Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him. ~Giuseppe Mazzini
Nestled between magnificent mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands (South Africa) lies the lush and fertile Franschhoek Valley and the quaint village of Franschhoek itself – the heart of which is the location of your luxury intimate hotel accommodation.
Franschhoek is the food and wine capital of South Africa, where splendid wines are produced and our top chefs create international and traditional gourmet cuisine in some of the country’s top restaurants.
•Lush vineyards and world-class wine estates
•Arts, crafts and boutique-style shops
•Championship golf courses
An ideal base from which to explore this splendid region, Franschhoek is a delightful village with many quaint arts and craft boutiques, galleries coffee shops and fine restaurants lining the main street.
Franschhoek was founded in 1688, when hundreds of Huguenots fled their French homeland, arriving by ship at the Cape of Good Hope. Many of them were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Oliphantshoek (Elephant Corner) – so named because of the vast herds of elephants that roamed the area. Soon after they settled here, it become known as Franschhoek (French Corner).
This heritage lives on today with the Huguenot monument standing proudly at the top of the village. Many of the original farms still carry their original french names. Bastille Day on the 14th of July celebrates the village’s French Heritage with a festival of fine French food and wine.
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