David and I got engaged on the Franschoek pass almost 9 years ago. It will always hold a special place in our hearts but we have never really been back to properly explore and experience the charming little town that is Franschoek. So when the Maison Montagne team invited us to stay for a few days, I knew we had to go!
I am so glad we made the time to getaway. We needed the break from our hectic schedule more than I think we realised and relaxing in the stunning Maison Montagne was the perfect place to do it from.
Masion Montagne is a guest house located in the Dieu Donne vineyard in Franschoek. It is a hidden away in the wine farm, making it the perfect place if you are looking for a romantic, secluded getaway. It is set, almost i the middle of the vineyard, every direction you look in has rows and rows of gorgeous vines!
The guest house has 5 of the most beautifully decorated rooms, two downstairs and three on the 1st floor. We had the Bleu room which had such a stunning view over the Franshoek Valley. You can like on the bed and look out over the vineyards and valleys – the perfect view to wake up to each morning.
Our suite had a little lounge area with a TV that you can connect to your Netflix or Showmax accounts which is pretty cool. You can binge watch your favourite series in style and comfort! There is also a Nespresso machine which makes me very happy, I am all about good coffee and there are some amazing Nespress flavours to enjoy while you soak in the beauty of the view.
The staff are relaxed and make it feel like you are away with friends. Clint manages the guest house and Nosipho is the chef who created the most incredible breakfasts for us and Carrim, the night porter, was there to provide us with more coffee when we needed it (which was always).
Coffee is actually a big part of the guest house, not only can you enjoy the Nespresso coffee but Clint makes the most amazing cup of Terbodore Coffee. It is the perfect way to start your day!
Breakfast is included and this was one of the highlights of the stay. They have a selection of the most delicious breakfasts to choose from. There is a bacon and egg option but the other options are way better. One morning I had the Shakshuka – bean mix with a poached egg (for a vegan option, skip the egg) and David had poached eggs, salmon and a Hollandaise sauce. There are no words to explain how delicious both meals where!
Also included is a wine tasting with Dieu Donne and a bottle of their wine. We had so much fun tasting their range of wines and discovered some stunning red wines. Most of their wines have won all sorts of awards and you can taste why! We ended up choosing their Merlot to add to our collection.
There is also a restaurant on the property, Roca which we did not get a chance to experience. So basically you never have to leave the guest house, you have wine tasting, food and coffee all on your door step.
But if you do want to explore Franshcoek more it is a short drive into the main street and there are so many amazing vineyards and restaurants for you to visit. We only had two days and it was no where near enough but we did manage to visit a few other wine farms.
The Franschoek Tram offers you various routes to explore wine farms. This is a great option if you want a more guided tour or just don’t want to drive.
I didn’t really think to check opening and closing times of the restaurants because I figured it is a tourist town, so stuff will just be open. I was wrong. We stayed over on a Sunday and a Monday. Most of the restaurants close early on a Sunday afternoon. There are a few that do stay open, so you will still find somewhere to eat. So just check before hand. A few of the farms also close on a Monday, so if you are doing a self-drive trip, you might want to check this. (A lot of the websites are not updated, so double check with a phone call).
Maison Montagne is the perfect place if you are looking for a get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. From the moment you drive into the farm you will forget about deadlines and reports and extra muruals and anything else stressful!
Disclaimer: We were hosted at Maison Montagne for two nights in exchange for a review.