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Summer in the Winelands

How to Enjoy an Unforgettable Summer in the Winelands 

There are few more picturesque places to soak up the South African sun than in the Cape Winelands.

With its centuries-old vineyards; Cape Dutch architecture; winding hiking trails; sweeping views; and unique flora and fauna, Franschhoek is particularly high on many a summer holiday destination bucket list.

We share some of our favourite ways to make the most of summer in Franschhoek… 

Take a Hike 

Situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Mountains, Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve forms part of the UNESCO Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve.

While nature lovers from around the world visit to marvel at its diverse plant life and unrivalled views of the Franschhoek Valley, it is best known by hikers for its 10 safe and well-maintained trails of varying difficulty (from gentle one-hour walks to full day hikes).

Try Something Different 

Looking for something active and unique that the whole family will enjoy?

Explore the majestic mountains and historic farms surrounding the Franschhoek Valley as you freewheel on a downhill scooter tour

Sound a bit too adventurous for you? It’s easier than it sounds - the scooters are non-motorised and propelled by gravity, and the only skill you need is the ability to ride a bicycle.

Dine Al Fresco 

The Dining Room at Leeu Estates offers resident guests the opportunity to savour their spectacular summer menu on the expansive deck overlooking the expertly manicured estate gardens and surrounding mountains.

Resident guests and day visitors alike can enjoy the award-winning fine fare of Protégé and Epice in charming courtyard settings at Le Quartier Français.

Looking to treat your family to something truly special? Reserve an overnight stay at Le Quartier Français. and enjoy fresh croissants and expertly-brewed coffee on your private balcony on a perfect summer’s morning.

Sip on Sunshine 

Of course, no visit to the Winelands would be complete without sampling the region’s finest offerings.

Enjoy a tutored tasting of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines’ award-winning summer wines at The Wine Studio on Leeu Estates, or learn all about the uplifting Great Heart Wines staff empowerment initiative at the tasting room at Le Quartier Français.

Want to head out to spend a full summer’s day visiting other notable wineries in the area? Resident guests at Leeu Estates or Le Quartier Français can chat to the on-site Guest Liaison team about creating a bespoke itinerary for a truly memorable day out.

Get into the Garden 

Make the most of the balmy weather by spending time in one of nature’s greatest healers - a beautiful garden.

Nestled on 100 hectares of vineyards, expertly landscaped gardens, and unique fynbos, Leeu Estates is at the top of many gardening enthusiasts’ bucket lists.

While the perfectly manicured gardens dotted with monumental sculptures are a sight to behold, the Leeu Locally Grown edible gardens are not only beautiful, but also bounteous.

The active farm-to-fork initiative provides fresh produce for the talented chefs at The Dining Room and La Petite Colombe on Leeu Estates, as well as Protégé and Epice at Le Quartier Français

Keep Cool at the Pool 

What would a luxury summer holiday be without a sparkling swimming pool?

Situated within tranquil gardens and offering comfy recliners and festive pool bars, the main pools at Le Quartier Français and Leeu House are oases for resident guests.

For a more exclusive experience, the Pool Suites at Le Quartier Français include secluded pools within private walled gardens - perfect for honeymooners or families. At Leeu Estates, the sought-after Vineyard Cottage offers a private plunge pool overlooking the manicured vineyards; Fynbosch Cottage sports both a sparkling plunge pool and an outdoor hot tub; and Protea House includes its own large pool and pool house for an ultra-luxurious, exclusive family getaway.

Ready to plan your dream summer holiday in Franschhoek? Contact our Guest Liaison Team to discuss your unique needs.

The Hot Tub and Pool at Fynbosch Cottage

The Hot Tub and Pool at Fynbosch Cottage

A Pool Suite at Le Quartier Français

A Pool Suite at Le Quartier Français

The Pool at Protea House

The Pool at Protea House