On a recent visit to Franschhoek I was reminded again of the wonders of this quaint village in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Truly the gourmet capital of the Cape, you are spoilt for choice; chocolate, cheese, olives, olive oil and fine Cape wines are all available for tasting. There are dozens of delightful and award-winning restaurants and with scenery to match the culinary delights you cannot go wrong when you include this charming village in your South African vacation itinerary.
The five-star L’Ermitage Chateau & Villas is the perfect place to stay. This wine and olive estate nestles on the slopes of the Franschhoek pass, located between Chamonix and Haute Cabriere Estates. The hotel layout reminds strongly of a Mediterranean village and is made up of a charming Chateau and luxury villas lining quaint cobbled streets and walkways.
The Chateau houses the L’Ermitage Restaurant where guests may enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner while drinking in the views over the dam, vineyards and the surrounding mountains. There are six superior bedrooms in the Chateau. Rooms are spacious and offer all mod-cons, even a small kitchenette. Most of the Chateau rooms have private balconies with views of the breath-taking mountains.
There are 36 charming self-catering villas. Guests can choose between one, two or three-bedroom villas each featuring a fully equipped designer kitchen and separate lounge. Bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms are very luxurious and spacious. Some villas also feature private plunge pools. Be sure to ask for one of the villas facing the dam. The villas are perfect for families or friends travelling together.
Besides the two swimming pools, guests can book a rejuvenating treatment at the Ginkgo Spa & Wellness Centre. The L’Ermitage Epicerie Deli & Café is a must for all lovers of fine food. Enjoy a cappuccino or glass of wine at the café or stock up on the delightful variety of home-style products offered at the deli including South African cheese and meats, handmade preserves, freshly baked bread, croissants and muffins and off course some of the estate’s wines. There is an intimate chapel on the estate as well as a state-of-the-art function and conference venue.