- La Residence is an award winning luxe vineyard property that is one of the most exclusive hotels in Africa and top romantic hideaways in the world. This fairytale manor in the Winelands has 16 individually and lavishly decorated suites and is a wonderful place from which to explore the Winelands or just relax and soak up the breathtaking scenery and watch peacocks strutting around the grounds.
- The La Residence experience focuses on the incredible gastronomy of the Franschhoek Valley. Great food and fine wines are the order of the day, backed up by superb personalized butler service.
- A plethora of experiences include hiking, cycling, tennis, horseback riding, horse-drawn carriage ride, golf, trout fishing, quad biking, helicopter trips, paragliding, hot-air ballooning and visiting the local galleries, festivals and motor museums.
- Sleep off your delicious lunch besides the pristine infinity pool which has a panoramic view looking over the manicured vineyards and mountain backdrop.
- End a day exploring the winelands with an indulgent signature Pinotage treatment at the sublime spa, featuring organic grapes from the vineyards.
- There are so many different ways to enjoy wine tasting at La Residence – on horseback, on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, on a Harley Davidson, by helicopter, on a guided wine tour, on bicycles or simply on foot.
- Franschhoek is the food and wine capital of South Africa and an epicurean delight with an incredible range of world class cafés and chic restaurants with every style of food on offer.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
The Wemmers River is packed with wild brown trout and rainbow trout. La Ferme rents out fly fishing equipment for you to use in the river or in one of their trout dams. If fly-fishing is not your thing, spinning tackle is available to use in one of their bass dams.
South Africa is producing some of the world’s most sought after wines. Many of those top rated tipples are produced in remote and spectacular locations as leading winemakers search far and wide for the ultimate terroir. There is no finer way to experience the rich diversity and breathtaking beauty of the Cape Winelands than by helicopter. We have carefully crafted three distinct helicopter routes which will allow you to sample the diverse expressions of South Africa’s top varietals.
Indulge in the ‘chocolate experience’ at Huguenot Fine Chocolates, a local boutique chocolaterie. The half hour tour includes the story of chocolate, a chocolate making demonstration, and a chocolate tasting.
Whether you’d like a lazy pedal through the village or a strenuous hike up Mont Rochelle, La Residence is filled with quaint architecture and is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Hiking and mountain biking are wonderful ways to work up an appetite for the exceptional local gastronomy.
There is no shortage of art galleries and pottery studios in the Cape Winelands. Whether you are looking to purchase, or just to admire, we can direct you to a number of excellent galleries.La Motte, which is a wine estate nearby to La Residence, is home to a wonderful little gallery dedicated to JH Pierneef – one of South Africa’s most famous artists.
This is a must for any car enthusiast. The museum is on L’Ormarins wine estate and houses an impressive collection of over 100 collector’s cars from an 1898 Beeston Motor Tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo.
There is a wealth of world-class golf courses to choose from in the Cape Winelands. Pearl Valley Golf course, host to the South African Open Championship three years running is a mere fifteen minutes drive from Franschhoek.
Franschhoek is known as the ‘Food and Wine Capital of South Africa’ and for good reason. Although the list varies year-to-year, up to 8 of South Africa’s ‘Top 100’ restaurants are based in Franschhoek. Despite its tiny size, the town boasts an incredible range of snug cafés and stylish restaurants with every style of food on offer. From traditional English pub food to classic bistro fare, superb wood-fired pizzas to sumptuous sushi, this gourmet dining town has it all.If you feel like venturing into the village, a complimentary transfer service from La Residence is available to take you to one of the many, award-winning, Franschhoek restaurants.
Whether you are a connoisseur with your own cellar or an enthusiastic newcomer to the wonderful world of wine, wine tasting in Franschhoek offers a unique experience for wine lovers. Explore boutique wineries or experience a private tasting with an expert sommelier. Wine-making has an illustrious 300-year old history in the Franschhoek Valley and the oldest family-owned wine farms are worth visiting for their quaint architecture and beautiful vineyards alone. There are so many different ways to enjoy wine tasting – eight in fact. On horseback, on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, on a Harley Davidson, by helicopter, on a guided wine tour, at La Residence, on bicycles or simply on foot. A complimentary transfer service is available at La Residence to escort you to any of the local estates.
