We want to stay at La Petite Ferme, in Franshoek. We don't have a car and will arrive by taxi. We would stay in the Lakeside apartments. We want to explore Franshoek whilst there and visit local wineries in the town. Could we walk up and down to the town from La P. Ferme? How far is it from town? ...and could we reach the wine train easily from there? Any informed information gratefully received. Thank you.
Sorry it has taken me a few days to respond - I think it's probably a 2-3 mile walk into town and the wine train is almost smack in the middle of town. And it's not that easy of a walk; the first hall is along a pretty busy road with lots of fast traffic. I think it would be easier and safer to take a cab. The hotel office is closed starting early evening so it can be a little hard to arrange for a cab unless you reserve it early. It's a great hotel, just not that convenient to the downtown area.
It's really a self drive destination and town would be about a 20 minute walk - the hotel also only opens it's restaurant for lunch so you would need to make dinner plans - but getting to/from dinner will be an issue and quite costly as you would need a taxi.
it's a sunning venue x
It is not accessible by foot. You will need to have transport and I would follow the advise of hiring a vehicle as that would be the best way to explore Franschhoek and surrounding Wine Farms. You could phone them as well as my husband says he thinks he saw transport there.
La petite ferme is around 30 mins by foot to the city centre. I would not recommend to go there by foot. You desperately need tomodify your trip a little bit and rent a car to visit Franschhoek.
The town is only small and you could walk the Main Street in 10mins or so, lovely little restaurants around, however to see all the wineries I would suggest hiring a car for sure as they are a fair distance from each other. Scenery is beautiful so well worth a drive.
It is easy to drive, but it is far to walk. The Main Street in town is not long, and you may find the the wine-train ticket sales office on Main Street. Highly recommend to rental a car, then you will enjoy very comfirtably:-)
The drive from LPF to Franschhek is abt 5 minutes, but if you walk then it will probably be about 45 minutes. The way from the hotel to the town is through the route, and not shure how easy the walk would be for you. Take into account that its a mountanous area and the way back will be uphill.
We didn'ttake the wine train as we were driving, but I guess it leaves somewhere in the main road.
Also, take into account that LPF does not offer a dinner service.
Only alternative I can think of is you take a taxi between the hotel and the town whenever you don't feel like doing such a long walk.
Hope it helps your decision making!
By the way, don't miss going to La Motte, Antonij Rupert wineries! If you find a way to get there, the place we loved to most was BABYLONSTOREN. its about 40 minutes drive from LPF, but totally woth it!!! They have a great sandwich/salad restaurant outdoors called the Greenhouse which is not as fancy/expensive as their famous Babel restaurant.
The hotel organised for a car to take us into town and pick us up again after the wine tram, for a small fee. Easiest way to go in my opinion.
I am really sorry that it has taken so long to reply to your question.
We used a great lady called Lizel. I can't put her email address on here due to guidelines but the hotel will give it to you as they recommended her to me.
She runs a taxi service wherever you want it and at last minute notice. We used her to collect us from the airport to take us to La Petite Ferme and then arranged with her to take us to various places. Sometimes it was her driving, or one of her colleagues, but they were all very friendly and courteous.
Nothing was too much trouble for them, even when I arranged to be collected one evening to go for dinner in town, but found myself stuck at Haute Cabriere. I discovered my drunken ramblings on my phone the next day, changing pick up times, changing pick up times again and then cancelling as I was still sampling Haute Cabriere!
Her prices were very cheap and it made sense to not have to drive due to the samplings of the area!
I would definitely recommend her, as I would La Petite Ferme, oh and have I mentioned Haute Cabriere?! You have to go there, ideally on a sat morning for the Cellar Master's tour. It really is the best tour you will ever go on.
The day after our visit to Haute Cabriere we simply had to stay at La Petite Ferme and write the day off. We had lunch and then ordered a cheese platter which was delivered to our room. After a big lunch, we were quite happy to stay put in the evening, and relax over the cheese board. Please don't be put off by there being no evening service. We probably paid approx £2-3 for a taxi with Lizel into town.
The hotel were great with giving me advice on where to go and visit. We did a wine tour on horse back one day which was good as well.
You will have a great time and I am envious!
Thank you so much for your reply. It certainly has helped with my decision making. I didn't realise there was no Dinner service at LPF. Maybe I should consider a more central location nearer the village and visit LPF for lunch instead.
I'll try and get to La Motte too,thank you for that recommendation.
I'll have to start again with my research to find somewhere nice to stay for a couple of days that suits our needs without a car. Once again my thanks for your help.
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