Franschhoek, South Africa
If you’re looking for a real treat when you visit the winelands during your stay in South Africa, then look no further than La Residence, in Franschhoek.
Eleven sumptuous suites in the east and west wings ooze old-school opulence and glamour, yet the hotel’s setting is every bit as luxurious as its interiors. At the centre of a private 30-acre estate in the heart of the South African winelands, La Residence sits in the Franschoek valley at the foot of spectacular mountains, and surrounded, naturally, by vines.
Antiques adorn many of the public spaces and the bedrooms, with furniture and design influences coming from Persia, Europe and, of course, Africa. La Residence prides itself on being grand yet welcoming, and its supremely peaceful rural surroundings will be a delight after time in Cape Town. Have your spa treatment in your room or on your balcony, or soak up the sun from a lounger alongside the pool.
Whether you dine under chandeliers in the restaurant or under the stars in the al fresco Persian Alley, you will be served fresh seasonal produce from the La Residence kitchen garden, accompanied by a superb wine list, as you might expect.
For families, the five La Residence villas in the grounds of the main hotel are ideal. Sleeping two, four or six, some have private pools and gardens or terraces.
Franschhoek is a Dutch word meaning ‘French corner’, and this pretty town settled by French Huguenots in the 17th century still has a distinctly Gallic feel. La Residence will arrange tours of any of the 40 or more wine estates in the surrounding area, as well as providing recommendations and reservations at the many superb restaurants in the so-called ‘Food & Wine Capital of South Africa’.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate the Winelands into a greater South Africa and African holiday. Take a look at Ultimate South Africa as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
La Residence Information
- Location & Getting There
La Residence sits in the Franschoek Valley at the foot of spectacular mountains, a 5-minute drive from the centre of the Franschhoek village and a 45-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport.
The property comprises of 16 sumptuous suites in the east and west wings, all of which contain a spacious private verandah and lavish sitting area. The Honeysuckle Suite is furnished in orange and yellow; Tang Suite is decked in regal reds and greens; Frangipani Suite is stylish in white and gold; Disa Suite is vibrant in pink and green; Tibetan Suite gives an oriental vibe with deep orange and maroon furnishings; Huguenot Suite is decorated in wonderfully soft antique blues and yellows; Hibiscus Suite is amidst a symphony of pinks; Chambre Bleu Suite comes in blue and hints of green; Armani Suite is harmoniously balanced in greys, browns and creams; Nomatemba Suite is vibrant in brilliant yellows; Maharani Suite is warm and inviting with gold accents, accompanied by two balconies. The 5 Vineyard Suites each boasts a central living area with two bedrooms, along with an outdoor terrace for guests to soak up the beautiful mountain scenery.
- Infinity pool
- Dining: 1 restaurant
There is complimentary transfer service to one of the award-winning restaurants in the village. To enjoy the crisp fresh air and outdoors, nothing better than golf, trout fishing, quad-biking, paragliding, hot-air ballooning or taking a horseback tour of the surrounding wine farms. A more sedate activity is the horse-drawn carriage ride through the local village or a ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.
A whole range of children’s activities are on offer, from baking cupcakes and pizza to painting and PlayStation. Babysitting is available and the chefs can cater for children’s tastes and needs.