Ringed by mountains and surrounded by the vineyards of the scenic Cape Winelands, Franschhoek Country House is an idyllic escape of uncommon luxury. This restored manor house (dating back to 1890) used to be a perfumery, and today it indulges all the senses. Savor the innovative fusion of Western and Eastern cuisines at the in-house Monneaux Restaurant, which is rated as one of the best in South Africa. Lunch is served on the magnificent fountain terrace and dinner in the relaxed-yet-elegant dining room. Breathe in the bouquet of one of the superb vintages from their wine list, or let the flavor of a complementary sherry dance on your tongue as you lounge by the fire. The 26 rooms and suites envelop you in comfort, including hand-crafted furniture, pure cotton linens and en-suite bathrooms with free-standing Victorian tubs. Some rooms even include open fireplaces, underfloor heating, and a private verandah or balcony. The main area of the hotel offers a number of wonderful diversions, two outdoor swimming pools, bar, massage treatments, yet the charming village of Franschhoek may take up most of your time. Whether dining in the gourmet bistros, browsing galleries and shops in town, enjoying the wine-tasting on nearby farms in the area or simply strolling through the valley and listening to locals tell tales of its Huguenot heritage, Franschhoek will captivate you.