Although it is steeped in history and nostalgia, it also offers all of the modern-day luxuries one needs on a getaway.

Rickety Bridge is part of the Lion Roars portfolio of country retreats which also include Hawksmoor House, Val du Charron, Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Leeuwenbosch Country House, Cosmos Cuisine and Welgelegen Manor.

These stunning retreats hit all the sweet spots for the perfect weekend getaway: close to the city, luxurious but affordable, in the countryside, and a strong legacy of history and excellent service.

Rickety Bridge

Lying still in the stylishly renovated 19th-century rooms of this beautiful guesthouse is easy to do. Just five minutes from the historic Franschhoek village, with every luxury of a 4-star hotel, the rooms also offer the comforting pleasures of home.

Every detail has been considered; classic Cape Dutch furniture, a fire-warmed lounge, country kitchen, dramatic yellow-wood beamed ceilings and pine floors polished with layers of history.

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Rickety Bridge is one of the most progressive boutique wineries in the Cape, and boasts a winemaking history dating back to the 17th century.

It is an ideal venue for beautiful Cape weddings, and also has state-of-the-art conferencing facilities.

Paulina’s Restaurant delights are sure to make your mouth water. According to the executive chef, some of the most popular menu items include seafood risotto (served with braised fennel and topped with Café de Paris butter and pecorino), crisp pork belly (with fried greens, wasabi mash and sweet chilli and ginger sauce), chicken and tiger prawn coconut curry (served with fragrant Jasmine rice) and salmon trout fish cakes.

The exquisite Manor House rooms, the picturesque setting, fantastic food and overall luxury and superior service make Rickety Bridge a must-visit destination.

Here are our top 12 reasons you should book your stay immediately:

1. Picturesque setting

Rickety Bridge Wine Estate and its stately Manor House lie on the temperate slopes of the Franschhoek valley, with majestic views of the Wemmershoek mountain range.