Vrede En Lust

Wine Estate, Franschhoek


Staying on a working estate offers an enchanting, immersive way to sample Winelands life.  Together with Susan Wessels’ award-winning, Bordeaux-style reds, Vrede en Lust affords a prime location on the Simonsberg mountain’s beautiful slopes, close to the dreamy village of Franschhoek.  Family-run like a classy B&B, it also boasts an excellent bistro, great gardens, a classic, Cape Dutch-style farmhouse, a pool and daily wine tastings.


There are three choices, all decorated in an old-fashioned, cosy style.  Dating to 1688, the original Manor House contains five bedrooms (some share a bathroom) over two floors.  Across the pool sit ten newer, air-conditioned Vineyard Suites sleeping two people apiece.  Most spacious are the three Jonkmanshuis (a converted barn and mill) suites, again air-conditioned and each combining two en-suite bedrooms, a lounge and a small kitchenette.  Shaded by ancient oak trees, they also come with pool access.


That Manor House additionally contains an airy ground-floor lounge, heated by a fireplace when necessary, and a first-floor alternative plus picturesque terrace.  The farmhouse kitchen is typically welcoming and busy, and opens onto its own sprawling patio.  Outside too are lush gardens, the pool, its neighbouring bar, and a fire-heated boma.  And then there’s LUST Bistro & Bakery, a wholesome, artisan restaurant open daily for breakfast, lunch and all naughty snacks in-between.


Vrede en Lust’s Tasting Centre is open daily, with the Red Lady guides able to offer a range of experiences.  Cellar tours are possible by appointment.   You can also walk or cycle through the vines, or follow trails into the surrounding forests and mountains, while the nearby, Jack Nicklaus-designed Pearl Valley course beckons for keen golfers.  Pretty Paarl and Franschhoek’s galleries, spas and famously-good restaurants are both within 15 miles along the R45 road.

Child Policy

All ages are welcome, with special rates for children aged 3-11 offered on request.






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