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Establishment Description

The majestic mountains that surround the idyllic Franschhoek Valley, provideenchanting views in every direction. La Residence lies at the heart of a private30-acre working farm, complete with vineyards, plum orchards, a dam and fragrant manicured gardens. Space is the byword here: soaring mountain views from every suite and vast bathrooms that open onto generous sunny. balconies which offer magnificent opportunities to relax, admire the view, enjoy the delicate scents of nature and marvel at the synthesis of beauty and tranquillity.At La Residence, world-class service is the order of the day. The dining hall and living room resembles a manor hall in chequered marble flooring with walk-in fireplaces and a four-metre chandelier, leading onto terraces with roses and a fountain for alfresco summer evenings.


Eleven individually-decorated suites enjoy vibrant colour schemes andspectacular views. Palatial en-suite bathrooms ooze glamour. One of the downstairs rooms has a built-in marble four-poster pillared platform bed (heated in winter); there’s an exotic Tibetan suite with Oriental antiques and hand painted screens; French themed boudoirs with imported antiques and mirrored dressers for glitz. Fabrics are top-of-the-range, gorgeous and themed for each interior.

The Villas in the Vineyard

A stone’s throw from La Residence, in a tranquil vineyard setting, five Villas offer spacious accommodation in a variety of configurations for up to 20 guests, including children of all ages. There are stylish rooms for dining and relaxing and luxurious bedrooms with marble en-suite bathrooms. All have private terraces and gardens; four have their own pools. Complimentary drinks and snacks, wide screen televisions and DVD players create a homely feel. Guests dine either in their villa or the central Terrace Room, beside a fire or the stunning double rim-flow pool. An open kitchen allows full interaction with the chef; the Sitting Room is cosy with bar and wide-screen television. The Villas offer complete flexibility, comfort and superior service to makeholidaying with family and friends effortless and enjoyable.

Area activities

Activities at La Residence include swimming, mountain/village walks, private wine tasting at various estates, cheese tasting and trout fishing. For a wine tour with a difference, hop on to a horse and visit a few of the Vignerons de Franschhoek. Those in favour of a more sedate excursion might enjoy a carriage ride through the village and to some of the wine farms. The courtyard, with a capacity of up to 60 people and breath-taking mountain views, is the perfect venue for weddings and other functions.

Check in times

Check in :    

14h00 (2pm)

Check Out :

11h00 (11am)

Children Policy

Please note that we do not accept children under 12 years of age, unless the entire hotel is booked exclusively.

Deposit Terms

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm a reservation. On-line reservations to be paid immediately with credit card when making a reservation. When paying your deposit by EFT (Electronic fund transfer) the deposit is required within 4 days of confirmation.
All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid credit card.
A reservation is not secure until such time as a deposit has been received and TRP Hotels
reserve the right up until that time to cancel such reservations without prior notice. Payments must be made in South African Rand (ZAR) via wire transfer, nett of bank charges
Remaining balance payable 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Cancellation Terms

The following cancellation fees will be applied should a booking be cancelled within the following period:

* 8 to 4 weeks before arrival – 25% of total accommodation fee.

* 4 to 2 weeks before arrival – 50% of total accommodation fee.

* 2 weeks before arrival – 100% of total accommodation fee.There is also a 25% non-refundable deposit associated to all bookings made between December 15 and January 15.


Travel Insurance

We suggest that guests are covered by travel insurance in the event of an unforeseen cancellation.

Room Types & Descriptions

Luxury rooms and Superior Rooms

Suite 1: The Honeysuckle Suite (Luxury )

Be enchanted by the warmth and brightness of this suite. Orange and golden yellow predominate while in pride of place is a mahogany four-poster king-size bed.  Light streams in and the view stretches across the sunlit vineyards to the mountains beyond. A private veranda leads onto the garden.

Suite 2: The Tang Suite (Luxury)

Revel in regal reds and greens. Rich styling includes a king-size bed with ornately padded headboard that can be separated into twin beds. Large Chinese scrolls adorn the wall above the plush sofa. The room opens onto a veranda which looks out onto the vines and mountainside.

Suite 3: The Frangipani Suite (Superior)

Stylish in white and gold, this light and airy white marble room boasts a built-in king-size bed on a heated marble plinth.  The glamorous bathroom is more than a little reminiscent of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors whilst both rooms enjoy stunning vineyard and mountain views from the spacious veranda.

