An Africa Debut

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Leeu Estates has an extensive art collection, inside and out. Shown here is “Artemis and Her Three Dogs.”

Leeu Estates has an extensive art collection, inside and out. Shown here is “Artemis and Her Three Dogs.”

Exciting news out of Africa: Leeu Estates debuted in mid June in South Africa’s Franschhoek Valley. Famed for the vineyards planted by French Huguenots in the late 17th century, the valley boasts gorgeous scenery framed against a dramatic mountain backdrop. Leeu Estates is a five-star hotel with just 17 rooms and suites, situated on a working wine farm. This is the third boutique property for the Leeu Collection, which also comprises Leeu House and Le Quartier Français, both located in the Franschhoek village. Outside South Africa, the Leeu Collection owns Linthwaite House, a country retreat in England’s Lake District.

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Nestled on almost 170 acres of vineyards and landscaped gardens, Leeu Estates is home to an extensive art collection, The Dining Room for South African cuisine, a winery/tasting room, and conference facility. For some indulgent R&R, the Leeu Spa showcases a unique product range made with organic ingredients harvested in the wild. There’s also a gym stocked with all the latest fitness equipment.

From the linens to the artwork, luxury touches abound in the guestrooms. Special attention has been paid to the marble-clad bathrooms, designed with underfloor heating, double vanity sinks, stand-alone tubs and heated towel racks. Top digs? The Executive Suites with terrace, and the Cottages. For example, the Vineyard Cottage comprises an Executive Suite with terrace and a Deluxe room, which can be privatized in its entirety. The largest cottage is the 4,510-square-foot Max House, which is located in the original gabled building. Nice Touch: All room rates include breakfast, a fully stocked minibar, and one complimentary tasting of Mullineux & Leeu wines per guest.

Luxury travel advisors can reach out to Kelly Berry ([email protected]; 011-212-967-5895), Africa sales manager. 

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