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Popular amenities for Franschhoek vacation rentals

Stay near Franschhoek's top sights

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve64 locals recommend
Franschhoek Wine Tram196 locals recommend
Franschhoek Station Pub & Grill14 locals recommend
La Petite Colombe33 locals recommend
Grand Provence Estate17 locals recommend
Pick N Pay, Franschhoek17 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Franschhoek

  • Total rentals

    450 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    23K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    220 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    50 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    300 properties have a pool

Your guide to Franschhoek

All About Franschhoek

Centuries of agriculture and wine production have turned the city of Franschhoek into the culinary and wine capital of South Africa, aided by the region’s proximity to Cape Town. As the first place in the country to receive a wine appellation, this corner of the Western Cape is best experienced by visiting the farms and vineyards that produce the region’s celebrated fare. One of its most popular attractions is the Franschhoek wine tram, which carries you through the countryside and stops at wineries along the way.

Franschhoek is Dutch for “French Corner.” In the 17th century, a migration of Huguenots arrived from France and built farms named after their hometowns; the imprint of these early settlers can be felt in the town’s Parisian-style cafes and annual French-rooted festivals.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Franschhoek

Located 900 feet above sea level, Franschhoek is blessed with relatively consistent, mild weather year round. Warm weather and sunshine make visiting Franschhoek Valley especially pleasant. Planning a trip between November and December will capitalize on South Africa’s comfortable late spring and early summer weather. The temperatures rise to their peak in the summer months of January and February, with very little rainfall threatening outdoor events. In March and April, summer gives way to fall’s cooler temperatures. Every May, South African and international authors come to Franschhoek’s annual Literary Festival to give readings and run writing workshops. June, the peak of winter, is the wettest month in the valley, and the days are crisp, though freezing temperatures are extremely rare. Along with the cooler weather, Franschhoek’s Bastille Festival livens up the streets in July as it pays homage to its French Huguenot heritage with a celebration of food and wine.

Top things to do in Franschhoek

Franschhoek Wine Country

The outskirts of Franschhoek are covered in rolling vineyards and backed by mountains with sawtooth ridgelines. The vineyards make use of the panoramic vistas on their outdoor patios, the perfect settings for taste-testing wines that are part of the region’s Appellation Grand Prestige. The grapes selected for the Appellation include Sémillon, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

Ten hiking trails wind through Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve within the UNESCO-designated Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve. Trek through the Franschhoek mountain chain for superlative views of the valley. You’ll pass by a diverse range of native plants such as fynbos, a fine-leafed shrub whose colorful flowers have numerous skinny petals. Although baboons, klipspringers (antelope), and leopards live in the park, sightings of these creatures are much rarer than those of birds and reptiles.

Franschhoek Village Market

Every Saturday, this iconic market on a court bordered with oak trees is packed with merchants selling artisanal products and foods. The aromas of spices and leather fill the air as you wander among stalls stocked with handmade jewelry, ceramics, and locally grown produce. While you shop, you can sample a variety of dishes and fruits in this beautiful outdoor setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Franschhoek?

    Franschhoek generally has a Mediterranean climate. Summers, from November to March, can be warm, reaching upwards of 86°F (30°C), while winters, from June to August, are mild, often around 59°F (15°C). The area typically receives most of its rainfall during winter.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Franschhoek?

    In Franschhoek, visitors frequently enjoy going for horseback rides in the vineyards, exploring the local food and craft markets, or taking a leisurely stroll around the tranquil Franschhoek Village.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Franschhoek?

    The most popular time to visit Franschhoek is during the summer months from November to March. During this time, the Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival and the Franschhoek Literary Festival are frequently attended local events.

  • What are the best places to stay in Franschhoek?

    In Franschhoek, areas like the Franschhoek Village, which is close to shops and restaurants, or areas near the vineyards, offering scenic views and tranquility, are popular places to stay.

  • What are the best places to visit in Franschhoek?

    Franschhoek is home to several interesting places to visit. These include the Franschhoek Art House, the Huguenot Memorial Museum, and the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, a nature lover's paradise with stunning views.

  • What are some hiking trails in Franschhoek?

    Franschhoek has several beautiful hiking trails. The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve has a variety of trails, including the challenging Perdekop Trail and the less demanding Uitkyk Trail, both offering panoramic views of the valley.

  • What are some family activities to do in Franschhoek?

    Franschhoek has a variety of family-friendly activities. You could take a scenic ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, explore the fascinating Franschhoek Motor Museum, or visit the Butterfly World Zoo, a tropical garden filled with exotic butterflies.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Franschhoek?

    Day trips around Franschhoek often include visits to local vineyards for wine tasting, exploring the nearby town of Stellenbosch, or taking a scenic drive along the Franschhoek Pass for breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

  • Do private suite rentals in Franschhoek have a kitchen?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 private suite rentals with a kitchen in Franschhoek. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Franschhoek?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Franschhoek. Choose from more than 50 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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