Franschhoek at a glance
The historic town of Franschhoek is nestled in a verdant valley surrounded by a majestic mountain range. Only one hour's drive from beautiful Cape Town, Franschhoek has earned the moniker of being the Culinary and Wine Capital of South Africa.
Franschhoek has a quaint village atmosphere juxtaposed with the sophistication of fine dining, boutique hotels, 5-star guest houses and wine farms. This picturesque village exudes proud, memories of a 17th century French Huguenot culture. The architecture ranges from 300 year-old Cape Dutch style to classical contemporary. The region boasts a multitude of secure residential estates situated on exclusive wine farms and world class golf courses.
The Cape Winelands is a sought-after hot spot for international tourists who constantly praise the diverse range of wines that are produced here. The town also boasts a plethora of activities that can cater for any lifestyle; from those seeking the ultimate relaxation of professional treatments at a wellness spa to the adrenaline-filled thrill of fly-fishing or cycling.
Owing to its unrivalled scenic beauty, residents can also revel in the stunning hiking trails and nature reserves, where they'll be privileged enough to witness some of the exquisite fauna indigenous to our country.
There are certain events throughout the year that draw many visitors to this charming town; they include: the Literary Festival, Bastille Day Celebration, Cheese Festival, Methode Cap Classique and Champagne Festival.
Sotheby's Franschhoek brokerage offers a wide range of exclusive properties, which include residential and wine estates, small holdings, guest houses and farms. The area provides lucrative investment opportunities as many properties are suitable for conversion into guesthouses and other hospitality ventures if not used as the ideal place for families to grow from. The idyllic area presents the ideal opportunity for northern hemisphere citizens to escape the dull, dank weather and spend six months of the year in sophisticated, safe and sunny South Africa.
*Photo credit: Agne27