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A trip to South Africa’s Mother City, Cape Town is widely regarded as incomplete without paying a visit to the picturesque village of Franschhoek in Cape Town’s nearby winelands. After all, with some of the world’s best wines of recent years coming from this area, it’s easy to see why one in six visitors who travel to South Africa make time for a stay in accommodation in Franschhoek.

Travel time from Cape Town is little more than an hour so there’s plenty of time to explore the many wine estates dotted around the village. Once arrived, for those wanting to get in some wine tasting, there are plenty of tasting venues within walking distance of the main drag and its great cafés and boutiques. If you want to minimise your travel time during your day of wine tasting and estate hopping, hire a bike to cruise through back-to-back vineyards or even make the journeys on horseback through Franschhoek.

However you choose to go about your wine tasting experience, there’s a lovely little guesthouse that I discovered on my latest stay in Franschhoek that sums up all that’s great in the winelands – relaxation, natural beauty and indulgence. Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm is situated just outside town of Franschhoek in the foothills of the Wemmershoek mountains and has views stretching both ways into the valley. As the name suggests, the country-chic styled farmhouse is nestled away among thick olive groves which provide olive oil and jars of olives on your doorstep – well, on your bed really, as a very welcome gift. The eight spacious rooms are individually designed but are all beautifully decorated. The focus is on light and airy, just as bedrooms in the countryside should be. Pristine linen and a white bath robe are indicators of the touches of quality found all over this guesthouse in Franschoek.

Whether relaxing in the drawing room talking to Malcolm over a single malt or discussing interior designing with Salomé, the proud owners of Gooding’s Groves will make your stay in Franschhoek a memorable one. For lazy days when even wine tasting is one activity too many, relax by the pool with a book or absorb the views and beautiful scene around you in the flower-filled courtyard. Also, for ultimate downtime after a day of wine tasting the valley’s finest vintages, spoil yourself with a beauty treatment or massage in the comfort of your own room.

So, join the one in six people who visit South Africa’s well-known winelands gem and come and stay in Franschhoek’s new hidden gem - Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm.


The owners of Gooding's Groves Olive farm, Malcolm and Salomé Gooding

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