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Family friendly eco hotels around Franschhoek, South Africa

South Africa is hot! Both literally and figuratively- trust us, you want to add this destination to your wish list. Traveling to this marvellous country has many advantages (barely any time difference from Europe, incredible nature)! We had the hardest time narrowing down all our tips and tricks on the best family friendly eco hotels around Franschhoek. But we are here to make your holiday preparations easier of course, so we made it work. Here are three beautiful family friendly eco hotels around Franschhoek!

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

The Farmstead

Properties like this one make our hearts sing. Why? Because it perfectly combines our love for beautiful esthetics and interior, while focusing on sustainability and conscious living at the very same time. Owners Jules and Warren rejuvenated six old farm cottages with used and farm-found objects. They created wonderful, welcoming spaces with two to four bedrooms – all perfectly capable to accommodate your family! Surrounded by fields, mountains, a herb garden and fruit trees, your kids will have a blast. Either running around or lazing away in the hammock on your private porch with excellent views.

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

Food baskets filled with delicious local produce can be delivered on your doorstep on request, just like outdoor yoga sessions, early morning egg pickings or cow encounters. As The Farmstead is a mere 15 minutes drive from Franschhoek (and about 25 to Stellenbosch) you might want to do some wine tasting and eating out while you are there, too… The property can even arrange a driver so you will safely get back to your own little sanctuary- how’s that for service!
Oh and don’t forget to cool off in the dam!

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

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Spier

A family owned- and managed wine farm that dates back to 1692, with so many wonderful features, we just cannot get enough!Spread across the grounds like a small village, the hotel boasts wonderful rooms and suites (for up to four persons- kids under 12 stay for free!). This all while surrounded by vineyards, historic farm buildings and beautiful gardens.

Spier offers wonderful activities for you as a family (Bike rides! Segway tours! Bird encounters!). But should you crave some alone time at the spa or by the pool, you can drop off your kid(s) at the wonderful Kids’ Clubhouse for some supervised crafts, farm walks, play or stories. Just make sure you reserve enough time to make use of all the food experiences Spier has in store for you: from lavish dinners to perfect picnics – options galore!

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

The icing on the cake would be the hotel’s commitment to social and environmental sustainability – earning several awards, such as the Future Forward Thinkers for Environmental Sustainability and gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards. Great examples are the abstinence of artificial fertilizers and pesticides while growing fruit, vegetables and wines, and the reuse of water up to 100%.  Bravo! 
Can you feel our love for this place? One of our favorite family friendly eco hotels around Franschhoek!

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

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Boschendal

Now this is the kind of place you will want to comfortably settle your family and never ever leave!

Being the second oldest wine farm in South Africa, the entire property breathes old stories and history. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and landscapes, you will find yourself as close to living (a luxury) farm life as possible. Boschendal commits to make it ‘a place of ecological and social justice for the land, its workers and their communities.’ The estate embraces the idea of farming and cooking with nature, which results in fabulous organic food in all three onsite restaurants. Not to mention the wonderful breakfast or braai baskets brought to your cottage, or the fresh farm produce waiting for you at the Farm shop and Butchery.

Boschendal boasts many wonderful cottages to house your family. All of them are equipped with at least two bedrooms and a kitchen(ette). Privileged access to the farm will bring you dam swims, hiking tours, bike rides, wine tastings and endless hours of fun in the Tree House, an exciting edu-play center. Only forty minutes from Cape Town, this amazing wine farm will cater to all your family holiday needs- and memories.

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

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What to do in Franschhoek?

Besides relaxing in your family friendly eco hotels around Franschhoek, there’s loads of activities for you and your family to explore. Can you see yourself hopping on a winetram, with surrounding views of imposing mountains?  Even Capetonians have been known to take Sunday drives from Cape Town to Franschhoek, simply to enjoy the views that Franschhoek Pass offers. Up for some more family fun? We got you covered. Please find below a list of some memorable family adventure while visiting Franscchoek!

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

Some family fun in Franschhoek!

  • We promise you, you do not want to miss passing through the Franschhoek Pass. But while you’re at it, why not take a trip to the Alpaca farm? Enjoy decadent cakes while watching your kids in the playground and petting zoo. Oh, did we tell you, you even get to feed these fluffy animals?

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

  • When cows are happy, cows produce valuable and delicious milk. Which in turn makes great cheese. Dalewood Farm has an eco-friendly approach to farming. Dalewood cows never receive growth or milk production increasing hormones. Neither do they receive any unnecessary antibiotics. Want to taste the difference? Visit awardwinning family business Dalewood Fromage and stock up on some great treats.

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

  • Hop on the back of a horse and explore 240ha of wildlife sanctuary. On Pete’s Adventure Farm trails you’ll get to see zebras, springbok, giraffes and many more wildlife. The gentle horses are ideal for all levels of experience. Whether you never sat on a horse before or are an experienced rider, you’re in for some great fun! The minimum age is 8 years old and the shortest ride lasts 1.5 hours. Additional wine and cheese tasting is possible on reservation.

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

  • Aside from all the amazing winefarms, wandering down the main road in Franschhoek offers great activities too. Stopping for a piece of chocolate here, or an art gallery there, is a lot of fun. Dive into history at Franschhoek Motor Museum, with over 200 cars and more than 100 years of motoring history. If you’re in town on a Saturday, make sure to visit the village market! Here, fresh food, art and craft await you and your family.

family friendly, sustainable and stylish stays around Franschhoek, South Africa

Time to gather your family and book your vacation at one of these family friendly eco hotels around Franschhoek, South Africa. Off we go!

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