Situated amid some of the most picturesque wine estates in Franschhoek, La Residence has elegant surroundings and a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Beautiful antiques, Persian rugs and luxurious fabrics create a mood of indulgence. Life is a leisurely affair here, with plenty to delight the eye, from the serene mountain views to the richly varied artwork that adorns the walls. Grand but welcoming, visually stunning yet supremely comfortable, La Residence invites you to slow down and enjoy all it has to offer.
In addition to providing sumptuous Franschhoek accommodation, La Residence enjoys a reputation for its superb cuisine: meals are served beneath glittering chandeliers in the baronial dining room, or in the airy and scenic Persian Alley. With personalised service of the highest order, this is a Franschhoek accommodation of unparalleled luxury.
Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, La Residence is located in the Franschhoek valley at the heart of a private 30-acre estate. It enjoys breathtaking views of the unspoilt rural surrounds, and an atmosphere of complete tranquillity.
Franschhoek is a picturesque village whose laidback cafe culture has a distinctively French countryside feel. Full of character, Franschhoek is distinguished by its fine colonial architecture, numerous gourmet restaurants, art galleries and curio shops. The first French Huguenot settlers arrived here in the 17th century and their influence lives on, for this is a place undeniably devoted to the creation and enjoyment of good food and wine.
Step into the main hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur. Furnishings are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.
The eleven suites have been individually and lavishly furnished with charming antiques, fine Persian rugs, exquisite fabrics and a wonderfully eclectic mix of objets d’art.
Just as luxurious, but with open-plan living and dining areas and private terraces and gardens, the private Villas offer a sociable and fun alternative to the main hotel for families and those who seek something a bit different.
After a lavish breakfast buffet, lunch at La Residence restaurant is fun, fresh and flexible. The emphasis is on light and tasty seasonal fare and regional produce is always in evidence. La Residence restaurant’s dining area is reminiscent of a manor hall, resplendent with dazzling chandeliers, black and white flooring and vast fireplaces, while outside the Persian Alley offers a delightful setting for alfresco summer meals. The chef presents a seasonal menu that is alive with flavour, made from the best local ingredients and produce freshly picked from La Residence’s own kitchen garden. All menus in La Residence’s restaurant are complemented by excellent South African wines.
On a hot summer’s day, enjoy a cooling dip in the magnificent infinity pool or recline on a sun-lounger under a shady umbrella. Alternatively, unwind with a massage in the luxurious Spa or in the privacy of your own suite, or head to the gym for a spot of vigorous exercise! \
La Residence offers a whole host of activities to ensure a varied and enjoyable stay. There is the option to stroll or cycle around the estate to soak up the beauty of the olive trees, vines and roses – and to admire the winelands beyond.
If you feel like venturing out to the village, a complementary transfer service will take you to one of the award-winning restaurants for a meal to remember.
A Franschhoek wine tasting offers a unique experience for wine lovers. In the immediate surrounds of Franschhoek village, there are more than 40 estates, several of which have achieved world renown for their wines. Many of these estates also offer classical concerts, art exhibitions and jazz evenings alongside cellar tours.
The Huguenot Museum and Monument provide a fascinating insight into the history and origins of both Franschhoek and South Africa at large.
Guests in pursuit of a more active time can play golf, go trout fishing or quad-biking, paragliding, hot-air ballooning or take a horseback tour of the surrounding wine farms.