I booked this through Amex Platinum Travel Service under the Fine Hotels and Resorts programme and got a fabulous upgrade to a 110 sq m Four Quarters Suite.
Just 4 rooms (2 up and 2 down) around a courtyard pool and for 3 out of our 4 nights there was only us so we had the pool to ourselves. There is also a cabana like room with extra drinks in and where they serve the early breakfast items (including their famous sticky buns). The suite was gorgeous and I can imagine it being lovely in winter with the wood burning fire lit. The Four Quarters Suites have butler service, a complimentary bar (with full bottles of wine and decanters of spirits) All the staff were pleasant, our butler was outstanding - he was always around when we needed something but wasn't intrusive.
Breakfast was good but the Common Room menu wasn't really to our taste - we like tapas style food but some of the dishes don't translate well to this kind of dining.
The only let down was the Tasting Room. The food was interesting and a lot of it was technically clever but I didn't have one single WOW moment. Service was well paced for the first hour and a half but then really dragged - we knew to allow up to three hours but felt it could be comfortably reduced by half an hour - we waited twice for at least 25 mins in between courses.
Margot herself wasn't in the kitchen the night we visited. And we were there for "earth hour", which involved all of the lights going off for an hour during our meal. So a lot of the visual aspect of the meal was lost, and I am a person who also "eats with their eyes". I think these two factors combined to make it less than a perfect experience, which I expected for around £150 a head.
Location is perfect, grounds are tranquil and I will certainly go back if in Franschhoek. I recommend a drive over the top of the Franschhoek Pass in the direction of Betty's Bay for an ever changing landscape and spectacular views.
Value rated as excellent as the suite upgrade was tremendous for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 83 Km from Cape Town, Le Quartier Francais is in the heart of the vineyards of the famous Franschhoek valley of the French Huguenots. Located in the village centre, this privately owned hotel and restaurant is an exquisite stopping place on the wine trail and the trace of the history of the Huguenot settlers, between Mont Rochelle, Haute Provence, Moreson. Impeccable decoration and service. Eclectic cuisine by Margot Janse and regional wine, of course! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Quartier Francais Franschhoek
- Le Quartier Francais Hotel Franschhoek