Beautiful countryside get aways…

We are loving the beauty that being out of the city brings – don’t get us wrong we love our home in Sandton, but the fact that we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the continent does not escape us, and so we travel!

La Petite Ferme – Franschhoek Pass, Western Cape

Situated on the slopes of the Franschhoek Pass and the Middagkrans Mountain Range lies one of the finest spots the infamous town of Franschhoek has to offer, famous for having the best view in the valley. This picturesque spot offers exceptional hospitality and traditional yet luxurious country-style accommodation, with a range of Vineyard Suites or the Manor House to pick from for your stay.

With the spectacular views of the rolling hills, out-of-this-world comfort and serene tranquility, you really will feel like you’ve been transported to a picture-perfect paradise that you may have to be torn away from.

On this working wine farm, you will find their renowned restaurant which serves up a delicious range of rustic yet contemporary cuisine. Known for their legendary lunches, each dining experience will be a feast of culinary delights set to rival any other world-class facility. A visit to this region would be incomplete without enjoying a glass of wine (or three) with each meal, and thankfully you will be spoilt for choice with their range of multi-award-winning wines.

Find out more on www.lapetiteferme.co.za or call them on 021-876-3016.

De Hoek Country Hotel – Magaliesburg, Gauteng

Johannesburg and its surrounds may not be known for its mountainous landscape, but the Magaliesburg Mountain Range most certainly does provide some contouring to the scenery. Just over an hour outside of Johannesburg and nestled in the valley of the Magaliesburg Mountains on the Magalies River you’ll find this beautiful, tranquil, award-winning hotel; the ideal setting for a romantic getaway not far from the city where you can relax and unwind, thanks to the world-class facilities, outstanding hospitality, superb service and gourmet dining.

This prized gem is known for their charm, ambience and impeccable service, and their range of accommodation – including two stunning Penthouse Suites – have contemporary interiors, offering guests the best comfort has to offer with their top-notch amenities and elegant finishes.

De Hoek guarantees sublime dining experiences, with the chef Johannes Swart providing varied five-course dinners every night where he and his team bring creative combinations to life, delighting the palate with new trends combines with unique interpretations of classic French and Mediterranean dishes.

During your stay, you can unwind at the spa, enjoy walks in the beautiful landscape, indulge in lawn games or treat yourself to a helicopter flip or hot air balloon ride. De Hoek is close to many famous attractions in the Magaliesburg area, making it the ideal spot to escape the city and enjoy Gauteng’s mountains.

For more information and price details visit www.dehoek.com or call 014-577-9600.

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