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Festive Franschhoek

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Things are feeling rather jolly in our beautiful valley! Join us from 10 to 16 December for all the festive fun: wine farms, restaurants, and all kinds of stores will be joining in the merry-making with late night shopping, specials, wine tastings and more for Festive Franschhoek.

Skip the crowded malls and come do your shopping at LQF. Our reception has a variety of handmade, authentic South African goods.

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B.gorgeous has a treasure trove of summer accessories. Making the women in your life smile has never been this easy.

Need to spoil the domestic god or goddess? Our Le Creuset pop-up shop will be open until 8pm until the 15th (Sunday they will close at 4pm). And, while they don’t have a special specifically for Festive Franschhoek, they are running some great ‘four for three’ specials!

Our next-door neighbours, The Bacon Pop-up Bar will be open for dinner (till 8pm) from Wednesday to Sunday! Go and try the latest Bacon of the Month, we hear it tastes a lot like Christmas…

And… our family farm, Môreson, will be hosting a tasting for Festive Franschhoek, more details to come soon.

Letter from a guest

Monday, December 8th, 2014

We received this wonderful letter from a guest who enjoyed  their experience with us.

“We recently stayed with you October 22 to 25 and thought we would tell you about our visit.  It was wonderful from beginning to end. Our room was very well set up and taken care of by the lovely staff.  Breakfast had every option one could seek and cheerful presentation of the same each morning. We loved our dinner in The Tasting Room. It was fun and unusual.

a work by Frank Ross

But the best thing you did for us was to arrange two guided tours.  The one of Franschhoek village with Siegfried Schafer was wonderful. He was full of knowledge about the places we looked at and about the history of the town, which he clearly loves.  The second was an art tour with Ivan Le Kay and an artist, Kirvin Cupido.  They were fun to be with as well as able to let us meet several artists in their studio-homes. We not only saw their work, but we learned about their art and their lives.  Just a wonderful day.  We ended up buying a work by Frank Ross in a township style and a landscape by Kirvin. You helped us by allowing us to put the price on our bill to you in order to pay him with credit. The painting just arrived today, and we couldn’t be happier with it. We would encourage you to support this new art touring that they are beginning.  It adds so much to a trip to engage with the people whose work you are viewing and get their perspective on their own art. Thank you again very much.

Our fly new ride

Friday, December 5th, 2014

We’re channeling the chic streets of Italy with our fly new ride. And… we’re doing our bit for the planet too. Our team is kept so busy zooming around Franschhoek running errands, we decided it would be more econimical and greener to get transport that’s lighter on fuel and road space.

Don’t forget to wave when you see us flying past!

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Bombay Babe pops-up in The Living Room

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Whatever your Friday plans are—cancel them. This Friday in The Living Room, a stunning resort wear collection, Bombay Babe will be on sale.

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While browsing the beautiful clothing, we’ll make sure you’re not dry-handed, by pouring complimentary Miss Molly bubbly!

Need to do your Christmas shopping for the gorgeous women in your life? Look no further. Or, there’s no time like the present to get a gift for yourself.

“The Bombay Babe is amorphous and unidentifiable. She wears a bag made in the largest slum of the world, Dharavi, and mixes it with a vintage watch or a designer garment. It’s irreverence and the juxtaposition of things – labels have become too sacred, and too easy a way to access glamour or style. Discretion is the real luxury.”

Tip: Do all your Christmas shopping in one go. Head to our Le Creuset pop-up for luxe kitchen items, and B. gorgeous for summer accessories, jewellery, sandals, hats, beauty products and more.

Bread & Wine at The Magic of Bubbles 2014

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Are you coming to this year’s Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’? Taking over taking place over the weekend of 29 and 30 November 2014, it Franschhoek’s most glamorous wine festival.

Expect a host of premium local MCC producers, including our family farm Môreson, as well as a number of French Champagne houses on the day.

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Neil Jewell will be presenting his masterful and delicious charcuterie—worth the ticket price alone!—along with artisan, sourdough bread.

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Tickets for Saturday are SOLD OUT! There are still tickets availible for the Sunday. Pre-book tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za or buy at the door. Remember your MasterCard card to receive 10% discount on the ticket price. Tickets cost R200 per person and include access to the festival, which is open daily between 12pm and 5pm, a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons.

Uber & The Magic of Bubbles

Monday, November 24th, 2014

This coming weekend heralds one of our favourite wine and food festivals! The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’.

Our family farm Môreson will be there pouring their fabulous MCC, while restaurant Bread & Wine will be serving up delicious things to eat too.

Want to arrive and depart in style and safety? Uber has literally come to the party with this special offer:

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The festival has partnered with Uber to offer new users a free ride up to R200. Set up your Uber account using the code: MCCFEST. Already use Uber? Sign up a friend and ride along with them to enjoy the discount too!

The theme for this year’s festival is black and white, with the emphasis on parasols and panama hats, and in keeping with a tradition that is now as much a part of the festival as is the bubbly, a prize will be awarded to the best dressed couple on both Saturday and Sunday!

In a good light

Friday, November 21st, 2014

We’re constantly evolving at LQF—from our décor, to our food and service. We enjoy shining the light on all aspects of our destination to make the experience as magical as possible for our guests.

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We’ve recently installed three new special orb lights, to add extra colour and light texture to our pool area and garden path just outside The Living Room.

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And… in true LQF style—we can change the colour of the light. Blue is our favourite at the moment!

Travel & Leisure’s World Best Awards 2015 – Voting!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

20 years! The time before our digital age was so encompassing. And fittingly, The 2015 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey will be conducted online from now until to March 2, 2015 at tlworldsbest.com.

Have you enjoyed the experience at Le Quartier Français? Then, please show your support by voting for us. Thank you in advance!

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Craft Cocktails in The Living Room

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Wondering what you’re going to be drinking this summer? Look no further than the Caribbean Mule…

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A zingy, refreshing craft cocktail made with our special LQF blend of spiced Caribbean rums with fresh lime and our very own homemade ginger beer.

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Can you say hello summer!

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And there’s a lot more from where that came from in The Living Room. Browse our craft cocktail list here.

White roses, white roses

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Our garden is positively bursting with beautiful blooms of all hues, creed and size. But we thought we’d pay a special homage to the white roses, which are in full flush at the moment.

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Fat, creamy, with a velvet scent. They paint the morning air with sweetness, and in evening, as the sun dips down, the scent becomes deeper, more mysterious.

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The white rose is said to represent: ‘Purity, Innocence, Sympathy & Spirituality’. A peek into Reader’s Digest reveals that ‘early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love.’

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