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  • Authentic Cape Dutch guesthouse offers elegant, comfortable accommodation
  • Picturesque wine estate setting, nestled between rugged mountains
  • Close to town, with many attractions and activities to explore

Rickety Bridge Country Estate

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

4km from Franschhoek

 

-33.8995, 19.0913

About

Rickety Bridge has a history dating back to the 17th century, when it was part of the original La Provence farm granted to the first French Huguenots who settled in Oliphantshoek and renamed the area Franschhoek. The old original bridge after which the estate is named consisted mainly of sleeper wood beams, but was too narrow for larger vehicles, so was rebuilt to its current concrete state in 1996. 

Crossing the bridge straddling the Franschhoek River takes you into vineyards, nestling against the Dassenberg Mountain, to the 50 hectare wine estate. 

The renovated manor house has three luxury rooms where modern facilities were introduced, alongside priceless antique pieces and classic Cape Dutch furniture, dramatic yellow-wood beamed ceilings and polished pine floors. All rooms have air conditioning, underfloor heating, satellite television, mini bars, tea and coffee facilities, and free wireless internet connectivity.

Breakfast is served in the breakfast room or alongside the swimming pool set in purple-mountain surroundings, and bistro-style lunches can be enjoyed in Paulina’s restaurant, which spills out from a cosy thatched area onto shaded decks with views over the vineyards. 

The estate’s celebrated wines can be savoured on leather fireside couches or at the Rickety Bridge Wine Tasting Centre.

Guests can partake in a classic French game of boules in the vines, or go on scenic walks through the beautiful gardens and vineyards. 

The Franschhoek Valley offers a variety of other attractions including horse riding, fly fishing, golf, art galleries, mountain biking and shopping, complemented by the fine cuisine which the village is famous for.

   

Rates & Summary


2 Manor Suites

Each sleeps 2 in king-size bed
En-suite bath and shower

Burgundy Suite

Sleeps 2 in king-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Sitting room
Private veranda

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Breakfast included
Lunches available at Paulina’s restaurant

Kids

Children 12 years and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Rickety Bridge Winery is situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek, nestled against the hillside, overlooking the vineyards and magnificent mountains. The historic Cape Dutch manor house gives visitors a welcome rest stop in 3 luxuriously appointed private rooms. Rickety Bridge is an enchanting Franschhoek wine estate that earns its place in the Cape’s cuisine capital. While staying true to its long and colourful winemaking history, the beautiful estate boasts a superb restaurant and luxury manor house accommodation, and makes the most of its location amongst the mountains of Franschhoek, providing the best in Colonial country living.

Summary

  • Authentic Cape Dutch guesthouse offers elegant, comfortable accommodation
  • Picturesque wine estate setting, nestled between rugged mountains
  • Close to town, with many attractions and activities to explore

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

There is an area of dirt road just before the manor.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Spa treatments
  • Wine tasting
  • Cellar tours
  • Boules in the vines
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • Bird watching
  • Horse riding 

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Air conditioning
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge and freezer

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Cape Winelands

Western Cape

About

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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