Hotel, Guest House, B&B

Aan de Paarlberg

Aan de Paarlberg Situated atop a steep hill, this geometric stone-finished giant affords visitors an exquisite vista of the Paarl Valley below. All the capacious wine-themed suites are finished in earthy tones with splashes of oranges and reds, but first prize definitely goes to the romantic Shiraz which has its own fireplace, open Victorian slipper bath and private garden. Rates R450-...

The Vic 1906 Hotel

The Vic 1906 Hotel Sexy nouveau-Victorian chic is the order of the day at this hotel situated bang in the middle of town. Rooms boast swanky chandeliers, Persian carpets and big broekie-lace balconies that come complete with beckoning daybeds. Rates R700-R1 300 per room.

Simonskloof Mountain Retreat

Simonskloof Mountain Retreat This mountain hideaway is a real gem. The eco-friendly self-catering cottages, circled by fynbos fields, are creatively outfitted by Swiss-born owner Jurgen Wohlfarter. Faraway Cottage (with its outside bath) is a favourite for romantic sojourns, while folks in need of R&R can book a catered stay in the old farmhouse. Rates Camping R50. Self-catering R190. Dinner, B...

The Mystic Tin Bed and Breakfast

The Mystic Tin Bed and Breakfast A charming outfit boasting inviting rooms and a magical garden. Spend your days exploring the village or relax with a pint of cold beer – owner Wayne Raath brews his own in his petite micro-brewery, aptly named the Karoo Brew. Rates R110 (backpacker); R390 per room.

The Montagu Country Hotel

The Montagu Country Hotel This apricot-hued Art Deco darling is run by the charming Gert Lubbe who goes out of his way to keep guests happy. Situated bang in the middle of town with a striking retro façade, the hotel will charm the socks off Art Deco buffs – choose between spending the night in one of the hotel’s retro Art Deco rooms or a serene garden room. Enjoy a Swedish massage at the on-...

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa Serenity and restoration awaits Located in the world famous Cape Winerlands, Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa has become one of the most romantic getaways in its class. Capturing the essence of five star luxury, the impeccably appointed Le Franschhoek Mountains and is the perfect setting for a taste of the legendary Cape Wine Routes. This large five-star hotel has all the...

Kendall Cottage at Allée Bleue

Kendall Cottage at Allée Bleue A stay at Kendall Cottage is a little like having your own country house, with just the glorious vineyard and orchard views for company. This oh-so-romantic cottage, luxuriously furnished, offers two spacious bedrooms and an airy living area. Even if you only book one room, the entire cottage is yours, so privacy is guaranteed. Rates: R2,200 per room.

Bo La Motte cottages

Bo La Motte cottages Families will love the four cottages at Bo La Motte. Grassy lawns and a jungle gym will keep young travellers entertained for hours, while the peaceful cottages are tucked amongst the vines or overlooking the farm dams, which are stocked with trout if you fancy casting a line. Rates R600-R1,600 per unit.

Bellingham Homestead

Bellingham Homestead You can almost feel the walls speak the history of the valley on this wine estate a little out of town. The Manor House, a declared national monument, offers a guest suite, but the four cottages have more charm: Benji’s Cottage is surrounded by rose gardens, while The Garden Cottage is a 300-year-old escape that used to be the estate’s cowshed! Rates R500-R1,200 per...

Ashbourne House

Ashbourne House This is a touch of English elegance in a famously French village. Ashbourne House offers six beautiful suites each with its own entrance and private patio. It’s just a short walk from the centre of town, so you can easily stroll to dinner in the evenings. The guesthouse is proudly hospitable to gay travellers. Rates: R540-R1,140.

Akademie Street Guesthouses

Akademie Street Guesthouses One of the best options in Franschhoek, this peaceful owner-run property has five immaculate guesthouses that offer a wonderful respite from the tourist hubbub. Art adorns the walls of the four cottages, each with a private pool, with meandering pathways through the garden leading you to the main house and its smaller en-suite rooms. Breakfasts served poolside in summer...

Temenos

Temenos This non-denominational spiritual retreat gives stressed out city dwellers a chance to reflect. You’ll find healing therapies, meditation spaces, yoga classes and guided retreats. Accommodation consists of pretty, whitewashed garden cottages – and you don’t have to be spiritual to stay here; every-one’s welcome. The great on-site restaurant and fairy-tale garden with its...

Tanagra

Tanagra In 2009 Robert and Anette Rosenbach packed up their lives in Germany and moved to sleepy McGregor to open a boutique winery. Things have gone swimmingly since and Robert now also makes his own grappa. Self-catering cottages and apartments on their farm are all decidedly alluring. Sip some wine on your sundeck, spot birdlife from a bird hide, go for a hike in the adjacent...

Santosha

This cute, whitewashed, self-catering cottage is stylishly decorated and situated in a peaceful part of town. Wake up to the sound of crowing roosters and spend your days reading and lazing about. Rates starts from R250. No credit cards are accepted.

Green Gables Country Inn

Green Gables Country Inn This guesthouse on the edge of town is flanked by vineyards on the one side and a nature reserve on the other. A stunning stoep overlooks a patch-work of vineyards, thatched cottages and leafy greenery. Rooms are B&B but there’s also a self-catering cottage. The resident restaurant offers three-course dinners in the evening. Rates R350. No credit cards are accepted.