Origami art in The Garden Room
We love nothing more than celebrating local artists – and Ross Symons the ’Paper Shaper’ has a unique perspective: he uses origami, the art of paper folding to create fantastical works, that feel alive and oh-so contemporary.
He crafted this piece for us hanging in The Garden Room; and each origami butterfly was folded by hand (like all of his work). Come have a look over breakfast, and head to @calvinrockstar on Instagram to see more of his work.
Today we officially re-open! During our annual winter closure we weren’t resting on our LQF laurels however… The dynamic team from Wonderland Works (the folks behind the whimsical and glam interior of The Bacon Pop-up Bar) joined in with our building company for some refreshing renovations . See a sneak peek below; and please pop in for a visit to see the changes.
It’s always tea time
“It’s always tea time.” said the Mad Hatter to Alice when she stumbled upon his tea-party in Wonderland. Well, dear friends at Le Quartier Français it’s always tea time too.
Pull a chair up by the fire in our Lounge Bar and try one of our many Lady Bonin blends – indeed the ‘Purveyor of Magical Infusions’ has created a tea especially for us, ask for the LQF blend.
What’s tea-time without some treats? We have pastries galore, ready for the eating. And if you haven’t tried them yet, we highly recommend our famous sticky buns.
In the mood for a more languid soirée? Then book our Long Tea Table for an incredible menu of canapés, pastries and savoury bites. Mad hats not included, but you’re welcome to bring your own.
Make tea, not war. ~Monty Python
Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2014
Our annual festival of all things French is all grown up! Franschhoek Bastille Festival turns 21 this year!
Don your red, white and blue for the weekend of 12 and 13 of July. This is going to be one for the books: in celebration of the 21-year milestone, festival-goers will be treated to a performance by a troupe of 10 Seychelles dancers and musicians who will take part in the street parade as well as perform in the Food and Wine Marquee over the duration.
Keen for an island holiday? Then you had better start practising your dance moves. The dance troupe will be judging the Best Seychelles Dance by participating revellers.
The prize for the best performance is two return tickets to Seychelles, courtesy of Air Seychelles. The prize also includes six nights’ accommodation in the Seychelles, courtesy of Eden Island Development Company (Seychelles) Limited!
Amazing right? Not to mention all the great food, wine and activities on offer too. Hop on over here for more info on the festival.
And why drive when you can sleep over? We have two fabulous accommodation offerings.
The Auberge offers nine en-suite Auberge Rooms, three Grande Rooms, three Petite Garden Suites and two deluxe Auberge Suites (with private pools), which open onto a rose-filled central courtyard and swimming pool. For the ultimate in luxury, there are four state-of-the-art suites, The Four Quarters, overlooking a private pool and sun-splashed deck. For those looking for a great location and an affordable, fun, no frills room try our delicious hotel next door . www.delicioushotels.com
Tip: Make some time to visit our incredible destination offering. Enjoy breakfast or tapas in The Garden Room followed by a treatment in our beautiful day spa B.gorgeous. Then head to our exquisite Lounge Bar for fabulous craft cocktails and bar bites. Plus, indulge in a bit of culinary shopping at our Le Creuset pop-up shop!
A word on breakfast
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
Come for breakfast in The Garden Room if you want the freshest fruit as bright as jewels, cold-pressed juice bursting with vitality, sticky buns, homemade muesli, thick creamy yoghurt, preserves made with local Franschhoek ingredients… There’s hot food too: try the Egg’s Benedict: Herb brioche, poached egg, Neil’s dry cured pancetta & smoked hollandaise. See the rest of the menu here, and best of all there’s no need to rush out of bed, we serve breakfast until 11am!
Spoil yourself with an afternoon devoted to chocolate at The Long Tea Table
Chocolate doesn’t ask silly questions. Chocolate understands. This is why we’ve devoted an entire afternoon in praise of the dark stuff on 21 May 2014. There will be chocolate demonstrations and talks, bubbly drinking, chocolate eating and wouldn’t you know – chocolate goodie bags. See the flyer below for more information.