Located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley on a private 30 acre estate and working farm, the uber luxe and stylish La Residence sets the benchmark for luxury accommodation in the Cape Winelands. La Residence is surrounded by Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards, olive groves and plum orchards and impeccably manicured gardens with a spectacular mountain backdrop and breath-taking views of the undulating countryside. Be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and complete tranquillity at this spectacular romantic luxury hideaway in the Cape Winelands. It is a wonderful place from which to explore the Winelands or just relax and soak up the beautiful scenery. The 11 individually and lavishly decorated Suites at the hotel are ideal for couples while the 5 Vineyard Suites offer privacy and space for families and groups of friends. Rooms feature palatial baths, and open on to generous balconies and verandas, which offer the perfect place to relax and admire the panoramic views.
The hotel has a stunning infinity pool and you can indulge in a range of spa treatments in the privacy of your own room or balcony. The natural beauty of the surroundings lends itself to an array of outdoor experiences from hiking and cycling to art galleries, festivals and motor museums. For the more adventurous, the hotel can arrange golf, trout fishing, quad biking, helicopter trips, paragliding, hot-air ballooning or a horseback tour of the surrounding wine farms. A more relaxed excursion is the horse-drawn carriage ride through the local village and vineyards.
La Residence offers guests 11 gorgeously decorated suites with king size four poster beds, plush velvet and silk furniture, ornate antiques, Persian carpets, luminous crystal chandeliers, vast mirrors and an eclectic mix of original artworks and palatial bathrooms. Every suite opens onto a terrace or balcony, with magnificent views of the mountains, hills and vineyards. There are also 5 Vineyard Suites offer privacy and space for families and groups of friends. An integral part of the experience at Franschhoek’s La Residence is the elaborate and unique interior of each suite. Every suite has its own colour scheme and set of design influences, from the exotic Tibetan Suite with its oriental antiques and rich orange tones to the blue and yellow Chambre Bleu with its Provençal antiques, velvets and silks.
The Honeysuckle Suite
Be enchanted by the warmth and brightness of this suite. Orange and golden yellow predominate while a mahogany four-poster king-size bed is the room’s key feature. Light streams in from expansive windows and the view stretches across the sunlit vineyards to the mountains beyond. A spacious private veranda leads out the garden.
The Tang Suite
Revel in regal reds and greens. Rich styling includes a king-size bed with ornately padded headboard that can be separated into twin beds. Large Chinese scrolls adorn the wall above the plush sofa. The room opens onto a veranda which looks out onto the vines and mountainside.
The Tibetan Suite
Be transported by this oasis of oriental tranquility. Giant antique Tibetan hangings above the king-size bed (that can be separated into twin beds if required) add a touch of grandeur. Sweeping views of the vineyards and mountains can be appreciated from the private balcony.
The Hibiscus Suite
Relax amidst a symphony of pinks. The artwork, fine fabrics and harmonious colour palette combine to give an air of sophistication and refinement. In the bathroom, beautiful pink marble, French antiques and delicately patterned rugs complete the feel of luxurious elegance. Open the French doors and sit on the veranda to enjoy exquisite views across the lawn, down to the dam and across to the mountains beyond.
The Armani Suite
Understated neutrals are impossibly chic: this is a modern classic. A hauntingly beautiful painting of a ballerina on one wall is balanced by furnishings in greys, browns and creams that blend harmoniously to create a mood of calm and repose. Views from the private balcony take in the lawn, the dam and the mountains beyond.
The Nomatemba Suite
Accents of the African sun are harnessed in the brilliant yellows that enliven this suite. A king-sized bed with padded headboard is set off by vibrantly coloured African paintings adorning the walls. Views from both the room and the adjoining balcony take in the lawn and expansive dam with the mountains providing a sublime backdrop.
