La Clé des Montagnes
Relaxing retreat in wine country
La Clé des Montagnes
If you’re looking for a base in the charming Franschhoek wine valley, these distinctive villas are a good option for a few nights’ stay. It’s easy to explore the town on foot and Le Clé des Montagnes is only a few minutes walk from the centre of the village so it’s an easy base for shopping and restaurant experiences. Ideal for couples, family or even a group of friends, the two to four bedroom homes each come with spacious indoor/outdoor entertainment areas and a swimming pool - essential for a summer’s day in the winelands.
At the lodge
Each villa has an open-plan dining and living area leading onto a wide terrace overlooking manicured gardens and a swimming pool. For a pop of colour and modernity choose La Galerie, the contemporary two-bedroomed villa. La Grange should be called ‘La Grande’. It’s opulent and spacious with three bedrooms. Head to the historical two-bedroomed La Manoir for unfussy elegance and a gorgeous garden. Four-bedroomed La Colonial is the star of the show. It’s where bold African-chic meets the most breathtaking view of the Simonsberg.
No guest room at this establishment looks alike. At La Colonial the en-suite bedrooms are brightly decorated with patterned fabrics, textured wallpaper and colourful bathrooms. At La ‘Grande’ the rooms are far more muted with neutral tones, bay windows, exposed brick and crisp white linen. La Manoir is a throwback to more palatial times with a four-poster bed, a touch of royal red and a walk-in cupboard. For modern, arty chic - La Galerie is the ticket.
We recommend starting your day with a stroll into town for a cafe au lait and petit dejeuner. Plot your route on the winelands map and head out for your first tasting. Some of the popular wineries include Haute Cabriere (for spectacular views across the valley, chardonnay-pinot noir and cap classique) and Boschendal, a 300-year-old estate. Lunch and dinner is a foodie affair in this culinary capital. Enjoy the break between with a leisurely swim and siesta at your villa.