Archive for the ‘Experience’ Category

The Red Cupboard Store

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

A selection of jacaranda bowls, cutlery, crockery, cookbooks, and other have-to-haves designed by or selected specifically for Margot Janse – for use in The Tasting Room – are now on sale from our new delicious Red Cupboard Store.

The Red Cupboard Store, located at the entrance to The Common Room and The Tasting Room, is the perfect place to indulge in that post dinner retail therapy.

Sweet Suites Package

Friday, November 12th, 2010

We are now offering a Sweet Suites Package – pay for two nights and stay for three – on all our suites. This includes our two Petite Garden Suites, two Auberge Suites and the Four Quarters.

Highlight: all of our suites feature Nespresso machines and the Auberge Suites and Four Quarters boast complimentary full bars.

Treat Yourself

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

We’re offering 10% off all Decleor products and Decleor treatments in The Treatment Room for the month of November.

If you’re looking for something special why not try the Aroma Expert Nourish Délice de Peau.Try say that three times really fast … it’s quite a mouthful!

The Aroma Expert Nourish Délice de Peau is a delicious 90 minute treatment designed to comfort and soothe even the most fragile of skins. This nourishing and energizing treatment leaves dry sensitive skin intensely nourished, hydrated and soothed.

Mmm think I’ll have to book myself in for one of those.

Franschhoek artists at is art!

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

From 11h00 on the 31st of October 2010 to the 29th of November 2010 is art will be hosting an exhibtion showcasing the wealth of Franschhoek artistic talent.

Painters on display include: Annemarie van Heeren with her sensitive rendition of ‘bakkie’ people;  Johannes du Plessis with his accidental landscapes; Andrea Desmond-Smith with her mythical landscapes and figures; Jacqueline Crewe-Brown with her rich and layered canvases pregnant with symbolism; Achim von Arnim and his bursts of colour; Franchois Marais depicts well known figures in his accurate portraiture and Kerri Evans with her sensitive and masterly paintings.

The ceramicists on display include: David Walters, Sarah Walters, Sue van Rensburg and Vuisa Portina. Each bringing their own distinctive style and technique.

In addition Ingrid Bolton’s fine innovative works on paper, Cindy Douglas’s laser etched Zen stones, photography by our own Alisha Erasmus and Paddy Howes; and Stuart Douglas meticulously finished furniture will also be on show.

It’s going to be an exceptional exhibition and if you’re in the Franschhoek area you simply have to pop in!

Back from Bangkok

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Margot has just finished showcasing her award-winning cuisine in Bangkok.

For four evenings Margot was the guest chef at the Sukhothai Hotel where she prepared her acclaimed African Inspired Tasting Menu. From all the reports, emails and declarations of love that we’ve received the experience was a massive success. It seems that where ever in the world Margot goes she has a fan club. If you’ve experienced her cooking you’ll definitely understand why!

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Margot’s unique approach to food and dining ensures that her kitchen is consistently overflowing with innovative and creative energy. In this space Margot prides herself on developing exceptional and engaging culinary delights.

Each dish, created by Margot, is both truly refined and – at the same time – unexpectedly exciting and it is this contradiction that results in her menu’s outstanding balance and ensures that her cuisine is theatre.

We’re big fans of Margot and the magic she weaves!

The Indigenous and Unusual Herb and Sculpture Garden Opens!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Yesterday, Sunday the 17th of October 2010, is art – in conjunction with Le Quartier Français – launched The Indigenous and Unusual Herb and Sculpture Garden.

The garden, designed by Sue Norman, showcases indigenous and unusual herbs personally selected by Margot Janse; and it now serves as a private herb pantry for use in the exceptional dishes created – by Margot and her team – in The Tasting Room and The Common Room restaurants.

The Indigenous and Unusual Herb Garden, not content with being just a garden, moonlights as an extraordinary Contemporary Sculpture Garden.

In true is art style only South African sculptors will be showcased in the Indigenous and Unusual Herb and Sculpture Garden. The sculptors, on show for the opening, are Angus Taylor and Guy du Toit. Angus will be showing his latest wood stick figures as well as a monumental female bronze and granite figure. While Guy is bound to entertain, and captivate imaginations, with his larger than life bronze dancing bunnies and flocks of birds all cast in bronze.

If you’re in the area pop in, we’d all love to see you!

You’ll find is art at 16 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek. It’s open daily from 10h00 to 17h00. For more info give us a call on 021 876 8443 or email us isart@lqf.co.za

When good technology goes bad

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Magnetic disks, instead of hotel room keys or those frustrating cards, are very cool and super sleek. Just not in a country that is so well known for its wet climate it’s affectionately nicknamed Mud Island.

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After your fourth failed attempt at opening your hotel room door – to escape from the howling wind and driving rain – you realize that magnetic disks and permanently wet door handles are not a winning combination.

Have you seen the Missoni Hotel?

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Have you ever wondered what would happen if an iconic Italian fashion house, say Missoni, tried their hand at luxury hospitality?

Well you can finally find out because just off the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh on the George IV Bridge, you’ll discover the new Missoni Hotel.

Here there is a strong focus on design, fashion, quality and comfort (thank goodness). Lots of black and white with splashes of colour, and those unmistakable Missoni prints, add delicious animation and personality to the space.

If you can’t get to Edinburgh the rumble in the jungle is that Missoni is looking into exporting their dream lodging designs to Cape Town. Fingers crossed!

Cutting edge technology isn’t always the answer

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The big trend now is to hide the unsightly and streamline the experience by incorporating impossible to use technology.

Sure it might look spectacular but when I can’t find the temperature control unit or get the TV to work – after 30 minutes of intense instruction reading, trial and error and room-tearing-apart – it doesn’t fill me with that warm and fuzzy feeling luxury hotels aim for.

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A true luxury hotel room should always offer the right balance of aesthetic appeal and functionality.

The Common Room opens at Le Quartier Français

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Our new restaurant addition – The Common Room – offers diners a menu packed full of lip smacking delights designed to serve as snacks or the building blocks of a more substantial meal. Fish pops with chakalaka ketchup, bone marrow with salsa verde crust and chocolate and milk ice cream sandwich are just a few of the WOW-bites on offer.

The menu and The Common Room experience have been designed by Margot Janse to reflect her belief that “food is constantly evolving and everyday dining should have an element of nostalgia about it, evoking memories of the good times; and these good times don’t have to be a huge financial investment. In fact in The Common Room we’ve stuck to a heavy on the taste but light on the pocket approach.

Occupying the space previously used by iCi, Le Quartier Français’s, bistro-style restaurant, The Common Room is poised to become the local grazing ground; the perfect place to relax and linger with friends over a tasty dish or two.

Here guests can meet up for drinks and snacks or pop in, sans reservation, for a scrumptious breakfast, lunch or dinner. In a truly delightful twist The Common Room has a strict no reservations policy. This ensures that it is refreshingly first-come first-serve in its attitude towards grazing.

The Common Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is open from 07h30 till late, 7 days a week.