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Experiences

Things to do during your stay

7 Koppies offers a range of wonderful experiences to enjoy during your stay.

Whether you enjoy time spent outdoors, meandering through our surrounding wild, exploring the koppies, varied fynbos and incredible birdlife found on our working farm, or perhaps prefer gastronomic delights and wine-tastings at some of the country’s most prestigious wine farms – we’re on hand to ensure that your stay in Franschhoek is one you’ll never forget. 

Along with historical wine farms, breath-taking scenery, culinary delights and award-winning wines, Franschhoek offers incredible natural wonders that are best explored on foot on its many hiking trails and fynbos paths.

On the farm

Fynbos Walks

We have 50 hectares of pristine fynbos. Fynbos is the name given to the naturally occurring vegetation that is only found in the coastal and mountainous areas of the western cape and eastern cape. It is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms and has the distinctive feature of having the highest biodiversity of them all.

Stay for a sundowner

It is as if 7 Koppies was built around the sunset and this is surely one of the best vantage points in the Cape. Be ready, glass in hand, to watch the show courtesy of mother nature.

Take a swim

While the view is completely distracting, our 25-metre long pool is designed for laps. Ideal for working off the gastronomic delights you’re sure to enjoy during your time in Franschhoek.

Spa

Massages can be arranged in-room or by the pool by our mobile spa provider. A 60-minute Massage starts from R750, 60-minute Facial R800 and 105-minute Deluxe Mani-Pedi R800.

Dining on the farm

We’ve created the ultimate haven for you to enjoy and so – if the thought of tearing yourself from the pool area and our unsurpassable views doesn’t sit well with you, why not opt to dine on the farm?

In the area

Fly fishing

No Wifi, just a great connection. Combine the beauty of the outdoors with the excitement of reeling in an impressive catch.

Dining in the area

With almost 50 restaurants within just a 10-minute radius of our property, it’s not hard to see why Franschhoek is renowned as being one of the world’s gastronomic capitals. Soak up the South African sunshine, with a vineyard vista as you enjoy some of our top restaurants, a few even located on award-winning wine farms, ideal for wine-tasting prior to your meal.

Wine tasting

Franschhoek is a town with rich history. Meaning, ‘French Corner’, it came into being when French Huguenot refugees settled in the valley, after fleeing religious oppression in France. They brought with them their knowledge of viticulture and the first vines which now carpet our magnificent valley.

Exterior view of 7 Koppies guest house in Franschhoek

Franschhoek Experiences

Explore the main road, exploring galleries and collecting local treasures as you learn more about this historic town and dine out in style.

Hiking

Looking to stretch your legs? Franschhoek’s natural wonders are best explored on foot.

Along with historical wine farms, breath-taking scenery, culinary delights and award winning wines, Franschhoek offers incredible natural wonders that are best explored on foot on its many hiking trails and fynbos paths.

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Fynbos Walks

A few short, interconnected routes await your exploring at 7Koppies. Denoted with a footprint sign, enjoy a wander through the encompassing wild as you soak up the natural beauty of our working farm. For those looking to learn a little more about the Cape Floral Kingdom, you’re also able to book a guided fynbos walk, accompanied by an indigenous plant expert, by prior arrangement.

Birders paradise awaits at 7 Koppies. Pack your binoculars and a birding guide for the area, or feel free to browse our books in the living room, to find out more about the local birds inhabiting the fynbos.

Spa

Our setting inspires deep relaxation, a state that is amplified by our range of bespoke wellness treatments on offer. Enjoy a treatment of choice in the privacy of your room, or out on the deck during sunshine hours or at dusk and be transported to a whole other world.

Dining on the farm

Breakfasts at 7Koppies are a culmination of expertly-brewed cappuccinos and gatherings of fresh, seasonal produce at its finest. Almost all meals are enjoyed alfresco, with two beautiful outdoor areas to choose from as the unbeatable backdrop to your meal.

Enquire with our team for more info on our grazing boards and wholesome, unfussy light lunches (and dinners) for when leaving this place is just not an option.

