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  • In the heart of the ever-charming Franschhoek
  • Professional service and elegant, luxurious rooms
  • A wealth of activities and attractions to explore nearby

Maison Chablis Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Franschhoek


-33.9137, 19.1198


Catering to discerning travellers, Maison Chablis counts among its guests several local celebrities and distinguished business people, all of whom have given this Franschhoek guest house high acclaim. A large part of this should be credited to owner James Calderwood, who, in conjunction with his professional staff, runs the guest house with smooth and hospitable efficiency.

The setting, too, is something to be admired, with the attractive Georgian-style building resting under age-old oak trees in a manicured garden offset by the rugged majesty of the Drakenstein mountains.

Contemporary but homely, the guest house has seven meticulously renovated rooms, featuring tasteful shades of beige and white, along with high-quality dark wooden furniture, carpets and comfortable couches. In most of the rooms, hints of the Georgian era are brought in by art pieces and patterned fabrics.

Each of the three standard rooms features a Queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Two of the rooms are situated on the ground floor and have patios opening onto the garden, while the upstairs room gives guests a birds-eye view of the grounds. For extra romance, one room has a modern four-poster bed.

Slightly more spacious, the superior rooms have small lounge areas, with the three downstairs rooms having full en-suite bathrooms and patios leading into the garden. The upstairs room has twin beds which, for a luxury romantic experience, can be converted to King-size.

Comforting features in all the rooms include embroidered percale linen, hair dryers, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and air-conditioning and heating. A large flat-screen satellite television in each room ensures that you won’t miss that big rugby, football or cricket match and is a useful distraction on cold and rainy days. Free wireless internet is also on hand when you need it. 

Included in the rates is a delicious breakfast to be enjoyed in the particularly striking breakfast room, which has sunny patterned walls and chairs. A magnificent glass and iron chandelier is a stunning focal point.

After breakfast, you may want to head to the swimming pool to take a dip in its sparkling waters, have a gentle stroll through the trees, or simply relax on the loungers with a cooling drink.

The guesthouse is ideally positioned to explore Franschhoek, being within a leisurely walk of the village’s quaint streets. Here, arts, crafts and history combine with award-winning restaurants and coffee shops, giving guests a cultured taste of prestigious country living. 

There are dozens of wine estates surrounding the town and these are wonderful places to sample the region’s best wines or enjoy a leisurely lunch. Beaches, nature reserves, golf courses and adventure activities are all within easy reach, and your hosts can give some handy tailor-made suggestions on how to best fill your day.

Rates & Summary

3 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Garden patio or upstairs room

4 Superior Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen/King-size or twin beds
En-suite bath and shower or shower only
Three with patios


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Continental and English breakfast included


Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Maison Chablis is a Georgian-style bed-and-breakfast situated in the sought-after village of Franschhoek in the beautiful Cape winelands, a short drive from Cape Town. Accommodation consists of seven well-appointed contemporary rooms. Guests staying at Maison Chablis can be assured of tranquil, exclusive countryside luxury and unrivalled hospitality from the owner. The guesthouse is situated under lovely oak trees and surrounded by stunning mountains.


  • In the heart of the ever-charming Franschhoek
  • Professional service and elegant, luxurious rooms
  • A wealth of activities and attractions to explore nearby

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool

Nearby: wine tasting, cellar tours, cheese and olive tasting, art galleries, museums, health club, golf courses, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking trails, horse riding, Cape Town.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Cape Winelands

Western Cape


As the name suggests, the Cape Winelands is an area of vines and vineyards; the berries of which are responsible for that most delicious fermented juice of the grape: wine. The region is well known for its proliferation of estates and cellars that continually create quality wines throughout the cultivar spectrum.

This is an area that encourages leisurely meanders along its various wine routes, absorbing the natural beauty of the rural surroundings.

The region stretches northwards from the eastern outskirts of Cape Town. In the south the popular and trendy towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek nestle in the shadow of the mountains that make up the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. To the west the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ follows the Breede River Valley. It takes in the town of Robertson, the quaint village of McGregor and continues to Worcester.

