Leeu Estates, an exclusive five-star boutique hotel property with 17 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, takes central position on 68 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens and fynbos (indigenous vegetation) in the Franschhoek valley. Located between the mountainside and river, just minutes away from the village of Franschhoek, it is the ideal setting for an elegant and sophisticated private hideaway, offering superb comfort, fine dining and platinum service. At the centre of this working wine farm is the meticulously refurbished 19th-century Manor House with its six rooms and suites. There are two rooms adjacent to The Manor House, and the remaining rooms and suites are located in spacious cottages among the gardens, oak trees and vineyards.
An expression of love, the Bokkie Garden is very close to owner Analjit Singh’s heart. The Afrikaans word bokkie means small buck but is also a term of endearment used by South Africans, comparable to ‘beloved’ or ‘sweetheart’. Pivotal to the Franchesca Watson designedgarden with its herd of small buck is ‘Reflective Resonance’ by acclaimed sculptor Angus Taylor. It is a powerful piece in bronze and Belfast granite that is set to become a Franschhoek landmark.
CLIMATEFranschhoek enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate characterised by warm summers (average temperatures range from 15°C to 30°C/60°F to 85°F) and cool winters with some rainfall (average temperatures range from 8°C to 19°C/48°F to 66°F). It is the perfect destination for ‘swallows’, as summer falls during the northern hemisphere’s winter.
WHAT TO PACK
Layering is the way to go as weather can turn from warm in the day to cold at night in both summer and winter. Summer: A swimsuit is essential, along with a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and cool, light clothing. Light jackets or sweaters are recommended for the evenings. Winter: Daytime clothing can be lighter but evenings require woollens.
Transfers can be arranged and rates for transfers will be sent on request.
• Breakfast (07h00–11h00)
• Mini Bar
• Unlimited Internet access
• All national phone calls
• Full service concierge and golf cart pick up from rooms
• Valet parking/secure parking area
• Scheduled shuttle service
• Tasting of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines at Leeu Estates per stay
• Other meals • In-room dining • International phone calls • Laundry/pressing
• Dry-cleaning • Spa treatments • Transport (helicopter or shuttle) • Gratuities
High Season (01 September 2016 – 30 April 2017 and 01 September 2017 – 30 April 2018)
Cancellations made 29 days or less prior to arrival date forfeit 100% of the total accommodation price.
No-show or premature departures forfeit 100% of the total accommodation price.
Shoulder Season (01 May 2017 – 31 August 2017)
Cancellations made 13 days or less prior to arrival date forfeit 100% of the total accommodation price.
No-show or premature departures forfeit 100% of the total accommodation price.
a. Duration: 16 December 2017 – 10 January 2018 and 1 – 28 February 2018
b. A minimum stay of two nights is implemented during this period
c. Full balance of payment is due 60 days before arrival during peak period.
d. A reservation will be cancelled if the full payment is not received 59 days prior to the arrival date during peak period.
e. Cancellations made 59 days or less prior to arrival date forfeit 100% of the total accommodation price.
f. No-show or premature departures forfeit 100% of the total accommodation price.
• Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted.
• Children under the age of 12 can be accommodated at no extra cost on a sofa bed in selected rooms; a maximum of two children under 12 are permitted per room.
• Children 7 – 12 are allowed in certain cottages on Leeu Estates (Cellar Cottage, Terroir Cottage and Max House).
• Teenagers between 13 and 16 years of age will be charged R1000 per person per night (maximum one teenager per room).
A 50% deposit of the full stay will secure the group reservation.
Rates are quoted in South African Rand. All rates are net and non-commissionable per room, per night, based on double or single occupancy. Please note when displaying room rates only to customers that these rates do not fall below the rack rates. The rack rates represent the minimum selling price and cannot be undercut.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
• No more than two persons per room/suite, except in dedicated child-friendly rooms.• No children under the age of 6 years on Leeu Estates.• Children 7 – 12 are allowed in certain cottages on Leeu Estates (Cellar Cottage, Terroir Cottage and Max House).• Check-in time is 14h00 and check-out time is 11h00.• Reservations are subject to terms and conditions at the time of making the booking and upon check-in.
• Breakfast (07h00–11h00)• Mini bar and Nespresso machine in room• Unlimited Internet access• All national phone calls• Complimentary tasting of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines at Leeu Estates per guest per stay• Complimentary shuttle services within a 10km radius• 14% VAT
• Meals (except breakfast)• International phone calls• Dry-cleaning, laundry and pressing service• Gratuities• Tourism levy
The breathtakingly beautiful Franschhoek Valley is renowned as one of the world’s great food and wine destinations. Settled by the French Huguenots in 1688, it has retained its Gallic charm and character. At the heart of the valley is the romantic village of Franschhoek, with its award-winning restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and many other attractions. Within easy driving distance from Franschhoek, one can enjoy the pristine beaches of the Cape, play a round of golf or experience some of the best land-based whale watching in Hermanus.
Rooms & Suites
There are 17 contemporary classic, individually styled rooms and suites filled with customised architectural detailing and tactile textures in a calm colour scheme. Each one features carefully curated artwork and sculptures from various countries, luxurious extras and superbly equipped marble bathrooms.
Many have their own terraces and fireplaces, and all enjoy idyllic vineyard and mountain views.
All bedrooms overlook the vineyards and valley, and are spread over the property. For guests travelling in groups, an entire cottage comprising two, three or four bedrooms with private living areas may also be booked.
Spa & Gym
Set among the vineyards is Leeu Spa, a wellness sanctuary offering expert massage and holistic treatments inspired by centuries-old Asian traditions. The contemporary spa, which was designed by celebrated Spanish architect Tomeu Esteva of Esteva i Esteva Arquitectura, has three treatment rooms: one double suite, his and hers steam rooms, changing facilities and a hair salon. A 15-metre heated infinity swimming pool and TechnoGym-equipped gym cater to the most fitness-orientated guests. Personal training and yoga will be on offer.
