Month: May 2021

Explore the Attractions Around The Residence at VnL 

The Residence at Vrede En Lust is conveniently located on the breath-taking Vrede En Lust Wine Estate, a mere short drive from Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Paarl. However, you don’t need to travel far to experience what the surroundings have to offer. Simondium boasts wineries, restaurants, and breweries that are must-tries! Explore one or more of the many offers, while relaxing at our luxury 6 bedroom all en-suite villa.


Vrede En Lust Wine Estate

Vrede En Lust offers premium wine tasting where you can experience their award-winning wines with pairings that every wine enthusiast will enjoy. Explore the Cape Dutch architecture, breath-taking scenery, and rolling vineyard views. Take in the most sought-after event venues in the country while exploring the gardens, or enjoy a late lunch at the extremely popular Lust Bistro & Bakery.


Rupert & Rothschild Tasting Centre

Rupert & Rothschild have an array of imported Champagnes and wine from their properties in France, Argentina and New Zealand. The ambiance is relaxing and the tasting is a must-try. Enjoy an exquisitely prepared meal while experiencing some of their wines.


Le Bonheur Reptiles & Adventures

Le Bonheur will give you an interactive experience outdoor experience that nurtures respect for the African Nile crocodiles. It’s the ideal family destination with offerings such as catch and release fishing, a cycle track for 5 – 11-year-olds, picnics, waterslides, pizzas, and more. The whole family can enjoy nature at Le Bonheur.


Noble Hill Wine Estate

Noble Hill makes wines that are fruitful yet structured, elegant, and authentic to the region. Located on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains, they’ve been producing wine for more than 300 years! Enjoy an early morning breakfast or indulge your senses in their Latin-inspired picnic baskets that can be enjoyed in the garden.


Soul Barrel Brewing 

Share the brewer’s passion for beer making and celebrate at their brewery. Inspired by hoppy ales and old-world fermentation, you’ll find innovative beer at Soul Barrel Brewery. Located nothing longer than a short drive from The Residence, just outside Franschhoek, add Soul Barrel Brewery to your list of places to explore. Did we mention that their brewery is located within the old tank walls of the former Drakenstein Winery?


Cape Winelands Riding

Enjoy private guided tours through mountain treks that showcase magnificent vineyard views. Each horseback riding tour is customised for your level, and Cape Winelands Riding is the equestrian adventure that you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime way of experience the Winelands on horseback.

5 Things To Do in Franschhoek This Winter

Our luxurious villa is the ideal location to get away and break away from everything. Enjoy the 6 all en-suite bedrooms, luscious surroundings, and picturesque views, while knowing you’re safe and secure in your private exclusive villa. Whether for intimate events or holidays, The Residence is perfectly located within driving distance from the acclaimed Franschhoek.

Known for its top-quality food and award-winning wine, once you’ve experienced Vrede & Lust Estate, it’s time to venture out and explore Franschhoek! The views are breathtaking and the Winelands can be enjoyed just as much in winter as in summer. Winter in Franschhoek is magical! So much so that we’ve put together a list of activities to do when you aren’t relaxing at the villa.

Wine Tasting

You’re spoilt with choice when it comes to choosing where to go wine tasting around the Winelands. Start at Vrede & Lust and make your way from there. Mont Rochelle offers exquisite views of the Franschhoek Valley, and Rickety Bridge Winery has a cosy indoor area that decks out with views over the vineyards.

Beer Tasting 

Franschhoek Beer Co. boasts handcrafted craft beer with a selection for everyone! If you aren’t into beer, they also offer an array of craft gin and a tasting room with views of the brewery.

Coffee Shops 

Wine farms aren’t the only places that host restaurants. Franschhoek has excellent coffee shops with interesting menu options like Big Dog Café. The style and design of the café leave something to feast your eyes on no matter where you look.

Boutique Stores

Franschhoek has delightful boutiques that will have you shopping for home décor goods to clothing. Indian Summer is 13 years in the making that stocks cashmere knitwear, silk kaftans, and so much more.


Learn about the history of the Winelands by exploring local museums. The Huguenot Monument Museum opened in 1967 and has four buildings to explore with beautiful gardens surrounding it. The Franschhoek Motor Museum has a vast collection of vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles that date back over 100 years!

Franschhoek, Simondium, and Stellenbosch have so much to explore and discover. Book your stay at The Residence to experience the Winelands in all its glory!


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