Carolina Ramirez Herrera

Le Quartier Francais

www.CRHcollective.com
  • Where:Franschhoek, South Africa
  • Why:Winelands weekend? Why not!
  • When:Early March.
  • Who:My aunt and I.
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Some bunny friends at Everard Read Gallery.

Hold my calls.

You know you are doing something right when you make koren fried chicken wings look fancy.

AMERICA, you've been doing cured beef all wrong, forget beef jerky. Biltong, made on-site is where its at.

Magical gardens everywhere you turn.

Stunning open kitchen where the magic happens.

When the majority of the mini bar is complimentary = winning.

Loved the local Charlotte Rhys toiletries.

Spacious, modern bathroom.

Nailed french countryside chic.

Not so little lounge area.

The most beautiful tasting room, The Wine Studio at Mullineux & Leeu.

Honey I'm hoooome.

Highs & Lows

  • Views, views, views and wine, wine, wine for days

  • The staff was excellent, so accommodating and welcoming. The wine studio staff were also stellar- knowledgeable without being intimidating (which can happen at wine tastings..).

  • If you can’t snag a reservation at La Petite Colombe, HIGHLY recommend Protégé. It was easily our favorite meal of the trip!

  • The hotel’s partnership with South African gallery Everard Read includes a sculpture garden for monumental works scattered among herbs and vegetables which are featured on the restaurant’s menus.

  • For non-wine drinkers and beer fans, their restaurant next door, Tuk Tuk Microbrewery, has a partnership with the award-winning Cape Brewing Company and serves bespoke local brews made in-house

  • Be warned, nightlife is pretty much non-existent, its a ghost town after dinner.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Upscale French country.

  • Location

    Right smack in the middle of the quaint little town of Franschhoek.

  • Rooms

    32 rooms and 2 independent villas.

  • Music

    None - just mother nature among the pool and gardens.

  • Year Opened

    The hotel was one of the first to open in Franschhoek and Leeu Collection acquired the property in 2015.

  • Designed By

    Le Quartier Francais building is a heritage site, so there was no “designer” per se – although there is plenty of the owner’s private art collection throughout.

  • Pool/Gym

    The dreamiest pool surrounded by French style gardens and quirky cute baboon art sculptures. Gym as well with the basics- although have to be honest didn’t step foot in it once.

  • Restaurant

    OH is there a restaurant! Chef Scot Kirton leads the critically acclaimed Le Petite Colombe as well as its more casual but equally as stunning little sister, Protégé which aims to provide young talented chefs the opportunity to hone their skills. Stephen Raff who leads the kitchen at Protégé and his team stole the show- absolutely mind-blowing chefs tasting menu. Highly, highly recommend.

  • Bar

    Yes- full bar at said restaurant but do yourself a favor and take advantage of the complimentary wine tasting offered to all guests at The Wine Studio at Mullineux & Leeu located in their vineyard.

  • Minibar

    Love a good ~free~ minibar selection! One of the perks of staying at a wine estate is guess what's included complimentary in the mini bar? A bottle of red and a bottle of white- yes please thank you! Artisanal biscuits, candy and cookies are also included.

  • Children

    Ehh leave them behind. With focus on food and wine don’t think it's their scene.

  • Price

    Moderately priced for boutique luxury and well worth it.

We used them to curate and plan our weekend itinerary in the winelands and they did NOT disappoint. We wanted to check out smaller, less commercial vineyards and they curated a great lineup.

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Take advantage of the serene surroundings and read a book, catch up on podcasts or just relax by the pool.

NOTHING!

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Take advantage of the serene surroundings and read a book, catch up on podcasts or just relax by the pool.

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