The Cape Winelands are some of the most scenic in the world and produce world-renowned and award-wining wines. The Winelands are the perfect destination for foodies and wine-enthusiasts, or someone who is just looking for some relaxation and variety before or after a safari. Only 45-minutes from Cape Town, you can explore the Winelands for just a day or spend 3-4 nights. There are plenty of activities in the region that really showcase what it has to offer: tour vineyards and farms by vehicle, bike and even horseback; visit Bien Donne with its lavender fields, herb garden, manor house and deli; do a chocolate, wine, and cheese tour; take a drive in a vintage car from the Franschhoek Motor Museum; stroll the extensive and imaginative gardens at Babylonstoren; enjoy a bread-making class at Moreson Farm; watch the duck parade at Vergenoegd; or tour artist Dylan Lewis’s studio and sculpture gardens.
We prefer the quaintness and atmosphere of Franschhoek’s B&Bs to the bigger university town and hotels of Stellenbosh. If you’d prefer to stay out in the country on a working wine farm, there are countless options ranging from simple farms to grand estates. It’s easy enough to get around the valley so your choice of accommodation shouldn’t limit the estates you plan to visit. That said, basing yourself in Franschhoek is advantageous if you’re planning for a day on the hop-on/hop-off wine tram.
Our favorite accommodation in the Winelands
Settled in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Babylonstoren is a stunning estate hotel surrounded by imposing mountains and gorgeous working gardens whose produce is incorporated in the renowned in house restaurant’s culinary delights
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard, The hotel is set on 100-acres of lushly landscaped grounds and centuries-old vineyards in the Cape Winelands. Mont Rochelle is a sophisticated respite from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and the daily travel of safari. Part of Sir Richard Branson’s private collection of resorts, Mont Rochelle spares no […]
A high-end wine estate on the Helshoogte Pass
La Residence, in the Cape Wineland’s town of Franschoek is an elaborate, property in a stunningly beautiful setting – a truly outstanding experience. Surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards and with the imposing mountain as a backdrop, La Residence is an inviting hotel where guests are warmly welcomed. Guests are encouraged to wander into the […]
Intimate, stylish and sensational, Akademie Street Boutique Hotel is one of our Franschhoek favorites
Leeu Estates, is an exclusive boutique hotel and winery set among vineyards, gardens and fynbos in the scenic Franschhoek Valley, one of the world’s finest food and wine destinations. The entire property is 168 acres and is just minutes away from the vibrant village of Franschhoek and under an hour’s drive to Cape Town. Positioned […]
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