Friday, March 4, 2011

Franschhoek Country House

My cousin and his wife had recently arrived in South Africa and had spent a few days exploring the Cape Town area. Lana and I decided to rather join them from when they were due to visit our favourite Valley and town in the area – Franschhoek.
We met them at the airport and drove directly to Franschhoek. As we were going to spoil ourselves with a tastings dinner at Le Quartier Francaise’s Tastings room this evening we opted for a light snack at a sidewalk venue in town. Delightful. Franschhoek certainly is a foodies destination.
The Franschhoek Country House is a magnificent Five Star Boutique Hotel just on the outskirts of town and has a vineyard extending into the property. You really feel you are you are in the winelands!

A range of Standard Rooms, Luxury Rooms and Garden Cottages are available. In addition to the standard and luxury rooms, the recently added villa suites are available for guests looking for a more luxurious and pampered experience complimented by extra special touches. All the luxury suites are a haven of space and opulence consisting of three separate rooms which includes an entrance area with lounge, a separate bedroom and then a full en-suite bathroom - arguably the best hotel suites available in the winelands. Certainly the finest we have stayed in.

Luxuries such as underfloor heating, piped music even in the bathrooms if wanted, a luxurious Spa for a range of services including massages, reflexology, facials, manicures, pedicures and signature treatments.. There is even a choice of an ambient temperature swimming pool or one that is heated. A novel touch on the terrace during the heat of the day, fine misters spray a refreshing coolness – it works amazingly well in that dry heat.

Known as the food and wine capital of South Africa, Franschhoek boasts a number of top award winning restaurants including the Monneaux Restaurant at the Franschhoek Country House. Here you can sample the fine delicacies that have made Franschhoek one of the world's leading capitals of fine wines and cuisine. Whether you enjoy lunch at the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree or dinner in the elegant dining room, the Monneaux restaurant is highly recommended.