Le Quartier Francais

Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa

At a Glance

  • World class food in their signature restaurant - The Tasting Room

  • Centrally located on the main street in Franschhoek

  • Complimentary transfers within the Franschhoek valley - so have a long lunch and just call for collection

  • Lovely swimming pool in the garden area to relax by

  • Watch a movie in The Screening Room

  • Delicious breakfasts served in The Garden Room

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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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Insider's View

Make sure to pre-book The Tasting Room - you will not want to miss this culinary experience!

Taste the sour fig infused cachaca or the grilled pineapple and ginger beer mojito in the Bar

Le Quartier offers complimentary transfers within the valley, so head off for a long lunch and they will drop you off and you just have to call them when you are ready!

Margot Janse is crowned Chef of the Year 2012

(and The Tasting Room claims the number two spot in the Top Ten Restaurants!)

At the end of April 2013, The Tasting Room moved up the gourmet ladder from 57 to 53 on San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants. The Tasting Room is only one of two African restaurants on the list. This will be Chef Margot Janse’s tenth year on the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list.

Stroll round the 'IS Art' gallery featuring the works by young contemporary South African artists

Children will love the hotel’s very own cinema – complete with drinks and snacks!

Head to the Bacon Pop Up Bar nextdoor for breakfast which is open until March 2016 and has a totally bacon inspired menu!

Make sure you dine at La Petite Colombe during your stay at Le Quartier Francais, the chef and restaurant are well known throughout South Africa for the phenomenal food served here

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Le Quartier Francais or take a look at our itineraries to The Winelands

Description

Situated in the heart of Franschhoek, Le Quartier Francais is a peaceful country retreat renowned for its excellent cuisine and hospitality. 15 rooms and six suites offer comfortable and spacious accommodation in the center of Franschhoek.

Le Quartier Francais is a beautiful country inn in the heart of the French Huguenot village of Franschhoek. The Auberge combines the atmosphere of a European retreat with warmth and familiarity.

There are 15 en-suite rooms and two suites overlooking a charming garden and the four ‘Four Quarters’ private suites face their own private courtyard and pool. The rooms are spacious with a comfortable sitting area and are cosily furnished in a contemporary South African style.

The Four Quarters suites are larger with an emphasis on design in vibrant colors and modern art. Guests may request breakfast in their rooms, at the pool or tucked away in a secluded corner of the garden. The restaurant, La Petite Colombe, is renowned for its contemporary cuisine (including excellent tasting menus), country hospitality and fine regional wines.

Golf courses and other sporting facilities, such as mountain biking are close by, and the area has an abundance of vineyards, wine cellars, galleries and country shops, not to mention exquisite forests and valleys. Le Quartier Francais will gladly pack a superb picnic basket should you wish to make the most of exploring the area.

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Accommodation

Le Quartier Francais offers 21 rooms split between nine Auberge Rooms, three Grande Rooms, three Petit Garden Suites, two Suites and four Four Quarter Suites. All rooms feature under-floor heating, complimentary wireless high speed internet access, flat screen TVs and DVD players, complimentary access to the DVD and CD library and wood-burning fireplaces.

Childcare

Children are welcome but no facilities are available for them except babysitting. Attractions kids will love in the Winelands area include Monkeytown, the Franschhoek Motor Museum, Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Stellenbosch Toy Museum. There are also a number of activities at the Spier Estate, outside Stellenbosch and for a chance to see some of South Africa's abundant wildlife the Cheetah Outreach Facility, Eagle Encounters, the Drakenstein Lion Park, Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm and Butterfly World are highly recommended.

Facilities

Facilities at the hotel include 'The Screening Room', where you can enjoy a selection of movies while sipping at delicious local wine, 'La Petite Colombe', a gift shop and the spa, B.gorgeous which offers a range of indulgent treatments.

The restaurant is well known for its sumptuous Cape cuisine and extensive wine list. The lounge and bar offers creative cocktails, drinks and delicious and unusual bar snacks.

Activities

During your stay, explore the village's quaint shops, galleries, the chocalaterie, charcuterie or enjoy wine tasting, fly fishing, horse riding and golfing. Franschhoek is the gourmet capital of South Africa and has an abundance of great cafes and restaurants and more than 40 wineries to visit. Other activities in the area include golf (Pearl Valley and Paarl golf courses are only a 15 minute drive away), tennis, hiking, bike excursions, paragliding and helicopter trips.

