La Clé des Montagnes

FRANSCHHOEK. SOUTH AFRICA

4 Villas & a Lodge set amidst vineyards and orchards, yet only a 5 minute walk into the heart of Franschhoek

here you gain an insider glimpse into village life in South Africa. From exploring the mountains, to discovering the best wines, cheese and restaurants in the valley, La Clé celebrates life.

THE KEY TO THE MOUNTAINS

Its name, meaning ‘the key to the mountains’, La Clé des Montagnes makes the most of the picturesque mountain-and-valley scenery of Franschhoek.

The essence of La Clé des Montagnes lies not only within the exceptional attention to detail, exquisite finishes, and superb location but also in the breadth of experience. With a team of chefs, the cuisine is dynamic and fresh, from local-style ‘braais’ to laden breakfast tables, personalised picnics, private dining and select Shared Table evenings.

The key in their logo signifies the unlocking of the secrets of Franschhoek and they invite their guests to live like a local in the beautiful Cape Winelands. Soak up the valley, visit the art galleries, shop at the market, sample the local wines and discover a sense of tranquillity, space, taste, and style with the lifestyle of Franschhoek.

Owned by international entrepreneur, Michael Pawlowski, the experience is modelled after his discerning needs when travelling with his wife and four children. The Lodge and Villas are set amidst vineyards on the edge of Franschhoek, only a short walk from the heart of the village.

FAST FACTS

RATES

Rooms:
R 4 950  – R 12 750
per room per night

Villas:
R 15 000 – R 72 850
per villa per night

ACCESS

Fly:
Cape Town
International Airport

Drive:
60 minutes from Cape Town, 25 minutes from Stellenbosch

CHILDREN

Villas:
All ages

Lodge:
12 years+

Designed and created with families in mind the Villas are like a home, while the Lodge with individual rooms is better suited to adults.

Classic Portfolio Since 1993

What we love

Classic Portfolio Since 1993

SITTING PRETTY

Ideal village location, yet in a vineyard setting.

SHARED TABLE

Join a shared table prepared by Mel, the chef, which supports local producers.

DYNAMIC PURPOSE

Rooms and suites for couples, or private villa stays for families.

UNLOCK THE SECRETS

La Clé is your key to living like a local and celebrating South Africa.

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The impact of your stay

La Clé is not directly involved with conservation like the other Classic Portfolio members, but they do strive to make an impact in their community. 

When you visit Franschhoek you see one side of life in the village with food, wine and beauty all around. But there is another side, of poverty and children growing up with a limited future. 

La Clé des Montagnes is a foundation sponsor of the The Kusasa Project Early Learning Centre and continues to support them long term. They work within the Franschhoek community to break the cycle of poverty by engaging disadvantaged children during the very important early childhood learning phase.  The overall aim is to give them a strong foundation for educational and human development leading to a brighter future for all.

Every stay contributes through:

  • Paying the optional R 35 per person per night Community Fee. For every guest who contributes La Clé matches the amount and this is donated to The Kusasa Project. 
  • Enjoying the meals at La Clé, prepared by Mel Shepherd the manager and chef, who supports local producers within a 30km radius.
  • Spending time and money in the village of Franschhoek contributes to the well-being of the wider community who rely of tourism. 

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LODGE & VILLAS

Nestled in the vineyards

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La Clé Lodge

Nestled in the centre of Franschhoek, this beautiful thatch farmhouse has been lovingly restored to a tasteful country lodge with spacious living areas, 5 beautiful en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen at the heart of the experience.

The Lodge epitomises gracious country living with views across vineyards and onto the mountains. Run by a culinary team with warm and attentive service, here meals are cooked, drinks are poured and conversation abounds.  Guests have the option of joining a Shared Table dinner party around the central long table, an outside braai (South African BBQ) on a hot summer night or a table just for two. 

La Clé Lodge appeals to a traveller who appreciates art, design, cuisine, country living and being in a ‘home’ rather than a hotel. A 10 minute walk away, on a separate village-farm, are the 4 La Clé Villas.

SEASONALITY: Open all year

CHILDREN: 12+ years

NOTE: La Clé Lodge is also popular on an exclusive use basis, kids all ages welcome on a villa basis.

La Clé Lodge

5 bedrooms

from R 4 950 per room per night
enquire about villa rate
Continental and hot breakfast
Estate facilities: tennis court, vineyard walks, heli pad
Housekeeping
Concierge
Lunch and dinner (extra)
House drinks (extra)
WiFi

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Grange Villa

This beautiful historic village barn has been sensitively converted and now offers a large open living space with a double-sided fire in the centre, 3 gracious en-suite bedrooms and an open loft area (perfect for up to 4 kids when Grange is taken on an exclusive use Villa basis).

With loads of eating and sitting spaces both in- and outdoors, a large open-plan kitchen, a sun soaked swimming pool and lovely mountain views, Grange works well on both a per room or exclusive Villa basis.  

