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Set in the heart of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, Le Quartier Francais is a charming boutique hotel centrally located on the village's main street and close to its many shops and restaurants. The hotel is set in beautiful gardens with charming and tasteful rooms. You can relax in the gardens or by the pool before pampering yourself with aroma-skincare treatments at The Treatment Room. There is even a private cinema with soft leather chairs and back row couches for that perfect rainy day. Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, is well known for its restaurants and wine cellars.

The town provides the perfect setting for this quaint yet luxurious Relais & Châteaux Auberge with its three excellent restaurants, headed by world-class chefs. Enjoy fine wine and dining at the Tasting Room and the Common Room; take a short drive to Bread and Wine on a neighbouring farm; or simply head out and explore the many wine estates in this famous and hugely scenic region.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards - 13th Top Lodges and Resorts in Africa and the Middle East
  •  Conde Nast Travelers 'Best Hotels in Africa: Readers' Choice Awards 2014' - 11th


  • Intimate hotel at the heart of the Cape Winelands
  • Located right in the centre of Franschhoek
  • Walking distance to the many attractions of the town
  • Award-Winning cuisine & sensational wine at The Tasting Room restaurant
  • Beautiful gardens, swimming pool & spa to relax
  • Hands-on cooking courses available

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Wander around the peaceful, landscaped gardens and visit the unusual herb and sculpture garden, have a dip in the pool or indulge yourself with a treatment or massage at The Treatment Room.

You can also sip on a glass of wine as you enjoy a classic or art nouveau movie in the hotel's private cinema - The Screening Room - or view local South African art at Le Quartier Francais' gallery.

Centrally situated in Franschhoek, Le Quartier Francais is within walking distance of the many fine restaurants, boutiques and art galleries that dot this small town, and there's more than enough to keep you entertained further afield too: wine tasting, more restaurants, hiking trails, excellent golf courses, children’s activities, art tours, garden tours and historical experiences are all available in the area.

General Facilities

    Wi-fi available
    Swimming Pool


For a world-class dining experience, try the award-winning menu at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais. Inspired by African flavours and local ingredients, The Tasting Room has consistently made the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for the last 5 years and was voted the Best Restaurant in Africa & the Middle East in 2011.

It is also a regular winner of South Africa’s Eat Out Restaurant Awards. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Common Room that specialises in South African tapas dishes, snacks and light meals. Under chef Margot Janse, who also runs The Tasting Room, the food here is always excellent.

On a nearby family farm you can visit chef Neil Jewell's Bread and Wine restaurant where you can enjoy relaxed tasty lunches, scenic views and excellent wine.

For a real hands-on experience, enquire about the excellent culinary courses offered at Le Quartier Francais.

Auberge Room

All the stylishly comfortable en suite rooms at Le Quartier Francais are individually decorated in luxurious fabrics and furnishings.

Each air-conditioned and heated room has free WiFi, DVD and CD players with accompanying library, peaceful mountain or garden views and a cosy wood-burning fireplace. A stylish twist for the room mini-bars is that all drinks and snacks are truly South African, ranging from ciders to ginger beer and their own Miss Molly wine.

Auberge Room AMENITIES

    En-suite bath and shower
    iPod docking station
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Underfloor heating
    Wi-fi available in room

Other Room Types

The double volume Grande Rooms make for striking accommodation. Everything from the bed size to window length adds to their sumptuous appearance and these rooms are ideal for honeymoon couples as each Grande Room is perfectly appointed with every expected luxury amenity.

The Petite Garden Suites look out onto their own secret corner of the garden and feature large sliding doors that spill open onto your private patio.

Alternatively, the spacious Auberge Suites open onto a private walled garden with a private swimming pool. Ideal for families, these suites include a loft section for children to sleep in and provide WiFi gaming consoles. Each suite has two bathrooms with a separate bath and shower. One of the Auberge Suites is wheelchair friendly with a large shower and wheelchair-accessible bathroom.

The Four Quarter Suites are especially spacious and boast separate bedroom, dressing room and lounge areas, each beautifully decorated with the best furnishings, fabrics and local artworks. The lounge has a cosy fireplace, full complimentary bar and entertainment systems. The four suites are arranged around an enclosed courtyard with a swimming pool, and each suite includes butler service to ensure you have everything you need.


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Traveller Reviews

  • Staying in Franschoek was probably my favourite part of the trip. I just couldn’t fault this place – it was stunning. It was an oasis of calm when sat by the pool but then equally just a short walk to the restaurants etc. I had my best ever check-in experience at this place; they came out, greeted us, walked us to our room, showed us round and left us. It took me a minute to realise I hadn’t signed any papers, no passports or credits cards had been asked for – it was just so….’slick’. Probably the best breakfast of our trip was here – and that’s saying something! You got the felling that nothing was too much trouble for the staff at this place. Amazing huge room overlooking the pool as well – I don’t know why anyone would bother to pay extra and stay in the exclusive ‘Four Quarters’ section because the main section was just as private and arguably more attractive.

    Tim Gamester, February 2014
  • A true corner of wonders with great food and great wine.

    Alessandra Tassinario, January 2014
  • Franschhoek is a delightful place and staying right in the centre was a bonus for us without a car. Le Quartier was also excellent.

    Debra Agland, October 2013
  • Accommodation at Le Quartier were so relaxing. The tasting was one of the best tasting we have ever had and they did very well with my food requirements.

    Julie Abel, September 2013
  • Le Quartier Francais was spectacular. The dinner at the owner's diner was a one of a kind of experience since we were able to interact directly with the chefs and wander around the kitchen as they were cooking.

    Matthew Clark, August 2012
  • It was a fantastic trip! We had an excelent Dinner at Tasting Room and also LQF was a nice hotel.

    Renato Cukier, June 2012
  • We loved the town of Franschhoek and Le Quartier Francais. We really enjoyed the fireplace in our room and the hot water bottles at our feet in bed. The only day it rained on our entire trip was the day we did our wine tasting tours. We went through the town of Stellenbosch on the tour and from what we saw we were glad we stayed in Franschhoek. Had lunch at the Bread and Wine. The Tasting Room was an experience!!!

    Judy Willis, June 2012
  • The immaculate, historical Franschhoek, the surrounding mountains and 2 nights at Le Quartier Francais and the superb best-in-Africa food.

    Colin James, January 2012
  • The only thing I would have done differently is add on a few more days in Franschhoek because we absolutely loved it. We actually looked at house prices we loved it so much!Le Quartier was amazing and I would recommend anyone to go there. There was a small honeymoon gift in our room on our arrival which we thought was a lovely touch.

    Alasdair White, February 2010
  • On to the Winelands. Le Quartier Francaise was delightful - I took lots of pictures of the beautifully decorated room. We opted not to dine at The Tasting Room but enjoyed Ici very much. We also ate at Haute Cabriere where we enjoyed a very tasty dinner. Ray is a very fussy eater and it proved to be a bit of a challenge this entire trip for reasons even I myself can't comprehend. Visiting the wineries was very pleasant and the tour at Boschendal was great - such a beautiful place with great history. We stopped in Stellenbosch for lunch on our way to Franschhoek but I preferred the intimacy of the latter town.

    Laurel Sherman, January 2010

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Tanya Ellis

Tanya Ellis

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"Situated in South Africa's gourmet capital, this luxurious property is well known for its excellent service and award winning restaurant. Luxury at its tasteful best!"

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Le Quartier Francais was spectacular. The dinner at the owner's diner was a one of a kind of experience since we were able to interact directly with the chefs and wander around the kitchen as they were cooking.

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