La Residence Franschhoek is listed in The Royal Portfolio, a highly exclusive collection of hotels in some of SA’s most thrilling destinations. This property provides a pleasantly secluded base from which to explore the Franschhoek region in the Winelands. The price of your stay includes accommodation, breakfast and snacks, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, full mini-bar, a shuttle service between the hotel and Franschhoek, parking, Wi-Fi, and a laundry service. The hotel is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The hotel can be accessed via 50 kilometres’ road transfer from Cape Town’s international airport. It’s situated in Franschhoek Valley, amidst vineyards and plum orchards. Franschhoek town is just 5 minutes’ drive away!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT LA RESIDENCE FRANSCHHOEK:
Guest accommodation consists of 16 suites – 11 within the hotel and five amongst the vineyards. Each suite has a particular colour scheme and overall style, ranging from the homely oranges-and-yellows of the Honeysuckle Suite to the vibrant Chinese reds of the Tang Suite for a touch of regal splendour! Furnishings common to all hotel suites include a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a pleasant seating area, and ample storage space. En-suite facilities typically comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, walk-in shower, and bathtub with shower attachment. Some suites have access onto a private veranda, with breathtaking vineyard views! The Vineyard Suites offer two bedrooms and additional living space, and they’re an excellent option for groups and families. A couple of these suites have a private pool too, as well as a terrace that’s a great spot for private dining.
La Residence Franschhoek’s communal spaces are quite dazzlingly stylish, with more than a passing allusion to the court of Louis Quatorze. The main lounge contains plenty of plush sofas and ornate armchairs, both straight- and bow-legged coffee tables, an interesting selection of wall artwork, and a very grand fireplace. The dining room is known as the Great Hall, and it features royal-red upright chairs around smoothly polished wooden tables, all positioned on a black-and-white chessboard floor. This is the setting for the hotel’s delicious buffet breakfasts, light lunches, and lavish dinners accompanied by fine wine or other beverages from the well-stocked bar. If you need to work off a few extra calories during your stay, you need only head to the gym, while La Residence’s spa is the place to go for a little pampering – treatments available include deep tissue massage and a body polish using Pinotage grape. You can relax on the hotel’s terrace too, take a stroll in the beautiful gardens, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool!
ACTIVITIES AT LA RESIDENCE FRANSCHHOEK:
The hotel offers an exciting assortment of activities and experiences on site, and a shuttle service into Franschhoek town. Here are a few examples of what to see and do during your stay:
Explore the estate- While away an hour or two in La Residence’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards, enjoy a guided tour of the herb garden and plum orchards, and make a few new friends among the estate’s miniature horses, springboks, peacocks, and guineafowl!
Wine tasting- Sample the estate’s finest vintages and then take a stroll around the vineyards with a knowledgeable guide.
Visit Franschhoek- Packed with art galleries, curio shops, museums, monuments, and gourmet restaurants, the French Corner of The Winelands has ample attractions to enjoy.
Biking and hiking- Hire bikes and see as much of the Franschhoek region as you wish from the saddle, or set out on foot along many of the area’s hiking trails.
Fishing- Head out to the Wemmers river, for trout fishing amidst spectacular scenery!
Golf- The Winelands boasts an outstanding variety of courses, not least in Pearl Valley, which has hosted the South African Golf Championship for the past three years in a row.
Visit local wine estates- If you have time, you could consider taking in other estates. Just a few situated not far from La Residence are Chamonix, Grande Provence, Rupert & Rothschild, and Mullineux & Leeu.
Children’s activities-As well as getting involved in arts-and-crafts, baking, and board games at the hotel, youngsters will love going on outings to numerous family-friendly attractions around Franschhoek such as Butterfly World, Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, and Vredenheim Big Cat Park.