Situated on a farm on the edge of the village, the 4 Villas (Grange, Manoir, Galerie and Domain) are perfect for a small group (wedding and birthday celebrations). A 10 minute walk away, on a separate village-farm, is La Clé Lodge.

SEASONALITY: Open all year 

CHILDREN: 12+ year on a per room basis. All ages welcome when booking the villa exclusively.

NOTE: Villa rate includes added extras of daily snack basket, house drinks and a dedicated host.

Grange

3 bedrooms

from R 6 400 per room per night
or from R 21 400 per villa per night
Continental and hot breakfast
Housekeeping
Concierge
House drinks (extra on per room basis)
Lunch and dinner (extra)
WiFi

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Manoir Villa

This historic farmhouse is one of the most beautiful buildings in the village of Franschhoek. Here you can get lost between the numerous rooms or take advantage of the verandah that wraps around three sides of Manoir.

Manoir has only 2 bedrooms and is perfect for a family or couple. The main suite, which is the grandest of all rooms at La Clé, has a dressing room and beautiful en-suite, while the second room, which is a much smaller, is suited to children and it has a separate lounge that can take a third bed. 

There is a study, dining room, lounge, conservatory area and lovely kitchen, leading to outside areas which include a large swimming pool and rolling lawns.

Situated on a farm on the edge of the village, the 4 Villas (Grange, Manoir, Galerie and Domain) are perfect for a small group (wedding and birthday celebrations). A 10 minute walk away, on a separate village-farm, is La Clé Lodge.

SEASONALITY: Open all year 

CHILDREN: All ages.

Manoir

2 bedrooms

from R 18 750 per villa per night
Continental and hot breakfast
House drinks replenished daily
Snack basket replenished daily
Dedicated villa host
Housekeeping
Concierge
Lunch and dinner (extra)
WiFi

FRANSCHHOEK

Galerie Villa

Reminiscent of an eclectic artist’s residence, this stylish 2-bedroom Villa has an open-plan living area leading to the best verandah at La Clé. Overlooking your private garden, enjoy sitting and dining with expansive views of the vineyards and mountains.

With two equal rooms, Galerie is the perfect escape for two couples.

Situated on a farm on the edge of the village, the 4 Villas (Grange, Manoir, Galerie and Domain) are perfect for a small group (wedding and birthday celebrations). A 10 minute walk away, on a separate village-farm, is La Clé Lodge.

SEASONALITY: Open all year 

CHILDREN: All ages.

Galerie

2 bedrooms

from R 15 000 per villa per night
Continental and hot breakfast
House drinks replenished daily
Snack basket replenished daily
Dedicated villa host
Housekeeping
Concierge
Lunch and dinner (extra)
WiFi

FRANSCHHOEK

Domain Villa

Alongside the 2-bedroomed Galerie there is the beautifully restored Domain. What was once the chicken coop is now a very stylish 4-bedroomed Villa loved by extended families and groups of friends.

Domain’s light and airy interiors combine the purity of African colour with vibrant style. The 4 rooms are not all equal but share very generous living spaces. Besides the large indoor lounge, there is a breakfast verandah which faces the rising sun, a lunch verandah which is deeper and has an outside dining and sitting area and finally a sundowner verandah which faces the setting sun and has uninterrupted views over the pool to the mountains and vineyards.

Situated on a farm on the edge of the village, the 4 Villas (Grange, Manoir, Galerie and Domain) are perfect for a small group (wedding and birthday celebrations). A 10 minute walk away, on a separate village-farm, is La Clé Lodge.

SEASONALITY: Open all year.

 CHILDREN: All ages.

Domain

4 bedrooms

from R 25 250 per villa per night
Continental and hot breakfast
House drinks replenished daily
Snack basket replenished daily
Dedicated villa host
Housekeeping
Concierge
Lunch and dinner (extra)
WiFi

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FEATURED OFFER

Last Minute Special

Book and travel within 14 days and enjoy 50% off Lodge rooms and 60% off Villas.

Book and travel between 15 – 30 days and enjoy 30% off Lodge rooms and 40% off Villas.

VALID: Until 19 December 2021

 

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FEATURED JOURNEY

Safari Sandwich & Island Unwind

We call this our "slam-dunk" combination as it offers fantastic diversity, easy access and is available all year round. It is also well suited to couples and families alike.

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Location

Getting there

FLY

The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport

DRIVE

La Clé des Montagnes is a 60-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport and 25 minutes from Stellenbosch

COVID TRAVEL

La Clé des Montagnes complies with well-considered SOP’s to provide the safest possible environment for guests and staff while ensuring a truly authentic experience.

PCR testing can be managed by an external nurse at La Clé for guests requiring this for international return flights. Good doctors are also available in the village.

Availability

Contact

Email:
reservations@lacle.co.za

Tel:
+27 21 876 4833

Emergency:
+27 63 007 9266

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm. Based in Franschhoek.