Leeu House is located in the heart of the village of Franschhoek’ s right on its main street. Spectacular paintings and pieces of art, many of them unique, are scattered throughout the house, and beautiful statues of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, (a nod to the owner’s Indian heritage), welcome guests on the front lawn. They have large swimming pool suitable for doing lengths and for burning off all those extra calories from the gourmet cuisine of the winelands.
Leeu House has 12 rooms and suites, all of which are kitted out with fittings of the very highest quality. Neutral shades and tasteful décor merge beautifully with the building’s Cape Dutch heritage. Half of the rooms have an outside terrace, but those without can make full use of the hotel’s large manicured garden where there are plenty of sun loungers & a pool bar. My top tip would be to spend a little extra and to stay in one of the rooms with a terrace. Top spot to have a chilled glass of local wine at sunset.
Their small restaurant does not welcome outside guests so as a result it can be very quiet and lacking in atmosphere in the evenings, but there are a huge range of eateries right on the doorstep. Those wanting value-for-money will note that their room rate includes the mini bar, free local telephone calls, laundry service, local spirits, house wines & soft drinks, as well as a complimentary wine tasting from the Muillineux and Leeu Wine Estates. My recommendation would be to eat out in the evening, there is a massive choice but book in advance particularly during high season as everything gets booked up.
As a guest at Leeu House you are offered complimentary transfers to make use of the world-class facilities at their Spa and Fitness Centre at Leeu Estate – where the rooms are twice the price! However Leeu House has an excellent large pool where guests can either relax or do a proper swim.
Lovers of contemporary art will really enjoy the work displayed at Leeu House as well as the coffee table books in reception. There are a couple of fantastic galleries in the village. Borrow a bike and explore Franschhoek or take the wine train and visit some world class vineyards.