Rickety Bridge Manor House is in the historic town of Franschhoek, with elegant rooms and views across the stunning landscapes it makes a lovely winelands getaway. Well known for their wines the tasting room is one of the prettiest in town and the restaurant Paulina’s is set beautifully in the vineyards and has a sumptuous bistro style menu. The grounds are gorgeous and it is well worth taking a scenic stroll through the grounds, especially at sunset or with a picnic as you soak in the history of the winelands and of Rickety Bridge.
To be visited in 2021.
Sit with a crisp glass of wine overlooking the vineyards as you have a delicious lunch inspired by your views. The simple yet well done menu has a variety of classic dishes that complement the wine perfectly and if you book in advance you can design and cook your own Potjie, a South African Stew that translates to little pot of food so you too can cater to your favourite flavours. There are extensive wine and tasting tours, from the cellar to premium tasting and blending experiences but for something truly special they have a panna cotta and wine pairing! For those that have a sweet tooth this is a must!
Apart from the usual wine tastings, cellar tours and the unusual but delicious wine and pana cotta pairing, as a working farm you can take a stroll through the grounds to watch the process at work or play lawn boules. Franschhoek is close by and has a variety of great restaurants, boutique shops and artisanal markets. You can even hike, bike or horse ride the surrounding mountains to truly soak in the beauty of this landscape.
With just 3 rooms this is an intimate and personalised experience, making it feel like a home from home. Each blends the Cape Dutch furnishings with a contemporary twist such as underfloor heating and satellite TVs. Each en-suite bathroom has huge bathtubs and separate showers for the perfect pampering area before sinking into your large comfy bed for the evening.