What with all the world class accommodation, hotels and guest houses and South Africa’s leading edge restaurants sometimes it is a great pleasure to hark back to the days when Franschhoek was not so sophisticated.
Right across the road from the super league Leopard’s Leap and La Motte, a few kilometres from Akademie Street Hotel, is the small farm Goederust belonging to the Peplers, an old Franschhoek family. Drive in past the enclosure where they keep their pigs and their tortoises, many of the latter very old. Walk past the hedge encircled, round water dam, sit under the big Plane tree and look down the farm’s vines to the Franschhoek River and the mountains beyond.
Have a simple sandwich using their glorious home baked brown bread and a glass of wine. There is a wonderful coffee roaster on the farm as well.