Le Quartier Francais: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
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Main description of Le Quartier Francais
Le Quartier Francais: Facilities
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|Room facilities||Air Conditioning, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Fireplace, Heated Towel Rails, Internet, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating, Complementary Wi-Fi, En-Suite, Mini Bar, Hair Dryer|
|Available services||Airport Shuttles, ATM, Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Laundry Service, Room Service|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Fine Dining, Gourmet Picnic, Massages, Cooking Courses, Cycling, Child Friendly Activities, Golf, Health and Fitness Centre, Hiking, Historical Tours, Horse Riding, Mini Golf, Mountain Biking, Museums, Shark Cage Diving, Tennis Court, Whale Watching, Wine Tasting, Paragliding, Adrenaline Activities, Bowls, Cultural Tours, Garden Tours, General Sightseeing, Helicopter Rides, Hot-air Ballooning|
Room types at Le Quartier Francais
Each Auberge Room is approximately 40 square meters Individually styled, with modern touches, these rooms reflect a simplicity in design. From the excellent use of colour to the extra spacious seating areas, these rooms offer spectacular views of either the central courtyard with swimming pool or the surrounding mountains. Fitted with all modern luxuries including: complimentary mini-bars & nespresso machines, en-suite bathrooms with both walk-in showers and bath, air-conditioning, under floor heating, fireplace and dvd /cd player. These rooms will satisfy even the most discerning of guests.
These suites are ideal for families and honeymoon couples. Need to unwind with space and the privacy of a secluded pool? Look no further than these suites which feature a walled garden with a private pool, loft section for children ideal for children under the age of 12, second bathroom, WII gaming consul and an iPod docking station. Each suite boasts two bathrooms with a separate shower, bath and underfloor heating. Offering a full complimentary bar, and Nespresso coffee machine, these suites are a must stay and a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding Winelands.
Four Quarters Suites
Each Four Quarter Suite is 110 square meters. Picture four sumptuous and generously sized suites, two upstairs and two downstairs, set around a private courtyard incorporating a pool. The Four Quarters Suites combine the utmost in luxury with sophistication, charm and impeccable service. Each Four Quarters Suite is decorated using the ultimate in luxury fittings, fabrics, finishes and artwork by local talent. The Four Quarter Suites feature a walk-in dressing room, full complimentary bar, iPod docking station and DVD player, full satellite tv with 2 extra large plasma screen TVs in the lounge and bedroom; a separate lounge area with fireplace; full complimentary bar; tea/coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Relax in one of these four generous quarters and indulge in the unobtrusive pampering of your every whim.
Each Grande Rooms is 50 square meters in size. The double volume Grande Rooms make a striking trio. Everything, from their bed size to their window length, adds to their sumptuous appearance. The ideal accommodation for honeymoon couples, each Grande Room is perfectly appointed with all expected luxury amenities including, amongst others, comfy chairs and couches to relax in, a DVD player and an iPod docking station,complimentary mini-bars & nespresso machines. Bathrooms are contemporary with modern fittings including: under-floor heating and a spacious walk in shower. The Grande Rooms are easy to fall in love with and impossible to leave.
Petite Garden Suites
The Petite Garden Suites are 45 square meters in size. The three Petite Garden Suites look out onto their own secret corner garden. Large sliding doors spill open onto a private patio that looks over the gently crafted area. They come fully equipped with all the facilities expected by the modern traveller including: a laptop safe, a beautiful writing desk, iPod docking station, DVD player ,Nespresso machine and complimentary local Mini-bar. Bathrooms are luxurious with their granite tops, walk-in showers and double basins. The Petite Garden Suites are absolutely enchanting, they are delight infusers for the soul.
Activities at Le Quartier Francais
FThere are a quite a few Options to choose from when renting a bicycle from Manic Cycles. The most popular choice, are the hybrid bicycles – ideal for riding in and about the Franschhoek village, as well as visiting the surrounding Franschhoek wine farms. For the more adventurous, they also have mountain bikes equipped with front suspension. We also cater for families with young children.
Bread Baking Classes
Delectable, exciting and a little provocative.