EARLY ARRIVALS AND LATE DEPARTURES
a. Early arrivals and late check-outs are subject to availability and:
i. Leeu Collection Reservations should be notified regarding this;
ii. All early check-ins will be at a full room night value;
iii. All late check-outs will be charged at a full room night value.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES
• Access to a 15-metre heated pool.
• Complimentary use of bicycles, subject to availability.
• Access to Leeu Spa at Leeu Estates as well as B.gorgeous at Le Quartier Français (treatments are subject to availability and for guests’ own account). Children 12 and under are not allowed in:
o Leeu Spa
o Leeu Spa splash pool
o Main pool at Leeu Estates
o B.gorgeous Spa at Le Quartier Français.
• Access to the TechnoGym-equipped gym at Leeu Estates and Le Quartier Français. Children 12 and under are not allowed in any of the gyms. Teenagers 12 – 17must be accompanied by a parent or an adult (18 and over)
• Nature trails (river, mountain and vineyard) at Leeu Estates.
Rooms are equipped with premium technology and include:
Media hub outfitted in the writing desk with high-speed Wi-Fi access, including international sockets/plugs
Nespresso coffee machine and mini bar
iPad on request
Air conditioning with individual temperature control
Underfloor heating in the rooms
High-definition flat-screen smart television
Slippers and bathrobes
Voltage 220V – with built in international adapter plugs
The Reading Room
The Reading Room, with its comfortable seating, open wood-burning fireplace, and views of the vineyards and gardens, is where guests can take some time out. There is a wide selection of reading material, from the classics to coffee-table books, as well as board games.
The Living Room
This beautifully appointed room, which opens onto the terrace, is where guests can sit back and relax, or mingle and chat, while enjoying views of the garden and mountains.
• Landscaped property with Bokkie (small buck) Garden and sculptures by leading South African artists throughout the gardens.
• Complimentary use of bicycles.
• Complimentary transfer to the village of Franschhoek (a three-minute drive from Leeu Estates).
• Nature trails (river, mountain and vineyard).
Delicious, innovative cuisine is prepared by Leeu Estates’ culinary team, headed by resident executive chef Oliver Cattermole. Lunch and dinner menus showcase the finest locally sourced organic and ethically farmed produce in creative fusion dishes with vibrant world flavours. At Leeu Estates, leisurely meals and fine South African vintages from the cellar are served in The Dining Room or al fresco on the garden terrace, seating up to 40 people. Outside visitors are welcome (pre-booking preferred). At Leeu House, our sister property in the village, relaxed meals and fine South African wines are served in The Conservatory or al fresco on the terrace, which combined seat 24 people. At both properties, breakfast is served from 07h00 and light meals are available during the day. Dinner is served from 19h00.
The latest addition to Leeu Collection’s portfolio, the romantic 21-room boutique hotel Le Quartier Français, with award-winning executive chef Margot Janse at the helm of its acclaimed restaurant, The Tasting Room, is a must do on every guest’s itinerary.Complementing the Leeu Collection will be Marigold, Franschhoek’s first Indian restaurant, and Tuk Tuk, a craft beer microbrewery in collaboration with the Cape Brewing Company.
DISTANCE FROM HOTEL From
Cape Town CBD 70 km 55 minutes
Cape Town International Airport 65 km 50 minutes
Franschhoek Village 3 km 3 minutes
Please note that time and distance are approximate as these may differ according to route and traffic conditions.
The Wine Studio
In the boutique tasting venue, designed by eminent Spanish architect Tomeu Esteva, guests can sample handcrafted premium wines from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines (one complimentary wine tasting per guest per stay). This award-winning collection, which has received 17 five-star ratings from Platter’s South African Wine Guide, is made by winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux. Open seven days a week from 10h00 to 17h00 (closed on certain public holidays).
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|Tariff name||Resource/property type||Min people||Max people||Valid from||Valid til||Minimum days||Maximum days|
|Tariff||Classic||1||100||Friday, 01 September 2017||Monday, 30 April 2018||R9 425.00 Per night||1||100|
|Tariff||Deluxe||1||100||Friday, 01 September 2017||Monday, 30 April 2018||R11 320.00 Per night||1||100|
|Tariff||Studio||1||100||Friday, 01 September 2017||Monday, 30 April 2018||R13 425.00 Per night||1||100|
|Tariff||Executive Suite (incl. Terroir Cottage)||1||100||Friday, 01 September 2017||Monday, 30 April 2018||R17 710.00 Per night||1||100|
|Tariff||Executive Suite with Terrace||1||100||Friday, 01 September 2017||Monday, 30 April 2018||R20 945.00 Per night||1||100|
|Tariff||Cellar Cottage||1||100||Friday, 01 September 2017||Monday, 30 April 2018||R25 705.00 Per night||1||100|
|Tariff||Max House||1||100||Friday, 01 September 2017||Monday, 30 April 2018||R32 225.00 Per night||1||100|
|Tariff||Vineyard Cottages||1||100||Friday, 01 September 2017||Monday, 30 April 2018||R25 705.00 Per night||1||100|
|Tuesday, 17 October 2017||13||4||Rain|
|Wednesday, 18 October 2017||20||1||Rain|
|Thursday, 19 October 2017||14||5||Rain|
|Friday, 20 October 2017||18||1||Clouds|
|Saturday, 21 October 2017||22||8||Clear|
|Sunday, 22 October 2017||22||8||Clear|
|Monday, 23 October 2017||24||9||Clear|