-19 May 2019
The Uncorked Wine Festival
2nd weekend of September 2019
Franschhoek Open Gardens
25 October 2019