Grand Provence Estate wears its 300-year history with grace. Raise a glass to the Franschhoek Valley's lush vineyards and rugged mountain vistas at this bucolic and beautiful boutique hotel.

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This is the heartland of South Africa’s wine country at its finest. A vineyard-lined road is your path to Grande Provence Estate. It’s a visually-pleasing welcome to your experience at this prestigious destination.

The estate’s history dates back to 1694 and started with a French man fleeing persecution back home. Along with other Huguenots, he arrived in this picture-perfect place and established a farm with his wife. His charming Manor House has been lovingly transformed into this seven room boutique property. The original Cape Dutch architecture now pairs with an updated modern design.

You will never want to leave Grande Provence Estate once you see the Owner’s Cottage’s bedrooms and swimming pool. Suites are comfortable and elegant, each one with unique touches like a fireplace or a private garden patio with views of the rose garden.

The landscape seems like it’s pulled straight from a painting with beautifully clipped hedges, olive trees, and ancient oaks framed by the mountains. This French corner of the Cape has a little bit of a European feel and is known as the food and wine capital of the area. Pour a glass of award-winning wine at a complimentary tasting and cellar tour. Take your pick of Sauvignon Blancs, fruity rosés, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bite into seasonal gourmet cuisine artfully prepared at the Restaurant, a classy space with nailhead trim seating and moody, darkened walls. Ample natural light filters in from the large windows and crisp white linens add an air of sophistication. A flickering log fire and candlelight cozies up the space on chilly evenings.

Learn more about the French ties to the region at the museums that document the Huguenots’ exodus to Africa. Wander the cute specialty shops in Franschhoek, a short drive away from Grande Provence Estate. Spending time here will make you feel at ease, but that shouldn’t stop you from indulging in a relaxing in-room massage between activities.

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