La Residence

Rest of South Africa, South Africa

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    Elegant country estate in the heart of the winelands

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    Elegant country estate in the heart of the winelands

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    Elegant country estate in the heart of the winelands

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    Elegant country estate in the heart of the winelands

Why we choose La Residence

Idyllic location between mountains and vineyards

  • East meets West and old meets new in the thoughtfully designed interiors
  • A restful country retreat in South Africa’s premier winelands
  • Historic Franschhoek, a melting pot of cultures, has exceptional and varied dining

Located in the fertile winelands, the estate is primarily a winery, but also adds olive and orchard fruit production to its talents. The main draw here, then, is exceptional dining with outstanding wines to match, but the resort—for it is much more than a mere hotel—caters for family vacations and romantic escapes, too.

There are only 11 suites in the hotel which makes for an intimate, restful stay. The five independent villas in the grounds cater for a cozy twosome or the whole family, so you can retreat to your own private space within the gorgeous grounds.

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Each room has an individual design, so if you have a favorite, ask for it!

What you need to know about the hotel

Imposing mountain views and fresh country air bring a wholesome sense of place

  • Highly acclaimed wine estates and vineyards stretch out in every direction
  • Fresh garden grown produce enhance the rustic country menu daily
  • The pool looks almost too perfect to swim in—but don’t let that stop you

The estate feels secluded and the air is so fresh you’d be forgiven for thinking you were miles from anywhere, but the Franschhoek city center is only 5 minutes away.

Unique, warm décor that incorporates bold colors with natural textures creates a ‘home away from home’ feel, though the stunning Maharani Suite crosses over into opulent, with its triple aspect, Indian hand cut crystal chandelier and 18th century French tapestry headboard.

Where is it and what's nearby

You’re right in the center of South Africa’s most famous winelands of Franschhoek

  • 45 minutes from Cape Town’s International Airport and an hour from the city center
  • A vibrant collection of street cafés, galleries and colorful curio boutiques make up the laid back town of Franschhoek
  • Find many renowned restaurants combining French, Cape Malay and Dutch influences and flavors

Franschhoek is all about fine dining and wine tasting, so jump right in: take a tour and discover the very best of the region.

The glorious scenic countryside with its imposing mountains is the perfect backdrop for outdoor pursuits. Hiking, horseback riding, cycling and of course golf are all on the menu here.

How to enjoy Rest of South Africa

Every now and then, you come across a nation that seems to have more than its fair share of superlatives. South Africa is, without question, one of these

  • When you hear the whale crier blow his horn in Hermanus, head to the cliff path to spot the Southern Right Whales swimming in the coves below
  • Take the Wine Tram through the Franschhoek Valley for the breath-taking scenery and mouth-watering tasting rooms of the Cape Winelands
  • Get up close and personal with penguins in Betty’s Bay; forgetting to stay in their colony on Stoney Point, the birds wander (waddle) the village at will

Head to the Western Cape’s Winelands and you will find more than your fair share of award-winning restaurants. In Franschhoek, there’s The Tasting Room. Head chef Margot Janse has won numerous awards, including the best restaurant on the continent and deservedly so. In nearby Stellenbosch, at least four restaurants are regularly named among the top ten places to eat out in South Africa, including Jordan and Overture.

In addition to being one of South Africa’s oldest towns, Franschhoek can also claim the nation’s first properly engineered road and oldest ‘in use’ bridge at Jan Joubert’s Gat. The Franschhoek Pass was engineered in 1822 by the Royal Africa Corps and is worth a drive for its fantastic views over the valley wineries and snow peaked mountains. More superlatives can be found in nearby Hermanus. This Western Cape charming seaside resort is famed for being the ‘best land-based whale-watching destination in the world’.

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    When to visit Rest of South Africa

    In recognition of its French settler roots, Bastille Day (July 14) is celebrated every year in Franschhoek. The Synergy Live music festival (one of the biggest outdoor music festivals in South Africa), takes place at the Theewaterskloof Dam on the last weekend of November or the first weekend of December.

  • We say

    With the size of this hotel, providing undivided attention and personalized, friendly service is easy.

  • A word from the hotel

    The wines of the region are some of the best in South Africa.
    Nadia Kotze, F&B Manager

  • A word from the hotel

    Our food is inspired by rustic French cuisine and we keep it fresh and seasonal by changing menus daily according to what produce we have available from the garden.
    Lennard Marais, Executive Chef

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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with La Residence, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for up to two in-room guests
  • Reserve bottle of wine on arrival
  • Private wine tasting of La Residence wines from our own vineyards
  • 10% off Spa treatments and products
  • Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)

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