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  1. Vive la France! Vive la Franschhoek

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    July is significant to Franschhoek in so many ways. The most notable being the Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which celebrates our region’s French heritage. Did you know that the valley was originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture?  Most of the Huguenots who settled in the area  were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Olifantshoek (‘Elephant’s Corner’), so named due to the vast herds of elephants that roamed the area. The name soon changed to Franschhoek, with many of the settlers naming their acquired farms after the areas in France from which they came. La Motte, La Cotte, Cabrière, Provence Chamonix, Dieu Donné and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms – most of which still retain their original farm houses, which, to date, have evolved into successful wineries.

    Leeu House

    The heritage of Franschhoek is preserved by the Huguenot Monument, situated at the top of the village. The museum nearby chronicles the history of the first settlers, with each of the original Huguenot farms having its own fascinating story to tell. The Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village is unspoilt, with restrictions having been placed on the extent of renovations and new construction in order to preserve the spirit of the original settlers to the area. These historic Franschhoek characteristics are one of the many reasons we are proud to celebrate our French ancestry.

    Franschhoek Huguenot Monument

    However, for two days in the year we get to take our French heritage to the next level when the village (and most of the valley) are dressed in their finest red, white and blue attire as we join in the fun and festivities of the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival. This year’s event takes place over the weekend of 13 and 14 July and promises to be a social calendar highlight. Festival goers visiting the Food & Wine Marquee are invited to dress according to the theme – your finest red, white and blue French inspired outfit – to stand the chance of winning the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Best Dressed title. Sample the wide selection of Franschhoek wines on offer or treat your taste buds to the variety of delicious gourmet fare available to purchase from some of the Valley’s well-known restaurants.  For all the need-to-know details visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za.

    Franschhoek Bastille Festival

    During the weekend of 26 to 28 July our annual Franschhoek Mystery Weekend will take place. Ideally suited to couples your weekend is pre-planned from check in to check out, and hold the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. Your experience starts with an exclusive (and unconventional) check in event planned for all guests. Mingle over a glass of wine before receiving your special Mystery Weekend box, which contains all of the exciting details as to where you’ll be staying, where you’ll be dining and what you’ll be experiencing. A fun and informal evening where you are welcomed to the valley in true Franschhoek fashion.

    Although most of your weekend is pre-planned there is ample time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village to browse the art galleries, boutiques, artisanal chocolate shops and craft beer ‘watering holes’ you’re bound to discover. Choose between three fabulous packages on offer, which are categorized according to their accommodation offerings. For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on mysteryweekend@franschhoek.org.za.

    Franschhoek Mystery Weekends

    Should you be unable to visit the valley during these dates we invite to explore what we have during the remainder of July as we are #OpenForWinter and some of our members are running unbelievable Winter promotions. Our website – www.franschhoek.org.za – has more information on who is offering what during this campaign. Although this tends to be the colder of the Winter months the odd crisp clear day is perfect for exploring the outdoors, or simply enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee at one of the restaurants situated along the Main Road.

    The Owner’s cottage at Grande Provence

    Winter in Franschhoek is without a doubt magical!

  2. The Franschhoek Mystery Weekend – 16 & 17 August 2013

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    Did you miss out on the first Franschhoek Mystery Weekend?

    Well here’s the good news!  Join us over the weekend of 16 and 17 August in Franschhoek  the vavavoom capital of the winelands, for the next in our series of Mystery Weekends.

    Our dynamite Winter Mystery Weekends are heating up the winelands. For just R2 390 per couple, for the whole weekend, you’ll experience the best our little village has to offer.

    How the Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Works:

    We – Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek adventures and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you. How awesome!

    Every Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:

    •         Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s
    excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
    •          A meal voucher (for two) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine
    dining establishments;
    •         A discount voucher (per couple) to use at the participating
    Franschhoek retail outlet;
    •         Two different wine tastings (per couple), each taking place at an award-winning
    participating Franschhoek wine farm;
    •         One other surprise Franschhoek experience (per couple).

    It’s time to bid au revoir to winter and ‘allo Franschhoek. It’s time for more sizzle and less drizzle! Book your Mystery Weekend in Franschhoek today.

    For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Kleinschmidt on office@franschhoek.org.za or contact 021 876 2861

    P.S Why not include the Franschhoek Cap Classique Route or the new Franschhoek Artisan Food Route as part of your weekend journey of discovery. Tailor-make your trip and take the concept of a bespoke food and wine experience to a new level.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    • Rates are for two persons sharing per weekend, no singles
    • Non Refundable and/or transferrable Deposit
    • No children or infants allowed.
    • Dinner reservations need to be confirmed with the relevant restaurant prior to dinner on the Saturday night.
  3. Franschhoek Mystery Weekend 7 to 9 June 2013

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    Did you miss out on the first Franschhoek Mystery Weekend?

