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La Residence

Cape Winelands, South Africa

La Residence: Exterior

La Residence: Exterior

La Residence: Exterior La Residence: Gardens and Swimming Pool La Residence: Lounge La Residence: Entrance La Residence: The Maharani Suite La Residence: Main Swimming Pool
La Residence: Lobby La Residence: The Disa Suite La Residence: Gardens and Duck Pond La Residence: Vineyard Suite Three La Residence: Persian Alley La Residence: Pool with Chambre Bleue Suite in the background


A sister property to the delightful Royal Malewane and sophisticated Birkenhead House, La Residence nestles right in the heart of a private thirty-acre working farm - complete with vineyards, plum orchards, a dam and fragrant manicured gardens - in the enchantingly beautiful and tranquil Franschhoek Valley in the Cape Winelands. Guests can look forward to highly personalised service, sublime cuisine and spectacular guest suites, each boasting a truly unique character and incorporating antiques and sumptuous soft furnishings. Choose from options including the white marble Frangipani Suite, the exotic Tibetan Suite or the romantic French boudoir-style Chambre Suite, with elevated king-size four-poster bed. In addition, there are five glamorous villas, some with private pools, set slightly away from the main property in the vineyard, which are individually decorated and perfect for families with children of any age. Please note: children over the age of 12 years old only are permitted at the main property.

  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:Delightful property situated in the Cape's gourmet capital
  • Feature:Perfect for adults in search of some quality 'me' time
  • Rooms:11 suites & 5 villas
  • Location:Cape Winelands , South Africa
  • Nearest airport:Cape Town International Airport
La Residence
Location and transfer

Approximately forty-five minutes from Cape Town International Airport by car transfer. 

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Each of the eleven gloriously opulent guest suites is uniquely appointed; from the exotic Tibetan Suite with Oriental antiques and handpainted screens, to the French boudoir Chambre Bleu Suite, boasting Provencal antiques and mirrored dressers. Beautiful fabrics, including superlative silks, have been handpicked to match each interior, creating a bespoke character in each one, while chandeliers, freestanding rolltop Victorian baths and four-poster beds abound.

Accommodation in the five Vineyard Suite villas is uber glamorous and decorated in true Liz Biden style. Set in a cluster, away from the main hotel in the vineyard, the villas are perfect for families with children who are too young to stay at the main property.

All guest suites and villas come with air-conditioning, a mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, bathroom amenities, personal safe, satellite or cable flat-screen television, DVD/CD Player, telephone, iPod/iPhone docking station, wi-fi internet access and a private butler service.

