We were so lucky that the weekend we got to stay at the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel (FBH) it was a super cold one, especially on the night that we arrived. Hishaam and I started the one hour and twenty minute drive in peak time traffic from my house on the Friday evening, without traffic it would’ve just taken an hour. We took a super slow drive as the winds were strong and the roads were wet. We arrived at the hotel around 7:30pm and it was already pitch dark outside.
As we checked in we were greeted with a roaring wood fire and the offer of a hot cup of coffee. The FBH has a total of six rooms, each one beautifully unique in its own way. We chose to stay in the Sapphire room; this room has so much heritage and culture integrated into the décor and design, it was designed through taking inspiration from Bokaap. We can easily see this through the vivid colours used throughout the room. I am totally obsessed with the black and white stripe Weylants ivory pedestals, the amazing light fixtures in the bathroom, the deep blue bath, the luminous colour closet and basically everything else in this room. You can check out the other five rooms HERE (the Blanc room is a blogger’s dream).
On our first night we headed to a restaurant which was right across the way from the hotel and before we left we asked the staff to start the fire in our room so that upon our return the room would be warm and cozy. After we ate we returned to our room and turned in for the night.
On the Saturday morning we decided to sleep in even though the FBH serves breakfast from 7:00am until 11:00am. Once we got up we took a walk to the main road in Franschhoek, there’s a town market that they host on Saturdays (we didn’t go lol), there are also so many unique little shops and restaurants and some familiar ones too. We bought some snacks and food and headed back to the room, it was definitely a weekend for relaxing. As many of you know Franschhoek is a wine town so when we got back to the room I popped open one of the bottles of wine that was left for us in the mini bar and set out for an afternoon of extreme relaxation. I got under the huge furry blanket on the bed, stared at the wonderful mountain views from the room and I didn’t come out from under the blanket.
As Sunday morning broke, I found myself feeling sad. Not only did we over sleep and almost miss breakfast but the peaceful weekend had come to an end. We packed up, checked out and sat down for a lovely breakfast. I started off with a fruit plate and then I opted for a croissant with scrambled egg; I choose this 99% of the time if it’s an option. As we finished up, we thanked and greet the wonderful staff who treated us so well over the weekend; they even sent me off with a gift from Healing Africa.
If you’re looking for a wonderfully peaceful place to stay, this hotel is surrounded by greenery and has the most amazing mountain views, they have some of the best wines you can find and the hotel is just a stone throw away from a buzzing main road that’s filled with little stores, restaurants and so many old buildings (the banks were my favourite). I for one can’t wait to return and get to experience one of the other rooms.