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  1. Experience Leeu Estates

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    Leeu Estates now allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the Leeu Collection lifestyle with their exciting Half-Day Experience Package, which includes a guided Garden & Art tour on their 5-Star flagship property, a Signature Wine Tasting at one of the top 100 wineries in the world, The Wine Studio, and a dining experience at the brand new Le chêne, situated in The Manor House.

    Leeu Estates Aerial view

    Immerse yourself in the unrivalled Leeu Collection lifestyle at our flagship 5-Star Premium property, Leeu Estates, a working wine farm in Franschhoek with panoramic valley, vineyard and mountain views.

    Reflective Resonance – Garden and art tours

    This exciting half-day experience includes:

    • A one-hour guided Garden & Art Tour that takes guests through meticulously landscaped gardens with strategically placed sculptures by renowned South African artists.
    • A Signature Wine Tasting at the elegant Wine Studio, where guests are guided by the knowledgeable team through the finer nuances of the premium wines, hand crafted by Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines.
    • A two- or three-course lunch or dinner in Le chêne. Meaning “The Oak Tree”, Le chêne pays homage to Franschhoek by utilising only the finest local ingredients whilst celebrating the valley’s French heritage in cuisine, theme and concept.

     

    Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines Studio

    AVAILABLE PACKAGES

    • R835 per person, includes guided Garden & Art Tour, Signature Wine Tasting, two-course lunch/dinner with a glass of wine
    • R945 per person, includes guided Garden & Art Tour, Signature Wine Tasting, three-course lunch/dinner with a glass of wine

     

    Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines Studio

    For more information, contact us on +27 (0) 21 492 2475 or email events@leeucollection.com
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  2. Darren Badenhorst opens ‘Le chêne’ at Leeu Estates in the Franschhoek Valley

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    Franschhoek, South Africa, 15 October 2019:  Today, award-winning chef and patron of Franschhoek’s ‘Le coin Francais‘, Darren Badenhorst, opens his second establishment in the Cape Winelands village. ‘Le chêne’, meaning ‘The Oak Tree’, is located in the Manor House at Leeu Estates, part of the Leeu Collection, and pays homage to Franschhoek by utilizing only the finest local ingredients whilst celebrating the valley’s heritage through its cuisine, concept and interiors.

    Badenhorst already owns Le coin Francais (located in the heart of Franschhoek), which has won multiple awards since opening in October 2017. The all-new, stand-alone restaurant Le chêne will raise the dining experience at Leeu Estates to another level, complementing the stunning interiors, spa and gardens, for which the hotel is already well-known. Badenhorst and his team will also manage every other aspect of the food and beverage offering at Leeu Estates, including in-room dining, breakfast and event catering.

    Le Chêne interior

    Le chêne will serve French-inspired dishes made from regional produce. Both the name and concept of this new dining experience acknowledge Franschhoek’s history – French Huguenots settled in the valley in the 17th century, hence its name of Franschhoek which derives from the Dutch for “French corner”. To complement the food and to add an historic touch to Le chêne, Badenhorst has commissioned a stunning 6m long 750 year old yellow wood feature table from Pierre Cronje, along with custom-built chairs that echo the sophisticated elegance associated with both Leeu Estates and Le coin Francais.

    18-hour confit Karoo lamb neck, mountain nettle and river cress purée, edamame beans, Brussels sprout and peral onion cups, brûlée butternut spheres, lamb jus gras.

    Says Badenhorst, “I am both honoured and excited to be opening my second restaurant in the village I love so much, and I could not wish for a better brand partner. Leeu Collection’s quality standards are second to none and I believe my creative and sophisticated cuisine will fit seamlessly into Leeu Estates, creating a synergy of two world class brands under one roof. I feel privileged to be a part of their culinary journey.”

    Says Analjit Singh, founder of Leeu Collection, “Food and drink are such an important part of a hotel stay, we decided to welcome top chefs and their restaurants into the Leeu Collection properties, to enhance the guest experience. While we provide the infrastructure and functionality, focusing on lifestyle aspects such as beautifully curated interiors, exquisite landscaped gardens, stunning pieces of art and immersive Mullineux & Leeu Family Wine tastings, we can allow the experts to cook up a magical storm in our kitchens. We are thrilled that Darren and his team are joining us at Leeu Estates.”

