Franschhoek, the gem of the South African Winelands

Le Bijou, No1 Sorbonne, lies on the west side of the town of Franschhoek, which is only 80 kilometers from Cape town International airport and less than an hour's drive away, much of it on motorway and dual carriageway roads.


The town, one of the most picturesque and sought after places to visit in South Africa, lies one end of a beautiful valley surrounded on three sides by the magnificent Great Drakenstein Mountains and sits beside one of the trbutaries of the Berg River.  See Franschhoek.


Le Bijou is situated in a quiet residentail suburb which is a five minute walk into town.  It is positioned on the corner of Akademie and De Wet streets and looks out towards the mountains to the north.  It is set back two junctions from the main approach road into town from Stellenbosch and Paarl in the west and is very convenient for the main 'out of town' supermarket which lies on the opposite side of the main road.


It is geographically well placed for visitors to the Western Cape.  It is centrally positioned within the greater part of the Winelands and within easy reach by a good road network of many places around region that are worth visiting.


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Within half hour's drive away are the towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington.  A further half an hour will take you to Cape Town with its V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain, Hermanus and the Worcester and Robertson winelands.


The nearest beaches are about half an hour away at Strand and Gordon's Bay.  A little further are the magnificent beaches around Cape Town; on the Atlantic Seaboard are the beaches of Blouberg, Clifton, Llandudno and Camp's Bay; a little further south the beaches of Hout Bay and Noordhoek; and on False Bay those at Muizenberg and Fishhoek.


For further information on places to visit, see Things to See & Do.


Le Bijou's apartment block and entire grounds are surrounded by secure railings with in' and 'out' gates controlled by an electronic fob.  It is quiet at night and well lit by street lights for late evening walks back from having dinner in town.