The Winelands



Historic guest house

Avondrood, named after an evening’s red sunset sky, is a charming family-run guest house in historic Franschhoek.

Inside the Victorian Cape-Dutch home find eight spacious individually designed suites, a grand fire warmed lounge and well stocked bar. Outside, peaceful gardens surround a large pool and breakfast veranda.

Just a short stroll from the village’s renowned restaurants, cafes and museums, you’re also well placed to explore the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley and beyond.


At a glance

  • Eight suites

  • Swimming pool

  • Lounge and cocktail bar

  • Walking distance to Franschoek's restaurants

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Community & Culture

Cecilia Williams, one of Avondrood's duty managers, developed a plan together with her sisters Marilyn and Natasha, to provide a meal on Sundays for the needy in Groendal. The soup kitchens in this suburb of Franschhoek only operate during the week, so the sisters started providing a healthy meal to 400 people supported by the chefs working out of Avondrood's and sister propert La Fontaine's kitchens.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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