The Honeysuckle Suite:+
  • Room View: Garden, vineyard and mountain views
  • Facilities: This lovely suite offers opulent ground floor accommodation, decor in warm hues of burnt orange and soft yellow with a chandelier and king-size four-poster bed, while vivid African artwork adorns the walls. Patio doors lead from the bedroom and bathroom onto a private veranda and the garden beyond. In the gorgeous Victorian-style en suite bathroom, you'll find a freestanding roll top bath and a chandelier.
The Tang Suite:+
  • Room View: Panoramic views of the gardens, vineyard and surrounding mountains
  • Facilities: An enchanting suite with Oriental overtones, the Tang Suite is adorned in rich reds, greens and gold. The king-size bed (which can be divided into twin beds) has a luxurious padded headboard, while dark wood furniture and a chandelier provide classy accents to the bedroom. In the lavish en suite bathroom, there's a freestanding bath in the centre of the room, twin sinks, a chandelier and a red velvet couch.
The Frangipani Suite:+
  • Room View: Vineyard, mountain and garden views
  • Facilities: This stylish and light white marble suite is accented in gold with Oriental finishing touches throughout. Opulent in the extreme, the built-in king-size bed rests on a heated marble plinth and boasts four marble pillars. Antique furniture upholstered in capuccino-coloured silk and chandeliers are also features of this delightful room. The opulence continues in the spacious mirrored bathroom which, again, features a chandelier and boasts a freestanding roll top bath. Patio doors lead out onto the veranda and gardens beyond.
The Disa Suite:+
  • Room View: Vineyard, mountain, garden and pool views
  • Facilities: This fabulous first floor suite boasts decor in vibrant lime green, pinks and mauve. Undoubtedly, the main feature of the room is the lime green-painted four-poster king-size bed, while antique furnishings dressed in vibrant hues, a chandelier and traditional artworks complete the picture. The suite also offers a balcony with far-reachinmg picturesque views of the surrounding area. The lovely en suite bathroom, meanwhile, features a roll top bath, chandelier, a Persian carpet and twin sinks.
Tibetan Suite:+
  • Room View: Vineyard and mountain views
  • Facilities: Transport yourself to Asia in this creative homage to Tibet. Inspired by the Buddhist colours of orange, red and gold, Liz Biden has perfectly captured the culture of Tibet by adorning the walls in wonderful murals which surround the king-size bed, an Oriental-inspired Persian rug and dark wood antique furniture with full-length, burnt orange silk curtains at the balcony windows. The theme continues in the bathroom, which boasts a roll top bath in the centre of the room, twin sinks and a chandelier.
The Huguenot Suite:+
  • Room View: Vineyard and mountain views
  • Facilities: Inspired by the first settlers to the area of Franschhoek, this suite is decorated in vibrant yellow, soft blues and antique golds. A chandelier, antique furnishings, a large Persian rug and traditional paintings of flowers and mountains on the walls enhance this enchanting room, which also offers a private balcony. The en suite bathroom boasts a Victorian roll top bath, twin sinks, gold-painted furniture, a walk-in shower and a chandelier.
The Hibiscus Suite:+
  • Room View: Views across the lawn to the pond and the mountains beyond
  • Facilities: Subtle shades of pink and mauve are a feature of this suite. There's a king-size bed, a Persian rug atop marble flooring, a chandelier and dark wood antique furniture, while the veranda leads onto a delightful manicured gardens. Marble flooring, Persian carpets and antique furniture continue on into the en suite brthroom, which features a freestanding roll top bath, candelabra lighting, twin sinks and patio doors leading out onto the gardens.
Chambre Bleu Suite:+
  • Room View: Views onto the manicured lawn, the pond, an olive grove and mountains beyond
  • Facilities: Soft blues, greens and gold antique furniture abound in the decor of this palatial suite. The main feature has to be the elevated king-size bed, which is accompanied by old-world footstools to assist your ascent and descent. This particular suite boasts two verandas, both of which lead into the garden and afford fabulous panoramic views of the glorious hotel grounds and surrounding countryside. The en suite bathroom features a freestanding bath, chandelier, double sinks and patio doors leading out onto the garden.
The Armani Suite:+
  • Room View: Lawn, pond and mountain views
  • Facilities: This suite boasts a thoroughly modern colour scheme of shades of black, white, brown and grey. There's a king-size bed, a chandelier and various pieces of furniture to lounge on, as well as a table and chairs but the highlight of this interior masterpiece is the enormous painting of a ballerina on one of the walls. The en suite mirrored bathroom features a freestanding roll top bath, twin sinks, Persian rugs and the obligatory chandelier.
The Nomatemba Suite:+
  • Room View: Lawn, pond and mountain views
  • Facilities: Inspired by Africa, though not featuring the conventional animal print in its decor, The Nomatemba Suite is, instead, inspired by the African sun, which is reflected in the vibrant yellows of this lovely room and the large, colourful paintings adorning the walls. A king-size bed, couch, dresser, antique furnishing and chandelier complete the picture, while in the en suite bathroom, you'll find a freestanding roll top bath, twin sinks, Persian rugs, gold framed mirrors with sconce lighting, antique furnishing and patio doors leading out onto the balcony and offering glorious views.
