Wednesday, November 19, 2014

La Residence - a luxurious boutique hotel in Franschhoek

We took the opportunity of being at the Diners Club Winemakers Awards function to visit the La Residence Manor house. It has been wonderfully decorated and appointed by the owner, Liz Biden. It is full of ormolu French furniture, huge Indian glass chandeliers and many paintings. The rooms are spacious and elegant and there is a feeling of opulence, quiet seamless service and relaxation. If you can afford this 5 star boutique hotel, you are in for a peaceful and luxurious stay
The entrance with fountain
Nicky Lomba and friend admiring the sculpture by Dylan Lewis
The entrance and concierge’s desk. The desk is made from walnut and apparently comes from Russia, although it is in the French empire style. The room has high distressed beamed ceilings and a minstrels' gallery
Lots of ormolu furniture and jardinières with those magnificent glass chandeliers from China and a classic checkerboard floor
A comfortable sofa in front of the imposing fireplace
The solarium with some day beds
and stairs to the upper floor
The back courtyard with terrace and lawns
A corridor to the suites
Our favourite vignette. A walkway covered in jasmine in full flower and then a view to the vineyards and beyond. The smell of cinnamon and jasmine was heady.
The Honeysuckle suite. A luxury room with a huge four poster bed and everything you might want in a luxury suite. Per person rates for this suite vary from R3 600 off season, R5 100 mid season and R5 500 in high season. They also do Full Board rates. These, obviously, are subject to change. Superior rooms like this are the most expensive, You can book the entire house to accommodate 22 people

The attached bathroom with a bath with a view, beautiful saffron orange Thai silk curtains and a Persian carpet
The view from some of the rooms over the Franschhoek valley. In the distance are the Villas
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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