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Vacation rentals in Franschhoek

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~Village Artisan Apartment~

~150 meters from the Franschhoek Wine Tram~ Your own apartment in the heart of Franschhoek! The perfect escape from the city and an ideal vacation rental. Trendy and relaxing space with designer interior and fresh, clean linen. Inside you'll find a comfortable couch, Smart TV, natural lighting, exquisite art by popular Franschhoek local Junaid Senechal. The best way to explore Franschhoek main is on foot. Enjoy a walk to the nearest cafés, restaurants, art galleries and the famous wine tram.

$59 per night
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  2. ZA
Serene Getaway with Breathtaking Mountain Views

Greet the day with breakfast before marvelous mountains and countryside views from the sunny balcony. From its vaulted, wood-beam ceilings and country-chic decoration, to its brick-fronted fireplace, this placid hideaway glows with idyllic charm.

$82 per night
  1. Barn
  2. Franschhoek
Mountain Retreat

A fusion of warm African style creates the most unique setting in Franschhoek. Set on a private farm, this modern designer barn embraces dramatic views of the Huguenot mountains, and is boutique styled to welcome that refined guest looking for a private, truly exceptional experience (The newly added stone bath is the cherry on top!). Your stay also supports the neighbouring FARM SANCTUARY SA where the world-famous painting pig 'Pigcasso' resides. Wait 'till you taste her exclusive wine...

$99 per night

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'African adventure' in Wine Country
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Charming Open Plan Apartment near Wine Tram
$32 per night
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Protea Room Compact, centrally situated room
$34 per night
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Vineyard Retreat
$83 per night
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La Rivière Cottage - A haven by the river
$55 per night
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Sunny Lane cozy 'n cute studio in Franschhoek
$48 per night
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Franschhoek peace & quiet | Riverstone Cottage
$41 per night
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Olive and Vine Farm Cottage, 10min walk from town!
$49 per night
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From Villiers House
$170 per night
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Blueberry Hill Cottages - Lavender - Franschhoek
$131 per night
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Intimate Loft with Love for Detail @ The Yard
$102 per night
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Gite 3
$116 per night

Your guide to Franschhoek

All About Franschhoek

Centuries of agriculture and wine production have turned the city of Franschhoek into the culinary and wine capital of South Africa, aided by the region’s proximity to Cape Town. As the first place in the country to receive a wine appellation, this corner of the Western Cape is best experienced by visiting the farms and vineyards that produce the region’s celebrated fare. One of its most popular attractions is the Franschhoek wine tram, which carries you through the countryside and stops at wineries along the way.

Franschhoek is Dutch for “French Corner.” In the 17th century, a migration of Huguenots arrived from France and built farms named after their hometowns; the imprint of these early settlers can be felt in the town’s Parisian-style cafes and annual French-rooted festivals.


How do I get around Franschhoek?

If you’re arriving at Cape Town International Airport (CPT), it’s about an hour’s drive to Franschhoek Valley. You can rent a car at the airport for a direct trip to most Franschhoek house rentals. Private shuttles are another stress-free option for getting to the valley. The wine tram is a fun and scenic way to travel from Cape Town to Franschhoek if you’re not in a rush.

Most of Franschhoek’s attractions are on the outskirts of the town center, including Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, so having a car will give you the greatest flexibility when planning your itinerary. However, the tram service does make it possible to visit many of the local vineyards without a car while seeing areas of the countryside that are inaccessible by road.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Franschhoek?

Located 900 feet above sea level, Franschhoek is blessed with relatively consistent, mild weather year round. Warm weather and sunshine make visiting Franschhoek Valley especially pleasant. Planning a trip between November and December will capitalize on South Africa’s comfortable late spring and early summer weather. The temperatures rise to their peak in the summer months of January and February, with very little rainfall threatening outdoor events. In March and April, summer gives way to fall’s cooler temperatures. Every May, South African and international authors come to Franschhoek’s annual Literary Festival to give readings and run writing workshops. June, the peak of winter, is the wettest month in the valley, and the days are crisp, though freezing temperatures are extremely rare. Along with the cooler weather, Franschhoek’s Bastille Festival livens up the streets in July as it pays homage to its French Huguenot heritage with a celebration of food and wine.


What are the top things to do in Franschhoek?

Franschhoek Wine Country

The outskirts of Franschhoek are covered in rolling vineyards and backed by mountains with sawtooth ridgelines. The vineyards make use of the panoramic vistas on their outdoor patios, the perfect settings for taste-testing wines that are part of the region’s Appellation Grand Prestige. The grapes selected for the Appellation include Sémillon, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

Ten hiking trails wind through Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve within the UNESCO-designated Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve. Trek through the Franschhoek mountain chain for superlative views of the valley. You’ll pass by a diverse range of native plants such as fynbos, a fine-leafed shrub whose colorful flowers have numerous skinny petals. Although baboons, klipspringers (antelope), and leopards live in the park, sightings of these creatures are much rarer than those of birds and reptiles.

Franschhoek Village Market

Every Saturday, this iconic market on a court bordered with oak trees is packed with merchants selling artisanal products and foods. The aromas of spices and leather fill the air as you wander among stalls stocked with handmade jewelry, ceramics, and locally grown produce. While you shop, you can sample a variety of dishes and fruits in this beautiful outdoor setting.