I love going away for the weekend and exploring our city like a proper local. Being spontaneous and booking a getaway somewhere out of Cape Town is becoming a habit and one that I love. Sometimes, we all just need to take time for ourselves and enjoy the good things in life. This weekend, Craig and I went back to Franschhoek for 24 hours, however, this time we stayed at the wonderful Station House right next to Vrede En Lust. If you would like to find out what you can get up to in 24 hours in Franschhoek then keep reading to find out more.
Arriving in Franschhoek at 11am- we went through to our accommodation to drop off our things. It was an absolutely beautiful weekend and I can imagine that this must be one the best things to do in the middle of summer.
Our Accommodation: Station House Simondium
Station House is fairly new. It has only been open since January but is already doing very well. It is set just around the corner from Vrede En Lust which allows you to wine taste along the R45 at ease. The self catering accommodation is based in an area called Simondium, which to our surprise is actually quite lovely.
We stayed in a self catering unit that had all the necessities needed for one night or for the entire weekend. The cottage was cosy and felt like “home”. There are a number of different rooms that one can stay in and each one of them seems to have something unique to offer. The main house has a beautiful lounge and kitchen area which can be used by the guests and the outside pool area is perfect for lounging about in summer. We were taken care of by the lovely Livy who made sure that the room was perfect and that we felt at home. I would love to visit again in summer but this time stay for the whole weekend.
Station House is perfect for wine tasting at places like Vrede En Lust, Babylonstoren and many others along the R45.
To book a stay at Station House, visit their website by clicking here.
You can also find them on Booking.com
To find out more about the best wine farms for hosting get together’s, such as Vrede En Lust, click here.
First stop: Grande Provence Wine Estate
We loved our experience here at Grande Provence. The setting is beautiful and the ambiance is a relaxed one. Everyone else seemed to really enjoy the surroundings and the wine tasting experience they were getting. We tried their range of Angel Tears Wines and I must say, they were delicious! We ended up buying a bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc. I can imagine that this would be a nice place to have a late afternoon lunch with friends, while enjoying the peaceful exterior and modern interior. We will definitely be back
Second Stop: Rickety Bridge
The first thing I have to say about our wine tasting experience here was the service. We were served by a lovely gentlemen who offered us interesting facts about the wine and the farm itself. They offer a variety of wine tasting options, again I decided to try all the whites and Craig went for the reds (that way we can taste each others). Even though it was a very windy day, it was so pleasant sitting outside looking over the vineyards. It has a great atmosphere and was a nice change from the modernity of our first stop.
You can book lunch or wine tasting by visiting their website here.
Third Stop: Lunch at The Station
The reason we decided to try The Station was because it is on the Entertainer App. Craig and I have decided that because there are only just a few months left in the year, we thought we would attempt to use as many of the Entertainer’s as possible. I love the Entertainer App because it makes you try things and places that you would never normally try, The Station was one of them. It definitely has a real pub feel and was buzzing with locals enjoying local beers and good food. Craig ordered a pizza and I had their grilled chicken salad which was delicious! Their portions are huge and the prices are affordable. It was lovely to sit outdoors on a Saturday afternoon, enjoying the atmosphere with the locals. As someone once said “local is lekker” and I couldn’t agree more. We will definitely be back in the future.
The Next Morning
We woke up at about 9am, packed the car and headed out to breakfast. Following breaky, we visited one last wine farm and a special location to take some awesome new blog and Instagram pics.
Breakfast: Good Food & Co Franschhoek
The Good Food & Co is a particularly lovely place to have breakfast. It is located right on the main road leading into town and is always buzzing with cyclists and people eager to get their day started. We ordered our morning cuppa’s, well, I did and Craig had a freshly squeezed juice ( he doesn’t drink tea or coffee) and then we had breakfast. I made my own omelet and Craig had his usual big, delicious breaky with eggs, bacon and all the rest. It was the perfect little place to relax and chat to the friendly locals. We used the Entertainer to pay for the meal and saved about R70 or so. Now that we have tried the Good Food & Co, it might become our breakfast spot of choice.
Last Stop: Mont Rochelle
Mont Rochelle was one of my favorite wine tasting experiences! There have been few places where I truly and I mean truly enjoy every single wine I try and this was it. I opted to try all their whites as it was a super hot day. The wine tasting venue is beautiful. It’s light interior and sophisticated beach feel made it the perfect place for a summers day. For those of you that don’t know, this is Sir Richard Branson’s wine estate. There is plenty of construction taking place however, that did not affect the experience at all. I fell in love with their white wines and cannot wait to return to pair that with a scrumptious lunch that looked to die for… If you have not been there, then use it as an opportunity to treat yourselves! This will be an experience you will always remember.
Although we had a great stay in Franscchoek and enjoyed every experience that we had, we could not wait to get home to our own bed. There truly is no place like home.
I would recommend going online and booking accommodation closer to the weekend. Normally the prices are reduced and there are some really amazing special deals. If you are the spontaneous kind (like me) then this way of doing things will suit you perfectly.
There are so many other amazing things to do in Franschhoek and surrounds and I feel like Craig and I have not even experienced half of them. But, the good news is, Franschhoek will always be there and it is only a 45 minute drive away. Next time we head out on a weekend getaway, it will be somewhere different, so stay tuned!
xoxo- Kendal Olivia