Coun­try Es­capes


South African Country Life - - In This Issue - – An­gus Begg 021 492 2222, www.leeu­col­lec­

Where to cosy up on ro­man­tic get­aways

Fran­schhoek may be old hat to many Cape Town day-trip­pers, but Le Quartier Fran­cais, to my mind the grand dame of the high street, is look­ing as beau­ti­ful as the first day I stayed there some 15 years ago. Step­ping off the busy street on a typ­i­cal Fran­schhoek week­end, I felt the in­vi­ta­tion to re­lax into ro­mance im­me­di­ately beckon. The gar­den around the pool is alive with sum­mer colours, bees and the scent of jas­mine. Beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated rooms, framed by Vic­to­rian gables and sur­round­ing the pool, have large bath­rooms with open show­ers. And large beds. The ex­quis­ite land­scaped sculp­ture gar­den will hold your at­ten­tion for only so long, so take a bi­cy­cle and ride to Sir Richard Bran­son’s manor house for a wine tast­ing. And fin­ish the day with the ex­quis­ite In­dian flavours and fra­grances of the Marigold restau­rant which is part of the same group and comes highly rec­om­mended by Le Quartier Fran­cais, for meals pre­pared by the ris­ing culi­nary star that is Vani Pa­day­achee. Break­fast was in­cred­i­ble and was served at The Din­ing Room. There is also The Bar at LQF and the Gar­den Room for tapas and scenic views.

You won’t ever need your car.

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