The history of Cape Vue Country House

A bit about us

Formerly the Cape Vue Guesthouse, and now magnificently styled as a country house with a complete renovation of the existing facilities, Cape Vue offers guests all the best that Franschhoek has to offer: location, luxury and lots to enjoy from food to festivals, farms and fine art.

Basil and his wife, Sue are your hosts at Cape Vue Country House, and are available to service your needs at any time of the day or night.

We’re a small team but just give us a little notice and we can probably sort anything out (except future presidents.)

With a focus on service, the hotel welcomes guests as soon as they enter the driveway. An honesty bar is open 24 hours for your enjoyment, and if the weather is behaving, an outdoor, heated swimming pool ensures the ultimate holiday repose. Surrounded by chic pale marble tiles and equipped with loungers, umbrellas and inviting built-in seating, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more sophisticated setting from which to enjoy the natural beauty of the Cape.

At Cape Vue Country House, our aim is eco-friendly self-sufficiency. Solar power is used extensively and will be extended to cover all our power needs. Most of our water requirements are covered by supplies from our reservoir and borehole. A second reservoir will be built on the property and we have plans to extend our facilities to capture rainfall water.


Michael and Grace Buchanan-Clarke move to Franschhoek from Kwa-Zulu Natal and purchase a large tract of Bo LaMotte land. Over the years they sold off some of the land but kept 8.2 hectares at the bottom of Middagkrans Road, perfectly situated alongside the Huguenot Memorial Monument about 300 meters from the town’s bustling the main road.


Michael and Grace open the six-bedroom Cape Vernacular Cape Vue Guesthouse. They also plant about 4 hectares of vines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc which are now over 14 years old and well-established, offering guests a fascinating insight into the origins of some of their favourite wines.


Michael and Grace retire and sell Cape Vue which has been completely transformed from the Cape Vue B&B into Cape Vue Country House.



Cape Vue Guest House, 1 Middagkrans Road, Franschhoek, 7690, Western Cape, South Africa







Beautiful Franschhoek awaits.

Here are a few of our recommendations.

Franschhoek, ‘French Corner’ in Afrikaans, lies at the head of a steep-sided valley in the Cape winelands. It has become the gourmet capital of South Africa, with great wines, world-class restaurants and lovely hotels all nestled amongst the mountains in this picturesque natural setting. Ten of the town’s thirty-one restaurants are regular award ­winners, while many of its forty winemakers are similarly lauded. The hardest thing you’ll have to do while you’re here is narrow down your list of which spots to visit.

The quaint main street is lined with boutique shops and galleries displaying artworks by some of South Africa’s most revered artists, as well as showcasing the who’s-who of the up-and-comers. If history is your thing, there’s plenty of that here, too, with the Huguenot Memorial Museum a must-visit to discover the origins of the area’s strong French heritage and the first South African Perfume Museum offering a truly unique experience.


What Our Guests Say:

My wife and I stayed one night at the Cape Vue. Big mistake! We should have stayed 2 or 3. The Cape Vue Country House is beautiful and very charming. We loved it at first sight. The owners Sue and Basil are wonderful. Very friendly and helpful. We felt like members of the family. There are 6 spacious and very stylish rooms. If you go to Franschhoek, don’t look any further!

Peter Schilter, Zurich, Switzerland

The new Cape Vue is a stunning place in Franschhoek. Sue and Basil and the whole Team around Dino welcome you in a warm atmosphere with great hospitality. The rooms are quiet and luxurious. In the Lounge and the garden you can relax perfectly. You have really a great vue surrounded by nature and you can walk in the centre of the “Foodies-Village” of Franschhoek.

Rainers670, Munich, Germany