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10 December 2015

FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA: It is with great excitement that we announce the newest addition to Classic Portfolio: LA CLÉ DES MONTAGNES! The four exclusive villas are each perfect for a couple (base rate is per room, not per villa), or the big happy family! Combine a secluded stay amid plum orchards, vineyards and endless mountain views with a short walk to the pavement café mood of the village and you have found Franschhoek's best kept secret. Shh, don't tell anyone!
Who are we kidding? Tell everyone, this is BRILLIANT!
NEED TO KNOW
  • ACCESS - easy road access from Cape Town, Stellenbosch and a 45-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport.
  • ACCOMMODATION - four Villas, each distinctly decorated, with private pools, lovely gardens and incredible views:
    • LA GALERIE - 2 bedrooms - vibrant and colourful, this avant-garde villa has gallery lights to emphasize the abstract art on the walls. Ideal for couples.
    • LE MANOIR - 2 bedrooms - Le Manoir is the original farm house and has been decorated in reds, blacks, greys and whites in typical French fashion. With its home-away-from-home feel, it is perfect for families.
    • LA GRANGE - 3 bedrooms - featuring a warm neutral palette, La Grange has extraordinary double volume living space and reminds of a Victorian farmhouse. The large verandah overlooking the pool makes it fantastic for groups of friends travelling together.
    • LE COLONIAL - 4 bedrooms - the largest of the villas, Le Colonial is a fusion of East and North African aesthetics with Moroccan tiles and patterned fabrics. Friends, extended families, everyone will feel welcome here.
  • SERVICE - the butler and concierge services are impeccable and included for all bookings. A private chef is available at additional cost; or spice up the evening with cooking lessons in your own villa! Do not miss a La Clé braai - a barbeque done in traditional South African fashion and served without having to leave the deep, plush chairs on the verandah.
  • VALUE - rates are for the first room per night (starting at R9,000), and an additional per room rate thereafter (R4,100). Children 0-3 years stay free of charge and children 4-12 years in their own room do not pay the additional room rate, but only R1,000 per child per night! Children sharing with an adult are included in the room rate and are not charged for separately. Rates include breakfast and selected drinks.

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Old Mondoro

About an hour east downstream by boat from sister camp Chiawa, Old Mondoro is located in the wonderfully open area of Faidherbia Forest. The camp is a far simpler affair that Chiawa yet the guiding levels, activity choice, service and excellent home-cooking remain are par. The comfortable rooms are strung out along a hippo-friendly channel off the Zambezi, enjoying great views with their half-height walls and small decks. Activities at Old Mondoro focus on game drives and boating, though the elephant and hippo activity around camp are enough to encourage a lodge-based safari! Tasty meals are served fireside or in the open-sided thatched dining room, and star-gazing in this remote spot makes a perfect pastime...

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