It is no secret that McGregor is by far my favorite little town in South Africa. It stole my heart the very first time we visited for a family holiday, and I have not been able to get it out of my mind since. After just one hour of exploring the quint little town with its old buildings, Cole and I knew that we were in love with it. The magic of McGregor extends well beyond its beauty; it lies in what it can offer visitors. Whether it was checking out the Saturday market, walking the various nature trails, attending a wine festival, taking a boat trip, bird spotting, going wine tasting, eating delicious food, we never ran out of things to do. And you won’t either. McGregor is a small town with a very big personality.
This time we visited Mcgregor to attend Wine On The River with some friends, and stayed in the newly opened Francolin Cottage. I have to be honest, this little weekend getaway is what cemented our decision to move out to the countryside. Francolin cottage is like something out of a fairytale and is in the very heart of McGregor. It boasts everything modern to make your life comfortable (like super fluffy towels, a dish washer, twin basins, WIFI) but still exudes old school, country charm. The cottage sleeps up to 6 guests, with lovely large rooms, an open-plan kitchen, comfortable lounge overlooking the garden, dining area and an outside stoep with a free-standing gas braai (or flying microwave, according to Mikayla). There is also a separate unit which sleeps two guests and has an open-plan kitchenette and cosy lounge area. The cottage is very central, and is only a five-minute walk to nearby shops, restaurants, and pubs.
The lounge is probably my favorite part of the house. Sitting there, having my coffee in the morning and looking out into the garden as the sun started to rise… the scent of Jasmine absolutely intoxicating… that is how I wish I could start every morning. The Francolin cottage is much less modern and luxe than The Kite House (where we stayed last time), but it is perfect for a home-away-from-home feel. It is also a little less expensive at ± R1800 per night. It is definitely the perfect accommodation to consider if you are thinking of attending any of the valley’s amazing wine & food events this year.