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Festive Season Exhibition at Is Art

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The Festive Season Exhibition at is art is running from now until 20 January 2014. We’re showcasing a collection of some of our favourite artists’ work.

Holiday tip? Combine a trip to the gallery with a walk through the indigenous herb and sculpture garden, followed by cocktails and bites in our Lounge Bar.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the pieces.

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Christmas tree by Ilse Schermers

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Keiskamma

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Bread & Wine’s new kitchen!

Friday, July 12th, 2013
Today our family restaurant, Bread & Wine opened its doors for the first time after some very big and exciting changes in the kitchen!
The entire operation was gutted and refurbished, and fitted with high-end inductors and cooking equipment, including a Big Green Egg for grilling and smoking and CookTek equipment.
The very first bread baked in the new kitchen

Today our family restaurant, Bread & Wine opened its doors for the first time after some very big and exciting changes in the kitchen!

The entire operation was gutted and refurbished, and fitted with high-end inductors and cooking appliances, including a Big Green Egg for grilling and smoking.

 The very first bread baked in the new kitchen

The very first bread baked in the new kitchen

A sauce already bubbling on our new CookTek!

A sauce already bubbling on our new CookTek!

The Big Green Egg

The Big Green Egg

Head on over to Facebook to see more photos of the transformation.

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Our very own Easter bunnies have hopped all of the world! These bunny sculptures, by Guy du Toit, were bought at is art; and their owners have kindly sent us some snapshots of their new homes.

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guy du toit bunny sculptureHead over here to see more images.

One Billion Rising

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Join us tomorrow on the front terrace of  Le Quartier Français between 5:00pm  and 5:30pm to support  ONE BILLION RISING.  WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP and DEMAND and end to this violence!

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What a year!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

2012 was a BIG year for us. Not only did we receive a number of awards, but we gave Le Quartier Français a style overhaul.

First up was The Tasting Room. Herbert Janse, Margot’s brother, flew in from Holland and spent an intensive couple of weeks redesigning the restaurant. With a background in set and theatre design he certainly has theatrical flair, and he created a stage worthy of the cuisine.

Our pool area and reception also got some style surgery, we even have a new sign. Head over here to see some of the improvements.

As for the awards, we made it on to Condé Nast Traveller’s coveted GOLD LIST. “The Gold List is truly a global representation of real quality, no matter how far-flung. It’s newsy, too, highlighting impressive newcomers and discerning trends.” For more information and to see the other hotels on the list visit their website: www.cntraveler.com

Plus, in Condé Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Choice Survey 2012 we were rated number 11 for the Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean and 66 overall! h

And we’re in Travel and Leisure’s top 500 best hotels in the world for 2013! View the results here.

Eat Out Winner_Chef of the Year_Margot Janse

Then came the cherry on top, Margot Janse was crowned chef of the year at the annual Eat Out Awards,  dubbed ‘the foodie Oscars of South Africa’. Plus, the Tasting Room claimed the number two spot in Eat Out’s Top Ten Restaurants.

Not a bad haul!

Margot also featured in two cookbooks this year, Taking it Easy, and Something About Mushrooms.

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who supports us, and especially to our team, from the kitchens to the hotel. Your creativity, drive and enthusiasm ensures our guests a consistently magic experience. Thank you.

Happy New Year!

The latest beauties at Is Art

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

These are some of the newest stunners at our contemporary fine art gallery, is art: below is a bronze sculpture from Cornelia Stoop, then, also in bronze, are chairs by Guy du Toit. Check out the red sculpture by Uwe Pfaff (we also have one in The Tasting Room), and lastly a little bit of love from Hartedief. Come for a browse and then pop in at The Common Room for a glass of bubbly.

Cornelia Stoop, bronze

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uwe Pfaff

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South African Airways 48-hour Super Sale

Friday, November 9th, 2012

You only have 48 hours to book! This fare is valid from Washington to Joburg, South Africa, through to 12 December 2012.

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With fares as low as  $860 roundtrip. Call 1-800-521-4845 to book.

Taste of summer

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

This season our executive chef, Margot Janse, is experimenting with gorgeous summer produce, including hibiscus flowers and marron (crayfish).  Expect the unexpected, and a proud procession of unusual and timeless African ingredients, such as baobab and buchu, which are given new life on the plate.

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Franschhoek Festivals

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Come summertime, Franschhoek is abuzz with festivals; here’s two not to miss at the tail end of 2012:

‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique & Champagne Festival (30 November - 2 December)
Local Cap Classique, and French Champagne producers will present their bubblies in a grand tent on the manicured lawns surrounding the Huguenot Monument.
Franschhoek Art in Clay (27 October - 16 November)
Go potty at six Franschhoek galleries showcasing their contemporary ceramics

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Our Franschhoek insider tips

Friday, October 26th, 2012
Our Franschhoek  insider tips:
Lunch at Bread and Wine Vineyard Restaurant—this is country cooking at another level entirely; rustic meets accomplished elegance. Ask to see the storage room of curing meats for a peek in to the charcuterie process. (Cooking classes with Neil Jewell are also available.)[http://www.moreson.co.za/bread-and-wine/]
A cookery class with Vanie Padayachee, The Spice Guru. The Indian culture is so prolific in South Africa—and this is one delicious way to learn more about it. [http://www.lqf.co.za/cooking-classes/cooking-with-spices.htm]
Cruise around The Franschhoek Motor Museum [http://www.fmm.co.za/]. Set in a beautiful wine estate, this museum is a tribute to 100 years of classic motoring.
Visit, is art, fine art gallery [http://www.is-art.co.za/] Think you’ve seen it all? This gallery offers a unique perspective on contemporary South African art.

Lunch at Bread and Wine Vineyard Restaurant—this is country cooking at another level entirely; rustic meets accomplished elegance. Ask to see the storage room of curing meats for a peek in to the charcuterie process. (Cooking classes with Neil Jewell are also available.)

A cookery class with Vanie Padayachee, The Spice Guru. The Indian culture is so prolific in South Africa—and this is one delicious way to learn more about it.

Cruise around The Franschhoek Motor Museum. Set in a beautiful wine estate, this museum is a tribute to 100 years of classic motoring.

Visit, is art, fine art gallery. Think you’ve seen it all? This gallery offers a unique perspective on contemporary South African art.

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