This past weekend called for some time-out from the city – a “staycation” if you will. Long distinguished as one of the most scenic towns in South Africa and deemed the “culinary capital of the Western Cape” Franschhoek is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery and a myriad of award winning wineries, restaurants, hotels and guest houses.
Among the famed establishments is the 5-star rated Franschhoek Country House and Villas, home also to the multi-award winning Monneaux restaurant. Upon arrival we were welcomed and given a tour of the beautiful grounds. True to the heritage of Franschhoek the property is reminiscent of an authentic French chateau.
If you’ve read our blog for awhile you would know I’m a sucker for tasteful decorating – and in my opinion the team behind this project could not have done any better . The decor is faultlessly appropriate for the setting, classic yet stylish.
The hotel offers shuttles to town and back and the concierge was more than happy to make reservations for us at a restaurant – but why would we go anywhere when their award-winning Monneaux restaurant was but a few steps away.
Monneaux has some outstanding credentials having been in the country’s Top 100 restaurants list for six years in succession. They have also graced the top 10 list for two years and received the American Express Platinum Award for fine dining.
The dinner we had was incredible, masterfully prepared with great quality ingredients. The staff have an extensive knowledge of the menu and are more than happy to talk you through certain dishes and make recommendations. If you’re in Franschhoek for the day or evening (and not planning to stay) – its worth your while to visit Monneaux for a world-class culinary experience.
The true art of a good staycation depends on three things: Distance, Activities and Comfort. I always try to avoid going too far – but not staying too close either (otherwise, what’s the point). There should always be a good host of activities either where you’re staying or relatively close by. Comfort levels should be at a warm and fuzzy 100% – chances are if you’re taking a staycation you have 2 or 3 days to relax – maximum, pick a place with an impeccable reputation.
Franschhoek Country house and Villas hit the nail on the head in terms of the staycation trifecta, especiallyof comfort. While the setting is distinctly historical, the facilities are modern – which is always a stellar combination. Their friendly and helpful staff went to every extreme to ensure that every aspect of our stay was relaxing.
I would definitely recommend Franschhoek Country House to anyone looking to truly exhale. For more information and current specials visit their website.
I was having too much fun to have my photograph taken for the purpose of this post, so here’s a ridiculous selfie from my instagram – I fell in love with this mirror (can you say chic?).
All photos in the click through gallery by Ray Mohamed and are property of separatedsisters blog.
All photos throughout the post and the featured image courtesy of Franschhoek Country House and Villas.