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Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren, beloved for its magnificent garden that is laid out over 3,5 hectares (8 acres) is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best preserved farmyards in the Cape. At Babylonstoren’s Farm Hotel, the overall effect is relaxed yet well-heeled with some of the existing farm buildings transformed into sophisticated guest accommodation. There are six one-bedroom suites, as well as three one-bedroom cottages and four two-bedroomed cottages. The hotel is characterised by thick whitewashed walls, elegant gables and hearty fireplaces that emulate an authentic farm stay experience.
The restored manor house and former perfumery dating back to 1890, is situated on the outskirts of the village and is surrounded by enchanting vineyards and majestic mountains. The Country House and Villas offers 14 luxury rooms and 12 Villas Suites. All the rooms offer features and facilities expected of a first-class hotel. The in house Monneaux restaurant, voted as one of South Africa’s Top Restaurants, has become known for its innovative Modern French Cuisine. Attention to detail and friendly personal service completes the experience at this fine country retreat.
La Residence is situated in the Franschhoek Valley on a 30-acre estate filled with vines, fruit trees, flowers and herbs. It is a romantic and indulgent paradise whose magnificent interior is filled with rich fabrics, wonderful artwork and antique furniture. Eleven individually-decorated suites and five Vineyard Suites enjoy vibrant colour schemes and spectacular views. Palatial en-suite bathrooms ooze glamour. Service is warm and personalized: an atmosphere of ease and relaxation pervades. This Winelands haven has all the ingredients for an inspiring and restorative stay.
Leeu Estates, an exclusive Five-Star Boutique Hotel property with 17 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, takes central position on 68 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens and fynbos (indigenous vegetation) in the Franschhoek valley. Located between the mountainside and river, it is the ideal setting for an elegant and sophisticated private hideaway, offering superb comfort, fine dining and platinum service. At the centre of this working wine farm is the meticulously refurbished 19th-century Manor House with its six rooms and suites.
Welcome to Mont Rochelle, a stunning 26 bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek in South Africa. A favourite activity for many of the guests is having a picnic on the estate – the kitchen can arrange a well-stocked picnic basket with a chilled bottle of wine (or two!). There are two restaurants, a cosy bar, a spa, a gym and a heated outdoor pool. The grounds at Mont Rochelle cover 39 hectares (about 100 acres) and you’re welcome to go exploring.
Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the 4 star Spier Hotel. 153 rooms are clustered around six courtyards, with each courtyard boasting its own swimming pool. The design is reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages where pedestrians have right of way. The Spier Hotel is situated on the historic Spier wine farm in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, just 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.
French Provençal living awaits at this 5 star hotel. Eight superior double rooms and two pool suites provide guests with private retreats, complemented by elegantly designed public areas including a pool and courtyard. A blissful existence. Reflecting nuances of Cape Huguenot heritage, The Last Word Franschhoek has been a consecutive finalist in the World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel. Awaken here.