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La Cle des Montagnes
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We only stayed 1 night but this was a real treat and experience. Our "villa" dated back to the 1800's and used to be a packing shed. Now it is a luxury 'self catering' country villa located in the heart of Franschhoek, literally within walking distance of all the shops along the main high street trough the centre of town. Our 'villa' had 4 rooms, each with a stunning bathroom en suite. There is a massive open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor with an entertainment TV room upstairs on a mezzanine level. The decor and design of La Cle des Montagne sets this property apart from anything else we have experienced. The fixtures, art work and finishes are all of the very highest quality and feature - the attention to detail is flawless. If you appreciate doings things yourself, and prefer to cook your own meals, then the kitchen is equipped with anything and everything you need to prepare a home cooked meal. The best part of the experience is you are able to buy a variety of fresh produce and ingredients all over and around town, and then take it back to your vila to prepare a meal yourself. All the villa's have their own swimming pool and private garden, so you are left in a very tranquil and quite environment, surrounded by vineyards. If you are looking for a self catering holiday that allows you to do everything yourself, yet also provides many of the personal services and facilities of a boutique hotel, then this is where you should stay. Our stay was a memorable and unique experience.

Room Tip: All the villas and accommodation are equally spectacular
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank TheoCromhout
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We arrived on a stunning Cape Winter's day. The skies could not be bluer, the views from our terrace not more beautiful. We staid in La Galerie, two gorgeous bedrooms, the passage a real gallery with stunning pieces and then of course the most generous living, dining and kitchen area all in one. Stylishly designed and with a homely quality that makes you want to move in for a lot longer than just a weekend. Frank and his colleague John look after you in true butler style. There something to be said for having your breakfast made and your fire lit. We really enjoyed La Cle and look forward to renewing the experience.

Room Tip: The choice is between four amazing villas. All have fab views and private grounds as well as pools.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank NilsHeckscher
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

The only true villa experience in the Cape Winelands have to be those at La Cles Des Montagne, overlooking vineyards and mountains, yet within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of central Franschhoek. Superb American born GM Peggy Klement with extensive experience in Africa and her charming and genial partner Larry Gould are wonderful hosts with attentive butlers and staff who respect your privacy and exclusivity in the four individually decorated villas. each has comfortable indoor and outdoor areas and their own pools and garens, and every amenity and facility you could wish for is provided. They differ is size and range from the more contemporary to the more traditional but are beautiful. Breakfasts are on offer and along with beverages are included, and you may wish to dine in with a chef provided or do your own thing. Close too are some notable wine farms and restaurants. This is the ultimate in luxurious seclusion yet so convenient to Cape Town.

Room Tip: Le Manoir which accommodates four, has charming French styled character and for those who are disabl...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank LewR
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

I returned home to a very wet and chilly Johannnesburg late yesterday, but nothing can dampen the enthusiasm I and I know Kate, felt for the wonderful warm hospitality we received from you and your team at La Cle.

You really do have a little [ well not so small ] piece of heaven at all the villas, and La Grange will always have a special place in our hearts. It really was the highlight of our entire Cape trip and was so utterly relaxing.

Everything, from your selves and staff and the attention to detail and of course the WOW factor contributed to a very special stay.I have always loved Franschoek and this has just confirmed why.

Be well,
Many thanks once more
Coral Reynolds

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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8  Thank Coral R
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

First of all you would need to make up your mind of what kind of interior design you prefer in your villa - Or maybe you should just let yourself be surprised by the work done by the international star designer Sarah Ord - All the villas are unique and great and so are the people who take care of the service.
We stayed in the "La Galerie" with 2 bedrooms which was great, especially when it comes to the surroundings. The villas are fantastically situated with a view to the mountains literally in the middle of the vineyards close to the great restaurants of Franschhouk but still quiet and private.
Well in fact you do not necessarily need a restaurant because each villa has it's own chef and butler to help you as much or as little as you want - Anyway they are great.
In our opinions this fantastic South African getaway is worth a visit :o)

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Jedione
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at La Clé for a special birthday weekend this past weekend. I can't find the words to accurately describe how truly extraordinary our experience was.

Frank & John (our butlers) were friendly, genuine, humble and helpful. Chantel, as well as being kind and smiley, offered excellent advice on where to eat and what to do. Beyond that, we were left to revel in superbly handcrafted furniture, quality fabrics, clever, luscious décor along with all the modern technology you could need and the quiet and beauty of the winelands of Franschhoek. All of this within easy safe walking distance of the buzzing, thriving little village.

Peggy showed us around the rest of the villas on the morning of our departure and although La Grange is still my favourite, the rest offer something for every taste and family/friend size.

I am already planning how to get back.
Thank you, again, to Peggy and her team for making our stay beyond exceptional.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Alison_J_Walker
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We (my husband, sister and brother-in-law) stayed at La Cle ("Key to the Mountains") last month and I cannot remember when I was as blown away with the beauty of a setting and facilities as I was when we stepped into this special place. It is the sense of place that I was not prepared for. It is just 2 blocks off the main street in town, so we walked to dinner and shops. But when we arrived at La Cle, it was as though we stepped into our own private wonderland. The views from all 4 villas (I asked the manager to show me the other units - thank you Peggy) are looking over La Cle's vineyards and plum orchards, onto neighboring vineyards and to the majestic mountains surrounding Franschhoek.
There was beauty everywhere we looked ......gardens by our breakfast table, cobble paths, ripe fruit on the trees, ripe fruit in our kitchen bowl, gorgeous old trees, warm afternoon sunlight making the mountains glow, chilled sparkling for us on arrival. But I think the most beautiful were the warm smiles from Frank and Livy (sp?) who greeted and served us. And from Peggy also. The staff here are as professional, kind, polite and helpful as we have experienced anywhere in the world.
The restoration to the buildings is so well done. I spent a career as a commercial interior designer working for an architectural firm and noticed every detail. The villas are all very different, so there are 4 unique choices of style. We saw 3 and all are fabulous. The rooms are huge, every finish/fitting/fabric/piece of furniture/accessory/amenity/appliance is top quality. When we arrived and Frank greeted us with bubbly, I thought we were in a grand reception for La Cle, but it was our own lovely living room!
To top off a relaxing afternoon around our private pool with G&T, I dove in for a swim and was delighted with the sensation and taste of saline all around! Ahhhh, salt water! An awesome touch!
We LOVED our stay here and, when we go back, will spend more time. It was a perfect place for us traveling with family, and will return with more (family that is). We had our dinners in town, but next time will enjoy the option to "eat in."
We have gathered with travel friends and ask the proverbial question "if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?". Right now, my answer is La Cle!
Thank you all for making our stay in Franschhoek so special!

Room Tip: We saw 3 out of 4. All are a different styles and fabulous. Choose your own delight!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank K J
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Additional Information about La Cle des Montagnes

Address: 16b Cabriere Street | 13 Daniel Hugo, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Franschhoek
Price Range: $802 - $2,362 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — La Cle des Montagnes 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquillity, space and sophisticated style is the essence of La Clé des Montagnes where four distinctive villas can be found. Nestled in picturesque vineyards and plum orchards, each of the villas feature a spacious private garden, swimming pool and sweeping views of the Franschhoek mountains. The villas have been given unique personalities by esteemed interior designer, Sarah Ord. Discover a villa to suit, not only your needs, but your personal style where every wish is made manifest by our treasured butlers. Only a short 4-minute stroll is the center of the historic Franschhoek village bursting with top restaurants, galleries, local wines and unforgettable experiences. We invite you to enjoy a truly memorable stay in the heart of the Franschhoek valley. ... more   less 
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