5 Things to Do at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek
Leeu Estates is nestled away in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, on 100 hectares of perfectly manicured, vineyard-lined gardens surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and colourful indigenous flora.
Here are 5 ways to make the most of your time at this slice of paradise…
1. Stay in Style
There is an impressive range of unique accommodation options on offer, depending on your preferences and needs.
Those looking for a sophisticated five-star premium experience can choose between the uniquely-outfitted Classic Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and Studio Rooms. Each boasts a unique view, from the manicured gardens to the farm dam, orchards, vineyards, dramatic mountain backdrops, and the village of Franschhoek.
At an average size of 94m²/1 011ft², the Executive Suites offer even more spacious luxury, with a separate lounge area and fireplace in each. The cherry on top, the Executive Suites with Terraces include gorgeous private outdoor areas, unrivalled views, and a hot tub, on request.
Want to enjoy an unforgettable private group getaway with your loved ones? Discerning couples, families, and groups of friends looking to experience the best of the winelands together in style need look no further than the exclusive luxury Cottages on the Estates.
Absorb the historical significance of Max House; be mesmerised by the vineyard-lined views of The Oaks; take advantage of the private plunge pool at Vineyard Cottage; relax in the outdoor hot tub at Fynbosch Cottage; or marvel at the Cape Revival features of Protea House.
2. Sip on Award-winning Wines
The Wine Studio on Leeu Estates offers a truly immersive wine experience, with three tutored tastings to select from. Each is presented by a dedicated host, who will guide guests through the finer nuances of the premium handcrafted wines and share their knowledge of new vintage releases or special cuvees.
Leeu Collection founder Analjit Singh (aka BAS) is a partner in Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines with Chris and Andrea Mullineux, the talented husband-and-wife team behind these renowned wines produced on Roundstone Farm in the Swartland appellation and at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek.
There are three tutored tasting options available to choose from at The Wine Studio: The Mullineux Signature tasting (one complimentary tasting per Leeu Estates guest per stay), the Mullineux Single Terroir tasting, and the Leeu Passant tasting.
3. Savour Farm-to-Fork Dining
Guests staying at Leeu Estates can look forward to an avant-garde approach to their favourite dishes.
From the Leeu Estates gardens to your plate, the cuisine served at The Dining Room in The Manor House on the Estates is inspired by the seasons, with many of the ingredients sourced from the Leeu Locally Grown vegetable gardens and orchards, where daily harvesting ensures wholesome freshness.
Also on the Estates is the renowned La Petite Colombe, sister restaurant of the award-winning and globally-loved La Colombe in Constantia. A farm environment has been part of La Colombe’s DNA since its inception, making the location of La Petite Colombe in the midst of the vineyards and manicured landscapes of Leeu Estates an ideal extension of the much-loved vision and offering.
4. Enjoy Top-to-Toe Natural Pampers
What better way to relax after your winelands adventures than at Leeu Spa by Healing Earth? Inspired by the rich natural resources of Africa, holistic treatments are performed by expert therapists. Feel your tension melt away as you drink in the vineyard views, enjoying a proudly South African Pinotage vinotherapy experience, or any of the other unique signature spa journeys on offer before relaxing in the steam room and plunge pool with its unrivalled view.
5. Marvel at the Awe-inspiring Art
“Art is not only a pillar of the Leeu Collection, it is a passion and as important as food, wine, or sense of place. It enhances the aesthetic component that guests expect when booking into a five-star destination property,” shares Leeu Collection Founder Analjit Singh.
Feast on the exquisite and lovingly-curated local art displayed throughout the property, the monumental sculptures in the gardens, and - of course - the on-site Everard Read Gallery.
South Africa’s oldest and largest group of galleries, the Everard Read Galleries specialise in contemporary art from South Africa and the diaspora.
The focus of Everard Read on Leeu Estates is on showcasing monumental sculpture amongst the breathtaking fynbos and vineyards, as well as exhibiting important works by local artists in the superb purpose-built gallery.
Appetite duly whet? Contact us to learn more and reserve your unrivalled Leeu Estates experience today.