A Grande Re­treat

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Fran­schhoek has long been the quaint town of choice for a getaway – Grande Provence takes a hol­i­day here to the next level with its lux­u­ri­ous of­fer­ings.

Avisit to the quaint town of Fran­schhoek in the western Cape is a grand re­treat. Bou­tique stores, five-star restau­rants, and art gal­leries line the streets of this French quar­ter. what makes a trip to Fran­schhoek even grander is a stay at Grande Provence.

Dat­ing back 300 years and spread across 22 hectares of vine­yards, Grande Provence Her­itage wine Es­tate is a pic­turesque site steeped in op­u­lence. one of the first es­tates that greet you as you en­ter the town, Grande Provence is the prime location from which to base your Fran­schhoek ad­ven­tures.

If, how­ever, you are a home-body who prefers not to ven­ture beyond the con­fines of your own liv­ing quar­ters, then you can still en­joy all of what the Fran­schhoek Val­ley has to of­fer in the com­fort of this his­toric es­tate. within its ex­ten­sive grounds lie an art gallery, sculp­ture gar­den, fine-din­ing restau­rant, win­ery, and cu­rio shop sell­ing bou­tique jew­ellery and African sou­venirs.

Fran­schhoek is one of the top fine-din­ing des­ti­na­tions in the western Cape, so ven­tur­ing beyond the Grande Provence gates is highly rec­om­mended. Hav­ing said that, one of the finest eater­ies in the re­gion is the on­site The Restau­rant at Grande Provence.

Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Darren Baden­horst plates up per­fec­tion with every course he serves. “I would like my guests to feel chal­lenged by my meth­ods and in­gre­di­ents while si­mul­ta­ne­ously im­part­ing a sense of com­fort and fa­mil­iar­ity of the home-style char­ac­ter­is­tics and depth of flavour. This is the key to sat­is­fy­ing the wide spec­trum of na­tion­al­i­ties that visit our restau­rant, and at the same time stay­ing true to what south Africa, and Africa as a whole, have to of­fer,” he ex­plains.

The Restau­rant serves lunch and din­ner à la carte, as well as an elab­o­rate six-course gour­mand dé­gus­ta­tion menu which is avail­able by prior ar­range­ment. on pleas­ant days, which are plenty in this val­ley, gar­den pic­nics are avail­able un­der the ma­jes­tic oaks which frame the moun­tain back­drop. For the ul­ti­mate in­dul­gent ex­pe­ri­ence, Chef Darren hosts a Chef’s Ta­ble in the stately Jonker­shuis pri­vate din­ing room for a ta­ble of six or more.

of course, the cherry on top of the gourmet cake that is Grande Provence is the ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fer­ing. The es­tate of­fers two kinds of ac­com­mo­da­tion. La Provençale Villa in the Vine­yards is per­fect for va­ca­tion­ing cou­ples and fam­i­lies with its two en suite bed­rooms, sep­a­rated by a shared lounge which leads di­rectly onto an out­door ter­race. It’s equipped with a pri­vate swim­ming pool over­look­ing spec­tac­u­lar views of the land­scape and the lush vines of the es­tate.

If ab­so­lute grandeur is what you are after, then a stay at The owner’s Cot­tage is a must. with its his­tor­i­cal fea­tures and con­tem­po­rary lux­ury, the pri­vate cot­tage com­prises four bed­rooms blan­keted in a pal­ette of muted char­coal greys and white linen. There is also a deluxe suite, lounge, and Cape Dutch-style con­ser­va­tory which leads out to the pool area. In the evenings, soft jazz mu­sic and a lit fire­place fills the lounge with a rich, warm am­bi­ence, while the soft glow of lit lanterns across the pool­side beckon you to take your evening out­doors, which is com­fort­able to do even in mid-win­ter, thanks to the cosy pool­side lounge, equipped with its own fire­place and com­fort­able so­fas.

Avail­able un­til septem­ber, tai­lor-made Heart­land ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­ages at both The owner’s Cot­tage and la Provençale Villa in the Vine­yards of­fer won­der­ful win­ter-value, mak­ing book­ing a stay here all the more en­tic­ing.

As you sit en­joy­ing the lux­ury and beauty of Grande Provence, you can toast to your great va­ca­tion choices with a glass of one of Grande Provence’s award-win­ning wines. From the pop­u­lar sauvi­gnon Blanc, Viog­nier/chenin Blanc, Chardon­nay, shi­raz, and Caber­net sauvi­gnon, to the es­tate’s flag­ship wines, The Grande Provence Red and Grande Provence white, a wine tast­ing is not to be missed.

The Grande Provence Am­phora, a blend of Chenin Blanc and Muscat d’ Alexan­drie, is like liq­uid gold. Made from grapes har­vested from one of the old­est vine­yards on the es­tate, the Am­phora is fer­mented in a Tus­can clay am­phora (hark­ing back to the wine­mak­ing tra­di­tions of the an­cient Greeks and Ro­mans), and has set a new bench­mark for this style of wine.

In­dulging in the five-star cui­sine at The Restau­rant, en­joy­ing the award­win­ning wines of the es­tate, and rev­el­ling in the lux­ury of the ac­com­mo­da­tion, a stay at Grande Provence Her­itage wine Es­tate is the grand­est re­treat within the Fran­schhoek Val­ley.

For more in­for­ma­tion, www.grande­provence.co.za. please visit

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