    Leeu Collection offers guests a wide and diverse choice of unforgettable places to stay in the sublimely beautiful Franschhoek valley, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The portfolio comprises three unique properties: Leeu Estates, the mountainside country house hotel and boutique winery recently awarded the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)’s new 5-Star Premium grading, as well as Leeu House, an exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of Franschhoek, and Le Quartier Français, a romantic hotel with two independent villas.

    For further information, please telephone +27 21 492 2222 or email reservations@lecoinfrancais.co.za

  3. Tourism Top of Mind for Franschhoek Service Providers

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    The Franschhoek Wine Valley certainly packs a punch when it comes to tourism service delivery. Not only is the region regarded as one of the country’s leading wine producing areas as well as SA’s Culinary Capital, but tourism is also key in their continued efforts to stay ahead of the game and strive for what they believe in.

    The passion and dedication of some of Franschhoek’s members were recently recognized at two leading industry events, reaffirming the valley as one of the country’s leading tourism destinations.

    In September delegates from around the country came together for the annual Wine & Food Tourism Conference in Stellenbosch, which was also the venue for the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Conference Awards. The awards, which took place on the closing date of the conference, honoured nine of SA’s top wine and food tourism service providers. The winners (aka honourees) were selected from Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, the Overberg, the West Coast and Karoo, and included a mix of well-established favourites and hidden gems. The deserving recipients were selected for having created outstanding and positively memorable tourist experiences, and in doing so were an inspirations to others in the industry.

    The awards consisted of three categories, and in each of these categories the best of three contenders were acknowledged as honoureers. Leeu Collection was named as one of the honourees in the Service Excellence category, with La Motte securing a position as one of three in The Authentic South African Experience category.

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    La Motte Harvest Experience

    Prior to the Wine & Food Tourism Conference the winners of this year’s Lilizela Tourism Awards were announced a special gala event on 13 September. Regarded as South Africa’s premier Travel and Tourism Awards, its aim is to recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world-class product and service, and whose delivery grows the country’s global destination competitiveness. Franschhoek shone at these awards with Ashbourne House announced as the winner in the Best 4 Star Guest House in the Western Cape for 2019.

    Ashbourne House

  4. Leeu Collection Unveils Exciting New Food Offerings for Franschhoek

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    Leeu Collection has revealed exciting new plans for its Cape Winelands properties that will cement its desire to host only the very best dining experiences (that make the most of local produce and talent) and reinforce Franschhoek’s title as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa.

    Leeu Estates; Darren Badenhorst; Le coin Francais signature dessert

    The seeds for this concept were sown earlier this year when it was announced that Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan is to take over the restaurant (to be called Henrock) and every other aspect of the Food & Beverage at Leeu’s British property, Linthwaite House in the Lake District, from early October 2019. Now, Leeu Collection has reached agreement with two of the best culinary teams in South Africa to replicate the idea in Franschhoek.

    Multiple award-winning chef Darren Badenhorst, already well-known as the Chef Patron of Le coin Français in Franschhoek, will manage the food and beverage offering at Leeu Estates as of 15 October 2019, creating a new restaurant in the Manor House called Le chêne (The Oak) that will serve French-inspired dishes made from local produce. Both the name and concept of this new dining experience acknowledge Franschhoek’s history – French Huguenots settled in the valley in the 17th century, hence its name of Franschhoek which derives from the Dutch for “French corner”.

    Then, from the start of May 2020, the award-winning team at La Colombe in Cape Town will move La Petite Colombe (which is currently located at Leeu’s Le Quartier Français) into a larger stand-alone space on Leeu Estates that is set amid beautiful gardens, with glorious river and mountain views. Alongside it will stand a new Everard Read gallery for monumental art, creating a “must-go” destination for food and art aficionados. (La Petite Colombe will be the only Food & Beverage outlet at Leeu Estates not operated by Badenhorst.) Protégé, also operated by the La Colombe team, will remain at Le Quartier Français.

    La Petite Colombe; the La Colombe team; La Petite Colombe signature dish

    “Food and drink are such an important part of a hotel stay, we have made the decision to welcome top chefs and their restaurants into the Leeu Collection properties, to enhance the guest experience,” says Analjit Singh, founder of Leeu Collection.  “While we provide the infrastructure and functionality, focusing on lifestyle aspects such as beautifully curated interiors, exquisite landscaped gardens, stunning pieces of art and immersive Mullineux & Leeu Family Wine tastings, we can allow the experts to cook up a magical storm in our kitchens.”

