The currency of Franschhoek is that of wine, gourmet cuisine and luxury hospitality, and the Leeu Collection endeavours to offer its guests the finest in each of these.
The Leeu Collection’s portfolio currently comprises three five-star boutique properties in South Africa’s winelands: Leeu Estates, a 17-room country house and boutique winery in the Franschhoek valley; Leeu House, an exclusive 12-room hotel in the heart of Franschhoek village; and Le Quartier Français, a romantic 32-room hotel including two independent villas, also located in the village. Three historic farms – Dieu Donné, Klein Dassenberg and Von Ortloff – were joined to create Leeu Estates, with its exquisite, restored 19th-century Manor House. These farms featured prominently in the traditions of the Franschhoek valley.
The first acquisition outside of South Africa was Linthwaite House, a 36-room country retreat overlooking
Windermere in England’s scenic Lake District, followed by Leeu Villa Querce, a luxury hotel with pristine gardens in Florence, Italy (opening 2021). Both the historic centre of Florence and the Lake District are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Complementing the Leeu Collection are two ventures on the main street of Franschhoek: TukTuk, a craft beer microbrewery in partnership with the award-winning Cape Brewing Company team, serves bespoke brews and Mexican-inspired food; and an exciting culinary hub is home to Marigold, Franschhoek’s first authentic Indian restaurant.
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines’ premium wines, handcrafted by dynamic husband-and-wife winemaking team Chris and Andrea Mullineux, are proudly served across all of the Leeu Collection’s hotels and restaurants.