The traditional, privately owned Cape manor house has now opened for exclusive-use bookings. It offers guests privacy and security, yet is located in the heart of Franschhoek and within walking distance of its restaurants and other attractions.
Designed with deep verandas and a covered terrace with several lounge and dining areas set around a protected pool terrace and swimming pool, La Rive provides a warm and welcome home to families or groups of friends travelling together. Its bespoke, elegant interiors are a marriage of colonial English and traditional Cape Dutch heritage. The generous living area within the Manor House boasts a high thatched ceiling and an indoor wood-burning fireplace heats up the open plan living area on cosy winter evenings, while in summer, tranquil, shady verandas lend itself perfectly to relaxed dining and entertaining.
La Rive Villa can accommodate up to 12 guests in six luxurious suites with private bathrooms. The Manor House includes the spacious master bedroom suite, as well as two loft rooms, with one accommodating up to three guests. This is ideal for children who are sharing. In addition, three private garden cottages are individually decorated to each offer a double bedroom with a patio.
Other special features include a grand piano, a TV room with flat screen TV and premium TV channels, as well as a fully equipped kitchen staffed by a professional chef, leading to poolside barbeque areas and a pizza oven.
Serviced by a borehole, the landscaped garden features rolling lawns, Koi Fish ponds, a vegetable garden, interesting water features and lush fairy-tale corners.
Find out more at larive.co.za
Photography: Hamish Niven