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La Residence Franschhoek

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"La Residence is Franschhoek’s flagship property and has pride of place within Royal Portfolio’s collection of luxury hotels. Stunning rooms, the best location in the area… an unbelievably good albeit super-expensive property!"


La Residence Franschhoek is listed in The Royal Portfolio, a highly exclusive collection of hotels in some of SA’s most thrilling destinations. This property provides a pleasantly secluded base from which to explore the Franschhoek region in the Winelands. The price of your stay includes accommodation, breakfast and snacks, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, full mini-bar, a shuttle service between the hotel and Franschhoek, parking, Wi-Fi, and a laundry service. The hotel is open all year round.


The hotel can be accessed via 50 kilometres’ road transfer from Cape Town’s international airport. It’s situated in Franschhoek Valley, amidst vineyards and plum orchards. Franschhoek town is just 5 minutes’ drive away!


Guest accommodation consists of 16 suites – 11 within the hotel and five amongst the vineyards. Each suite has a particular colour scheme and overall style, ranging from the homely oranges-and-yellows of the Honeysuckle Suite to the vibrant Chinese reds of the Tang Suite for a touch of regal splendour! Furnishings common to all hotel suites include a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a pleasant seating area, and ample storage space. En-suite facilities typically comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, walk-in shower, and bathtub with shower attachment. Some suites have access onto a private veranda, with breathtaking vineyard views! The Vineyard Suites offer two bedrooms and additional living space, and they’re an excellent option for groups and families. A couple of these suites have a private pool too, as well as a terrace that’s a great spot for private dining.

La Residence Franschhoek’s communal spaces are quite dazzlingly stylish, with more than a passing allusion to the court of Louis Quatorze. The main lounge contains plenty of plush sofas and ornate armchairs, both straight- and bow-legged coffee tables, an interesting selection of wall artwork, and a very grand fireplace. The dining room is known as the Great Hall, and it features royal-red upright chairs around smoothly polished wooden tables, all positioned on a black-and-white chessboard floor. This is the setting for the hotel’s delicious buffet breakfasts, light lunches, and lavish dinners accompanied by fine wine or other beverages from the well-stocked bar. If you need to work off a few extra calories during your stay, you need only head to the gym, while La Residence’s spa is the place to go for a little pampering – treatments available include deep tissue massage and a body polish using Pinotage grape. You can relax on the hotel’s terrace too, take a stroll in the beautiful gardens, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool!


The hotel offers an exciting assortment of activities and experiences on site, and a shuttle service into Franschhoek town. Here are a few examples of what to see and do during your stay:

  • Explore the estate

    While away an hour or two in La Residence’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards, enjoy a guided tour of the herb garden and plum orchards, and make a few new friends among the estate’s miniature horses, springboks, peacocks, and guineafowl!
  • Wine tasting 

    Sample the estate’s finest vintages and then take a stroll around the vineyards with a knowledgeable guide.
  • Visit Franschhoek

    Packed with art galleries, curio shops, museums, monuments, and gourmet restaurants, the French Corner of The Winelands has ample attractions to enjoy.
  • Biking and hiking 

    Hire bikes and 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 in other estates. Just a few situated not far from La Residence are Chamonix, Grande Provence, Rupert & Rothschild, and Mullineux & Leeu.
  • Children’s activities 

    As well as getting involved in arts-and-crafts, baking, and board games at the hotel, youngsters will love going on outings to numerous family-friendly attractions around Franschhoek such as Butterfly World, Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, and Vredenheim Big Cat Park.

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