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Posted on: Wednesday, 4 November 2009

A weekend in Franschhoek

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Friends got married at Moreson Wine Estate last weekend so we used this as a good excuse to spend the weekend in Franschhoek.  It was a lunch time wedding and we live in Cape Town, so strictly speaking two nights in Franschhoek was not really necessary but then again, it’s Franschhoek and it’s always a treat to spend time in this beautiful town!

We arrived on Friday evening and there is something quite special about driving through the valley as the sun is setting.  We really do live in a country with the most breathtaking scenery …

On Friday evening we dined at Reuben’s (No 19 Huguenot Street, Franchoek), a first for me at this great restaurant and it hopefully won’t be the last.  The interior of the restaurant is open with high ceilings and lots of space; one doesn’t feel as if one is on top of the next table.

The service was attentive but not too overbearing and the food was, in a nutshell, stunning!  I had a beetroot, asparagus and goat’s cheese salad to start followed with perfectly cooked lamb.  Other options on the menu were roast duck (also delicious) and a very tasty Espresso brulee to end the meal.

August House

August House

We spent both nights of our stay at August House.  These self catering apartments are located on the main road, directly opposite the N G Kerk.  Two of the four apartments have a balcony – perfect for sitting outside for a morning coffee while contemplating the view!  I couldn’t fault the accommodation; comfy beds, a decent shower, MNet and great decorating.

There is also a superb craft shop (Due South) downstairs that sells products made by African people.  Once you’ve shopped up a storm sit down at the Pancake House next door and read the paper while waiting for your sweet or savoury pancake.

I love Franschhoek – one could spend hours wandering the town and don’t forget to visit the Huguenot Memorial and gardens for a bit of background info on the history of the town.

Desirable Digits:
Rueben’s  Restaurant – Telephone:  +27 (0)21 876-3772

Useful Links:
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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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1 comment about A weekend in Franschhoek
  1. November 5th, 2009 at 12:48
    Jet Set Life says:

    This place is surely one of those that you can’t keep away from! Thanks a lot for this post. It was very helpful. I’d be sure to include this on my next travel plan.