Fly Fishing

Begin the day with your local, skilled guide collecting you early in the morning. The fish tend to be most active from 8 am until 12 pm. Gear up and let the local pro show you the tricks of the trade for casting your way to a prize trout. This is no ordinary day of fishing though, one of the best-kept secrets known as the ‘Cape Streams’ awaits exploring! Renowned as one of the top stream fisheries in the world for stalking wild trout, a series of pristinely managed rivers in the Du Toits Kloof Mountain range, a mere 25 minutes drive from 7Koppies, provides the perfect backdrop for your day out. Cool, crystal waters and breath-taking views come part and parcel with your private experience. Changing flies and all equipment is handled by your guide and when the fish aren’t biting- the snacks and beverages are at least flowing.

The Berg River Dam is another hidden ‘outdoor’ gem with numerous trails to explore, leading to spectacular views over our valley.

We Recommend
Delaire Graff Restaurant
This has to be one of the best restaurant terraces in the world. Dine outdoors and be dazzled by the million-dollar views – and look for 7 Koppies, which can be seen in the distance. If the weather doesn’t play along, enjoy the David Collins designed dining room. The food is light, fresh and not too elaborate.
Chefs Warehouse at Maison
A sophisticated yet casual setting with a seasonal menu structured as ‘Tapas for 2’, which arrives in three tranches. During the day it feels bright and airy and there’s the possibility of siting on the veranda or at a longer table in the garden. In the evening soft lighting lends a cosy ambience.
Ou Meul Farmstall
When looking for a simple, well-made meal in the face of a fine dining weekend, this spot under promises and over delivers. There’s a little shop selling rusks and jams, a pretty garden and honest food like curried mince jaffles, Stop in for a coffee on the way to Babylonstoren or make a morning of antique shopping – at Ou Meul and Koöperasie Stories down the road.
Babel at Babylonstoren
Go for breakfast. It is a cornucopia, a feast for the senses, with plentiful fruit, armfuls of flowers and bundles of herbs – all so fresh it illustrates the true meaning of ‘farm to fork’. Babylonstoren is awe-inspiring, especially for those with an interest in gardening, food or interior design.
Greenhouse at Babylonstoren
Produce arrangements on a stone basin honour what’s in season at this light-filled greenhouse. A place to pause for paper-wrapped sandwiches, salads in Weck jars or scones with preserves, after wandering through the food garden at Babylonstoren.
Tokara
By day there is a view of sloping vineyards and at night all attention is focused on the five impressive William Kentridge tapestries – fine dining with some very fine art. On the plate, classical elements belie a strong sense of creativity and an understanding of flavour. It is seriously good.
Grande Provence
An idyllic setting when sitting in the dappled light under the oaks and an experience greater than going for lunch, when combined with the art gallery right next to the restaurant. Dishes are colourful and lean into fine dining. For cooler weather there’s a more formal dining room with a fireplace.
De Werf at Boschendal
A beautiful old-style farm setting that is constantly evolving. The architectural layout of the Manor House, the Werf and the tree-lined path and kitchen garden holds an appeal because it doesn’t try too hard. Chickens roam freely, vegetables are organic and the farm has grass-fed cattle and a butchery of its own.
Le Petite Colombe
La Colombe is one of the best restaurants in the world and we are proud to have her little sister, Le Petit Colombe, in our village and such a short distance from our property. The lighter lunch menu gives a good impression of the best on offer.
Protégé
Though the food makes it clear there is shared DNA, if there is one is member of the La Colombe family that comes closest to fast fine dining, it is Protégé. The best seats in the house are at the counter, for observing the kitchen activity while tasting and chatting.
Reubens
This is the place for a jolly night out. There is a good buzz, which makes it fun and the menu carries crowd-pleasers, like chilli salted squid and many of the signature Reuben Riffel flavour combinations that first made him famous.
Le Coin Francaise
