Elegance and style in South Africa’s wine region Franschhoek at La Residence
At the foot of the western slopes of the Hawequa Mountains, just an hour or so northeast of Cape Town in South Africa, the weather and soil combine to create a perfect region for grapevines. Wherever there are grapes, there is wine, and the hills and valleys of the Hawequa have become the home to a powerful new force in modern viticulture. Today, near the town of Franschhoek, in the valley of the same name, there are numerous vineyards producing some of the world’s premier wines. Founded in 1688 by 176 French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in their homeland, the settlers of Franschhoek, or the “French Corner,” employed their knowledge of soil and vines to begin the tradition of South African viticulture. Many of the local landmarks in Franschhoek bear their French names even now, such as Bordeaux Street and Mont Rochelle. This is also the source of the name for the opulent and luxurious deluxe boutique hotel, La Residence, set alongside the Varkblaardrif Creek just north of the town, at the feet of the nearby mountains.
Occupying thirty acres of vineyards and gardens, La Residence offers its guests an extraordinary setting of rolling countryside and scenic mountain views, as well as lavish furnishings from a Continental deluxe perspective. A member of the Royal Portfolio hotelier group, La Residence combines high-beamed ceilings with a dusky orange exterior well suited to the surrounding countryside, with the interior décor referencing grand European salons.
A Luxury Resort in the Foothills of Africa
La Residence stands at the western foot of beautiful Mont Rochelle, whose rounded peak rises at the top of the Franschhoek valley. The hotel’s Concierge will be happy to arrange bespoke experiences of both the estate and the surrounding region, and with luck you will encounter the springbok antelopes that sometimes roam the area. The hotel features a total of sixteen guestrooms, organized into three distinct groups. On the northwestern side of the estate, the Vineyard Suites, numbered 1 through 5, provide private pools, and outstanding views of the vineyards and mountains. The Luxury Rooms and the Superior Rooms make up the rest of the options for boarding, with every facility individually designed and decorated in lavish style. All guests enjoy access to the outdoor pool, fitness center, and staffers will be glad to offer tours of the hotel’s plum orchard and herb garden, which stock our busy kitchens. You may also enjoy visiting The Spa at La Residence, which operates a doubles treatment room, or attends you in your suite on a bespoke basis. In good weather, massages and other treatments can be performed at La Residence’s Tea House, with its grand view of Mont Rochelle.
Exploring the Vineyards of South Africa
The town of Franschhoek has become a true attraction in South Africa. La Residence can easily design an itinerary for its guests, which includes helicopter tours of the great vineyard estates in the area, as well as wine tastings. In the town itself, the dignified and serene Huguenot Monument is well worth visiting, and the nearby mountains are perfect for hiking among the rare and beautiful African fynbos shrublands. After visiting the region, La Residence can offer its guests an outstanding fine dining experience supervised by Executive Chef Lennard Marais. Multicourse meals can be enjoyed in the Great hall, while al fresco dining is available in the Persian Alley. A wine tasting from the estate’s working vineyards will provide the perfect finale to an outstanding day of exploration in the Franschhoek valley, where La Residence is always ready to welcome its newest guests.