Suite 4: The Disa Suite (Superior)

Relish the vibrant pinks and greens of this suite. Signature pieces include a bright pink chaise longue and impressive four-poster king-size bed in lime green. The room looks across the vineyards to the mountains and also has a fine view of the pool and garden from its spacious balcony.

Suite 5: The Tibetan Suite (Luxury)

Be transported by this oasis of oriental tranquillity. Giant antique Tibetan hangings above the king-size bed (that can be separated into twin beds if required) add a touch of grandeur. Sweeping views of the vineyards and mountains can be appreciated from the private balcony.

Suite 6: The Huguenot Suite (Superior)

 In remembrance of the first settlers in Franschhoek, this room is decorated in wonderfully soft antique blues and yellows. The deep mustard-gold of the king-size four-poster bed is echoed by the richly-upholstered couch and armchair, while the private balcony allows you to take in the views across the vineyards to the mountains.

Suite 7: The Hibiscus Suite (Luxury)

Relax amidst a symphony of pinks. The artwork, fine fabrics and harmonious colour palette combine to give an air of sophistication and refinement. In the bathroom, beautiful pink marble, French antiques and delicately patterned rugs complete the feel of luxurious elegance. Open the French doors and sit on the veranda to enjoy exquisite views across the lawn, down to the dam and across to the mountains beyond.

Suite 8: Chambre Bleu Suite (Superior)

French blue is combined with hints of green to form the perfect setting for the imposing, elevated four-poster bed which is accompanied by old-world footstools to assist ascent! This suite has the luxury of two verandas, one looking across the perfectly manicured lawn to the dam, and the other surveying the olive grove and mountains.

Suite 9: The Armani Suite (Luxury)

Understated neutrals are impossibly chic: this is a modern classic. A hauntingly beautiful painting of a ballerina on one wall is balanced by furnishings in greys, browns and creams that blend harmoniously to create a mood of calm and repose. Views from the private balcony take in the lawn, the dam and the mountains beyond.

Suite 10: The Nomatemba Suite (Luxury)

Accents of the African sun are harnessed in the brilliant yellows that enliven this suite. A king-sized bed with padded headboard is set off by vibrantly coloured African paintings. Views from both the room and the adjoining balcony take in the lawn and dam with the mountains behind.

Suite 11: The Maharani Suite (Superior)

Exotic Indian décor, antique paintings and crystal wall-sconces create a sumptuous interior that is warm, inviting and unashamedly opulent.  Gold accents add glamour while the built-in bed is approached by gleaming marble steps. The room boasts two balconies, one overlooking the lawns and dam, the other facing the olive grove and mountains.


Two Bedrooms, Central Living and Dining Area, Covered Patio, Private Garden & OwnSwimming Pool.


One Bedroom & One Children`s Loft room,Covered Patio & Private Garden.


One Oversized Bedroom, Covered Patio & Private Garden


Two Bedrooms, Central Living & Dining Area,Covered Patio, Private Garden & Own Swimming Pool.


Two Bedrooms plus One Children`s Bedroom, Central Living & Dining Area, Covered Patio, Private Garden & Own Swimming Pool.


Here the discerning sojourner’s every whim is expertly catered for. Superb cuisine, exceptional hospitality and unrestrained luxury elevate this exclusive getaway to a standard way beyond excellence. After a sundowner overlooking the ocean, the freshest seafood and most delicious international cuisine can be enjoyed. From morning coffee and cake to hot chocolate beside the fire, there is always something delectable on offer.After a lavish breakfast buffet where all manner of cereals, fruits, cheeses and meats are on offer (not to mention the scrumptious hot breakfast menu) lunch at La Residence restaurant is fun, fresh and flexible. The emphasis is on light and tasty seasonal fare. Our passion for regional produce is always in evidence: we enjoy preparing traditional game such as springbok, local fish and free range poultry.

