What We Love
- Poolside afternoon tea with dramatic mountain views
- Stonewalled spa offering treatments inspired by ancient Asian traditions
- Reading about the art of winemaking next to the wood-burning fireplace in the elegant library
- Exploring Franschhoek’s fantastic food and wine scene
What To Know
- Franschhoek village, an hour’s drive from Cape Town, is minutes away from the hotel
- Most of the area’s wineries are within a 15-mile radius
- Wi-Fi is available
- The spa includes a gym offering yoga and pilates tuition
Leeu Estates is part of the Leeu Collection of upscale boutique properties, owned by Indian-born magnate Analjit Singh, who has become a champion for South Africa’s art and architecture—not to mention its wines. To renovate this traditional Cape Dutch building, he hired Cape Town-based designer Beverley Boswell to create 21st-Century classic interiors filled with sumptuous textures in shades of grey and taupe. The property—a main manor house with six rooms and 11 cottage suites—is surrounded by gardens conceived by local landscape artist Franchesca Watson and working vineyards overseen by winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux. Most of the elegant furnishings were custom-made by acclaimed South African craftsmen Pierre Cronje and James Mudge, but what really stands out is the handpicked collection of African art that includes large-scale sculptures of goddesses and mythical figures. In the restaurant, chef Oliver Cattermole prepares a short seasonal menu that features local flavors as well as British classics. Also not to be missed: Leeu Spa, a stone-and-glass sanctuary offering treatments that use indigenous botanical oils.
In the Area
Franschhoek, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, is a scenic 17th-century settlement that has evolved into one of the world’s top wine and food destinations. On your way there, you’ll pass Stellenbosch, a pretty town whose oak-lined streets are dotted with cafés, boutiques, and art galleries. Stop for a breakfast of brioche French toast at the rustic-chic Schoon de Companje. If it’s already lunchtime, drive on to Pierneef a la Motte in Franschhoek, a restaurant set among La Motte estate’s famous vineyards whose elegant interiors were inspired by artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s South African landscapes. Other must-see wineries include Tokara, an excellent source of sauvignon blanc, and the gorgeously landscaped (and impeccably decorated) Delaire Graff Estate. A stroll around Franschhoek village is also in order. Start at the top of Huguenot Road to see the Huguenot Monument to religious freedom built in the 1940s, then stop at the Holden Manz Collection to admire its impressive contemporary African art. The team behind Leeu Estates recently opened Tuk Tuk Microbrewery in town, where you can observe the beer-making process while munching on tacos and other Mexican bites.
How to Get There
Stay here if you want to stay at an exclusive wine estate close to everything that Franschhoek has to offer. The property is amazing with attention to details way beyond the average. Service is super good. Highly recommended.
There are not many better places to relax!
Central Location, quietness, nature and art.
I will surely recommend this Hotel to my friends and perhaps come back in a few years, no more words, it was really fantastic!
This is a wonderful hotel . The design of the whole property including the gardens is a jewel . Rooms are extremely comfortable and the location of the property makes very easy access to everything. Service is outstanding and there is a complimentary shuttle to take you around . Great breakfast and restaurant inside .
Magical place to relax ...
The staff were super friendly and attentive, free shuttles into the village anytime you wanted was brilliant. The views and the setting of the hotel were stunning. It felt like you were in your own luxury house. Fab pool and spa. Lovely breakfast. Good size rooms with free wine from the estate in the mini bar.
My wife and I had the absolute best stay at Leeu Estates. We have stayed at many very nice places before but I don't think any tops Leeu Estates. The rooms and grounds are pristine. The staff is beyond accommodating. The view of the pool going into the vineyard leading into the mountains are breathtaking. The new manager, John, was beyond hospitable. One of the days of our stay my wife was not feeling well and John went above and beyond to make sure she was as comfortable as possible. This place is truly heaven on earth!