North, across the N1 highway, the historic towns of Paarl, Wellington and Tulbagh are strung out between a series of mountains. In the far north-east, the town of Ceres is a dot in a sweeping valley of fruit orchards.

Craggy mountains are a feature of the landscape, giving rise to the region also being called the Boland (High Land). The mountains include the ranges of the Groot Drakenstein, Langeberg, Hexrivier and Witzenberg. Their steep rocky peaks plunge to gentler gradients rich in fynbos and proteas, before levelling out in fertile valleys threaded with chortling streams.

In these low-lying areas, suspended between the slopes, vineyards stretch in patchwork patterns. Like an artist’s palette the area changes with the seasons - from subtle spring pastels, through lush summer greens, to the earthy shades of autumn.

Not only are the Cape Winelands a delight for connoisseurs of fine wines; the towns themselves are centres for a host of enjoyable pastimes. Many are steeped in history and have magnificent collections of traditional Cape Dutch and period architecture.

These are best viewed during a stroll along the leafy streets. The historic Church Street in Tulbagh has the largest concentration of provincial monuments in one street in South Africa. The university town of Stellenbosch, with its oak-lined boulevards, is the second-oldest town in the country, dating back to 1671. Today it is an important cultural centre with a host of galleries and museums, and the country’s oldest music school.

Franschhoek, reclining in a somnolent valley ambience, entices gourmets to sample its fare at some of South Africa’s top restaurants. McGregor is well known for its life-enriching tranquillity and Ceres for its fruit production and snow-covered mountains in winter. Besides their wineries, Robertson and Worcester are known for the production of some of South Africa’s best known brandies – Klipdrift and KWV, respectively.

The winelands is great country in which to enjoy a leisurely trip along minor roads that fade into the fynbos. They will take you into valleys and gorges, past barns stacked with bales of lucerne, and paddocks with grazing sheep and lazing cows. Around farmsteads and cottages, chickens strut their stuff and pigs wallow in slushy heaven. Dams mirror the sky and hillsides, their reflections rippled by drifting and preening waterbirds. Tractors till the land, and labourers and farmers wave to every passer-by.

For centuries the terroir here has been ideally suited to the production of great wine and today, more than ever before, it is also conducive to the making of good times and fond memories. The Cape Winelands is a region to relax in, whilst inhaling the warm, scented air and indulging in the finer things in life.

Look out for

Wine tasting – naturally this is a popular and pleasant pastime in the region. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971, is the oldest in South Africa. Today other routes lead to the cellars and estates around virtually every town in the region. Many of the wineries offer tasting and sales from Monday to Saturday. Maps are available from the tourism office in each town.

Brandy tasting – this much-loved spirit is produced by a good number of cellars and specialist distillers throughout the region. There are 2 brandy routes in the region. The Western Cape Brandy Route winds through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. The R62 Brandy Route goes through Robertson and Worcester. Many of these offer tasting, tours and sales from Monday to Friday.

Historical towns – the Cape Winelands is rich in history, with most towns and many of the wine estates having their own collections of historical buildings, museums and monuments. The region is synonymous with Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Highlights include Church Street in Tulbagh and the De Oude Drostdy Museum just outside the town. There are Zeederberg Square and the Paarl Museum in Paarl, and Klein Plasie open air Museum in Worcester. Twenty declared National Monuments are in Wellington and there is the Huguenot Memorial and Museum in Franschhoek.

Scenic drives – where there are mountains and valleys there are always scenic roads and passes to explore; here is no exception.

River rafting – the Breede River is the sixth largest river in South Africa and is a playground of fun and adventure.

Adrenalin - for lovers of the adrenalin rush, Ceres Zipslide Adventures offers 8 slides totalling 1.4km amongst the rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains near Ceres.

Art galleries – the towns are home to a host of artists and galleries. The Stellenbosch Gallery and Rupert Gallery in Stellenbosch are popular and showcase art through many mediums and genres.

Wildlife on display – the area has a number of parks that allow one to get close to a variety of wild creatures in captivity. Some of the better known ones include the Drankenstein Lion Park, Butterfly World, Paarl Bird Sanctuary and the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm - all situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch. 

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