Yesterday a few of us were invited to Franschhoek to experience first had what this gorgeous little Boland town has to offer right now. It’s about getting out of the city during the silly season, enjoying everything that this culinary hot spot has to offer, indulging in amazing wine and generally to relax.
From 10 to 16 December Franschhoek will come alive with festive cheer when wine farms, restaurants, retail stores and accommodation establishments pull out the stops. Dine at leisure, enjoy late night shopping and sample superb wines before heading back to your guesthouse for a peaceful nights’ sleep.
Participating retail establishments, amongst others, include Peacock Blue, Indian Summer, Masquerade Antiques & Things and Troll Beads. Stock up on wines for the festive season from Anthonij Rupert Wyne, La Motte, Boekenhoutskloof and Grande Provence amongst others. Not forgetting that Franschhoek is regarded as South Africa’s culinary capital a visit to one of the village’s fine dining restaurants is must on your to do list during this week. Enjoy a five star meal at Reuben’s or a light lunch at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Before leaving Franschhoek be sure to pop in to Huguenot Fine Chocolates; chocolate heaven for young and old.
We had a superb time with a cooking class at Leopards Leap, followed by a lavish ‘lupper’ of Christmas proportions. I was blown away by every morsel I ate – especially the stuffed and rolled loin of lamb cooked on the rotisserie. I cannot wait to go back for a leisurely buffet lunch sometime. This is the second cooking class I’ve done at the school which is superb. Chef Pieter de Jager is sure to teach you a few kitchen moves to impress.
We then got to cruise down the main road sipping bubbly and popping into the shops which were all open for late night shopping. Needless to say a few Christmas presents were procured.
If you want to spend the night (because obviously) you will be spoilt for choice with accommodation ranging from the finest bed and breakfasts to luxurious boutique hotels, all nestling in a picturesque and secure environment. Subject to availability, the following establishments will be offering accommodation at discounted rates:
- Cape Vue Guest House
- Delicious Hotels
- Franschhoek Manor
- Franschhoek Travellers Lodge
- Goodings Grove
- La Bourgogne
- La Fontaine
- L’ Auberge Chanteclair
- Lavender Cottage
- Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa
- Le Quartier Français
- L’E Hermitage Chateaux and Villas
- Rainbow Cottage
Book early and directly with the relevant establishments to avoid disappointment!
Adding extra sparkle to the festive season Franschhoek’s Main Road will be lit up at night with some extra twinkling ‘stars’ to guide your way.
The perfect way to relax, unwind and of course stock up on all sorts of goodies for the festive season.
For more information visit www.franschhoek.org.za.