La Residence, Franschhoek

Nestled in the Franschhoek Valley, La Residence offers jaw-dropping panoramic views of green mountains and organic orchards. This miniature modern ‘Versailles’ estate overlooking the Winelands and is in a league of its own. Fresh dishes prepared daily, served with the finest wine collection in South Africa has marked this lavish hotel as a top destination for avid foodie travelers.


La Residence is only an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the renowned wine region of Franschhoek. Looking out over the valley of vines and towering mountains the views here are stunning. Nowhere else in this country can you peek out of your French colonial window to watch horses roaming outside in the valley.

Your room

The lap of luxury awaits in the white and gold Frangipani ground-floor suite, furnished with four-poster king size beds, 18th century inspired French dressers and a fully mirrored bathroom with a chandelier and roll-top bath. Otherworldly themed suites include Moroccan, Indian and Tibetan inspired décor and bright color themes coupled with traditionally lavish furniture. We particularly love the decadent bathrooms with their grand stand-alone bathtubs. The majesty continues as you step out onto the rooms’ private verandas as their beautiful views and tranquil ambience make them the ideal spot for your morning cup of tea and read of the paper.

Why we like it

Everyone loves a bit of indulgence, and there is no better place to spoil yourself than at La Residence. Private cheese and wine tasting tours, to horseback riding through the Vignerons de Franschhoek, will have you putting off packing until the very last minute. The vast flower gardens cloaking the property and villa walls with ivy will have you spellbound and what greater display of luxury is there than having peacocks roaming the grounds and foyer around you?