Franschhoek…..the idyllic town, nestling between the mountain giants here in the Cape Winelands, captured my heart and devotion from the moment I set foot here in 1978. My late husband bought a medical practice and we moved down from Johannesburg into an old house that was built pre 1930’s – (at that time housing the consulting rooms for the doctors in the annex) and we decided to stay in the main building… only for about two years while we were building our own house on the outskirts of the Franschhoek village…..
I lost my heart to the building from the first moment I set foot in it and somehow I knew all along that I will return to stay one day…. which eventually happened years later after my late husband passed away and I sold the residential property.
If this historical house had the ability to talk, I am convinced that I would have heard from her many stories of service rendered by her to previous owners and later to sick people through the years; but for me it started a new full life of memory-making and service once I have decided to come back and share it with visitors by changing it into ‘Auberge Alouette’ Guesthouse. (Meaning: Place of the Lark: A small bird that sings like an angel…)
Due to my respect for its age and beauty, I promised myself that I will not make a fool of her by dressing her in modern fashion, but to endorse her beauty in window and bed-‘clothing’ and furniture to suit and enhance her character and age.
I took special care to all the woodwork (the floors and doorframes) when removing paint from it and showed respect to the high ceilings by not making use of air-conditioning, but to trust ceiling fans as being done during earlier years gone by.
The front veranda offers a wonderful gallery from where one can appreciate breath-taking sunsets and once the Boland-winter sets in, a fireplace in the guest-lounge warms not only the hearts… but the total being of visitors during the cold and wet days.
You are most welcome to come and experience some history of ‘Times-gone-by… when this beautiful valley trusted the Franschhoek Mountains to protect and embrace it with their beauty’ …and still does!