Franschhoek’s Mystery Weekends a cure for lockdown blues


SUFFERING from lockdown blues and chomping at the bit to explore? Franschhoek’s Mystery Weekends – an all-inclusive winelands getaway – are guaranteed to sort that out. Now leisure travel has resumed this is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a weekend of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence, with the added attraction that your entire staycation is taken care of without you having to book for anything.

Traditionally the weekends are held during the colder months, but this year you get to experience the magic of Franschhoek during summer. Dates are October 16 and 17, November 13 and 14  or December 4 and 5, 2020, but don’t delay in booking as these events sell out fast.

Franschhoek establishments have been busy behind-the-scenes during lockdown, gearing up for these highly anticipated weekends that include all the valley is famous for: collection of accommodation (B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels), award-winning wines, delicious cuisine and tailor-made activities. Expect to find a few changes when visiting the valley, which include a handful of “reinvented” restaurants as well as a few new experiences. All are guaranteed to make your two-day escape memorable, and suited to couples seeking time out and a change of scenery.

Your experience begins with an exclusive check-in event planned for all guests. Mingle over a glass of wine before opening your special Mystery Weekend box, which contains all the exciting details as to where you’ll be staying, where you’ll be dining and what you’ll be doing. Although most of your weekend is pre-planned there is still ample time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village to browse the local market, art galleries and boutique ateliers you’re bound to discover.


Ultimate: R8 750 per couple, the crème de la crème of accommodation in the valley.

Superior: R5 950 per couple, stylish boutique hotels and guest houses.

Premium:R5 700 per couple, self-catering accommodation in the heart of the valley. Breakfast is provided on both dates.

The cost per couple includes the following:

  • Two nights’ accommodation;
  • Breakfast daily;
  • A surprise event on the Friday night;
  • Dinner on the Saturday night;
  • A light lunch on the Sunday;
  • A selection of fun filled Franschhoek experiences which will be revealed upon check-in.

For bookings or queries, email Carmen Arendse on [email protected]


  • Rates are for two persons sharing per weekend;
  • Full payment confirms your booking;
  • Not transferable and non-refundable;
  • No children or infants allowed;
  • Excludes transport and flights;
  • Accommodation, meals and activities are not transferable.
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