Dining at La Residence restaurant is always a leisurely experience. Begin with an apéritif in the loggia to experience sunset over the dam or sit beside the fire for cocktails and canapés by candlelight.La Residence restaurant’s dining area is reminiscent of a manor hall, resplendent with dazzling chandeliers, black and white flooring and vast fireplaces, while outside, the Persian Alley offers a delightful setting for alfresco summer meals. Here a bubbling rill flows between lush green lawn and luxuriant floral borders. The chef presents a seasonal menu that is alive with flavour, made from the best local ingredients and produce freshly picked from La Residence’s own kitchen garden. For something a little different, indulge in your own personalised cookery demonstration at our Chef’s Table.  At the beautiful marble table in our La Residence restaurant dining hall, our chef will prepare your dinner, course by course, with full opportunity for interaction. Ask questions, taste as you go and learn some culinary secrets! This is a lovely experience for anyone with an interest in cooking or curious to understand how our chefs work their magic. The Franschhoek area is rich in producers of the finest artisanal products. Hand-crafted cheeses such smooth, straw-coloured Angelot and delicious, cumin-spiced Boerenkaas are served with home-made preserves and breads. Local berries and fragrant fynbos honey are familiar faces on the dessert menu. Guests are encouraged to put forward their food preferences, allergies and dietary requirements so that meals can be tailored to suit to their personal tastes and needs. All menus in La Residence’s restaurant are complemented by excellent South African wines.

CSI Profiles

La Residence

Food Philosophy

We at La Residence endeavor to produce dishes with fine flavours, diverse textures, the freshest local ingredients and attractive presentation.Salads include, besides regular leaves, tomatoes and such, refreshing funnel bulb, pickled lemon, caper berries, sumak, sesame, walnut, avocado, pumpkin seed and other oils.Soups are a speciality and they range from wintery Egyptain lentil soup to light parsnip soup and Flavorsome chilled spicy tomato and yoghurt soup.

Chef's Profile

La Residence.jpgresizedLennard Marais grew up in a farming community in the Swartland region of the Western Cape. With no grocery stores nearby, everything was made fresh at home and Len quickly developed a passion for cooking as he helped his mother with her daily food preparations.
He knew from an early age that food would always be a big part of his life and it seemed natural for him to pursue cooking as a career.
Len joined John Jackson at his acclaimed ‘Jacksons’ restaurant early on in his career where he did in-service training receiving mentorship from one of the best chefs in the country. He then moved on to Klippe Rivier Homestead, one of the first 5 star guest houses in the country where he was resident chef. After this, he moved on to be a part of the opening team at the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront where he was exposed to new cooking styles and some of the best chefs in the world.
Len’s warm and hearty personality drew him back to boutique hotels where he could spend more time interacting with guests and he spent some years at the very exclusive Ellerman House Hotel in Bantry Bay. He then took time off from hospitality to travel the world and learn new International cuisines. In between trips, he used the knowledge and experience that he had acquired to give cooking classes and also did private catering specialising in wedding cakes.
In 2010, Len joined The Royal Portfolio where his rustic, country French inspired cooking has defined La Residence’s cuisine. The
baking, pickling and preserving techniques that he learnt in his childhood are put to good use as he incorporates produce fresh from our farm into all aspects of his menus.

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Directions from Cape Town
• Take the N1 from Cape Town towards Paarl
• Take Exit 47, marked Klapmuts
• Turn right onto R44, drive under the N1 Motorway
• Take the second left turning, marked Franschhoek (R45)
• At the T-junction turn right. Drive towards Franschhoek

Directions from Cape Town International Airport to Franschhoek
• Follow the exit signs
• Take the exit Cape Town /Somerset West /N2
• At the N2, turn left at the Somerset West turn off
• Proceed along the N2 towards Somerset West
• After passing the airport runway on your left, turn onto the R300 towards Paarl
• Proceed to the end of the R300 and take the N1 to Paarl
• Take Exit 47, marked Klapmuts
• Turn right onto R44, drive under the N1 Motorway
• Take the second left turning marked Franschhoek (R45).
• At the T-junction turn right. Drive towards Franschhoek

Directions to La Residence in Franschhoek
• On approaching Franschhoek Town, just past Franschhoek Cellars, turn left into De Villiers Street
• Take your first left into Dirkie Uys Street
• Proceed along Dirkie Uys Street, past Domaine Des Anges on your left. Dirkie Uys Street ends in
a gated T-junction
• Turn right into Elandskloof Private Road. About 400m up the road, on your right hand side, you
will see the entrance gate for the new La Residence


Nearest Airport

Cape Town International Airport

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