La Residence | Franschhoek Wine Valley
This new property must be experienced to be understood. Located on a hillside in the wonderful wine country town of Franschoek, about 45 minutes from Cape Town, it is in an idyllic setting. On one side, a vineyard is growing where the lodge will be creating their own personal wines.
In front of the vineyard, is a lavender garden. On the other side, is a lake complete with Egyptian Geese and Black Swans. A short 5 minute drive takes you to the delightful small town of Franschoek and the lodge provides complimentary transportation. There is really only one main street that offers many wonderful stores and galleries offering high quality and yet reasonably priced merchandise. Very few can leave Franschoek without purchasing an item or two.
Many of the top restaurants in South Africa are located in this small town. It is my understanding that The Tasting Room restaurant was voted the world’s best restaurant in 2008. Ruebens Restaurant is also very famous. There is a lot to do in this area including wine tours of some of South Africa’s most famous wineries.
The Main Lodge
This is a long narrow lodge that stretches from one end of the property to the other. Three huge Crystal Chandeliers enhance this area with a massive fireplace and exquisite art work, and incredibly comfortable furniture. This allows multiple groups of people to gather with some privacy if required. Meals are served in this area and can be in many different configurations. Although a stunning property this is a casual and comfortable boutique hotel. No jackets or ties required, just nice casual clothing is all that is needed. On a pretty evening, sitting on the patio sipping drinks in beautiful comfy chairs and watching a fantastic sunset with the black swans floating on the lake that turns pink with the reflection of the brilliant sunset – is simply unforgettable. The picture below was taken at sunset on our last visit to La Residence. To finish off that idyllic moment, follow with a delectable La Residence dinner in very elegant but laid back surroundings and accompanied by good wines. This is a night you will not forget.
The 11 suites here are totally indescribable. To try would take pages of descriptions. Each room is completely different. We strongly suggest going to the La Residence and viewing the rooms. Massive space, views and huge master bathrooms; it is the total luxury. You cannot go wrong no matter which room you select.
Food and Service
This property excels in the area of food and service. Your room can be booked on an all-inclusive basis including local wines and spirits, complimentary mini bar and laundry. Or you can book on a bed and breakfast basis. The meals we have had at La Residence have been superb and accompanied by excellent wines. Breakfast is served with all accommodations. Lunch and dinner are available to be purchased if you select the bed and breakfast option.
There is complimentary wireless internet in all the rooms and it works very well.
Spa and Gym
A new gym and spa facility was being built when we were there, so at that time spa treatments were available in your room.
I highly recommend this property. Staying here is an incredible treat for the comfort, ambiance and exclusive nature of the hotel. An ideal situation would be to have five couples and take the entire place on an inclusive basis. This will be an unforgettable stay.La Residence