Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
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.
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
Dinner at the hotel's sister property, Le Quartier Francais' Tasting Room is a real highlight for any stay in Franschhoek - book early to ensure you get a table!Scott Dunn team
Leeu House certainly stands out as the most beautiful building in central Franschhoek with manicured lawns lined by white rose bushes and an inviting stable door entrance to the Cape Dutch property.Amber Hopkins
Complimentary wine, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available to guests in both their rooms and the main lounge (a great post-dinner spot to enjoy a nightcap).Amber Hopkins
Lovers of contemporary art will really enjoy the work displayed here as well as the coffee table books in reception, with a couple of fantastic galleries just down the road.Amber Hopkins
Enjoy an early evening dip in their heated swimming pool whilst taking in the stunning surrounding topography - quite breathtaking.Amber Hopkins
If all the fine dining becomes too much, head next door to the Tuk Tuk microbrewery - Leeu Collection's answer to a pub - where you can enjoy a laid back atmosphere, taste their delicious craft beers and enjoy a light snack for lunch or dinner.Scott Dunn team
Visit Leeu Estates, the sister hotel, and enjoy complimentary wine tasting from the Muillineux and Leeu Wine EstatesLouisa Ross-Taylor
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 colors. 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.
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.
When to go
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.