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February 07, 2019

"What is a kiss? Why this, as some approve: The sure, sweet cement, glue, and lime of love." - Robert Herrick 

Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. Trails wind through flowers and wildlife at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve to views over Franschhoek Valley.

The Huguenot Memorial Museum and neighboring monument honor the area’s French settlers, who arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Franschhoek Motor Museum displays vintage cars amid mountain farmland.  

Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of the stunning Cape Winelands, The Corner House guesthouse is the perfect getaway destination for couples, families and groups of friends.

Here guests can enjoy luxury accommodation that also happens to be completely child- and pet-friendly, in one of six en-suite rooms that feature all of the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. 

Franschhoek and surrounds is a wonderful area to explore - with 40 wineries, countless fine dining establishments and relaxed country eateries in the vicinity you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to wining and dining. Active couples can also look forward to scenic hiking routes, cycling opportunities, horse-riding, fly-fishing, renowned golf courses and more. 

Book your place at The Corner House in Franschhoek today and get ready for a restorative getaway in one of the Western Cape's most sought-after small town destinations.

La Petite Dauphine is one of those Western Cape accommodation venues that truly astounds. Situated on a working fruit and wine farm in the verdant Franschhoek valley, this inimitable five-star destination delivers on all fronts - the scenery is out of this world, your every whim is catered for and there is nothing more you could want when it comes to absolute luxury and comfort.

Best of all? It's located a mere 2km from the heart of Franschhoek village - a delightful town that is commonly referred to as the gourmet capital of South Africa. 

When staying at La Petite Dauphine 5-star guest farm, visitors have the option of staying in one of 9 suites, which includes 3 luxury suites; 2 luxury two-bedroom suites that sleep four; 1 luxury suite that sleeps three; 2 exclusive villa suites; and a junior studio suite.

Breakfast is included in the rate of your stay and can be enjoyed on the on-site restaurant, Café BonBon. This beautiful eatery is situated in a 200-year-old renovated wine cellar on the premises, and also features Veruska's Wine Bar, where diners can enjoy Haut Espoir wines in rustic comfort. Visit their website for more information.

Grande Provence Estate wears her 300-year history with dignity. Sitting in the magnificent Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, her lush vines spread across 47-acres with gentle vistas over the valley floor, with the rugged mountains beyond. This is heartland South African wine country at its very finest. Visit their website for more information. 

There are a dozen things to do in the little Western Cape town of Franschhoek – a town that is often considered a good day visit from nearby Cape Town or Stellenbosch, but which is really a destination in itself. The town is full of stories of people who came to visit for a wine tasting or a meal in one of the many award-winning restaurants, only to come back as residents.

Franschhoek (which means 'French corner' in Afrikaans) lies in a beautiful valley, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. It's known as the food and wine capital of South Africa, but there's so much more to do in and around this lovely little town.

1) Go horse riding! There is nothing quite like the thrill of mounting a large, gorgeous quadruped for the first time to get the adrenaline pumping. There are reputable horse riding activity providers throughout South Africa that can get you up in the saddle no matter what your experience level may be.

Newbies may want to stick to a few rounds in a nice, controlled paddock or beach environment, while seasoned riders could head out on a moonlight adventure or even opt for a cross-country endurance ride over the course of a weekend. 

2) Put on your dancing shoes! Dancing is said to be a vertical expression of a horizontal desire and at Date Night Ideas we tend to agree. Turn up the romance by getting all up in each other’s space – you can professional lessons at a dancing studio in your area or you can simply put on some tunes and boogie in the living room. Bonus points if you can recreate a famous dance scene from a movie like Grease, Pulp Fiction or Dirty Dancing and post a video on our Facebook page! 

3) Cook something complicated! We all have that one recipe that intimidates the living daylights out of us when it comes to performing in the kitchen – you know, those MasterChef creations that look like it took 20 people about a week to prepare. This week, up the ante in your home kitchen by finding a challenging recipe, spending some time as a couple breaking it down into steps, shopping for the ingredients and assembling your masterpiece. 

4) Declutter & play dress-up! This week your couple’s challenge is to throw out all those clothes you don’t wear anymore. It may sound like a chore, but you can make it fun. Open a bottle of wine, model a few ridiculous outmoded outfits and clean your closets of all the clothing items that are only taking up space. Best of all – you can donate it to a local charity to support a worthy cause. 

5) Challenge each other to leave your comfort zone! This week it’s time to lace up those tekkies, head out and find a sporting event that challenges you both to leave your comfort zone. Avid runners could try a nice off-road trail run, while less sporty couples could keep it simple and make a point of going for a walk every day after work. No matter what your fitness level may be, take this opportunity to inspire each other, push your boundaries and have fun while you’re at it.

Franschhoek is a place of immense natural beauty which you can explore. The Franschhoek Pass offers stupendous views of the valley, village and the towering Simonsberg moutain. Take a drive up there in the early morning or in the evening for a superb viewing experience.

For the more adventurous and energetic one can hike from the valley up the pass on the Cats se Pad trail as well as into the Mont Rochelle Mountain Reserve which is accessed from the top of the Pass. The view from the top of Mont Rochelle is well worth the effort to get there. Visit for more information. 

Franschhoek hosts troughout the year a diversity of festivals: the Franschhoek Literary Festival in May, the South African Cheese Festival in February, Bastille Day in July and the Champagne Festival in December.

The Huguenot museum is home to many art effects that have been indigenous to Franschhoek for many years. The museum captures the history of the area through the different Huguenot pieces that has great value to the residents of Franschhoek as well as people with a passion for preservation and history. The beautiful gardens are a bonus.

The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L'Ormarins Vineyards.

The estate known as Delta was first planted to vines in the 17th century, but it was only in 2001 that it began to redress the painful history upon which the SA wine industry was built. This was done through the granting of a substantial shareholding to historically disadvantaged tenant-workers on the estate, and the establishment of a museum which provides visitors with an authentic experience that does not gloss over the facts.

It explores our history from all points of view, with special emphasis on the personal experiences of dispossessed Koi-San, pioneer settlers, slaves, and the current resident labourers - who remember only too well what it meant to be a farm-worker in the apartheid years - but also our hopes for the future.

The Gallery at Grande Provence has established itself as a leading location for contemporary South African art and a home for some of the best known South African artists. The Gallery features all the visual art forms, including painting, the graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics, and glass as well as jewellery from leading South African designers. Exhibitions change on a regular basis, usually with 6-weekly intervals.

Roubaix House Gallery is the home, studio and gallery of distinguished South African potter, David Walters. The downstairs studio offers visitors an insight into the production of studio ceramics, where David can be seen at work. Using white clays like stoneware and porcelain, the work is thrown on the wheel, and fired in a gas reduction kiln on the premises. Highly usable pots are made in this way, as well as decorated smoke fired pieces and stand alone collectable bowls, urns and platters - and some slumped glass too. The gallery comprises three intimate showrooms where recent work is offered for sale.

Enjoy an intimate cinematic experience in soft-soft comfort of leather chairs or back row couches at The Screening Room. Sip a local wine, savour a snack and enjoy your complimentary movie, from old time classics to cinema nouveau movies. Proving popular already are themed iCi Supper Club evenings, which include an early dinner at iCi restaurant, followed by a movie.

Spanning some 212 hectares of prime Cape Winelands real estate, Pearl Valley Golf Estates is an exclusive 500-home residential development surrounding a magnificent 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. This spectacular course provides one of the top golf experiences in South Africa -and one of the best in the world.


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