Just an hour's drive from Cape Town and situated in the peaceful Franschhoek Valley, La Fontaine is just a short stroll away from the main village centre of Franschhoek.
With its friendly small village atmosphere, Franschhoek has a number of delightful art and design shops, as well as the Huguenot Museum or the famous Franschhoek Motor Museum. The village is also home to many award-winning restaurants.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a totally unique and leisurely way to visit the vineyards and wine estates of the Franschhoek Valley, or the guest house also has bicycles for hire should you wish to explore by pedal power. Private wineland tours taking in not only a selection of the finest wines but also rolling vineyards and quaint Dutch homesteads can be arranged (on request and at an additional cost).
If rest is what you need, stay in and enjoy the tranquil gardens and swimming pools that stretch over 2 properties. The outdoor breakfast patio and front veranda under their vine and wisteria pergolas boast views of the surrounding mountains and tranquil settings.
There are 17 large rooms and suites to choose from, all decorated with individual themes and character.
The Mountain View Suites have a fully equipped bathroom with a large bathtub and separate shower. The larger of these 2 suites also has its own wood burning fireplace. The Luxury Suites have light bathrooms and a seating area for extra comfort.
The Luxury Rooms offer the same standard of luxury decoration but with a slightly smaller footprint. The Deluxe Rooms are the smallest room type but still retain their own charm and elegance.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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Breakfast is included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how La Fontaine can be included in you own dream holiday.
Classic Escape to the Cape
The Cape Winelands
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
The Klein Karoo
The Garden Route
Woodbury Tented Camp
Amakhala Game Reserve
Destination: South Africa.
This itinerary takes in many of our favourite properties. Staying at friendly guest houses along the way and ending with an authentic tented safari experience, this is a great holiday for visitors to South Africa who want to get the best out of their budget.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Klein Karoo, The Garden Route and Amakhala Game Reserve.
This 14 night trip has all the ingredients of a classic South Africa adventure. Sip sundowners on evening safaris as the sun sinks over Kruger National Park, enjoy magnificent views of the Franschhoek mountains and blue lagoons, watch whales frolic in the bay and end your trip in a hotel at Cape Town’s fabulous V&A Waterfront which offers a rich piece of history balanced with modern-day comfort.
This is a 14 night itinerary including Timbavati Game Reserve, Port Elizabeth, The Garden Route, Hermanus, The Cape Winelands and Cape Town.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 59 ratings
We arrived back into Heathrow at 05.15 on Sunday which was the conclusion to an absolutely fabulous holiday. We can not thank you enough for your assistance and advice surrounding our trip. All the accommodation was enjoyed and everything went smoothly. Floreal House is just lovely, so well situated and with great staff. The same can be said of La Fontaine, so glad we took in Franschhoek as you suggested. Had a great drive along the R62 and even took in Ronnie's Sex Shop. De Zeekoe at Oudtshoorn was beautiful, Meerkats and Caves went well, but probably our favourite visit of the lot was Magic Moments. If you are not aware of this then try it and consider directing travellers their way as they deserve the support. Such a lovely evening. St James in Knysna was brilliant as was The Robberg at Plettenberg Bay. The Boardwalk gave us a nice days rest before flying out. Sorry to go on but we were buzzing about the trip and throughout we reflected on the advice and help you gave us. It was greatly appreciated with a quality very much in keeping with our expectations.
La Fontaine - wonderful, with very accommodating owners.
La Fontaine was lovely - we had a couple of quiet nights in with an open fire.
Wonderful guest house, great location – very helpful staff, the resident cat was an added surprise, but welcomed in to our room in the morning when meowing at the door! Staff very accommodating booking tables for dinner or
wine tours, good food in the morning.
Just had to write and thank you for booking a really fantastic trip.
We enjoyed every part of it, in particular we thought La Fontaine at Franschhoek was excellent and the service we got there from the manageress was so good.
Shamwari was the icing on the cake and could not fault that.
If, and I hope we will, go again I shall be in touch with you again. Many thanks.
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Directions For Drivers
From Cape Town (via N1): Drive out of Cape Town on the N1 past Belville and Brackenfell turn-offs. Continue past the Winelands 1-Stop Engen petrol station as well as the first Stellenbosch turn-off after the petrol station. Take the next turn-off named Stellenbosch/Klapmuts and turn right at the stop on the R44. Approximately 600m further, go over the 4-way stop.Shortly after the 4 way stop (+/-400m) turn left at the Franschhoek sign.
