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Festive Franschhoek

While many cherish Christmas for its frosty weather and days snuggled up at the fire, December in South Africa offers an entirely different kind of magic. 

Here are our top picks for making the most of this sunny, celebratory time in the Cape Winelands…

Festive celebrations are, of course, synonymous with fine food and wine - both of which can be enjoyed in abundance in Franschhoek, affectionately known as the Culinary Capital of the Cape. 

The bustling and historic Huguenot Street - home to Leeu House and Le Quartier Français in the heart of the village - offers an array of exceptional restaurants and bars. Chief among them are the award-winning Épice and Protégé at Le Quartier Français, plus the on-site Great Heart Wine Boutique, where guests can sample the exquisite Great Heart Wines while also giving back to the community at this time of generosity and cheer. 

On the doorstep of these world-class boutique hotels is the Franschhoek Artisan Route, where visitors can meet the makers and stock up on one-of-a-kind gifts by following the self-guided tour to uncover some of the best artisanal producers in the village. 

Immerse yourself in the passion of cheese makers, chocolatiers, wine makers, and beer brewers, embracing the local culture, supporting small businesses, and, naturally, sampling their delicious creations as you go. 

The Franschhoek Valley also boasts ample natural splendour inviting exploration during the balmy weather. Hike the renowned trails for all fitness levels, or enjoy the myriad of exciting winelands summer outdoor activities for the whole family. 

For those seeking something entirely exclusive and unique, experience the breathtaking Cape Winelands from above on a hot air balloon ride! Embark on a sunrise or sunset flight, enjoying a glass of champagne with your loved ones while floating above the serene landscape...

Visitors eager to immerse themselves in nature while still staying a short shuttle ride away from the centre of town will discover that Leeu Estates not only offers five-star premium accommodation but also a range of celebratory activities.

While The Dining Room in The Manor House on Leeu Estates serves up traditional festive feasts, resident guests can also enjoy a private river walk picnic, complete with local cheese, charcuterie, homemade preserves, freshly picked fruit, and fresh summer salads made from ingredients grown in the Leeu Locally Grown Gardens on the Estates. All complemented, naturally, by the finest wines of the region.

Those seeking year-end repose and restoration can take advantage of the Summer Spa Specials at Leeu Spa by Healing Earth, where seasonal serenity beckons.

Whether you opt for the sophisticated exclusivity of Leeu House, the familial ambience of Le Quartier Français, or the natural splendour of Leeu Estates, we have decked the halls with boughs of holly and eagerly await sharing South Africa’s special festive cheer with you and your loved ones. 

Contact our guest liaison team to reserve your festive getaway.

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