Forget love, we’d rather fall in chocolate.
Be our Valentine?
Come and join us for a sharing Valentine’s Feast in The Garden Room on 14 February 2014, arriving 18.00 for 18.30.
The journey will begin with a specially created craft cocktail from our Lounge Bar and you’ll share delicious plates, feasting family style.
The party will then head to our screening room for a complimentary movie with a glass of Boschendal Bubbly.
Our Valentine’s celebration is open to everyone, from couples to singles, to family and friends and is R300 per person.
Roses are red
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fusion at IS ART
Three friends. Three artists. IS ART’s first show of 2014 is ‘FUSION’. Three notable artists from the Pietermaritzburg area, Sue Akerman, Gill Gerhardt and Bruce Attwood have joined forces with their complementary yet diverse styles for this exhibition.
Commencing on 2 February 2014 from 11am to 5pm.
Tip: Pop in at The Garden Room for breakfast beforehand.
Petite Breakfast Menu at Le Quartier Français
Have you heard about our Petite Breakfast Menu? We’re well known in the Franschhoek Village for our breakfast in The Garden Room, where guests and visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dishes off of the à la carte menu.
Le Quartier Français is known for having the best breakfast in the Franschhoek village. Served in The Garden Room, guests and
visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dish from the à la carte menu.
In addition to this, the hotel has just launched a “Petite Breakfast Menu”. Items include their famous cinnamon sticky buns,
eggs benedict, and their delicious croissant with scrambled egg and Neil Jewell’s bacon. This menu is perfect for locals who
want a quick bite with their morning newspaper and coffee, guests and visitors who do not have time to indulge in a full buffet
breakfast, or those who prefer to order something simple. Served in the front lounge and veranda from 7am, it is the perfect
setting to watch the village wake up and start bustling, with the backdrop view of the mountainis known for having the best breakfast in the Franschhoek village. Served in The Garden Room, guests and visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dish from the à la carte menu.
In addition to this, we’ve just launched a Petite Breakfast Menu! Items include our famous cinnamon sticky buns, Eggs Benedict, and a delicious croissant with scrambled egg and Neil Jewell’s bacon.
This menu is perfect for locals who want a quick bite with their morning newspaper and coffee, guests and visitors who do not have time to indulge in a full buffet breakfast, or those who prefer to order something simple. Served in the front lounge and veranda from 7am, it is the perfect setting to watch the village wake up and start bustling, with the backdrop view of the mountains.
Catching up with Sue Norman
It’s officially Franschhoek Open Gardens! Running from 25, 26 & 27 October 2013, come and enjoy ten Franschhoek gardens; ‘from small to medium-sized gardens in the village to farm gardens, indigenous gardens and ‘out of town’ gardens’. Plus in the centre of town there will be a tea and bubbly garden, live music, a fresh goods market as well as a plant sale.
Be sure to take a meander through our lush and rambling gardens, and why not begin your ‘Open Gardens’ adventure with breakfast in our Garden Room?
We caught up with our garden curator, Sue Norman, who has been digging her hands in our soil for almost two decades.
What flowers are popping up in our gardens at the moment?
We’re also seeing early summer flowers, such as roses, including Full Sail and Sophie’s Rose in our herb garden, Icebergs, Blossom Magic, Rhapsody in Blue, yellow Banksia Granny’s Delight and others.
Other plants in flower include Salvia greggii, Salvia mini-shastas (white daisies), Plectranthus zuluensis (shrub, little blue flowers) & Raphiolepis (shrub, white flowers) Murraya exotica, scattered, foxgloves, Heliotrope and a few early Agapanthus.
What kinds of birds are our gardens attracting a the moment?
What makes each area of our gardens special?
How would you describe the style of the gardens?
Describe yourself in three words?
What’s the best way to enjoy the garden?
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