South Africa: Winelands

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href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/africa\/south-africa\/south-africa-winelands\/franschhoek\/restaurants\/la-petite-ferme\">La Petite Ferme<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Lambrechts Rd., Franschhoek<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"-33.91698653657522,19.13772156610105","type":"restaurant","show":0},{"id":29585,"title":"Overture at Hidden Valley","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-29585\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/africa\/south-africa\/south-africa-winelands\/off-the-beaten-path-south-africa-winelands\/restaurants\/overture-hidden-valley\">Overture at Hidden Valley<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Annandale Road, Stellenbosch<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"-34.020172,18.853587","type":"restaurant","show":0},{"id":30343,"title":"Pierneef \u00e0 la Motte","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-30343\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" 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href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/africa\/south-africa\/south-africa-winelands\/stellenbosch\/hotels\/delaire-graff-estate\">Delaire Graff Estate<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Helshoogte Pass , Stellenbosch<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"-33.923119,18.865219000000025","type":"hotel","show":0},{"id":123758,"title":"Grande Provence","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-123758\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/africa\/south-africa\/south-africa-winelands\/franschhoek\/hotels\/grande-provence\">Grande Provence<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Main Rd, Franschhoek<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"-33.9040841,19.110937499999977","type":"hotel","show":0},{"id":29565,"title":"Le Quartier Fran\u00e7ais","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-29565\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" 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href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/africa\/south-africa\/south-africa-winelands\/franschhoek\/activities\/solms-delta-wine-estate\">Solms-Delta Wine Estate<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Delta Rd., off R45, Franschhoek<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"-33.86396826212379,18.989981016552747","type":"activity","show":0},{"id":29577,"title":"La Residence","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-29577\"><h3>La Residence<\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Elandskloof Private Road, Elandskloof Farm, Franschhoek<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"-33.89803890929245,19.12269029462891","type":"current","show":1}]

La Residence

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Opulent, intimate, perfection

Elandskloof Private Road Elandskloof Farm, Franschhoek 27 (0) 21 876 4100 www.laresidence.co.za

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At a Glance

Originally designed as the private home of Phil and Liz Biden (a South African power couple who also own the esteemed Royal Malewane and Birkenhead House), La Residence feels exquisitely personal.

Indagare Loves

  • Interiors that make you never want to leave your room
  • Superior Rooms, which have corner locations and sweeping views
  • The wonderful staff who will arrange private meals and special activities, such as wine tasting and horseback riding

Review

When you stand on the lawn at La Residence, the Cape Winelands’ most decadent boutique hotel, mountains completely encircle you. Steel-blue silhouettes and craggy gray cliffs plunge to a blanket of pine trees, which border a patchwork of crops: plums, grapes, olive trees. Then, in the foreground, the property’s parterres spill over with white roses. That the interiors are just as dreamy and dramatic seems only appropriate.

Originally designed as the private home of Phil and Liz Biden (a South African power couple who also own the esteemed Royal Malewane and Birkenhead House), La Residence feels exquisitely personal. The place is centered on a Provençal courtyard, with ochre stucco walls and a pool surrounded by wildflowers. There are just eleven guest rooms, each unique and over-the-top fabulous. Liz was once a fashion designer, and her passion and panache is evident in every detail. This is a place of persimmon silk pillows, crushed pink velvet, Chinese screens, fifteen-foot ceilings, gilt garlands adorning antique dressers, and a croquet lawn that doubles as a helipad. Cheeky eclecticism reigns, leading to amusing juxtapositions: in the main lodge, delicate crystal chandeliers hang from gnarled poplar beams salvaged from a barn in Mombasa. The art is serious; the mood is opulent. Each room has a theme, with abundant use of jewel tones and luxurious textures. The Frangipani Suite, for instance, has a four-poster bed made of marble and a crystal chandelier in the palatial bathroom.

As fabulous as the rooms are, one of the best parts of the La Residence experience is mealtime. Whether you are having breakfast or a specially arranged private dinner, the wonderful staff will arrange a table for you near one of the towering stone fireplaces, seating you in tall red leather armchairs by a crackling fire, and serving you local wines and fresh fare. While grand and opulent, La Residence is somehow cozy and intimate at the same time: just another day in your own private château.

Who Should Stay

Full of color and life and imagination, La Residence is for travelers who like drama, interior design and intimate service. Children are allowed in the vineyard villas (equipped with their own pools), but not in the main house.

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