“Luxury hotel and wine estate with stunning views, just 10 minutes' walk from Franschhoek, the Cape's gourmet hotspot”
The 22 rooms (including 6 suites) all offer wonderful views of the mountains, vineyards and the Franschhoek Valley. Each one is different but all are spacious and stylish, decorated in a clean, modern style, with restrained splashes of colour.
Beds are kingsize (twinned on request), with Egyptian cotton sheets and down pillows. Egg-shaped bathtubs, soft towelling bathrobes and swish toiletries add to the comfort, as do complimentary minibars. Many of the ground-floor bedrooms have French doors leading out to the gardens.
The Cabernet Rooms have the best terraces, overlooking the valley. For families or those seeking extra space, the Pinotage Suites have a separate sitting room with a sofabed. The top-end Cap Classique Suites have private plunge pools.
See full details of the room types here.
The hotel's gourmet Miko restaurant promises to be one of the best in the area; quite a claim in such a foodie hotspot, but due to the quality of Sir Richard's other hotels (including Kasbah Tamadot), we feel confident they will deliver. Early feedback is excellent.
An a la carte menu is available for lunch and dinner, plus there's a tasting menu. Start your meal with a cocktail on the terrace as the sun sets (we love the whimsical astro-turf armchairs and roaming wire sheep!), then treat yourself to fine wine to accompany your meal. The selection of Cape wines is extensive and includes the estate's own produce - Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
If you fancy something a little more relaxed, try the Mediterannean-inspired menu at Country Kitchen, which is located in the vineyards. The menu changes daily to incorporate fresh and seasonal produce. Dishes include beetroot carpaccio, spicy beef spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves and sirloin steak. Picnic baskets can also be arranged.
Franschoek itself is brimming with amazing restaurants for a change of scene. Ask reception for their top tips.
Children of all ages are welcome. There's plenty of space outside and a swimming pool, but don't expect a games room or laid on activities, although there are DVDs and games consoles to borrow.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Pinotage Suites have a separate sitting room with a sofabed, which can sleep 2 children. Cap Classique Suites can fit 2 single beds in their sitting room. Shiraz Rooms can fit a baby cot.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking