Franschhoek is fast becoming one of the world’s favourite foodie destinations. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, this pretty Cape Winelands town is home to some of South Africa’s top restaurants and over 50 wine farms. And, at the heart of the village, is the newly renovated Leeu House (opening December 2015) - a 12-bedroom boutique hotel.
Although on the town’s main road - within strolling distance of art galleries, award-winning restaurants and sidewalk cafes – Leeu House retains the feel of a country escape with peaceful gardens and spacious rooms. Each room or suite is individually decorated to the highest quality from the superbly comfortable bed and exquisite marble bathroom with underfloor heating; to a media hub with unlimited free Wi-Fi access and a handy Nespresso coffee machine.
Leeu House’s executive chef Oliver Cattermole is well known for his innovative cuisine showcasing locally sourced organic produce. Leisurely breakfasts are served until noon, and after a day of exploring return to a delicious dinner in The Conservatory or al fresco out on the Terrace. Leeu House is also right next to Chef Margot Janse’s famous Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais (book well in advance!).
The secluded gardens have a 15-metre outdoor heated swimming pool with a shaded terrace. There are bicycles available (free of charge), and staying here you have full access to all the facilities at the sister property Leeu Estates. These include a complimentary tasting of the award-winning Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines’, an excellent on-site gym and spa, and an extensive network of walking and cycling trails crisscrossing the estate.