Set amidst a working vineyard, orchards, and fragrant gardens, and just a short stroll from the historical village centre, La Clé des Montagnes encapsulates the essence of Franschhoek life. Cocooned in a beautiful corner of the valley, below towering mountains, the accommodation at La Clé consists of 4 individual Villas (ideally suited to families) and a decadent Lodge (for ages 12 years and above). Quiet and uplifting, the spaces are exquisitely finished with a remarkable and distinct style that imbues the spirit of glamourous farm style design. With a team of chefs on-hand, the cuisine is dynamic and fresh, from local-style South African ‘braais’ (barbeques) to bounty laden breakfast tables, personalised picnics, private dining and select Shared Table evenings – there’s plenty here to keep you ensconced for days! Although, there’s a reason Franschhoek is touted as the gourmet capital of South Africa…not only is the town surrounded by some of the oldest and most renowned wine estates in the country, it’s also home to some of the top culinary experiences in South Africa!
Choose the beautifully restored, thatched-roofed La Clé Lodge for a taste of refined and wholesome, farmhouse living. Consisting of spacious living areas, 5 beautiful en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen at the heart of the home, the lodge is run by a superb husband-and-wife team with a special knack to anticipate your every need – meals are cooked, drinks are poured, and nothing is ever too much. Book an individual room, or travel with a group of friends or family and take out the entire lodge.
A 10-minute walk away, on a separate village-farm, La Clé Village comprises of four distinctly different Villas (Grange, Manoir, Galerie and Domain), each one a private and peaceful retreat. Book one or all of them with family and friends for a blissfully relaxing stay. Designed by South African designer Sarah Ord, known for her bright and playful style, the contemporary Villa interiors are immaculate and defined by oodles of space, private pools and can accommodate between 4 – 10 guests, depending on the Villa.