Lodges

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

The hotel

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.

The rooms

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.

On safari

Experiences

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.

When to go

Cape Winelands by month

January

Season: Dry
  • The weather is consistent with plenty of sunshine, a handful of rainy days and the potential for stronger winds.
  • Enjoying tastings and pairings with the picturesque vineyard backdrop.
  • The perfect month for outdoor activities, explore the countryside by foot, car, horse or tram in the Franschhoek region.
  • The end of January welcomes the Delheim Start of Harvest Celebration, a unique experience at a working wine farm, with grape stomping and al fresco dining.
  • The outdoor market is on every Saturday amongst the vineyards of Stellenbosch, explore the local artworks, homemade delectables and of course a wide variety of wines.
  • Avoid any disappoint and book restaurants and activities early, during this period.

February

Season: Dry
  • This is the hottest month of the year in the Winelands, with little to no rain expected and occasional winds.
  • A great time of year for eating al fresco with postcard perfect views of the vineyards and surrounding countryside.
  • Take advantage of the clear sunny skies and enjoy a hike through the Winelands hills.
  • The Stellenbosch Wine Festival is a day of music, fresh foods and of course locally produced wines.
  • The Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival takes place on the Leopard's Leap Family Vineyard, a picture perfect setting for wine tasting and some fun in the sun.
  • Avoid any disappoint and book restaurants and activities early, during this period.

March

Season: Dry
  • In this month rain is unlikely with long hours of sunshine and hot weather expected.
  • Enjoy ideal conditions for wine farm explorations, picnicking and al fresco dining.
  • Comfortable conditions make cycling, hiking and horse riding popular outdoor activities.
  • Hot air ballooning provides a unique and beautiful perspective of Paarl's vineyards and countryside.
  • The Eikendal Weintaufe Harvest Celebration in early March is a festive occasion, with grape stomping, leisurely walks among the vines and wine tasting from the barrel.
  • Avoid any disappoint and book restaurants and activities early, during this period.

April

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are comfortable at this time of year, with the first rains of the season falling in the form of occasional showers.
  • The last of the sunny days provide the perfect setting for wine tastings and pairings in the immaculate countryside of the Western Cape.
  • Late April is a staggeringly beautiful time to visit this region, Autumn is setting in and the leaves on the vines turn bright reds, yellows and oranges.
  • The South African Cheese Festival take place on Stellenbosch's Sandringham Farm, an estate transformed with the delights of culinary excellence and wine perfection.

May

Season: Wet
  • Expect some rain over the course of a lengthy stay, with daylight hours shortening and temperatures remaining mild.
  • The mixed weather provides a welcome variation of outdoor activity and fine dining by a crackling wood fire.
  • The onset of autumn presents a picture perfect setting, the leafy vines burst into colour with yellows,oranges and reds, painting the countryside.
  • There are many festivals in and around the Winelands during this month including Hartenberg Estate's annual Feast of Shiraz and Charcuterie, Delheim Wild Mushroom Hunt, the Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival and Riebeek Valley Olive Festival.

June

Season: Wet
  • The wet season is at its peak with a one in three chance of rain, temperatures are dropping and evenings becoming quite chilly.
  • Take advantage of the low number of tourists and explore the wine paired culinary delights of this region.
  • Early to mid June before the vines have dropped their bright red, yellow and orange leaves, provides a beautiful period to visit the region.
  • The Durbanville Winelands play host to the Soup, Sip and Bread Winter Feast, a festive occasion with broths, chowders, artisanal breads, live entertainment and above all quality wines.
  • Pack warm clothing in this month.

July

Season: Wet
  • The wet season experiences colder temperatures and rainfall on a third of its days.
  • An ideal time of year for foodies, enjoy world class cuisine and wines overlooking the undulating hills of the Winelands region.
  • Indulge in the unique wine and food pairings on offer, including chocolate, cheese and charcuterie.
  • Bastille Day in Franschhoek provides a festive occasion with wine tasting, music and fun for all.
  • Pack warm clothing in this month.

August

Season: Wet
  • It is still the wet season, with high chances of rainfall, lower average temperatures and cold nights.
  • Enjoy the romantic Winelands setting in this month, crackling fires, international cuisine and a mouth watering variety of wines.
  • Day tours provide a great method of exploring the nearby wine regions, enjoying wine tastings and pairings as you go.
  • The Robertson Slow Food and Wine Festival is a unique and intimate event, enjoy slow cooked menus paired with wines by the winemakers themselves, in an idyllic vineyard setting.
  • Pack warm clothing in this month.

September

Season: Dry
  • The weather begins to shift, with less rain falling and a slight rise in average daytime temperatures, evenings still have the potential to be chilly.
  • The mixed weather provides a welcome variation of outdoor activity and fine dining by a glowing wood fire.
  • Day tours are a great way to explore the surrounding wine regions indulging in tastings and pairings as you go.
  • Franschhoek Uncorked Festival is a celebration of local heritage, with traditional braaivleis (barbecued meat) and plenty of locally produced wine.

October

Season: Dry
  • Enjoy the first days of the warm dry summer, temperatures climb and the last of the seasonal rains fall in the form of sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Capitalize on the change in weather dining outside with rolling views of the surrounding farm lands.
  • Outdoor explorations are back on the table, spend your time hiking, cycling and horse riding in the countryside.
  • Get to know South Africa's wines with the Robertson Wine on the River, Wellington's Pinotage on Tap and the Durbanville Wine Valley's Season of Sauvignon festivals, Known for good food, great entertainment and exceptional wine.

November

Season: Dry
  • In this month the days are warm and sunny with periods of wind and little to no chance of rain.
  • One of the best months to visit the Winelands, enjoy all the perks of high season without any of the crowds.
  • Outdoor activities are a must, with hiking and cycling trails through the hills providing expansive views of the countryside.
  • La Paris Festival in the Valley is an annual event based in the Franschhoek Winelands, indulge the senses with an assortment of market stalls and local entertainment before enjoying some of the region's award winning wines and cuisine.
  • Avoid any disappoint and book restaurants and activities early, during this period.

December

Season: Dry
  • Enjoy ideal weather with hot sunny days, very little rain and the potential for short-lived gusty winds.
  • Revel in picture perfect days, venturing from one wine farm to the next.
  • Outdoor activities are a must in this month with hiking and horse riding always popular methods of exploration.
  • Hot air ballooning provides a unique and beautiful perspective of Paarl's vineyards and countryside.
  • Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is a sophisticated affair with high end tastings and cuisine to match.
  • Avoid any disappoint and book restaurants and activities early, during this period.

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