Since being settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees fleeing religious persecution in Europe, Franschhoek (French Corner) has maintained its proud French country living heritage. Its proximity to Cape Town and ideal weather conditions has established the town as one of the most sought-after residential addresses in South Africa.
Life in this quaint, dynamic village is characterised by easy-going strolls along the tree-lined streets and enjoying the fine food and wine culture that has become synonymous with Franschhoek. Considered by some as the “food and wine capital” of South Africa, Franschhoek is home to some of the top restaurants and renowned wineries in the country.
Award-winning, fine dining establishments and wineries aside, Franschhoek has an abundance of retail shops that offer everything from decor, antiques, designer clothing, jewellery and basic facilities such as grocery stores and banks. The town is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, including cyclists, mountain bikers, bird watchers and hikers, who enjoy the many trails and diverse fauna and flora of the area.
In addition, the bustling student town of Stellenbosch is just down the road and Cape Town’s trendy CBD, a mere hour’s drive. Other distances include:
Franschhoek and its surrounding areas boast some of the most prestigious public and private schools in the country. The surrounding area, most notably the nearby towns of Paarl and Stellenbosch, is also home to some of the oldest and most esteemed schools in South Africa. These include: