Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
At a Glance
Located centrally to explore Franschhoek's shops, cafes and restaurants
Feast on innovative cuisine designed around using the freshest ingredients
Heated swimming pool in the gardens
Complimentary bicycles available for guests to use during their stay
Spa, gym and additional dining options coming in 2016 at nearby Leeu Estate
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The Winelands are a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, somewhat like the South of France, which is what makes the area perfect for grape-growing. Summer in Franschhoek is the reverse of the Northern hemisphere. The best season visit is September to March when it is hot, sunny and dry. From April to August it cools down with some rain.
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Leeu House is a contemporary and stylish luxury hotel in South Africa's Cape Winelands, with just twelve guest rooms. Located in the heart of the charming town of Franschhoek, the emphasis is on fine food and superb service.
Leeu House is a stylish and luxurious small hotel in a central location in the Cape Winelands town of Franschhoek. There are just twelve rooms, each classic in their design but with plenty of mod con's including underfloor heating in the bathroom, Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary mini bar. A traditional Cape Dutch farm building is the focal point of the hotel, with pretty gardens and artwork including two striking bronzes featuring Gandhi and Mandela on the front lawn. The location on the main street in Franschhoek means you're a short stroll away from charming shops, cafes, art galleries and restaurants.
Dining is of course a real highlight here, as with much of this region of South Africa. Executive chef Oliver Cattermole creates innovative dishes using the best in local organic and ethically farmed produce, served in the Conservatory or out on the terrace. Meals are accompanied by a selection of fine South African wines including the estate's vintages. For more casual fare, head to the next door Tuk Tuk craft brewery for snacks and local brews, or further down the road to the sister property Le Quartier Francais to the renowned Tasting Room restaurant for more fine dining.
There are pretty gardens and a heated swimming pool where you can relax when not out exploring the town or nearby wine estates. Guests at Leeu House can also enjoy the facilities at sister property Leeu Estates on the edge of town, where you'll find more dining options, a beautiful spa, gym facilities and the Mullineux & Leeu wine tasting room, all set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens with bronze sculptures.
There are twelve rooms, split into four categories - Classic, Deluxe, Deluxe with terrace and Grande Suite with terrace. Each room is luxuriously appointed, in a contemporary classic style, with neutral colours. All rooms are air-conditioned and have underfloor heating in the bathroom and come with high speed WiFi access, high definition flat screen television, iPad on request, electronic safe and Nespresso coffee machine.
The four Classic rooms measure 35 m² and two have bathtubs and showers, whilst two have showers only. The two Deluxe rooms measure 43m², one located on the ground floor and one on the first floor with mountain views. The four Deluxe rooms with terraces measure 53m² and all have double or twin sofa beds that can accommodate two children. The two Grande Suites are the top room category here, each measuring 65m² with his and hers walk-in dressing areas, a double sofa bed which can sleep two children and one has a patio with outside seating.
Lounge, dining room in the Conservatory or on the terrace, beautiful sculptured gardens, heated swimming pool and outdoor relaxation areas. Next door there is also the Tuk Tuk microbrewery serving light snacks and craft beers with a laid-back atmosphere.
A spa and gym are available at sister property Leeu Estate, along with additional dining options.
Louisa Ross-Taylor (Staff)
I loved Leeu House's central location in the pretty town of Fraanchoek. It was fantastic to be able to walk across the road for dinner at Foliage or pop next door to The Tasting Room or have a cocktail in The Bar.
The staff were charming and nothing was too much trouble and they made a couple of reservations for us for lunch and wine tasting. Our terrace room was very stylish and comfortable. We loved all the sculptures and artwork that adorn the walls and my favourite was the cheetah sculpture which majestically watched over the swimming pool.
Guests are also offered a shuttle up to the sister hotel Leeu Estates which is located just outside town where they are able to use the stunning spa and also enjoy complimentary wine tasting of the produce Muillineux and Leeu Wine Estates.
