News exclusive-use villa opens in the Winelands

A new luxury Cape Winelands villa, La Rive Franschhoek, has opened for exclusive-use bookings. 

Tucked away in private gardens on 2.5 acres of land, the traditional, privately owned Cape manor house offers privacy and security, yet is located in the heart of Franschhoek and within walking distance of its restaurants and other attractions.

Accommodating up to 12 guests in six suites with private bathrooms, the Manor House includes the spacious master bedroom suite as well two loft rooms, one accommodating up to three guests which are ideal for children sharing. In addition, three private garden cottages are individually decorated to each offer a double bedroom with a patio.

La Rive Franschhoek has been designed with deep verandas and a covered terrace, with several lounge and dining areas set around a swimming pool. The living area within the Manor House features a high, thatched ceiling and doors opening out onto the gardens and the protected pool terrace. An indoor wood-burning fireplace heats up the open-plan living area in winter, while in summer, shady verandas lend themselves to relaxed dining and entertaining. Other special features include a grande piano, TV room as well as a fully equipped kitchen staffed by a professional chef leading to poolside barbeque areas and a pizza oven.

Forming part of the La Rive portfolio that is managed by luxury villa expert Alexis Gillis, seasonal rates range between R42 000 and R58 000 per night – inclusive of full breakfast and all beverages (excludes French champagne), butler service and wifi. For more information, visit