Monday, October 10, 2011

Val d'Or Guest Estate Franschhoek

I spent the past weekend in Franschhoek. My family and I stayed at the luxurious 4* Val d'Or Guest Estate. The estate was absolutely breathtaking. This newly renovated boutique Guest House is set on 35 hectares of vineyards nestled in the foothills of the Western Cape's magnificent Franschhoek mountains.

Each suite  has its own patio offering different views of the swimming pool, landscaped gardens, ornamental dams and surrounding mountains. We spent the afternoons lazing by the pool and taking in the beauty that surrounded us. 

Val d'Or's affiliated restaurant, Chez d'Or, was located in the heart of the Franschhoek Bijoux Square. We indulged in a gourmet 3 course lunch on Saturday. The menu was amazing and classy and complimented the estate perfectly.

Spiced Calamari, Beetroot, Cumin Yoghurt with Coriander Pesto

Smoked Salmon Salad

Kingklip, mash, seasonal vegetables with a lemongrass sauce

Beef Ribeye, caramilsed onions, spinach and fries

Malva pudding with custard

The estate and restaurant had a Parisian flair and we felt like true elites as we dined and rested in style. I highly recommend visiting the Val d'Or Guest Estate and the Chez d'Or Bistro. Whether its for a weekend or a day visit, these two establishments will make sure you leave feeling like a king or queen.

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