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Le Quartier Francais, Western Cape, South Africa - Hotel Review

A Luxe Retreat on the South African Cape

Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek Valley has the largest wine collection in South Africa
Le Quartier Français

The flavor of France can be found in the midst of the South African Cape Winelands, in the historic village of Franschhoek. The French Huguenots settled in this area of the Berg River Valley in 1688 and established vast wine estates. That same year, on the site now occupied by Le Quartier Français, a restaurant was founded. It was surrounded by laborer's cottages, which were — three centuries later — transformed into a glamorous country auberge.

Today, thirteen rooms, eight suites and a cottage overlook a landscaped garden with a natural pool. The aesthetic is Cape Victorian, and the rooms feature modern fittings with bright colors and hand-painted fabrics. Visitors take advantage of the swimming pool in the Victorian courtyard and soak up the South African sunshine. The auberge suites boast a private garden courtyard with a pool. In addition, a quartet of exclusive suites, Four Quarters, features two plasma TVs each, wireless Internet, iPod docking stations and fully stocked complimentary bars.

Guest suite at Le Quartier Francais in South Africa
Guest suite at Le Quartier Français

The restaurant is perhaps Le Quartier Français' finest attraction of all. Margot Janse heads up the outstanding venue The Tasting Room, which features a menu of only African ingredients. This dinner destination is sought out by gastronomes from around the world. On any given night, you might enjoy pan fried truffled gnocchi with forest mushroom salad, hanepoot jelly and goat's cheese foam; braised springbok shank with rocket spätzle and hazelnut fried egg; or ballotine of quail, pigeon and guinea fowl with bacon and wild mushroom tarte fine. The Common Room, meanwhile, is a place for casual dining from breakfast through dinner. Le Quartier Français also offers owners' dinners for up to twelve guests, where local vintners are invited to pair their wines with the menu.

Guests of the property may indulge in rituals from The Treatment Room, which features DECLEOR - PARIS products in treatments including facials; aromatherapy full-body massages; Swedish massages; back, neck and feet massages; waxing; and reflexology. They also offer couples massage, which is more of a learning experience, where couples are taught how to massage each other. Guests are also invited to relax and take in the view at the property's own art gallery (called "is art") featuring a collection of modern and contemporary pieces from well-known and upcoming South African artists, as well as its own sculpture garden.

Guest suite bathroom at Le Quartier Francais in South Africa
Guest suite bathroom at Le Quartier Français

Located in the middle of a village, this small compound is just walking distance to the main street shops. Nearby guests will find wine estates, a street art gallery, butterfly world, bicycle rentals, a mountain trail, golf, a historical museum, health and skincare clinic, shops, an equestrian center, tennis, restaurants, an ostrich farm and more.

Le Quartier Français
16 Huguenot Rd., Franschhoek 7690
Western Cape, South Africa
27 21 876 2151 | Reserve with for the best rate!
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