The Explorers Club Collection

Cape Winelands

Rooms: 4 houses. Explorers Club: 4 rooms (king, queen, twin, bunk + cot), all en-s except twin. Map Room: 2 rooms (king, twin), both en-s. Library: 3 rooms (all king/twin). Bolt Hole: 2 rooms (king w/bath on mezzanine), double with shower downstairs. S/C facilities in all.

Prices: R750 to R3,325 pp sharing. (minimum rate per cottage applies). Laundry and cleaning service on request.
* Special rates available
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Meals: Full kitchen in each house. Meals, groceries and braai packs can be delivered on prior request. Numerous restaurants nearby.

Directions: From Cape Town, take Franschhoek Main Rd, after Post Office 1st R into Reservoir St, then 1st R into Wilhelmina, The Library and Explorers are on L. To Map Room turn L past Explorers into Daniel Hugo. Then, next L into Cabriere. Map Room is on LHS.

Jo Sinfield
18 Wilhelmina Street (Explorers), 22 Cabriere Street (Bolt Hole), 21 Cabrière Street (Map Room), 16a Wilhelmina Street (Library), Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, Western Cape

Tel: (0)21-876-4356
Cell: (0)72-464-1240
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Jo sailed solo down Burma’s Irrawaddy River and across the Andaman Sea before settling on a quiet mountain-ringed corner of Franschhoek and working magic on a growing portfolio of intriguing and immensely stylish houses. Every piece of furniture is eye-feastingly innovative. Check out The Explorers Club’s dining table perched on wagon wheels and its contemporary-rustic rooms dotted with safari chairs and artefacts from far-off lands; or the Map Room’s spiralling staircase and lampshades created from milk pails. The journey through Jo's houses is one of discovery. I say ‘journey’ because this really is a traveller’s paradise: tales of exploration, ancient and modern, are illustrated by Jo’s extensive map collection and in expressive African scenes by celebrated photographer Horst Klemm. The hub of The Explorers Club is it's expansive open-plan living area, with state-of-the-art kitchen, indoor braai and fireplace, opening out to a stunning deck-bound lap pool. So simple, so clever, so very, very comfortable. The Library, with its ingenious use of space (bedrooms downstairs opening out on the pools, living area upstairs with those spectacular views) showcases yet more of Jo's creativity and panache and is perfect for the more sophisticated explorer. The Map Room’s highlight is the upper terrace, which wraps its arms around the sociable kitchen and lounge, the perfect place to drink in mountain views along with a glass of wine or two. The Bolt Hole is a cosily eclectic hideaway, perfect for couples looking to escape the rest of the world, with a romantic bath in the bedroom and a huge fireplace that makes you long for chilly winter evenings.

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The Explorers Club Collection
Over the pool, from the garden of Explorers Club
Lunch preparations at Explorers Club
Kitchen and Dining at Explorers Club
Living area at The Library
At The Library kitchen bar
Living area onto the deck at The Library
View from the deck at The Library
Pool and two bedrooms at The Library
Main bedroom Map Room
View from terrace at The Map Room
Kitchen, living and dining open plan at The Map Room
Kitchen, living and dining open plan at The Map Room
Kitchen and bar counter at Bolt-Hole
Living Room, Dining and kitchen at Bolt-Hole
Bolt -Hole dining looking through to pool, braai and garden

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Current Special Rates

Please make it known to your host that you are applying for this discount because you have found it on the Greenwood Guides website.

Special Winter Deal through Greenwood Guides at Explorers Club Franschhoek village properties: 3 nights for the price of 2. Please send email for more details.