    Well here’s the good news! Join us over the weekend of 7 – 9 June in Franschhoek the vavavoom capital of the winelands, for the next in our series of Mystery Weekends.

    Our dynamite Winter Mystery Weekends are heating up the winelands. For just R2340 per couple, for the whole weekend, you’ll experience the best our little village has to offer.

    How the Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Works:

    We – Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek adventures and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you. How awesome!

    Every Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:

    • Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s
    excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
    • A meal voucher (for two) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine
    dining establishments;
    • Two breakfasts (for two );
    • Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
    • A discount voucher (per couple) to use at the participating
    Franschhoek retail outlet;
    • Two different wine tastings (per couple), each taking place at an award-winning
    participating Franschhoek wine farm;
    • One other surprise Franschhoek experience (per couple).

    It’s time to bid au revoir to winter and ‘allo Franschhoek. It’s time for more sizzle and less drizzle! Book your Mystery Weekend in Franschhoek today.

    For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Kleinschmidt on office@franschhoek.org.za or 021 876 2861.

    P.S Why not include the Franschhoek Cap Classique Route or the new Franschhoek Artisan Food Route as part of your weekend journey of discovery. Tailor-make your trip and take the concept of a bespoke food and wine experience to a new level.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    Rates are for two persons sharing per weekend, no singles
    Non Refundable and/or transferrable Deposit
    Children 12+ welcome paying full rate

  4. Franschhoek Mystery Weekend

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    It’s back! Due to popular demand and the sell out success of the inaugural weekend, visitors to the breathtakingly beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley can look forward to a few more Mystery Weekends. The memorable weekend promises to add a dash of intrigue and spice to your life.

    For a mere R1 850 per couple, for the weekend, you’ll be able to experience the finest Franschhoek offerings in this ‘once-in-a-blue-moon’ opportunity.

    Representatives at the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices will randomly select a range of fabulous Franschhoek experiences and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you. A truly unique adventure!

    Every Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:

    • Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s superb four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
    • A lunch or dinner experience (for two);
    • Two breakfasts (for two);
    • Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
    • A voucher (per couple) to use at one of the participating retail outlets located in and around Franschhoek
    • A wine tasting (per couple) at one of the award-winning participating Franschhoek wine farms;
    • One other surprise Franschhoek experience (per couple).

    Dates for the upcoming Mystery Weekends are as follows:

    • 22nd and 23rd June
    • 10th and 11th August
    • 14th and 15th September

    With ample time on your hands during this weekend why not include the Franschhoek Wine Valley Food & Wine Route as part of your journey of discovery.  Tailor-make your trip and take the concept of a bespoke food and wine experience to a new level.

    For bookings or queries please contact Carmen on 021 876 2861 or email: office@franschhoek.org.za

  5. Franschhoek Mystery Weekend (sold out)

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    SOLD OUT IN LESS THAN A WEEK – WATCH THIS SPACE FOR AN UPDATE ON OUR NEXT MYSTERY WEEKEND

    Add a dash of intrigue and spice to your life this April with the Franschhoek Mystery Weekend. Taking place over the long weekend (27th and 28th of April), in the Franschhoek Wine Valley, it is set to be the best surprise of 2012.

    For a mere R1 850 per couple, for the weekend, you’ll be able to experience the finest Franschhoek offerings in this ‘once-in-a-blue-moon’ opportunity.

    Representatives at the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices will randomly select a range of fabulous Franschhoek adventures and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you. A truly unique experience!

    Every Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:

    • Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s superb four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
    • A meal voucher (for two) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine dining establishments;
    • Two breakfasts (for two);
    • Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
    • A R50 voucher (per couple) to use at one of the participating retail outlets located in and around Franschhoek
    • A wine tasting (per couple) at one of the award-winning participating Franschhoek wine farms;
    • One other surprise Franschhoek experience (per couple).

    ‘We’re excited to get this initiative off the ground as we’re confident that our offering will allow for a truly memorable experience. Known as one of SA’s leading food and wine destinations, our visitors are assured that they will have the opportunity to experience some of our finest offerings,’ says Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO Jenny Prinsloo.

    With ample time on your hands during this weekend why not include the Franschhoek Wine Valley Food & Wine Route as part of your journey of discovery.  Tailor-make your trip and take the concept of a bespoke food and wine experience to a new level.

    For bookings or queries please contact Carmen on 021 876 2861 or email: office@franschhoek.org.za.

    Participating Accommodation establishments are:  Ashbourne House Guest House, Franschhoek Manor, La Fontaine Guest House, L’Aurberge Chanteclair, Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Le Quartier Francais, L’Ermitage – Franschhoek Chateaux & Villas, Maison Chablis Guest House, Maison Des Huguenots, Rusthof Country House & The Ivy Apartments.