OPULENCE & COMFORT
IN THE WINE COUNTRY
Located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley on a private 30-acre estate, La Residence is a tranquil haven of luxury and relaxation.
La Residence is surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breath-taking views of the undulating countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Step into the Great Hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel.
Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling, original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls, while the furnishings of Liz Biden are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.
The 11 Suites (Luxury & Superior Suites) at the hotel are ideal for couples while the 5 Vineyard Suites offer privacy and space for families and groups of friends.
THE ROOMS (3 Categories)
Category 1: Luxury Room
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 onto the garden.
THE TANG SUITE
Revel in regal reds and greens in this lavish suite. Rich styling includes a king-size bed with an accompanying, ornately padded headboard that can be separated into twin beds. Large Chinese scrolls adorn the wall above the plush sofa, and an elegant chandelier hangs over the room. The room opens onto a veranda which looks out onto the vines and mountainside.
THE TIBETAN SUITE
Be transported to a place of complete and utter tranquility with this oriental oasis of a suite. Giant antique Tibetan hangings above the king-size bed add a touch of grandeur, and the bed can easily be separated into twin beds, if required. The suite is decorated in deep oranges and maroons, and a burnt orange chaise lounge is one of the room’s most impressive features. 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 merge 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
Modest neutrals are undeniably chic, which make this room a modern classic. An astonishingly beautiful painting of a ballerina is balanced by furnishings in greys, browns and creams that work harmoniously to create a mood of calm and repose. Views from the private balcony take in the manicured lawns, the dam and the surrounding mountains.
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.
Category 2: Superior Rooms
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 reminiscent of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors. Both rooms are decorated in neutral tones, with slight touches of eastern flare seen in the decorative ornaments and pieces of art. From the spacious veranda, guests are free to enjoy stunning views of both the vineyard and Franschhoek mountainside.
THE DISA SUITE
Relish the vibrant pinks and greens of this suite, which give it a funky and modern feel. Signature pieces include a bright pink chaise lounge and impressive four-poster king-size bed in lime green. The room looks across the gorgeous vineyards and to the mountains beyond, with fine views of the lush garden and main pool 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 a sophisticated, arresting chandelier hangs overhead. The room opens out onto a private balcony which presents you to the views across the vineyards to the surrounding mountains.
CHAMBRE BLEU SUITE
French blue is combined with hints of green to form the perfect setting for the striking, 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 king-sized bed is approached by gleaming marble steps. The room boasts two balconies, one overlooking the lush lawns and dam, the other facing the olive grove and mountains.
Category 3: Vineyard Suites
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 sofa, 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 with a king-sized bed, and one with a king-sized bed that can be converted into 2 twins. Outside there is a terrace for al fresco dining and a private pool.
Fabulous swagged curtains, a high ceiling and rustic stone fireplace create a sense of homely grandeur. Downstairs is a king-size bed with a striking en-suite bathroom, complete with black and white harlequin-patterned vanity cabinets. Upstairs, an inviting twin-bedded loft room with en-suite shower commands spectacular views across the valley.
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.
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 all have French doors leading to the private poolside terrace and lawned garden. One room contains a king-sized bed, while the other is accompanied by either an extra king-size bed, or two queen-size ones.
Antique Chinese cabinets sit alongside brightly painted octagonal tables and couches in mouth-watering tangerine and raspberry velvet. Off the central living area lies one spacious en-suite bedroom with a king-size bed, one en-suite bedroom with one king-size bed, or two queen-size beds, and a charming twin room with an en-suite shower. The terrace is perfect for relaxed dining, while the pool and lawned garden enjoy spectacular views and complete privacy.
La Residence is set among Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards from which they produce their own wines – the two single varietals and a refreshing rose.
THE HERB GARDEN & PLUM ORCHARDS
Franschhoek is known as the ‘Culinary 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 the small town of Franschhoek.
Franschhoek (‘French Corner’ in Dutch) is a picturesque village where the laid back café culture has a distinctly French charm. Full of character, Franschhoek is distinguished by its fine colonial architecture, numerous gourmet restaurants, art galleries and curio shops.
Despite its diminutive size, Franschhoek boasts an incredible range of snug cafés and stylish restaurants with every style of food on offer. From traditional English pub food to classic French bistro fare and from superb wood-fired pizzas to contemporary Indian cuisine – there is something for every palate.
Wine-making has an illustrious 300-year old history in the Franschhoek Valley. The oldest family-owned wine farms are worth visiting for their architecture and beautiful vineyards alone. 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 and diverse experience for oenophiles.
You’ll learn about the wine-making process and gain an understanding of what makes South African wine so special as well as the differences between new world and old world wines.
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