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Leeu House
Franschhoek & The Winelands

Leeu House is a charming 12-room boutique town house hotel on the high street of Franschhoek, deep in the Cape’s magnificent winelands. Open since 2012, Leeu House was the first property in the Leeu Collection. It’s sister hotels, Le Quartier Francais is a couple of doors down, and the Leeu Estate is just outside of Franschhoek in a stunning working farm. Owner Anjalit Singh has drawn upon the best of classic Cape Dutch architecture to create this impeccably decorated property - even buying the building opposite to secure the view. The interiors are mix of French-influenced design in a soothing palette with striking works of art adorning the walls.

For the best mountain views, plump for one of the top floor guestrooms. Each is beautifully appointed including underfloor heating in the bathroom. The rooms all have similar décor with the main differentiator being size and the addition of a balcony from which to enjoy the view of the ‘koppies’. The 15-metre pool has wonderful views of the gardens and the spa is highly recommended. The guest-only hotel restaurant Conservatory offers superb dining options with seasonal produce and individual tastes are well catered for. The drawing room has inviting armchairs, a bar and a wood-burning stove that gives a cosy and relaxed feel – perfect for guests to enjoy a morning coffee or a pre-dinner drink.

Franschhoek’s pretty high street is great for strolling through, look out for the Huguenot Monument which pays tribute to the French Hugenots who came to South Africa in the 17th Century. The jewellers are also worth popping into, Penchant Design sells some classic pieces with a decidedly modern twist. The renowned wine trams are a convivial option for a day’s sightseeing, after which the renowned Foliage restaurant across the road for a memorable meal. Tuk Tuk is a light-hearted fun option serving Mexican snacks meal and craft beer brewed on-sight, the bean and fish tacos are simply delicious.

Leeu House is a charming boutique hotel, perfect for exploring Franschhoek. It is both sophisticated and relaxed and feels rather like a country home with the benefit of fantastic restaurants close by. What’s not to love!

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