Franschhoek is one of the oldest corners of the scenic Western Cape winelands, but on the southern slopes of this scenic valley Leeu Estates offers a thoroughly contemporary take on country luxury.
While the estate’s private cottages are aimed primarily at multi-generational travellers, the Manor House is the preferred choice for couples and solo travellers seeking a sophisticated base for exploring the region.
Across the nine spacious rooms and suites – some with private balconies or terraces – contemporary art and understated luxury are the warp and weft woven into the fabric of each visit.
In the elegant lounge an Irma Stern canvas graces one wall, or step onto the shaded terrace to admire Bell’s ‘Artemis and Dogs I-III’, which dominates the Manor House lawns. In a plush hallway, painted-steel sculptures by acclaimed artist Deborah Bell may catch your eye.
Wandering through to Le chêne, the fine dining destination helmed by acclaimed chef Darren Badenhorst, you’ll find large-scale works by Lionel Smit to entrance you during dinner at the 14-seater table by master-craftsman Pierre Cronje. Come evening, sip on sundowners in the elegant cocktail bar, sensitively refurbished to mirror that of Linthwaite House, the Manor House’s sister-hotel in England’s Lake District. Down a winding staircase, in the cellar there’s art in liquid form with private dining offered amongst the curated collection of fine Cape wines.
Manor House guests also enjoy preferential access to the Leeu Spa by Healing Earth. This premium African spa brand offers an array of wellness treatments, using natural, organic products that draw on the healing properties of Africa’s minerals, flora and natural remedies.
After refreshing your body, wander through the gardens to revive your soul at Everard Read Leeu Estates, an outpost of South Africa's oldest commercial gallery. Here the focus is on showcasing larger works from some of South Africa’s most celebrated artists. Alongside, La Petite Colombe offers casual fine dining in a light and airy space overlooking one of the most unforgettable estates the Cape has to offer.
• Speak to us if you would like a private art tour curated around your interests. Read more about the Everard Read Gallery at Leeu Estates in our Q&A with Charles Shield.
Nine king suites:
• All suites with balconies or terraces
• All rooms equipped with premium technology
• Media hub in writing desk
• High speed Wi-Fi, international sockets and plugs
• Underfloor heating in rooms
• Flat screen television
• Electronic safe
• Excellent security
• Beautiful mountain and vineyard views
• herb gardens, river walks and cycling on the estate
• swimming pool and gym
• Healing Earth Spa
• Everard Read Gallery and outdoor sculpture exhibitions
Staff & Services
• Breakfast (7am to 11am)
• Nespresso coffee machine and tea facilites
• Butler service
• Unlimited Wi-Fi
• All national phone calls
• Full-service concierge
• Valet parking
• Secure limited parking or secure street parking
• Scheduled shuttle service between properties
• Signature tasting of Mullineux and Leeu Family wines at Leeu Estates, per guest per stay
• All other meals
• In-room dining
• International phone calls
• Dry cleaning/laundry
• Transport (helicopter or shuttle)
AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Advance notice required
• iPad on request
• Spa and beauty treatments
• Activities and excursions
• Babysitting and au pair
• Dry cleaning
• Personal security
• Personal shopping
• Personal trainer
• Leeu Estates and the village of Franschhoek itself has so much to offer. Begin with a spa treatment on arrival and once rested, let the magic of this glorious valley unfold.
• Make time to wander through the Everard Read gallery and the sculpture exhibitions in the Leeu Estates gardens. Works are for sale, as they are in the gallery in the village.
• Sculpture lovers can also visit the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden up in the mountains between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Allow at least two hours – truly spectacular in spring when the wild pear blossoming.
• Take a drive: set off for the day and explore the beaches and fynbos coastline from Hermanus to Walker Bay. Whale sightings can be expected in whale season.
• And once you've sampled Mullineux and Leeu Family wines on the estate (one signature tasting per guest, per stay), you might like to visit the neighbouring wine areas of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington or Helderberg.
• Equally, if you've enjoyed La Petite Colombe and Le chêne at Leeu Estates, please chat to us and we'll suggest good restaurants along your route. Let us know as it's best to book ahead.
• Check in 14h00
• Check out 10h00
• Maximum 2 guests per suite
• No pets allowed
• All bookings subject to final approval by Leeu Estates