This recent addition to Franschhoek’s fine dining scene takes inspiration from French cuisine and is recognised by the food media as a contender in South Africa’s top restaurant rankings. The chef, Darren Badenhorst, is heading up Le Chêne – a new restaurant at the Manor house on Leeu Estates.
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Boschendal
Boschendal is a 300 year old wine farm with some of the most picturesque views in the Franschhoek Valley. This is farm-to-table eating and sustainable agriculture at its finest.
Dieu Donne
Dieu Donne is situated in a natural theatre overlooking the Franschhoek Valley. The boutique winery is one of the best spots from which to see all the famous landmarks of Franschhoek.
Grande Provence
The restaurant and wine tasting area at Grand Provence has a chic, industrial feel with a striking bar where you can enjoy a glass of their renowned Sauvignon Blanc.
La Motte
La Motte is the place to visit for a taste of Franschhoek’s culture and heritage. If you visit in the winter months, it is a fantastic spot to sip on a glass of red wine next to the fireplace.
Solms Delta
The wine cellar at Solms Delta dates back to 1740 and big emphasis is placed on traditional Cape culture and cuisine at this estate. Make sure to taste the Solms Delta Amatie and visit the adjacent museum.
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Garden Tour at Babylonstoren
For backstories on the masterful design and carefully selected plant varieties, join a guided tour (daily, 10h00, 1.5 hours) – book ahead as spots tend to fill up quickly. For a highlight at its seasonal best, like the 7000 clivia lilies that bloom in Spring, join The Special Collections Tour (Monday to Friday, 11h30, 1 hour).
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Johann Rupert’s private collection of over 200 vehicles, at his wine estate, L’ Ormarins, tells the story of over 100 years of automotive history. Viewings are by appointment only. Make the most of a visit to this property by booking it in combination with wine tasting or the Classic Car Drive.
Boschendal Night Market
Summertime sees the picnic grounds at Boschendal strung with lights and turned into a lively night market. Browse with a glass of wine in hand, or settle in for a wood-fired pizza and a live performance by local musicians. Friday nights 18h00-21h00.
Wine tasting on horseback
Enjoy an outride through changing vineyard and orchard terrain as you soak up the mountain views and stop for wine tastings at Rickety Bridge and Mont Rochelle vineyards (about 4 hours) Alternatively, take a scenic ride on a circular route to a lookout point surveying Franschhoek (1 hour). Horses trot or canter but never gallop, so this experience is suitable for beginner riders.
Exploring by bike and mountain biking
Choose from three self-guided rides that include bike rental and a map. For a wine-tasting focus there’s the Child Friendly Route (5km) to Mont Rochelle, Grande Provence and Franschhoek Cellar or the Wine Route for Adults (15km) to Grande Provence, Rickety Bridge, La Couronne, Glenwood and – for the beer lovers – Hey Joe Brewing Company. For mountain biking enthusiasts the Adventure Route (25km-50km) can be approached as an easy or more technical route, depending on fitness levels. Guided tours and e-bikes are also available.
Garden and Art Tour of Leeu
Take a guided tour of the Leeu Estates’ magnificent manicured gardens, which serves as a gallery for an art collection curated by the owner, Analjit Singh. For the most part it comprises bronze sculptures by highly regarded South African artists.
Franschhoek e-bike wine tour
A wine tour by electric bicycle has all the romance of pedalling between vineyards without any unnecessary exertion. Set off from La Couronne, with a guide, for tastings at Holden Manz and Grande Provence (15km, 3.5 hours). Ample stitched-leather seats and saddlebags for stowing wine purchases add comfort and charm.
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Hiking

Seven different hiking trails wind through the impressive Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, from the Vista Trail (2.4km, easy to moderate, 2 hours) to the Perdekop Trail (13.4km, difficult, full-day), which reaches the highest peak at 1575m above sea level, there’s a route to suit everyone. The gate guards can supply a printed guide and day permits are purchased online or at the entrance. If preferred, we can also book a personal guide for your planned hike. 

The Berg River Dam is another hidden ‘outdoor’ gem with numerous trails to explore, leading to spectacular views over our valley.