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

I cannot fault this place in any way. Service, facilities and location were all perfect. Probably the most comfortable bed and bedding I've ever slept on. And what on earth are the towels made from? Clouds?! Even the soaps and shampoos were impressive. Breakfast was simple and hearty. If you're not used to this kind of luxury, staying here is pretty epic.


The location of the guest house on the surrounding mountains is fantastic, and also the walking distance to Franschhoek is great. The garden with the pool and the breakfast veranda are magical. The breakfast buffet with delicious bread and egg dishes a-la-minute is a good start to the day. Our room was big enough. From the veranda we had a fantastic view. Basil and Dino lovingly take care of the guests, give tips and make reservations.

Monika (DE)

Cape Vue was truly stunning. Basil, Sue and Dino are perfect hosts and make you feel at home instantly. The facilities are second to none - it's the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of Franschhoek, and relax after a long day of wine tasting. The team set us up with an amazing driver, Jakes, who was there whenever we needed him, extremely knowledgeable and great company. i picked Franschhoek as the place as the place to propose to my (now) fiancé, and Cape Vue made the trip even more perfect.

Tom Lake (GB)

Where do you start! Cape Vue Guest House occupies one of the most stunning locations in Franschhoek overlooking vineyards and surrounded by spectacular views of the mountains. The grounds are beautiful with a nice pool in which to cool off. Basil and Dino are the consummate hosts ensuring you are well looked after and that all your needs are met. This was the last week of our three-week holiday in South Africa and was undoubtedly a highlight.

Michael (GB)

Beautiful hotel with a big garden, very nice located in Franschhoek. The hotel staff was incredible friendly and attentive. We spent two nights of our honeymoon there. The hotel prepared a heart of rose petals on the bed and a welcome drink for us. What a beautiful welcome. The breakfast was very tasty and lovingly prepared, in general many little and beautiful details.

Ines (DE)

Wow wow wow! What an absolutely beautiful place with beautiful people. Everything from the welcome, to the breakfast, the pool, Honesty bar (which is filled with delicious goodies) beautifully decorated rooms - not to mention the best part; Lulu the miniature Yorkie!! It’s the perfect part of town - less than 5 mins walk to all amenities (inc the wine team), yet secluded enough that you feel like you’re completely at one with nature with, the very best views of the surrounding mountains& vineyards. Cape Vue just can’t be beaten. Thank you to Basil, Dino, Sue & all the team for making our honeymoon stay just perfect. We will be back!

Michael & Martin (GB)

Something of a dream with a breathtaking view. Very high quality equipment, high safety standard. Breakfast, staff. Everything perfect

Stefan (DE)

Beautiful place! Lovely view. Outstanding service. Nice breakfast. Great interior and peaceful garden. Safe and free parking.

Freya (BE)