La Clé de Montagnes Franschhoek
A tranquil atmosphere at a vineyard and plum orchard framed by rocky mountains in Franschhoek (French Corner) less than a hour’s drive from Cape Town. The sidewalk café culture, fine restaurants and art galleries of this historical village are only steps away.
Style & personality
Villas have a modern Cape farmhouse texture, with best quality fittings and materials adorned in exceptionally distinctive styles. Dramatic interior layouts inspired separately by colonial Africa, France and contemporary Swedish art provide a selection of tasteful décors to accommodate most tastes.
Service & amenities
Private butlers and concierges are enchanting and effective, and will arrange wine tours, horse riding, yoga courses and restaurant reservations. Each villa includes a private swimming pool with loungers and lilos, and big backyard patios with rattan couches and tables for dining al fresco. Helicopter transfers from Cape Town airport are available on request.
Le Manoir, the first 1820 farmhouse, is lively and bright with décor constituted of blacks, reds and patterned stripes, while La Grange evokes a grand Norman farmhouse with towering beamed ceilings and large comfy sofas around a massive fireplace. Le Colonial features vibrant patterned cloths, Moroccan tiles and African American art, and La Galerie is a showpiece of modern art.
All are big and broad with super-king beds, slipper baths and walk in closets, well-stocked libraries, CD collections, satellite tv and Wi-Fi.
Food & beverage
Self-catering from Masterchef-worthy kitchens, together with complete breakfasts prepared from the butlers – cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, a choice of breads and croissants, and guests may subsequently ask whatever sexy choices they enjoy – scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, eggs benedict, complete English etc.. Butlers also offer you the choice of South African braais (barbeques), priced at 350 SA Rands (Number16 per head).
Gourmet dishes are available on request with a true master chef who shares his experience as he produces culinary works of art on the Grove, priced at 350 SA Rands (#30 per head). A sample menu comprises seared tuna with spiced pineapple, and roast springbok loin with feta. Selected wines and spirits are free, along with the estate creates fine Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Cabernet wines.
Value for cash
By 9,000 SA Rands (#408) each night for a few occupying one bedroom into 23,500 SA Rands (#1,065) for 3 bedrooms at low season (May-August); climbing to 11,000 SA Rands (#500) and also 25,400 SA Rands (#1,150) respectively in large (Sept-April). Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Prices vary, and the more individuals you will find at a villa, the more economical it is. Kids under three remain free, while those elderly four-12 are billed at 1,000 SA Rands (#45) per night. Minimum stay two nights.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Le Manoir has handicapped access and a roll-in shower; bathroom facilities intended.
Kids of all ages are welcome, using baby-sitting providers, sandboxes and backyard toys out there.
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