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Le Quaf’s Private Guides

Do you balk at the thought of a tour group? Do you want more than a standard set of sights to see when travelling? Yes, we thought so, that’s why we’ve created Le Quaf’s Private Guides.

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Ansie du Toit and Steven Andrews have joined the LQF family and will be available exclusively to our guests for bespoke experiences of our renowned valley and beyond…

Get to know our Private Guides:

Ansie du Toit

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“Having grown up in some of the most renowned national parks of South Africa (think of the dusty plains of the Kruger Park with herds of zebra stalked by majestic lions, then The Tsitsikamma Forest of the Addo Elephant Park, with its citrus scented air and monarchical elephants) a lifetime of travelling and eventually being part of creating memories of our amazing country for others was inevitable”.

“My passion to impart knowledge and memorable experiences has never dwindled”.

Steven Andrews

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“I grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era, the accounts of my youth and the phenomenal changes I have witnessed over the past two decades are tales that astound and intrigue visitors and locals alike”.

Steven does naturally gravitate to more active forms of travel and thus has been extensively involved in walking and bicycle trips (making him a great bicycle mechanic!).

“I have an eagerness and selfless dedication to ensuring guests have the best experience of our beautiful country”.

For more info hop on over to our website.

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Jewell & Co

Starting out 2015 with a bang, Neil Jewell’s famed charcuterie is now being packaged and sold under new label, Jewell & Co, complete with tasting notes and ingredients.

The beautiful new label coincides with the opening our the Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar, where not only can you buy the charcuterie to take home, but also sit down in the newly renovated space to enjoy a box of cured meats and accoutrements as well as a range of light dishes, pastries and more.

What do you think of the new look?

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The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar

Situated on the family wine estate, Môreson, next to Bread & Wine Restaurant, The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar is an exciting addition to the Le Quartier Français Family, and to the home of Miss Molly.

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The trendy new grazing spot is located in what was the ‘Farm Grocer’; and has been transformed into a light, airy space, with voluminous A-frame ceilings, wine bottle chandeliers and shelves full of delectable produce and quirky merchandise. Spacious seating is available throughout, which spills out onto a protected garden courtyard.

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No reservations are necessary, and this makes for an ideal refuelling station in the heart of the Franschhoek Winelands. Open from 10h00 to 16h00, Neil Jewell’s renowned charcuterie is served in wooden boxes, accompanied by ever-changing accoutrements. The artisan breads are all freshly baked daily on premises, think sourdough, beetroot, ciabatta and more. Plus, so are the fabulous tarts and pastries.

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Alongside the sensational charcuterie, there’s also a light menu with dishes that change daily, think sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and ‘our all day brekkie’: the egg ‘n bacon (egg mayonnaise and poached bacon pudding).

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Miss Molly– a range of wines named after Môreson’s beloved Weimaraner – acts as the perfect pairing to Neil’s delicious food. All Miss Molly wines are available by the glass and bottle, as well as a selection of Môreson wines. We highly recommend the flight of Miss Molly Wines to go along with your box of handmade charcuterie—something for the foodie bucket list!

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Not just a sit down experience, take home Neil’s beautifully packaged charcuterie, artisan bacon, tarts as well as the Miss Molly wines (available by the case) and so much more. The most important thing to remember though—is to have fun. Neil Jewell & Co certainly are, at The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar.



  

Festive Franschhoek

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.

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Letter from a guest

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.

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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.

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Our fly new ride

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

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.

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Bread & Wine at The Magic of Bubbles 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.

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Uber & The Magic of Bubbles

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!

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In a good light

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!

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