The Maharani Suite:+
  • Room View: Pond, pool, olive grove and mountain views
  • Facilities: Exotic, spacious and, perhaps, the most opulent of all the accommodation at La Residence, The Maharani Suite takes its inspiration from India, reflected in the crystal wall sconces, ornaments, pictures and furnishings throughout. At its heart, is a gloriously extravagant built-in bed with steps leading up to it and the ornate paddded headboard, while rugs and antique furniture, dressed in luxurious materials, stand atop a striking black and white chequerboard floor. Muted tones are accented by vibrant golden yellow silks. Enter the en suite mirrored bathroom to be met with rich reds and golds, an antique dressing table and chair, roll top Victorian bath, chandelier, Persian rugs atop the black and white marble floor, twin sinks and a walk-in shower. This suite features two balconies, one overlooking the pond and pool and the other facing out onto an olive grove and the mountains beyond.
Vineyard Suite One:+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Vineyard and valley views
  • Facilities: This vibrant, light-filled villa boasts a palette of green, red and pink and comprises a comfortable, spacious living and dining room and two bedrooms, each with a king-size bed (one of which can be converted to twin beds) and a large, glamorous bathroom. Outdoors, there is a furnished terrace, perfect for al fresco dining, and a private pool.
Vineyard Suite Two:+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Vineyard and valley views
  • Facilities: Boasting a rich red decor, high ceilings and a rustic stone fireplace, this duplex villa has a spacious Master Bedroom with a king-size bed, seating area and a fabulous bathroom, while upstairs, there is a twin bedded loft room that has its own en suite shower room.
Vineyard Suite Three:+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Vineyard and valley views
  • Facilities: This opulent, bright suite has high ceilings, is decorated in vibrant, jewel-like colours and comprises an open-plan bedroom and living room with an elevated four-poster bed, fireplace and a glamorous en suite bathroom. Outdoors, you'll find a furnished terrace that provides an ideal place from which to enjoy the delightful mountain views.
Vineyard Suite Four:+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Garden, vineyard and valley views
  • Facilities: This splendid, spacious villa is decorated in a soothing palette of soft blues and yellows. The accommodation comprises a spacious central living room, flanked by two en suite bedrooms, each with a king-size bed (the larger king-size bed can be converted to two queen-size beds). Off one of the bedrooms, there's a tiny courtyard with a fountain, palm trees and an outdoor shower room. Both bedrooms have French doors that lead out to a private poolside terrace and garden.
Vineyard Suite Five:+
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Vineyard and garden views
  • Facilities: The eclectically designed Vineyard Suite Five offers an elegant interior of antiques, paintings and furniture, and a rich palette of raspberry, orange and pink. It comprises  two spacious bedrooms, both with king-size beds (the larger of which can be converted to twin queen-size beds), along with glamorous en suite bathrooms. There's also a charming twin bedroom with an en suite shower room. All three bedrooms lead from the central living room. Outside, there's a furnished terrace that is perfect for al fresco dining, a private pool and a lawned garden that provides privacy and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Dining here is a leisurely affair, with sumptuous breakfasts, laid-back lunches and gourmet dinners served in a selection of venues, including alfresco at Persian Alley, which boasts views of the gardens down to the infinity-edge swimming pool. Ingredients are seasonal and local wherever possible, with the talented Chefs making the best use of the excellent artisanal produce found in the local area, which happens to be one of the premier gourmet dining destinations in the world. Befitting of this fine cuisine is a collection of lip-smackingly delicious South African wines that are the perfect accompaniment to the flavoursome dishes.

Dining at La Residence:+
  • Cuisine: Set menus, using the freshest ingredients, are accompanied by wine recommendations
  • Setting: During the day, it is possible to breakfast on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool. It is also perfect for alfresco summer dining in the evening. At night, the fabulous entrance hall is magically transformed into the perfect relaxed dining venue, complete with the soft glow of candlelight, red velvet wing-backed chairs and white linen-draped tables.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Menu: Yes
In Addition

Guests can request horse-riding, helicopter trips, paragliding, hot-air ballooning and private cheese and wine-tastings. Thriving Cape Town is approximately an hour-and-a-half away by car, offering a different pace to the relaxed ambience of La Residence and Franschhoek, and a wealth of cultural and natural landmarks to enjoy.

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