La Fontaine Boutique Hotel is listed in the portfolio of The Oyster Collection, which at present (December 2018) comprises 11 high-quality properties in Franschhoek, Cape Town, and other destinations within South Africa. Family owned and run, La Fontaine is one of the most luxurious offerings, especially following recent renovations! Accommodation is booked on a B&B basis, and the hotel is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The hotel can be accessed via road transfer from Cape Town or from any other location along the Garden Route. It’s situated just one block out of the centre of Franschhoek, enjoying close proximity to the town’s thrilling range of eateries, shops, and other attractions.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT LA FONTAINE HOTEL:
Guest accommodation consists of 17 rooms and suites, across four categories. All options are individually and exquisitely styled. At entry level, there’s the Deluxe Room, featuring extra-length king-size bed, bedside lighting, a writing desk and chair, seating at the foot of the bed, and ample storage space. Additional amenities include air conditioning, LCD television, tea-and-coffee station, mini-bar, electronic safe, and hairdryer. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, and shower. The Luxury Room benefits from all these features, and it’s slightly larger. The Luxury Suite is more spacious still, with a bigger writing desk and an en-suite full bathroom. Finally, there’s the Mountain View Suite, and one of the two units in this category has a cosy fireplace! And as the name suggests, both have amazing mountain vistas.
The newly renovated communal spaces at La Fontaine are also very well styled. The lounge defines lavish, with its plush seating, colourful cushions, elegant lighting, and wealth of little details such as fresh flowers, ornate mirrors, and all sorts of paintings and sculptures on display. There’s even a grand fireplace, a welcome feature during the chillier months here! Guests can make use of the hotel’s library too, which is also very sumptuous and ideal for taking some quiet time. Additionally, there are two breakfast areas – indoors and al fresco. Your first meal of the day is served between 8:00 and 9:30, offered with delicious locally roasted coffee. You can relax on the hotel’s veranda, in the shade of pergolas strewn with wisterias and vines. The gardens provide a lovely setting for a wander in between trips into and around Franschhoek. They include two swimming pools, both with inviting sunloungers alongside!
ACTIVITIES AT LA FONTAINE HOTEL:
From this superb base, you can enjoy exploring Franschhoek and farther afield. Here are a few examples of things to do:
Dining in Franschhoek- As mentioned, Franschhoek boasts a number of eateries, many just a short distance from the hotel. The town is renowned for its world-class cuisine!
Art galleries- Showcasing the work of both local and South African artists, Franschhoek has really established itself as an art destination. A couple of our favourites are Galleria Gibello for wildlife photography and Art in the Yard for impressive new talent.
Museums- The town has a fascinating history, and it’s particularly well presented at the Huguenot Memorial exhibition.
Shopping in Franschhoek- It’s easy to while away an afternoon browsing Franschhoek’s lovely boutiques, in search for self-gifts and souvenirs alike!
Biking and hiking- See as much of the Franschhoek region as you wish from the saddle, or set out on foot along many of the area’s hiking trails.
Fishing- Head out to the Wemmers river, for trout fishing amidst spectacular scenery!
Golf- The Winelands boasts an outstanding variety of courses, not least in Pearl Valley, which has hosted the South African Golf Championship for the past three years in a row.
Visit local wine estates- If you have time, you could consider taking trips out to estates such as Chamonix, Grande Provence, Mullineux & Leeu, and Rupert & Rothschild.