The Frangipani Suite
Stylish in white and gold, this light and airy white marble room boasts a built-in king-size bed on a heated marble plinth. The glamorous bathroom is more than a little reminiscent of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors whilst both rooms enjoy stunning vineyard and mountain views from the spacious veranda.
The Disa Suite
Relish the vibrant pinks and greens of this suite. Signature pieces include a bright pink chaise longue and impressive four-poster king-size bed in lime green. The room looks across the vineyards to the mountains and also has a fine view of the pool and garden from its spacious balcony.
The Huguenot Suite
In remembrance of the first settlers in Franschhoek, this room is decorated in wonderfully soft antique blues and yellows. The deep mustard-gold of the king-size four-poster bed is echoed by the richly-upholstered couch and armchair, while the private balcony allows you to take in the views across the vineyards to the mountains.
Chambre Bleu Suite
French blue is combined with hints of green to form the perfect setting for the imposing, elevated four-poster bed which is accompanied by old-world footstools to assist ascent! This suite has the luxury of two verandas, one looking across the perfectly manicured lawn to the dam, and the other surveying the olive grove and mountains.
The Maharani Suite
Exotic Indian décor, antique paintings and crystal wall-sconces create a sumptuous interior that is warm, inviting and unashamedly opulent. Gold accents add glamour while the built-in bed is approached by gleaming marble steps. The room boasts two balconies, one overlooking the lawns and dam, the other facing the olive grove and mountains.
Vineyard Suite 1
Villa 1 is an elegant and sociable space, with soothing green décor enlivened by splashes of pinks and reds. Light pours into the generously sized central living area where you can watch television on the plush pistachio-green couch or dine in relaxed style at the glossy red oval table. On either side of this space are two cosily splendid en-suite bedrooms (one king, one king or twin). These boast huge mirrors and bold, contemporary artwork. Outside there is a terrace for al fresco dining and a private pool.
Vineyard Suites 2
Let the rich red interior of Villa 2 warm and inspire you. Fabulous swagged curtains, a high ceiling and rustic stone fireplace create a sense of homely grandeur. Downstairs is a king-sized bed with striking en-suite bathroom, complete with black and white harlequin-patterned vanity cabinets; upstairs, an inviting twin-bedded loft room with ensuite shower commands spectacular views across the valley.
Vineyard Suite 3
Sumptuous fabrics, brilliant, jewel-like colours and magnificently over-sized furniture conspire to create a sense of sublime opulence. This is a special place with a positively palatial feel that boasts an elevated four-poster bed, high ceiling and glamorous en-suite bathroom. Curl up on the vast plum-coloured couch and enjoy a roaring fire in winter, or sit outside on the terrace in summer and soak up the beautiful mountain scenery.
Vineyard Suite 4
Villa 4 is an undeniably tranquil space: the soothing palette of blue and yellow combines with the gentle rush of the fountain to delight both eye and ear. The high-ceilinged central living room and two generous en-suite bedrooms (one with king-size bed, one with extra-king or twin queen-size beds) all have French doors leading to the private poolside terrace and lawned garden. Room 4a enjoys a tiny private courtyard complete with fountain and palms, as well as an outside shower room off its glamorous mirrored bathroom. In both bedrooms curtains of shimmering gold silk convey a sense of luxurious indulgence. An eclectic mix of old and new creates a relaxing but stylish environment, while the views beyond the palm trees that edge the garden are heart-stoppingly beautiful.
Vineyard Suite 5
Vibrant colours and a lovely openness in design characterize Villa 5. A wealth of influences is evident in the interior, creating an elegantly diverse space. Pinks, reds and oranges predominate, with plenty of interest provided by the artwork and furniture. Antique Chinese cabinets sit alongside brightly painted octagonal tables and couches in mouthwatering tangerine and raspberry velvet. Off the central living area lie two spacious en-suite bedrooms (one king-size and one king-size or twin queen-size) and a charming twin room with en-suite shower room. The terrace is perfect for relaxed dining while the pool and lawned garden enjoy spectacular views and complete privacy.
