Hibernation bliss in Franschhoek this Winter

The slight chill in the air is a clear indication that Winter is almost here. Winter brings with it a myriad of comforts, but the best news is that Franschhoek, South Africa’s Valley of Dreams, is open for Winter and guaranteed to keep the cold at bay. Franschhoek is the picture of absolute perfection during this time and the Winter scenery that awaits your visit is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Come out from the cold and discover what Franschhoek has to offer. Cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines, soul comforting food and so much more. A weekend in Franschhoek is the perfect excuse to browse the art galleries in and around the Valley. Or simply indulge in a relaxing spa treatment and catch up on some reading in the comfort of one of Franschhoek’s accommodation establishments whilst admiring the views.

Traditionally a quieter time in Franschhoek there are a number of establishments in and around the Valley who are offering unbelievable Winter inspired packages too good to refuse.  Gable Manor Guest House is currently offering visitors the opportunity to make the most of their Franschhoek getaway with discounted rates, which include a delicious breakfast.  South African visitors to the spectacular Boschendal estate get the benefit of preferential rates on all of their accommodation packages. Furthermore, when booking Bertha’s Retreat at Boschendal kids stay for free, and from Monday through Thursday children eat for free from the deli. Rickety Bridge remains a Franschhoek favourite, and you simply can’t overlook their fantastic accommodation specials currently on offer. One of these being an overnight stay, which includes breakfast, Tasting Plate at Paulina’s, wine tasting and a wine blending experience.

Franschhoek is also the perfect destination for a day visit. A relaxing wine tasting, indulgent lunch and a rejuvenating spa treatment are some of the highlights to expect when planning your trip. Babylonstoren, Camelot Spa at Val de Vie and the Spa at Mont Rochelle are the ultimate wellness destinations for rejuvenation. Comfort food hits the right notes with Franschhoek’s vast array of fine dining and casual eateries, which include Arkeste, Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Terra del Capo’s Antipasti Bar and Cosecha Restaurant at Noble Hill, amongst others.

We’ve saved the best for last. In these turbulent times we find ourselves in why not treat yourself to an all-inclusive winelands getaway, where your weekend has been meticulously planned for you from check in to check out. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a dream, but this can be your reality. Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends hold the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. Your all-encompassing weekend includes all that Franschhoek is known for – from luxurious accommodation, award-winning wines, gourmet cuisine and bespoke experiences. The confirmed dates for this year’s Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are 25 to 27 June; 30 July to 1 August; with the final weekend set for 27 to 29 August. For more information contact Carmen Arendse on

 With Father’s Day taking place on Sunday, 20 June you’re guaranteed to find something to spoil dad when treating him with something from our region, or even better yet a visit to Franschhoek.
This is just a sampling of what visitors can expect to find when exploring Franschhoek this winter. For more information on participating establishments follow visit