Summer’s here and the festive season is around the corner. With the onset of the holiday period everyone seems ready for winding down and discovering something new to kickstart the silly season. Although Franschhoek has an array of firmly established food, wine, accommodation and retail offerings, the valley is also kept on its toes with a selection of fabulous new experiences awaiting your arrival.
Haute Cabrière was closed for most of the Winter period and for good reason as they were undergoing a major revamp. Reopened early October visitors to the estate can enjoy a delicious breakfast in the new look venue whilst admiring the spectacular views of the valley.
In other exciting news Monneaux Restaurant has transformed its dining experience from pass to plate, as well as offering patrons self-sustainable initiatives and a hyper-local focus at every stage of the culinary chain. This exciting culinary concept is the brainchild of recently appointed visionary chef Calvin Metior.
Award-winning chef and patron of Franschhoek’s ‘Le coin Français’, Darren Badenhorst, has opened his second establishment at Leeu Estates. ‘Le chêne‘, meaning ‘The Oak Tree’, is located in the Manor House at Leeu Estates, which is part of the Leeu Collection and pays homage to Franschhoek by utilizing only the finest local ingredients whilst celebrating the valley’s heritage through its cuisine, concept and interiors.
The Bistro at Grande Provence offers a relaxed alternative to more formal Franschhoek dining and is perfect for the whole family. Open for breakfast and lunch with daily specials such as pitas, wraps, salads and the most glorious cakes.
Looking for some live entertainment over the weekend? Look no further than Die Werf at Boschendal (Fridays and Saturdays), the Franschhoek Station Pub or Elephant and Barrel for feet stomping live music.
Attention outdoor enthusiasts! The Franschhoek Adventure Bus is a great new sightseeing orientation bus ideally suited to the first-time visitor to Franschhoek, or even those who have been before but didn’t have the time to explore the whole area. The bus covers the four corners of the valley, taking you past wine farms, restaurants and other places of interest.
The Sunset Fan Aloe Trail Hike is perfect for nature lovers and for those wanting to catch the ultimate Franschhoek sunset. Hike up some of the valley’s most scenic of spots where you’ll take a moment to sip on a glass of wine whilst watching the sun going down.
Another highlight is the rose garden at Babylonstoren which is in full bloom and a spectacular sight. Partake in a daily guided garden tour at 10am to learn more about the estate’s horticultural gems.
For the finer things in life, the recently opened Gallop Hill Gallery is the place to visit to view exquisite works of art.
Should you find yourself in our beautiful valley over the weekend of 30 November and 1 December be sure to make time for the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth. A highlight this year is Sunday’s ‘Big Bubbly Brunch’, which takes on the format of a leisurely yet upmarket brunch style affair.
With so much on offer in Franschhoek a day simply isn’t enough to appreciate our fantastic experiences. Escape the hustle and bustle for the quiet confines of the Franschhoek Wine Valley and the ultimate winelands destination experience. Choose from a selection a B&B’s or boutique hotel establishments for an unforgettable weekend getaway.
For an über luxurious weekend experience The Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate offers visitors accommodation packages tailor-made with options for every taste.
For more information on our selection of bucket list offerings and experiences visit www.franschhoek.org.za.