Carry along this road for approximately 8 km until it ends at a T-junction at which you turn right to Franschhoek on the R45. This road will take you straight into Franschhoek (approximately 16 km further). Just past the Town Hall on your left-hand side, turn left into La Rochelle Street. Take the first street on the right, which is Dirkie Uys Street. La Fontaine is on the left-hand side.
From Cape Town (via N2): Drive out of Cape Town on the N2, and take the first Stellenbosch turn-off (Baden Powell Drive/R310) and keep on travelling to Stellenbosch. You will eventually pass the Spier Wine Estate (on your right) and a few kilometres after that, the road will end at a T-junction (approximately 13 km from the N2 turn-off). Turn right at the T-junction and travel into Stellenbosch.
You will pass over 3 traffic lights - keep to your left. The road ends at a T-junction at which you turn left. Pass over 3 traffic lights and shortly after the 3rd set, turn right at a set of lights at the Franschhoek/Idas Valley sign. This road will take you over the mountain on the Helshoogte Pass, through Johannesdal and through Pniel and eventually ends at a T-junction (16 km from Stellenbosch). This T-junction is shortly after the Boschendal Wine Estate (which would have been on your right).
Turn right at the T-junction onto the R45 to Franschhoek. This road will take you straight into Franschhoek (approximately 13 km further). Just past the Town Hall on your left-hand side, turn left into La Rochelle Street. Take the first street on the right, which is Dirkie Uys Street. La Fontaine is on the left-hand side.
From Hermanus/The Garden Route: Either follow the N2 to the Baden Powell Drive/R310 exit, and follow the directions as above OR you can take the more scenic route via the Franschhoek Pass - leave the N2 at the R43 towards Villiersdorp (16 km past Caledon) and follow this road to Villiersdorp.
Turn left onto the R45, and after approximately 8 km turn right to stay on the R45 and go over the Franschhoek Pass to Franschhoek. Turn right into Huguenot Road (R45) at the Huguenot Monument. Take the third turn right into La Rochelle Street, and then take the first street on the right, which is Dirkie Uys Street. La Fontaine is on the left-hand side.
From Oudtshoorn: Leave Oudtshoorn on the R62 towards Calitzdorp and Ladismith. In Ladismith (approx 97 km from Oudtshoorn) you need to turn left to stay on the 62 which is now signposted to Monagu.
After a further 146km the R62 merges with the R60, and you should carry on straight along this road towards Ashton/Robertson. Continue on the R60 through Robertson, and 39km after the roundabout in Robertson turn left onto Overhex Road, signposted for Aan de Doorns. Follow this road for 6km until the junction with the R43, and then turn left on the R43 towards Villiersdorp.
Follow the road through Villersdorp, and as you leave the town continue along Main Road past the sign for R43 Hermanus (do not turn left here!), and Main Road will become the R321/R45 signposted Franschhoek. After 8km, turn right to stay on the R45 and continue on this road for 25km until you reach Franschhoek.
Turn right into Huguenot Road (R45) at the Huguenot Monument. Take the third turn right into La Rochelle Street, and then take the first street on the right, which is Dirkie Uys Street. La Fontaine is on the left-hand side.
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General Information For Guests
The Mountain View Suites have an extra length kingsize bed, a modern fully equipped bathroom with a large bathtub and separate shower, air-conditioning, a large LCD television, an electronic safe, hairdryer, Nespresso and TWG tea station.
The Luxury Suites have an extra length kingsize bed, modern light bathrooms with large bath tubs and separate spacious showers, air-conditioning, a large LCD television, an electronic safe, hairdryer, Nespresso machine and TWG tea station and a stocked mini fridge. The suites also have large desks and seating for extra comfort.
The Luxury Rooms have an extra length kingsize bed and beautifully appointed modern bathrooms. The rooms also include air-conditioning, a large LCD television, an electronic safe, hairdryer, Nespresso machine and TWG tea station and a stocked mini fridge, plus a small desk with international plugs.
The Deluxe Rooms have the smallest footprint and have an en-suite bathroom with a shower, an extra length kingsize bed, air-conditioning, a large LCD television, an electronic safe, hairdryer, Nespresso machine and TWG tea station and a stocked mini fridge, plus a small desk with international plugs.
There is a swimming pool.
Ground level rooms are wheelchair friendly.
There is free Wi-Fi access in all the rooms.
There is secure off-street parking available.
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.
A same day laundry service is available (additional cost).
Smoking is not permitted inside the buildings, it is allowed outside and on the patio except during breakfast.
The central location means the guest house is within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and galleries.
It is advisable to pre-book dinner reservations in Franschhoek, especially between October and April. You can either do this directly via www.franschhoek-restaurants.co.za or otherwise please ask your Travel Butlers consultant for assistance.
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