An exclusive five-star boutique hotel in the South African wine lands, Leeu Estates has just 17 luxurious rooms and suites surrounded by 68 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens and fynbos (indigenous vegetation) in the Franschhoek valley. A working wine farm, at the centre of it is a meticulously refurbished 19th century Manor House where six rooms and suites are located, while the others are in spacious cottages among the gardens and oak trees.
Dining at the estate comes in a number of guises. The Dining Room in the manor house itself serves long, leisurely meals with fine South African vintages and views of the Dassenberg mountain. Meanwhile, on the wider estate (close by but not within the hotel itself) is The Conservatory in the vibrant epicentre of Franschhoek village, which is light and airy for relaxed meals inside or on the terrace; The Bar at LQF, which is a trendy, sociable space with a wood-burning fireplace; Marigold, the first classic Indian cuisine restaurant in Franschhoek village; and Tuk Tuk - a little gem of a brewery on the bustling main street of the village.