Franschhoek & The Winelands
One of Leeu Collection’s three properties, the celebrated Leeu Estate, just under one hour’s drive from Cape Town and a 10-minute drive from the centre of Franschhoek is a glorious choice. The sister properties, Leeu House and Le Quartier Francais are boutique hotels on the high street of Franschhoek.
Set like a jewel amongst vineyards, gardens and fynbos (local shrubland), the Leeu Estate is a 19th century manor house turned hotel and is a sophisticated hideaway. The land surrounding the house remains working farmland and verdant rows of grape vines can be seen throughout the grounds. Many of the guestrooms have terraces and fireplaces plus the latest technology and all enjoy blissful views. Leeu Collection’s décor is French inspired neutral tones with quirky artwork – the ‘leaning lady’ in the drawing room repeatedly divides opinion amongst guests.
The Spa Rooms placed above the spa are the quietest, so light sleepers will find these the most enjoyable and most of the rooms have magnificent views onto the farm and the mountains. The estate also has Max’s House which has two classic rooms, an executive suite and its own kitchen. The Vineyard Cottage has two deluxe rooms with a communal area in-between, perfect for families or groups travelling together. There are 17 rooms in total and currently being built is an Everard Reed gallery and the gourmet dining restaurant Le Petit Colombe. In the meantime, head Le Quartier Francais for a little Le Petit magic.
Alternatively, enjoy organic and ethically farmed produce conjured up by multiple award-winning resident chef Darren Badenhorst before indulging in the spa which is a true wellness haven and those with late check-out can relax here before an evening flight. Another highlight is the private tasting of the estate’s wines in a custom-designed pavilion. This requires booking in advance, but guests can also drop in for a glass of wine throughout their stay.
As this property is just outside of Franschhoek, complimentary transfers are available. The village is home to world-class restaurants, art galleries and boutiques and spending your days indulging in the wine and food and hiking in the Mont Rochelle trails is what a stay in Franschhoek is all about.
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