    Leeu Collection offers guests a wide and diverse choice of unforgettable places to stay in the sublimely beautiful Franschhoek valley, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The portfolio comprises three unique properties: Leeu Estates, the mountainside country house hotel and boutique winery recently awarded the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)’s new 5-Star Premium grading, as well as Leeu House, an exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of Franschhoek, and Le Quartier Français, a romantic hotel with two independent villas.

    For further information, please contact us on +27 21 492 2222 or email reservations@leeucollection.com or visit www.leeucollection.com

    For media queries, please contact Nicolette Waterford:  Nicolette.Waterford@leeucollection.com

  5. Leeu Estates is the only hotel in the Cape Winelands to secure new 5-Star Premium status

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    Leeu Estates, the flagship property of Leeu Collection, is the only hotel in the Cape Winelands to have achieved the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)’s new 5-Star Premium status, which was introduced in April 2019 to recognise exceptional 5-star properties that have reached the pinnacle of quality where facilities, amenities and service co-exist to reach perfection.

    This aspirational level, reserved for the most luxurious products offerings in South Africa, allows the TGCSA, a business unit of South African Tourism, to recognise establishments that achieve an outstanding level of product quality above and beyond other 5-star properties.

    The 5-Star Premium status was introduced following the completion of a wide-ranging comparative study as part of the TGCSA’s grading system review (and in line with several other global quality assurance bodies).

    The new grade highlights properties that epitomise the essence of luxury regarding guest amenities and world-class standards of service. To ensure that this extremely high standard is maintained, the TGCSA 5-Star Premium grading status is valid for a year, after which the hotels are subject to another review to decide whether they retain the highest grade.

    To date, just five establishments in South Africa have been awarded this 5-Star Premium status, with Leeu Estates being the only property in the Cape Winelands to be honoured. The other four properties are The Royal Malewane Lodge and Lion Sands Ivory lodge (both in Mpumalanga), The Silo in Cape Town and Birkenhead House in Hermanus.

    TGCSA Chief Quality Assurance Office Darryl Erasmus said: “I would like to congratulate the owners, management and staff at Leeu Estates on this fantastic achievement.  The 5-Star Premium awards are reserved for those properties in South Africa that far exceed the minimum core requirement and quality standards of 5-Star grading and exhibit best in class service excellence. They are comparable with leading global offerings in the ultra-luxury market with respect to product quality and facilities provided.”

    Analjit Singh, founder of the Leeu Collection, responded by saying: “I am delighted at the news that Leeu Estates is one of just five properties in South Africa to be awarded 5-Star Premium status and applaud the Tourism Grading Council’s introduction of this additional grade that helps discerning global travellers locate their ideal destinations. I extend my heartiest congratulations to my dedicated team at Leeu Estates who have made this possible through their hard work, enthusiasm and true hospitality.”

    Analjit Singh – Leeu Collection Founder

    Leeu Collection offers guests a wide and diverse choice of unforgettable experiences in the sublimely beautiful Franschhoek valley, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The portfolio comprises three unique properties: Leeu Estates, the mountainside country house hotel, spa and boutique winery that has been awarded the 5-Star Premium grading, as well as Leeu House, an exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of Franschhoek, and Le Quartier Français, a romantic hotel with two independent villas.

    For further information, please telephone +27 21 492 2222 or email reservations@leeucollection.com or visit www.leeucollection.com

  6. Facilitating a fine future for Franschhoek youth

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    Congenial venue. Up to date equipment. Professional support. Three elements that are essential for young people to study, discover, absorb while reaching required academic standards and attain their development potential.

    These factors are now available to both the youth and younger children of the Franschhoek valley thanks to the establishment of the Leeu Learning Centre which officially opened on February 1, 2019 at the Franschhoek Valley Community Sport Centre, established by Hope Through Action in 2015.

    Left to right:  Hardik Manek, Group COO & Country Head South Africa, Leeu Collection and Analjit Singh, Founder, Leeu Collection

    The Leeu Collection identified the need for a centre where young kids and youth of the Franschhoek valley can access free quality online education: an essential component in qualifying for employment in the 21st century. Embracing the fourth industrial revolution through digital prowess will play an important role, one that now forms a core part of the learning centre’s facilities and resources.

