Leeu House, an exclusive 5-star, 12-bedroom boutique hotel located in the heart of Franschhoek, South Africa’s gourmet capital in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, opened its doors on December 1, 2015.

It is designed as a contemporary take on a traditional Cape Dutch house, with nods to the French Huguenot architecture of the surrounding area. A small property, it has just 12 rooms and suites, all of which have a media hub with high-speed Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines and under floor heating in the bathrooms. Other complimentary perks include local spirits, house wines and soft drinks, a laundry and pressing service and a tasting of Mullineux & Leeu family wines per guest per stay. 

Executive Chef Oliver Cattermole heads the culinary team, with lunch and dinner menus spotlighting local, organic, ethically farmed produce. Meals are served in The Conservatory, or al fresco on The Terrace. There’s also The Lounge — a gathering spot with an open wood-burning fireplace and views over the property’s landscaped gardens. For exploring, guests also have complimentary access to bicycles. 

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