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Auberge Clermont

Auberge Clermont

The delightful village of Franschhoek in the winelands of the Cape Province of South Africa has much to offer. The farm on which Auberge Clermont is situated is just outside the Franschhoek. The land was originally given to a French Huguenot Monsieur de Villiers by the Dutch authorities in 1694.

Guests of Auberge Clermont can choose from six luxurious en-suite rooms (one of which is a honeymoon suite with air-conditioning) that have all been beautifully decorated in the colors of Provence. Each room has satellite television, ceiling fan, minibar, fridge, and tea/coffee making facilities.

In addition to the rooms, there is also a self-catering, two-bedroom villa with in a secluded farmhouse with beautiful views over the farm and surrounding landscape. An air-conditioned loft and bathroom in the villa are ideal for children accompanying parents.

Excellent meals with the farm’s own award-winning olive oil are served at Auberge Clermont, and there is much to do here. Walks, relaxing on the veranda, swimming, or trips into the village are all favorites. Visit the Huguenot Museum and discover the history of the town and its original peoples. Franschhoek is particularly known for its delightful shopping district and excellent restaurants.

This region of South Africa is world famous for the quality of grapes (and thus wine) that it produces. Initially established by the French Huguenots in the late 17th century, the area is home to many wine estates, most of which offer wine-tasting and sell directly to the public. Many also have their own restaurants. And because tourism is a large industry in the area, most estates are happy to ship wine to the home country of the buyer. Excellent and more reasonably priced wines are also available slightly further afield, around the towns of Robertson, Ashton, and Montagu.

Not too far from Franschhoek is the popular seaside town and holiday resort Hermanus. Hermanus is a well-known whale watching destination, as the whales come to birth and raise their calves in its secluded bay. The town’s annual “Whale Festival” attracts many visitors.

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