Alongside the high-quality Leeu House and Leeu Estates, Le Quartier Français (LQF) is listed in the Leeu property portfolio. This portfolio also includes outstanding eateries and some wonderful wine experiences, all based in the scenic Winelands. Among the eateries is LQF’s own La Petite Colombe, which is considered one of the best restaurants in the world! Accommodation at LQF is booked on a B&B basis, including in-room Nespresso, mini-bar items, national telephone calls, internet access, a shuttle service between the hotel and Leeu Estates, and one tasting per guest per stay of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines at Leeu Estates. LQF is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The hotel can be accessed via 75 kilometres’ road transfer from Cape Town. It’s situated right on the main street in Franschhoek, with easy access to the town’s cafés, restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT LE QUARTIER FRANÇAIS:
Guest accommodation consists of 14 rooms, 11 suites, and a three-bedroom villa. All rooms and suites occupy pleasant structures within the hotel’s grounds, and they’re beautifully decorated. Raffia headboards, luxurious fabrics, vibrant palettes… these are the norm here! Rooms come in two categories – Auberge and Grande. Each Auberge Room (40m²) contains a double bed, bedside tables and lighting, a spacious seating area complete with cosy fireplace, and amazing views of the gardens or the mountains. En-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin/s, walk-in shower, and bathtub. The Grande Room is slightly larger (50m²) and with under-floor heating in the bathroom! Suites range from the Petite Garden Suite (45m², with private garden views) to the House Suite and Pool Suite, which are both 80m² and with a private walled garden. Recommended for families, the Pool Suite also offers a second bedroom and a secluded pool! The Four Quarters Suite (110m²) boasts a private courtyard, separate lounge, walk-in dressing room, and sofa bed for children. Finally, there’s the LQF Villa, located close to the main street. At a staggering 468m², it benefits from three bedrooms, deluxe living spaces, and its own pool. Please contact a member of YZ to find out more.
One major highlight of a stay at LQF is dining at La Petite Colombe restaurant, which is famous worldwide for its exquisite cuisine. Sister restaurant to the well-established La Colombe in Cape Town, this smaller eatery is every inch as sophisticated as the older sibling and offers equally high service standards. Guests can also tuck in to delicious meals at newer LQF restaurant Protégé, and the hotel is just a short stroll from numerous other restaurants in Franschhoek town. It also has a comfortable library and a private cinema where you can enjoy a little quiet time. Guests enjoy access to gym and spa facilities at Leeu Estates. And the garden at LQF, complete with swimming pool, is the perfect place to relax in between outings into Franschhoek and farther afield.
ACTIVITIES AT LE QUARTIER FRANÇAIS:
Here’s a selection of things to see and do during your stay at LQF:
Dining– Franschhoek is home to a number of frankly world-class restaurants and cafés, many just a short stroll from the hotel.
Art galleries– Featuring 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.
Shops– It’s easy to while away an afternoon browsing Franschhoek’s lovely boutiques, in search for self-gifts and souvenirs!
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 in other estates. In addition to Leeu Estate, there’s Chamonix, Grande Provence, and Rupert & Rothschild.