Franschoek is a good base to visit the winelands. It is a tourist Mecca with lots of shops and art galleries; there are good quality Guest houses within walking distance of many restaurants and it's very pretty. You can get on a winelands tram and do a tour or even a bicycle to enjoy the "sip and cycle" option to educate the palate, for wines, chocolates and olive oil. Good for the family and for food and wine connoisseurs.
We are staying at Babylonstoren in a beautiful cottage, authentic on the outside and ultra a la mode on the inside. What a treat. I am so excited. The gardens are exquisite; the food all comes from the gardens. What more can I say? Gina and I had a really good, intense massage, occasionally testing at the time but oh, we feel so good afterwards. The staff are so helpful, especially as the boys want to watch the rugby, and we are all very happy.