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Why we like it
- Nestled within a 30 acre private wine and olive estate in the Franschhoek Valley
- Conveniently located, just a mere forty-five minutes drive from Cape Town
- World-class service is the order of the day
Ensure you have at least one dinner at La Residence, the food is of the highest quality using locally sourced produce.
The whole trip worked wonderfully smoothly and we felt it was simply the best holiday we have ever been on- which is high praise as we have travelled broadly all over the world.
- TA, Somerset
Although from the exterior the building has been designed along the lines of a rustic Tuscan Villa, La Residence offers 11 individually furnished suites, each with palatial bathrooms, exquisite linen, silks, plush Persian rugs, and an eclectic mix of objets d'art. A property of extreme opulence, the Marharani Suite is complete with white porcelain bed and antique tapestry headboard.
French panache extends to every corner of La Residence. Comfortable sofas, majestic oriental hardwood antiques, and soothing silk tones create an air of grace and elegance. Expansive patios and landscaped gardens offer magnificent opportunities to relax, admire the views from the infinity pool over the olive grove and torwards the mountains. Every fine detail has an air of magic, giant open fireplaces blaze in the main lodge during winter and enormous four metre high patio doors open wide in summer to let in the cool mountain breeze.
Best time to be there
October to May is the best time to visit the Cape. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.
11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.
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