Set in the heart of South Africa’s culinary capital, premier wine region and arguably the most breathtaking valley in the country is the epitome of a 5 star country guesthouse. Leeu House is a traditional Cape Dutch masterpiece complete with world-class cuisine, award-winning artwork and 12 deluxe rooms it’s everything you could want in the perfect country getaway.
Enter into another world
Sculptures of Gandhi and Mandela welcome you as you step of the street, the first indication of the grandeur and the consideration of the space that awaits you. Complete with gables, wooden floors and double volume ceilings you are immediately transported to another world from the moment you step inside. Exquisite furnishings, neutral hues and awe inspiring contemporary art ensure only the ultimate in refinement and sophistication. Resounding African hospitality and homeliness overwhelms you and promises a stay to remember.
Set flush on the main street of Franschhoek, a step away from award-winning restaurants, art galleries, wineries, boutiques, chocolatiers and the historical Franschhoek monument – there really isn’t a better location in the valley.
The staff at Leeu House exemplify true African generosity and warmth through and through. Their wholehearted commitment to excellence is inconceivable and their knowledge of the area and its hidden gems is profound. Proud of their home and heritage, they will no doubt go above and beyond to ensure that you have the best possible time in their little corner of the world.
The twelve rooms are spacious, abundant, stylish, finished with a neutral palette and every home comfort you could ever wish for. A classic Cape Dutch foundation combined with an Asian influence and scatterings of authentic, award winning, contemporary artworks. From the writing desk, to the under-floor heating, to personalised turn-down gifts, to a complimentary mini bar, to the heavenly bed you won’t want to leave your room!
Outside, the gardens are serene and secluded, exquisitely manicured, lush, green and vibrant. The heated pool and strategically placed sculptures by the likes of Dylan Lewis, ensure a peaceful escape, the perfect oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main street.
Every meal is prepared by the talented culinary team, headed by executive chef Oliver Cattermole and designed to surprise and delight. Whether you sit in the quiet Conservatory or out on the intimate terrace with the garden and mountains as your backdrop, the menu and its flavours will enchant you from beginning to end. Dinner is a romantic affair and specially crafted dishes are really a wonder to behold. The buffet breakfast is a journey in itself with every treat you could ever imagine, impeccably laid out on offer for you. For the wine connoisseurs, the house wine tasting awaits and the Mullineux family wines are a treat for even the most distinguished of palettes.
Leeu House is a mere 45 minute drive from Cape Town, a wonder that awaits. Whether you are a wine connoisseur, a mountain biker or a food enthusiast the Franschhoek Valley is for you and if it is the ultimate in “home away from home” indulgence while minutes from the buzz of the village!
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“South Africa is a beautiful country with the friendliest people, who have made me feel truly welcome. I am excited about the great opportunities that have become available to me and look forward to learning and making a contribution, in particular to the country’s top-notch wine industry.” – Analjit Singh, Leeu Collection Founder.
Singh is Sanskrit for lion thus it was only fitting that the collection was named Leeu to reflect the local heritage of the area. Other properties in the Leeu Collection include Le Quarter Francais and Leeu Estate.