The History of Franschhoek and Clermont
The Franschhoek Valley’s original settlers were the French Huguenots who were hounded into exile by religious persecutions in the 17th century. The founded the town of Franschhoek, meaning French Corner in Dutch. In yearning many gave evocative names to their farms in the African wilderness where elephants still roamed in what was once known as Olifantshoek.
The historic wine and fruit farm, Clermont, nestling in the heart of the valley of the Huguenots, just a kilometre from the centre of the village of Franschhoek, was originally part of the farm granted to Abraham de Villers, a French religious refugee, by the Dutch colonial authorities in 1694.
He named it Champagne. The original farm was subdivided and changed hands a number of times before being renamed Clermont after a village in France.
The wonderful valley of the Huguenots is scenically magnificent. The French legacy abounds and the main road is lined with dozens of restaurants, art galleries and speciality shops, all within easy walking distance of Clermont. The wine estates of the valley produce some of the country’s best vintages, and the superb standard of cuisine in the village has earned it the title of “the gourmet capital of the country”.
Clermont is proud to produce its own wines which are for sale on the estate and online. The Franschhoek Olive Oil Company is based on the farm and produces its award-winning extra virgin olive oil which is also available for sale.
Spend the night in a Historic Wine Cellar
This magnificent Auberge has been created in an old wine cellar amid vines of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and the classic Bordeaux Reds of France.
Six luxury en-suite rooms on a working wine and fruit farm have the ambiance, style and feel of a little corner of Provence.
A historic, self-catering Villa offers relaxing country lodgings at its best. The villa is perfect for a family or group of friends. The villa was the original farmhouse for Clermont and dates back to 1862. The authentic decor exudes old Cape farmhouse charm. It has 2 bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor & a large loft room with en suite bathroom. The fully equipped kitchen and in- & outside dining areas make for memorable mealtimes. With spectacular views from the large, covered terrace and private pool, you won’t want to leave.
The Auberge also offers a tennis court for the energetic, a sparkling pool overlooking plum orchards and vineyards, and leisurely walks through the vines and along the oak lined river.