Franschhoek is known as the ‘Food and Wine Capital of South Africa’ and for good reason. Although the list varies year-to-year, up to 8 of South Africa’s ‘Top 100’ restaurants are based in Franschhoek! Despite its tiny size, the town boasts an incredible range of snug cafés and stylish restaurants with every style of food on offer. From traditional English pub food to classic bistro fare, superb wood-fired pizzas to sumptuous sushi, this gourmet dining town has it all. As befits the town’s Huguenot heritage, Franschhoek restaurants frequently feature French cuisine, alongside plenty of traditional and contemporary South African restaurants. Some of the country’s leading chefs create innumerable dishes using only the freshest produce from the valley, complimented by a host of delightful loval wines. All in all, this is an opportunity to taste a kaleidoscope of exciting flavours in a variety of Franschhoek restaurant settings.
The Great Hall
Executive Chef Lennard Marais oversees the dining experience at La Residence. His cuisine emphasises fresh, local ingredients, many of which are grown on the estate. Because the cuisine is such an integral part of the experience at La Residence, our guests will often sit down with the chefs to discuss their preferences and dietary requirements with menus being tailored accordingly. The chefs at La Residence are of the highest calibre, dedicated to ensuring that every meal is unforgettable. Breakfast is a lavish, buffet affair. All manner of cereals, fruits, cheeses and meats are on offer, as well as a scrumptious hot breakfast menu. Lunch is fresh and flexible and alfresco. The emphasis is on light and tasty seasonal fare.
Night-time dining at La Residence is a theatrical event with candlelight, high-backed ruby banquettes, wine pairing and always something to look forward to. Begin with an apéritif in the loggia while watching the sunset over the dam, or sit beside the fire for cocktails and canapés by candlelight. The dining area at La Residence is known as the Great Hall – resplendent with dazzling chandeliers, black and white Victorian tiles and vast fireplaces. Outside, the Persian Alley offers a delightful setting for alfresco meals, overlooking the lush green lawn and palm fronds. The chef presents a seasonal menu that is alive with flavour. And, of course, no dinner would be complete without a carefully selection wine from the extensive wine list. Our wine stewards are on hand to offer advice or guide you through a food and wine pairing where we will select a wine that complements the flavour profile of the dishes you have chosen.
In a tucked-away ‘beverage room’, you’ll find a selection of cigars and drinks of all kinds; you can help yourself but a member of staff is always on hand to serve you or help you pick something from the impressive cellar. Take your drinks wherever you please: in the library, on the terrace, in front of the huge fireplace, or to your private veranda or balcony.
Facilities at La Residence include a spa, swimming pool, an elegant dining hall serving regional cuisine, bar and library. On a hot summer’s day, enjoy a cooling dip in the magnificent infinity pool or recline on a comfortable sun-lounger between the palm trees, under a shady umbrella and enjoy the superb views of the surrounding area. You can also indulge in a range of spa treatments in the privacy of your own room or on your private balcony.
Bask in the warm African sun around our sparkling swimming pool or recline on a sun-lounger under a shady umbrella. Enjoy the tranquility of the spiritual Indian Rill and the majesty of the breathtaking mountains surrounding La Residence.
The Spa at La Residence in Franschhoek allows you to indulge your body and senses in an array of pampering treatments either in the tranquil, air-conditioned double treatment room or in the privacy of your own suite or balcony. There is no finer indulgence to round off a day exploring the winelands than a full body massage. The La Residence Spa offers a wide range of treatments and massages including the signature Pinotage treatments which use organic grape products in a variety of beneficial ways.
Please feel free to browse the shelves of our library with a collection of old and new fictional and non-fictional literature. Pick a book to enjoy reading in the comfort of your own suite. We also have a comprehensive DVD library in the office at your disposal. Newspapers are available in a number of languages; please inform us of your preference/s and we’ll make sure you can enjoy your breakfast whilst catching up on the latest news – in your mother tongue