Le Ballon Rouge

Le Ballon Rouge is an intimate and charming guest house within walking distance of the café-lined main street of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. Decor is a quirky mix of antique and art deco and the en suite rooms are spacious and comfortable.

Our rating: 3/5 Stars
Location: Cape Winelands, South Africa

Accommodation Description

A restored turn-of-the-(previous)-century building, Le Ballon Rouge is decorated with a bright Victorian flourish, each room receiving individual attention. Rooms range from comfortable twins to large and luxurious loft suites.

Le Ballon Rouge Guesthouse is near centre of Franschhoek – a delightful village in the Cape Winelands and home to more fine restaurants than people. Food, wine and the beautiful countryside sit high up on the menu and Le Ballon is a great base from which to explore the Franschhoek Winelands area, the mountains, the nature reserves and neighbouring valleys.

All rooms at Le Ballon Rouge Guesthouse en suite bathrooms, ceiling fans, tea and coffee, and either mountain or garden views; the superior rooms have separate showers, heated towel rails and air conditioning. But if you can spare the cash, you have to go for the massive master suite: featuring an antique-deco bathroom with underfloor heating, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, lounge, kitchenette, and a rooftop deck with an open-air hot tub and a magnificent view of the mountains.

Facilities

Eight en suite rooms including two suites, three superior rooms and five standard rooms; ceiling fans in every room; tea/coffee stations; garden or mountain view; swimming pool; breakfast terrace; dining room with lunches and dinners for large groups or on request; garden and veranda.

Activities

With more than 40 farms in the Franschhoek Valley, a tasting tour of the local wine farms is an absolute must - your host will be happy to assist with choosing the farms to visit and there are organised tours if you don't wish to make use of the spittoon. Other must-do activities in Franschhoek include dining out at any number of award-winning restaurants in the village and a thorough exploration of its boutique shops, art galleries, street cafés and monuments. Further afield you can visit nature reserves, hike, explore the mountains, visit wildlife sanctuaries and generally live the life in the Cape Winelands.

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