La Residence, Cape Winelands
La Residence provides a home-from-home haven of luxurious accommodation and fine dining
La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, where the vineyards and mountains form a picture perfect backdrop, La Residence provides a home-from-home haven of luxurious accommodation and fine dining.
The majestic mountains that surround the Franschhoek Valley, provide stunning views in every direction. La Residence is a tuscan-style villa and lies at the heart of a private 30-acre working farm, complete with vineyards, plum orchards, a dam and fragrant manicured gardens. Space is in abundance with panoramic views from every suite. Large bedrooms and bathrooms open onto generous sunny balconies and verandahs, which offer the perfect place to relax and admire the views. The Hotel is 2 kilometres from Franschhoek Town Centre (Le Quartier Français is in the town centre).
Accommodation at La Residence consists of eleven luxuriously appointed suites, each individually named and decorated with a theme with ornate antiques, plush Persian carpets and an eclectic mix of artworks, and palatial bathrooms.The Honeysuckle Suite, evokes summer decorated in oranges and yellow. This bright and warm room has a mahogany four-poster, king-sized bed, vivid South African art graces the walls, and the view stretches across the sunlit vineyards to the mountains beyond. A private verandah leads onto the garden. Room 3, The Frangipani Suite is decorated in stylish white and gold, and this light and airy white marble room is set apart by a built-in king-sized bed on a heated marble plinth. The mirrored bathroom is referred to as the Versailles Bathroom. Views are of the vineyards and mountains and a verandah leads onto the garden.
The staff are really wonderful, very professional and the attention to detail is superb. Dining at La Residence is fantastic: more akin to dining in a private house than a hotel, run by a hostess who has thought of every comfort. There are no set times for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at La Residence - food is prepared on demand at any time of day. I think this makes a holiday much more relaxing and it's also discreet as only guests can dine here. Simple and beautifully presented food choices are available such as salmon trout fish cakes with imaginative salads incorporating refreshing fennel bulbs, pickled lemons, caper berries and various crispy nuts. Local and seasonal produce of the highest quality and combined with the most delicious and interesting wine chosen to compliment the menu matched as you might expect by a clever sommelier. The restaurant sources traditional venison, local fish and free range poultry and seasonal ingredients such as fruits, salad leaves, vegetables and herbs are harvested from the estate’s bountiful gardens. Hand crafted cheeses such as Chevin, Boeren Kaas, superb local Gruyere, drunken Pecorino and creamy Blue Cheeses are sourced and served with home-made preserves and breads baked on the premises. Guests are encouraged to put forward their food preferences, allergies and dietary requirements so that their own special meals can be prepared.
Spa Treatments at La Residence are available in the privacy of your own room or on your private balconies when the weather is fine. La Residence uses a network of highly qualified outside therapists that cater to individual needs. From massage to beauty, whole-body therapies are available on request. Activities include golf, trout fishing, quad-biking, helicopter trips, paragliding, hot-air ballooning or a horseback tour of the surrounding wine farms. A more sedate excursion is the horse-drawn carriage ride through the local village and vineyards. These excursions have associated fees. You can also unwind in the villa’s magnificent infinity pool or visit one of the award-winning restaurants in the village. Private cheese or wine tastings are available at one of the surrounding estates by appointment.