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There is a corner of the Cape Winelands that is forever France and that is Franschhoek – ‘French Corner’ is perhaps the prettiest of the Winelands’ small towns. Wedged between dramatic mountain ranges, Franschhoek has long been producing great wines from its fertile soils and has now acquired a world-wide reputation for its food, too.

La Cle gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Franschhoek experience. Each of its four modern and luxurious villas has been given a unique personality by its designer and the lodge radiates a sophisticated but relaxed charm. There are 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom villas available, each with a generous range of included facilities from Wi-Fi to a well-stocked mini-bar and butler service. Step outside for a short stroll and you find yourself at the heart of the town and well positioned to sample Franschhoek’s famous café and art gallery culture.

Set about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Franschhoek is an ideal destination for a couple of nights of relaxing and indulging – after all, in Franschhoek your wines are paired with chocolate as well as cheese! La Cle will certainly appeal to couples and romantic travellers but it is also popular with families. The lodge welcomes families with children over 12 (if it is booked exclusively for a family vacation then children of all ages are welcome).


  • Quintessential Cape Winelands experience
  • A few minutes’ walk from Franschhoek town centre
  • Wi-Fi, complimentary bicycle use, swimming pool, croquet lawn and tennis court
  • In-house restaurant with professional chefs
  • Beautiful vineyard views and romantic atmosphere
  • Suitable for exclusive group and family holidays


  • Croquet
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Day tours
'A little hidden gem in the Franschhoek area, Le Cle is a home away from home. It is perfect for families with small children to book on exclusive use basis, and guarantees lots of privacy in a beautiful setting.'
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La Cle has a total of four villas, two of which are 2-bedroom accommodations, each with their own en suite bathroom featuring a shower and bathtub. The charming Le Manoir villa comes with a library and private pool; La Galarie, decorated with art pieces form the owner’s private collection, has an open-plan kitchen and private garden.

All accommodation at La Cle is air conditioned and has a well-stocked mini bar, replenished during your stay. There is mobile phone signal and complimentary Wi-Fi access throughput the property, and you also have the advantage of butler service to ensure all your needs – including room service - are met.

Exclusive Use

La Cle has two larger villas, suitable for a family or group of friends travelling together. La Grange has three spacious suites each with their own bathroom as well as a large living space and kitchen plus private garden with a pool.

La Colonial fuses North and East African themes to create vibrant, tasteful interiors for its four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Step outside into the manicured garden and you find a private pool as well as an extensive outdoor terrace with panoramic mountain views.


La Cle has a generous range of facilities, beginning with its classic country kitchen from which you can look forward to delicious meals. The lodge has a swimming pool and sundeck with loungers and lovely gardens to relax in, and private massages can be arranged on request. A nice touch is the lodge’s transfer service to points of interest in the Franschhoek valley, as is the complimentary laundry service.

Guests who may want to burn off a few calories can take advantage of the lodge’s private tennis court and croquet lawn; if you are really serious about exercise, then the lodge provides its guests with complimentary membership of the local gym for the time you are there, and staff will happily point the way to great hiking and running trails. Alternatively, you can grab a bike free of charge form the lodge and explore on two wheels.


La Cle features an in-house country kitchen and a pair of professional chefs. Delicious, inventive and local meals are served in the dining room or outside on the terrace, and you are also invited to the chef’s table for a more interactive approach to your dining.

With several of South Africa’s top restaurants and dining experiences a short walk away, you will want to explore Franschhoek too, sampling local delights at the town’s informal cafes, art galleries and more sophisticated restaurants.

General facilities

  • 24-hour Reception
  • Air conditioning
  • Child friendly
  • Gym
  • Laundry service
  • Safe
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-fi available
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Concierge service


  • En-suite shower only
  • Safe in room
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite bath and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone


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Dates Board Price
2019-12-20 — 2020-01-10 Bed & Breakfast $225
2020-01-11 — 2020-03-31 Bed & Breakfast $195
2020-04-01 — 2020-04-30 Bed & Breakfast $185
2020-05-01 — 2020-09-30 Bed & Breakfast $160
2020-10-01 — 2020-12-19 Bed & Breakfast $185
2020-12-20 — 2021-01-10 Bed & Breakfast $245
2021-01-11 — 2021-03-31 Bed & Breakfast $215

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  • Single supplements may apply.
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