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Maison's Marvellous Makeover

In an unexpected turn of events, Franschhoek's renowned and beloved Chef’s Warehouse at Maison has been given a fresh lease on life, all thanks to the determination of Seb Ackerstaff & Jessie Verdonschot (founders of the COCOON design brand).

Chef's Warehouse restaurant at Maison Estate Franschhoek

This exciting development follows the recent announcement of the restaurant's impending closure, with Seb and Jessie seizing the opportunity to acquire the Maison Estate and preserve this cherished establishment. Under their innovative ownership, Maison has undergone an exhilarating makeover to usher in a new chapter!

Chef's Warehouse restaurant at Maison Estate Franschhoek

Framed by the magnificent Franschhoek mountains, Maison encapsulates the essence of the phenomenal Cape Winelands, celebrating slow, relaxed living alongside the beauty of contemporary design. The idyllic landscape, with soaring poplar trees, olive groves, and agapanthus, seamlessly blends into the surrounding vineyards and gardens, transforming itself into a sanctuary.

Maison Estate Franschhoek

Since the acquisition in mid-2023, Maison has soared to new heights, with their signature stamp emblazoned in the bathrooms. The fluidity of the open spaces throughout the estate is brought together by the sophisticated furnishings, signature artworks and fundamental features of the original barn.

Accommodation at Maison Estate Franschhoek
Accommodation @Maison (Photo Creds: Maison)

The estate now proudly offers three recently renovated accommodations, including the Residence, the Stables Villa, and the Botanical Suite. The farmhouse can now accommodate as many as 14 guests so invite your family and friends along and revel in the rustic elegance of Maison! Soak up the South African summer sun from the main pool deck or cozy up in front of the flickering fireplaces during the cool winter months. Catering for accommodations can be arranged for an extra element of extravagance to your extraordinary experience.

Food from Chef's Warehouse restaurant at Maison Estate Franschhoek

Wander down the pathway to Chef’s Warehouse, the award-winning restaurant by chef Liam Tomlin, where casual fine dining meets a refined country setting. Indulge in their contemporary set-menu lunch or dinner experience, with a delightful array of unique artisanal tapas menus served over 4 courses, complemented by award-winning wines. The newly renovated restaurant is perfect for the upcoming chilly nights out, with an extra fireplace and a glass enclosure surrounding the patio.

Maison Estate Franschhoek

Immerse yourself in simple country living, from free-roaming farm animals (the perfect entertainment for the tots!) to the open-plan farm-style accommodation.

Take a peek at our previous family visit to Maison here!

Maison Estate Franschhoek

*Please note: all information is correct at the date of publication, 2024. See website below for up-to-date info!

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Chef's Warehouse restaurant at Maison Estate Franschhoek

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