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La Residence
11 Rooms

An integral part of the luxurious La Residence experience is the elaborate interior. Each of the eleven rooms is uniquely appointed; from an exotic Tibetan suite with oriental antiques and hand-painted screens to French boudoirs with Provencal antiques and mirrored dressers. The fabrics throughout include superlative silks and textures, handpicked to match each interior. The dining and living areas resemble an elegant manor hall. Communal areas lead onto country terraces where roses and fountains make for serene summer evenings.
Franschhoek Valley


Year Round

South Africa is a year-round destination, and the best time to visit depends on your priorities. Safaris are best in the winter months (May to August). The grass is lowest, so game viewing is easier, and the temperatures are mild (maximum 20-23C). There is very little winter rainfall in the north. Namaqualand, in the Western and Northern Cape Provinces, becomes a floral phenomenon in spring (mid-August to mid-October), when the desert-like terrain is transformed into a carpet of flowers, drawing thousands of visitors. The best season for the beach is summer (November to mid-March). The southern regions are summer destinations, with low summer rainfall. Temperatures reach 28-30C or higher on truly beautiful days. The warm waters of the east coast make for almost year-round swimming. South Africans tend to take their annual holidays in summer, causing tourist destinations to be overcrowded from mid-December to late January, as well as during the other school holidays.
Infinity Pool, Dining, Cheese and Wine Tasting, Golf, Trout Fishing, Quad-Biking, Helicopter Trips, Paragliding, Hot-Air Ballooning, Horseback Tours & Spa.

La Residence presents a host of activities to enhance your relaxation and enjoyment. Unwind in the villa's magnificent infinity pool or visit one of the award-winning restaurants in the village. Enjoy a private cheese or wine tasting at one of the surrounding estates by appointment. For the outdoorsmen, we can arrange a round of 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. [All with associated fees] The courtyard, with a capacity of up to 120 people and breath-taking mountain views, is the perfect venue for weddings and other functions.

Spa - La Residence uses a network of highly qualified outside therapists that cater to individual needs. From massage to beauty, whole-body therapies are available. Additionally, we are able to provide our guests with treatments in their rooms, or on their private balconies when the weather is fine.
Local Info

The town of Franschhoek was formally established in 1860, but the French Huguenots had settled prior to that. Today Franschhoek is celebrated for its remarkable wine-making and gourmet food. There are over 22 wine estates in the valley, several of which have achieved world renown, and eight of South Africa's Top 100 restaurants are to be found here. True to its French origins, the region is rich in arts and culture. There are two historical museums worth visiting, namely the Huguenot Memorial and the Huguenot Museum. The French sense of flair is evident in the stunning architecture, and the main road is lined with antique and craft shops, as well as many galleries displaying the work of local artists.
Alternatively, beautiful beaches and a bustling nightlife are to be found only 45 minutes away in Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City.
Awards

La Residence opened in October 2007.The staff continuously strives to provide their guests with an unforgettable experience of a truly superior nature. This commitment to excellence has resulted in La Residence receiving international acclaim in the form of the following prestigious awards:

- Best in Africa - Runner up - Ultra Travel Awards (UK) 2011
- Best Hotel in Africa - Ultra Travel Awards (UK) 2010
- South Africa's Leading Luxury Hotel - World Travel Awards (SA) 2010
- 101 Best Hotels in the World - Tatler Travel Guide (UK) 2010
- Top 10 Best Places to Propose - Mr. & Mrs. Smith (UK) 2010
- 101 Best Hotels in the World - Tatler Travel Guide (UK) 2009
- Hideaway of the Year 2009" Grand Award Winner- Andrew Harpers Hideaway Report
- Best new sensation in the world - Tatler (UK) 2009
- 100 Ultimate Escapes - Luxury Resorts- Robb Report (USA) 2008
- The 65 Hot Hotels and best new places in the world to stay - Conde Nast Traveller (UK) 2008
- The World's Top New Hotels - Conde Nast Traveler (USA) 2008
La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, where the exquisite vineyards and mountains form a picture perfect backdrop, La Residence provides a haven of luxurious accommodation, fine dining and an all-round sensory indulgence.
The majestic mountains that surround the idyllic Franschhoek Valley, provide enchanting views in every direction. La Residence 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, admire the view, and marvel at the synthesis of beauty and tranquility. La Residence presents a host of activities to enhance your relaxation and enjoyment. Unwind in the villa's magnificent infinity pool or visit one of the award-winning restaurants in the village. Enjoy a private cheese or wine tasting at one of the surrounding estates by appointment. For the outdoorsmen, we can arrange a round of 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. The courtyard, with a capacity of up to 120 people and breath-taking mountain views, is the perfect venue for weddings and other functions. Dining is always a leisurely experience where you may enjoy most of the culinary secrets of the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, allowing yourself to be tempted by any of the following dishes of fine flavours, diverse textures, freshest local ingredients and attractive presentation. Everyday fare includes delights such as Salmon Trout fish cakes, imaginative salads with refreshing fennel bulbs, pickled lemons, caper berries and various crispy nuts. Celebrating our passion for regional produce, we enjoy preparing traditional venison, local fish and free range poultry. 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 from our ovens. Guests are encouraged to put forward their food preferences, allergies and dietary requirements so that we can prepare their very own special meals. All menus are complemented by the best South African wines to round off your dining experience.
*Photos by La Residence.

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