    Thanks to a considerable financial injection extending over three years, the Leeu Learning Centre is able to operate from 9h00 to 19h00 every week day. A dozen modern computers provide internet access, accompanied by printing and photocopying equipment. The small existing library is being expanded to provide school curriculum material, adult fiction and children’s titles, along with newspapers and magazines.

    Educational film screening will be offered, and the facilities are available for adults in the mornings, while afternoon programmes focus on school children and homework. 

    Academic support with both online and subject specific tutors are offered, along with skilled computer assistance to help with assignments and extra classes. School assignments today often require information obtained online. Many scholars do not even have a quiet space in which to study, nor do they have computer access.  The centre hopes to reach at least 200 children a week in the first year. Older students require computer access for employment and other applications where handwritten documents are no longer accepted.

    These facilities are now integrated with those already existing at the Franschhoek Valley Community Sport Centre, such as on-going sports, leadership and life skills training. This project was established in 2015 at Groendal in Franschhoek, and is one of several operated by the Hope Through Action Foundation, a non-profit South African company,  together with its partner SCORE, in Franschhoek and in Paarl.

    A new centre will be opened in Malmesbury in May 2019.

    The Leeu Learning Centre and the Hope Through Action Foundation are collaborating on projects to provide space and online learning facilities, along with educational resources and support to learners provided by both professional staff and volunteers.

    The Leeu Collection, an international portfolio of luxurious lifestyle hotels and gastronomic destinations, which operates three iconic hotels and superb culinary venues in and around Franschhoek, will promote the educational project, provide funding, and seek additional ways to support the centre and its objectives.

    The Leeu Collection has identified the children and youth of the Franschhoek valley as a primary target group of its corporate social investment strategy and has committed to the establishment of a safe, comfortable and well-resourced centre that will help improve academic performance and encourage life-long learning. Together with its Foundation partner, the Leeu Collection will explore further ways in which to transform the lives of young people in the region.

    Through publicising its goals, guests that visit its establishments internationally can volunteer to provide funds or donate suitable books for the library and offer their services to read to children at the centre. Such contributions will add enjoyment and unique value, while equipping the valley’s youth for success in a future dominated by the digital and information economy.

    Analjit Singh (known as BAS), Founder of the Leeu Collection sums up the project’s overall philosophy simply and succinctly: “Learning and education are the keys to personal development. In training ourselves to become worthy citizens at home, at work, or anywhere we contribute toward building our society. I wish the programme every success!”

  7. Tuk Tuk Microbrewery spices things up with new menu

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    Tuk Tuk, part of Leeu Collection and located on Franschhoek’s vibey main street is well known for its bespoke brews and Mexican food. The popular Taqueria has recently introduced mouth-watering new dishes on its updated menu.

    Created by the innovative chef Martin Senekal, the new menu was a direct outcome of their constant interaction with customers and the feedback received.

    “We take feedback very seriously and it is of paramount importance to us to give our customers what they expect. Mexican flavours will still dominate, but the new menu has doubled up in offerings, as well as variety and flavours.” he says.

    With a big quota of Tuk Tuk’s clientele immersing themselves in the Franschhoek village life by visiting to enjoy some of the tailor-made brews on offer, Senekal decided to include various small snack items, aka the chimichangas and croquettes, which are ideal to enjoy with drinks without having to order a big meal. The taco selection, as well as the vegetarian offering, were also adapted to follow current food trends.

    Menu flavours lean towards Tex Mex, with the focus being on comfort food like corn fajitas, game fish tostadas, burritos, and a delectable buttermilk fried chicken burger served with hand-cut chips. For the sweet tooth, flan de leche, a chilli chocolate brownie or tres leches lamingtons will hit the sweet spot and the vegetarian options include delicious Baja fish with sliced jalapeño, radish and pickled cucumber.

    Tuk Tuk’s kitchen is open daily from 11h00 to 21h00 during low season; and from 11h00 to 21h30 (bar closes at 23h00) during high season.

    “Our new menu now offers something for everyone,” says Senekal. “Together with our seasonal brews, the updated menu will definitely have huge appeal to our regulars.”

    Tuk Tuk Microbrewery, the first and only microbrewery on the main street of Franschhoek, opened its doors in February 2016. This 250-litre capacity brewery, in partnership with the CBC (Cape Brewing Company) team, is micro and authentic in the truest sense of the word.