My husband and I live with 6 kids, ages ranging from 16 to 28. Every now and then we go away for a night or two. We hadn’t been away alone since March 2013! It was high time for some adult time out.
We spent last Friday night in Franschhoek. Franschhoek is a small town in the Cape Winelands, and its name means French Corner. It is in a valley and surrounded by majestic mountains. It is known for its wineries and fine dining (haute cuisine) restaurants. It is only 75km from Cape Town and takes about an hour to get there by car.
We arrived at our guesthouse, Ashbourne House in the mid – afternoon. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The only thing I found odd was that there were logs under the bathroom sinks but no fireplace. It is centrally located and within walking distance to the Main Street.
For dinner we went to the 2nd best restaurant in Franschhoek, Ryan’s Kitchen. The restaurant was only 200m from the guesthouse so we walked there, so we could have red wine with our meal. We had the Taste of South Africa set menu, it was the first time I had tasted Warthog and Springbok. The food was amazing. A gastronomical journey of the taste buds.
The next morning we had breakfast at the guesthouse, it was the best breakfast I have ever had at a guesthouse/ B&B. I had scrambled eggs and they were light and fluffy, with crispy bacon. The staff were extremely friendly and the owner Tim is hands on and is very helpful. We had breakfast on the patio. The weather was hot for this time of year which is Autumn, the temperature was 36 degrees! Very hot.
After breakfast we went into town and to the local village market. We went for a walk. Souvenir shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants line the Main Road.
On our way back home we stopped at the South African Cheese Festival at Sandringham Farm, Stellenbosch.We walked around the stalls and tasted various cheeses, olives and sauces. We bought several cheeses from smaller cheeseries, some with herbs, some with chilli, some cheddars, some goat cheeses and more. Afterwards we drove back home and had a cheese evening at home. Langbaken Karoo Cheese was my favourite and a great find.