The Franschhoek Experience




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This is a dream lot for a connoisseur of good food and wine, including as it does meals and wines at some of the country’s top establishments. The package includes:

Two nights for two couples staying at the beautiful La Residence. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley on a private estate, La Residence sets the benchmark for luxury accommodation in the Cape Winelands. It is surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breathtaking views of the undulating countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Once inside the Great Hall you will be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur. Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling, original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls, while the furnishings of Liz Biden are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.

An integral part of the experience at La Residence is the elaborate and unique interior of each suite which has its own colour scheme and set of design influences, from the exotic Tibetan Suite with its oriental antiques and rich orange tones to the blue and yellow Chambre Bleu with its Provençal antiques, velvets and silks.

The La Residence experience also focuses on the incredible gastronomy of the Franschhoek Valley and great food and fine wines are the order of the day.

After checking in to the hotel, it’s off for lunch at the gorgeous Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant at La Motte where acclaimed Chef Eric Bulpitt will serve a seasonal selection of dishes, reflecting his modern interpretation of heritage cuisine. Wine recommendations from an award-winning wine list accompany the refined menu. This will be followed by a visit to the La Motte Museum which offers a stimulating cultural-historical experience sharing the history of the estate as well as carefully curated art exhibitions.

You will have time to relax, freshen up and change before being whisked off for a dinner for 12 people (so invite 8 more friends!) at Haute Cabrière Restaurant where you will enjoy a six-course tasting menu, paired with wine and hosted by Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim. Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller have a penchant for bold flavours, using classic techniques, firmly rooted in South African flavours and ingredients.

You’ll also get to take home 12 bottles of the Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs – the flagship MCC of the Pierre Jourdan range.

On the second day of your trip you and your fellow guests can sharpen your culinary skills in a cooking class at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Cooking demos are presented in the Leopard’s Leap kitchen where large-screen television sets give a clear picture of the chef’s instructions and techniques, while each person receives printed recipes to apply their newly acquired cooking skills at home (duration is approximately 2½ hours per class)

By lunchtime you will be hungry enough to enjoy a meal at Le Coin Francais, the newest edition to the Franschhoek scene and which embodies the essence of the valley in heritage, cuisine, art and wine. Here, multiple award-winning Chef de cuisine and owner, Darren Badenhorst will take diners on a journey through his interpretations of nostalgic food memories encompassing “art on a plate” and leading them through a unique culinary exploration of flavours, textures and interactive creations.

Make sure you leave room for dinner though as your final evening in the valley will round off with a memorable dinner at Chefs Warehouse at Maison where you will experience food like you’ve never experienced it before. In short, it’s about the sheer pleasure of taste. By pairing flavours in unexpected and exciting ways, an infinite number of fresh taste sensations are created for you to enjoy. Building on the success of his other three established eateries, Chefs Warehouse and Canteen, Thali and Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia, chef Liam Tomlin has created a taste experience that matches the magnificent setting of the Maison Estate. Under the guidance of Tomlin, dynamic young chef David Schneider uses fresh ingredients, based on seasonal availability, to create a global tapas inspired menu that incorporates a world of different flavours in one, multi-course meal. Expect the unexpected.

You may not feel like breakfast as you wake up on day three of your Franschhoek Valley break but by midday you’ll be ready for a bite at Le Lude’s Orangerie Restaurant where Chef Nicolene Barrow (who worked at the world-famous Le Gavroche Restaurant in London before setting-up Orangerie at Le Lude), presents classical French cuisine with a contemporary twist, where what is on the plate is presented looking as good as it tastes. Barrow’s seasonal menu offers the finest, freshest ingredients found in the forests, meadows, mountains and seas of the Cape, resulting in a selection of dishes offered in an environment conducive to making permanent Franschhoek memories.

Memories you will always treasure as you head home, sated, replete and happy!

  • Two nights for two couples staying at the beautiful La Residence.
  • Lunch at the gorgeous Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant at La Motte where acclaimed Chef Eric Bulpitt will serve a seasonal selection of dishes. This will be followed by a visit to the La Motte Museum.
  • Dinner for 12 people at Haute Cabrière Restaurant where you will enjoy a six-course tasting menu, paired with wine and hosted by Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim.
  • 12 bottles of the Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs.
  • A cooking class at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards.
  • Lunch at Le Coin Francais,
  • Dinner at Chefs Warehouse at Maison.
  • Lunch at Le Lude’s Orangerie Restaurant.
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