- Set on a working vineyard
- Short walk from town centre
- Beautifully presented property
- Intimate, welcoming atmosphere
- Great for wine enthusiasts
La Cle Des Montagnes is a charming guesthouse nestled on a picturesque working vineyard. It’s located just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Franschhoek, a pleasant town known for its ample wine production and top-quality restaurants. This well presented guesthouse offers exceptional hospitality, attentive service and comfortable accommodation. Stylish and spacious throughout, it serves as a convenient base for anyone looking to visit the town and explore its offerings. It should appeal especially appeal to wine aficionados, given the town’s rich wine producing industry.
The lodge is pleasantly quiet and peaceful since there are just five guestrooms in total. On the ground floor of the building there are two Garden Rooms that look out onto the lodge’s pool and beautifully presented gardens; there’s also the Courtyard Room that's right by one of the two courtyard areas. Up on the first floor attic, there are two Petite Rooms, each of which is designed to be comfortable and cosy. All five of the guestrooms are tastefully presented, combining modern conveniences and trends with touches that pay homage to the area’s heritage and history. While the five rooms are usually booked individually, there’s the option to book all five and effectively rent the entire guesthouse. This is an ideal option for larger families and groups.
A team of two chefs work together to produce menus that are creative and inspiring. Meals are served in the guesthouse’s dining room, with all food lovingly cooked and exceptionally well prepared. Breakfasts are included in all rates, while lunch and dinner are available for an extra cost. As well as standard meals, other dining options such as private fine dining, picnics and chef’s table dinners are sometimes available. There’s a communal lounge area for guests to unwind and socialise, as well as two open courtyard areas. Other on-site facilities include a well stocked library, a swimming pool and a tennis court. Concierge services are available free of charge and bicycles can be hired for no extra cost, though they’re subject to availability. While staying here, guests can explore the vineyards, learn more about wine production and sample some fine wines produced on the vineyard itself.
If booking an individual room, any children staying must be 12 or older. If booking all five rooms together as a private villa, children of all ages are welcome. There are plenty of family friendly activities available both on-site and in the local area. Some of these include board games, baking, hiking and horse riding. Babysitting services can be arranged for an extra cost.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019