Reviews

4

Rose Gemmell (Staff)

Le Quarter Francais is the perfect base from which to explore Franschhoek and The Winelands. A really fun hotel with quirky touches here and there it is ideal for couples or families alike and there are room options to suit everyone. The attic rooms in the family suites have been specially designed for kids with small versions of everything!

If you are staying at Le Quartier you must spend an evening at The Tasting Room to try the seven course food and wine paired menu, it is not to be missed!

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Anna Hearn (Staff)

This must be one of our favorite Franschhoek properties, hidden away from the hustle and bustle. Much like a secret garden, the rooms are arranged around a central lawn and swimming pool and profusions of roses and jasmine are everywhere, dotted with agapanthus. Its a glorious little haven and a huge favorite of ours and we could see why! The rooms are elegant and slightly formal, and for those guests wanting a more intimate setting, try one of the four suites in the neighboring Four Quarters, around their own private swimming pool. For younger guests, try one of the Delicious Rooms named brilliantly, you can choose from Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny or Bigger than a Bikini these are tiny little rooms offering very good value for money, but as the name suggests, they are very compact and possibly better suited to teenage children or single travelers.

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Sarah Clegg (Staff)

Le Quartier Francais is perfectly positioned right in the heart of the action in central Franschhoek. On the high street itself, this fantastic boutique hotel is a great option for couples and families wanting to be on the pulse with the goings on in the gastro hot house that this Winelands town is. There are a range of accommodation types that are designed to suit all different visitors.

The Tasting Room has a reputation throughout the country, never mind just the Cape, for blowing people away with the experimental and humorous creations of award-winning Executive Chef Margot Janse. The tasting menu, is a voyage of discovery, youre asked if you have any allergies and that is that, the dishes arrive one after another, always accompanied by a tale. Some hark back to the chefs childhood growing up in South Africa: corn bread in a can...ill leave it to your imagination!! Perfect Impala filet, with a twist, youll have to visit to find out what shes coming up with next.

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(Press)

Best for food - A stylish hotel with a great reputation, Le Quartier Franais is in Franschhoek, a foodie haven in the heart of South Africa's Western Cape winelands. Accommodation comprises four suites overlooking a courtyard, two suites with private pools and 16 rooms built around a central pool. A small, two-bedroom cottage and a three-bedroom house are also available. Chef Margot Janse showcases her award-winning contemporary cuisine with an African-inspired Surprise menu in The Tasting Room.

X-factor 'It takes quite some panache to be regarded as the best restaurant in the acknowledged gourmet capital of South Africa,' says Gold List contributor Harriet O'Brien. 'But Margot Janse's dishes are at once innovative, theatrical and exquisite. This is the El Bulli of Africa.'

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Louisa Verney (Staff)

Located right in the center of Franschhoek town, Le Quartier Francais is a real gem. The bedrooms are all designed with great care and are bright, colorful and sumptuous. I just wanted to wrap myself up in bed when I saw it, they looked so inviting! Linda, the manageress leaves thoughtful little touches in the room upon turndown which really makes your stay feel quite special. There is a good size pool flanked by the rooms which seemed to be very welcome when I was there.

The real emphasis at Le Quartier Francais is food. There are three restaurants from which to choose from. iCi, Bread and Wine or The Tasting Room. All three serve fantastic food! I ate in iCi and had the most delicious oysters with shallot vinegar - perfect! Bread and Wine is a little drive away and only serves lunch but on the menu is a delicious array of Mediterranean choices including charcuterie and home-made breads. They also offer very popular culinary courses for adults or children - who are very welcome by the way! The Tasting Room is perhaps their most well-known... it is a real dining experience. Linda wants the focus to be on the food and the food only so you can't book a table for more than eight people, or you'll be distracted from the delights that are coming out of the kitchen.

If it's raining, you'll be ferried off to the on-site private cinema for an afternoon of indulging in films and drinking wine...

I simply loved Le Quartier Francais, the balance was just right between great service but not at all stuffy. If you are looking for fantastic views, this probably isn't the best place for you as it's right in the center of town, but that didn't seem to matter so much to me.

Experiences

  • 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.

    Contact: 0027218852550

  • Le Quartier Lounge Bar

    Le Quartier Lounge Bar is a recently opened, stylish cocktail bar at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. Mixologist, Matthew Roberts is quickly making it Franschhoek's evening 'hot spot' with his unique, African-inspired cocktails.

  • 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 Wine Estate Wine Drive 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

Le Quartier Français (the French Quarter) is situated on Wilhelmina Street, in the French Huguenot Valley of Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Le Quartier Francais or take a look at our itineraries to The Winelands

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