A bread-making experience at Bread & Wine restaurant on the Môreson Wine farm
Start at 09h30 sharp
On arrival you will receive your very own apron, recipe book and ingredients
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 4 different types of dough – focaccia, soda bread, sour dough and olive oil brown
We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads
More wine to be had
Experience our bespoke LeQuaf Chocolate Tasting at Franschhoek's acclaimed Huguenot Fine Chocolates. This 45 minutes taste experience includes an incredible introduction to the story of chocolate, a chocolate tasting and demonstration, and chocolates to nibble on the way home. Delicious!
Cooking with Spices
Join Vanie Padayachee, The Spice Guru, on a journey of tempering and blending of spices as well as discovering her family recipes. Born and raised in Durban, her insatiable interest in food started whilst watching her parents, both great cooks, preparing exotic Indian dishes for family gatherings. Her cuisine is strongly influenced by the rich diversity of cultures found in SA.
Using local and seasonal produce you and Vanie will be grinding, blending, chopping and cutting spices to stir up a colourful and fragrant Durban Chicken Curry, Indian Fried Bread (Roti), light and fluffy Basmati Rice, Fresh Tomato Sambals and Cucumber Raita.
Apron and recipe book
Basic knife skills
Introduction to spices
Making of Garam Masala
The origins of the most used spices in curries and their Ayurvedic properties
Lunch with accompanying wines
Discover SA Flavours
An unforgettable experience, introducing guests to the 'magic of local'.
A morning dedicated to learning about, and cooking with, uniquely South African ingredients.
The culinary class starts at 10H00 and will end around 13H00.
Franschhoek Wine Tram
Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.
A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour.
The experience takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
Garden Tours with the Garden Guru
Green fingers? Join Sue Norman, the Garden Guru, on a tour of the Franschhoek Valley's most breathtaking gardens.
Insider's tip: Sue Norman designed and maintains the gorgeous Le Quartier Francais Gardens.
Babylonstoren's formal garden is laid out over eight acres. The garden boasts over 300 varieties of plants and every one of them is edible. You can expect to experience vegetable, berry and indigenous plant gardens as well as bees, ducks, chickens and an impressive prickly pear maze.
The Exotic Plant Company is located on the family farm, Môreson, and run by Michael Tibbs – the distinguished orchid grower and breeder – it's a sight not to be missed. Whether you are a first-timer or an expert you will find your visit to The Exotic Plant Company enthralling.
After your tour through rooms and rooms of orchids, with a glass of Môreson's finest bubbly in hand, Neil jewell – Executive Head Chef of Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant – will tempt your taste buds with a light, scrumptious bite to eat paired with another something special from Môreson's award-winning wine collection.
Finish up with a stroll through the gardens of Boekenhoutskloof one of the oldest farms in the valley. The farm produces a selection of world-class wines that combine the power of the modern with the elegance of the old-fashioned. You will have an opportunity to sample a selection of their finest wines at a wine tasting following our gentle guided meander through the gardens.
This nature reserve offers 3 hiking trails which all of them are day walks. The reserve is in the Franschhoek Mountains with breathtaking views. Permits are required to access the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which can be obtained from the Franschhoek Wine Valley office.
Huguenot Monument and Museum
Reflectiing the persecution of the French Huguenots, their flight, settlement at the Cape and contribution to South Africa. The beautiful gardens are a bonus
The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L'Ormarins.
The Lynx Experience
Wine is a life long love affair
Perfect for those who want an unforgettable introduction to wine, or those who want to reinvigorate their love affair with the grape. Spend time at Lynx wine farm - with Dieter Sellmeyer, Lynx proprietor and winemaker, and his assistant Helgard van Schalkwyk - learning about the various steps and stages involved in winemaking. End off this experience with a relaxed gourmet picnic lunch on the Lynx lawn.
Morning spent at Lynx estate falling in love with wine. An intimate cellar, tasting room and vineyards experience. Magical wines accompanied by a different view of the Franschhoek Valley. A gourmet picnic designed by the Le Quartier Français chefs especially for you.
Wine Tasting on horseback
An exhilarating experience in the Franschhoek valley is to go wine tasting on horseback. This tour includes two vineyards.