Katie Fewkes (Staff)
I had high expectations before my stay at Leeu House, after so many guests returning and giving it rave reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. The staff here are an absolute delight, a real asset to the hotel and their hospitality is warm and truly genuine. I was departing on my birthday and the chef had created a miniature (and very indulgent) chocolate cake for my birthday which was presented as a surprise during breakfast - what a treat! The rooms are superbly comfortable and really thoughtfully designed - down to a USB charging point by the bedside to charge phones, iPads etc. My stay here was short but sweet, and I already can't wait to return - I'd highly recommend it.
Amber Hopkins (Staff)
Leeu House really is a fantastic new addition to Franschhoek! It's the most attractive property in central Franschhoek being a renovated Cape Dutch building with thatched roof, manicured lawns surrounded by white rose bushes and trees, and an inviting stable door entrance. Being greeted with a glass of champagne to enjoy whilst checking-in in their beautifully decorated lounge certainly kicks-off your stay in a positive way, whilst taking in the surrounding contemporary art pieces, fire place, and bar with complimentary wine, spirits and snack for guests to enjoy during their stay. Both a buffet and a la carte breakfast are offered which can be enjoyed in their conservatory or terrace, with their ginger and orange juice 'shot' being a great way to wake up! Lunch and dinner are also served here and presented beautifully. The gardens already look extremely lush and well developed given how new the property is (only opened December 2015!), with a heated pool, well spaced sun loungers, a changing room, and pool side bar service. The decor is in a neutral pallet of soft creams, white and linen which will appeal to all, and really well laid out in a courtyard fashion. Definitely the next hot place to stay in Franschhoek!
Boschendal Estate is one of the oldest wine producers in the New World, incorporating French viticulture heritage. This is also the site of the original Cape Dutch Manor House, with history dating as early as 1685.
Stroll through a beautifully landscaped indoor garden as brightly-coloured butterflies flutter around you
Chocholate & Wine Pairing
This is a unique opportunity to learn how to pair sweet wines with delicious chocolates at Waterford Estate.
Cycling in Devon Valley
This half-day trip allows you to take in the picturesque view of Devon Valley, working off the delicious calories from the region's famous four-course gourmet at Clos Malverne, paired with wine tastings at two award-winning estates.
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren. A walk through the gardens is a fantastic experience, time your visit to take advantage of Babel's opening times. Lunch here is not to be missed!
Dinner reservation at Tokara
This evening we have booked you a table at Tokara.
Enjoy a guided tour of Thandi Estate to visit the orchards and interact with the local community.
Hike Jonkershoek: Panorama Circuit
Follow the famous Panorama Circuit, trekking around 17km or approximately 6 hours through some of the most exceptional views of the Cape Peninsula.
Hike Jonkershoek: Sossyskloof
This scenic trail takes you through 7.2km or approximately 2.5 hours to a scenic lookout point.
Hike Jonkershoek: Tweede Waterval
For those looking for a relatively easier trek in Jonkershoek, trek around 6.5km or approximately 2 hours to a beautiful hidden waterfall.
Huguenot Memorial Museum
Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the museum narrates the story of Huguenots's arrival in the Cape, how they survived and contributed to the newly-established nation.
Private guided Winelands tour - Full Day
Exploring the Winelands with a private guide comes highly recommended. Not only do you avoid the question of who's driving, but you'll be taken to some hidden gems you'd never find in a guidebook, and the tour can be completely tailored to your interests.
The Garden at Babylonstoren
Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful acres of Babylonstoren's gardens. Team up with the gardeners for a fun and interactive experience.
Waterford Estate Vineyard Safari
Waterford Wine Estate, in the heart of Stellenbosch offers a range of tours for visitors, including a Wine Safari Tour in a safari style Land Rover, a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour and a Reserve Vintage Tasting Tour.
Wine at Babylonstoren
Enjoy an interactive tour of a working wine farm. Babylonstoren take you from the grape to the finished product. The enthusiasm and commitment to the Babylonstoren ideal shines through on this tour.
Location & directions
Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
Located on the Leeu Estate just outside Franschhoek (a 15-minute walk) in the heart of the beautiful Cape Winelands.