Franschhoek, SA - Villa

6 BR, 6 BA - $3,087 to $4,263 per nt

When the owners first bought La Rive in 1993, it was barely recognisable from what it has become today. They spent the better part of 2 years renovating and developing their dream Winelands home before completion by Easter 1995.

Today, La Rive has been transformed into an incredibly warm and homely villa that resembles a marriage of colonial English and traditional Afrikaans / Dutch heritage. The sounds of water from various features around the grounds will transport you to a tranquil hideaway just off Franschhoek’s Main Road. Considering it’s only a block off this road, you’ll be amazed that you can’t see any forms of human habitation from all parts of the garden, swimming pool and outside verandas.

A marvelously eclectic mix of Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture and furniture, as well as numerous pieces from famous South African artists such as Neil Rodger, Gregoire Boonzaier, Edward Wolfe and Dylan Lewis on display, illustrates Brett’s passion for art collecting. He adds, “It’s how I imagined the house would have evolved if the family who built it had lived here forever.”

Step outside onto the spacious, airy patios and marvel at the sights before you. An inviting swimming pool will provide you with a refreshing respite from Franschhoek’s hot summer days and if you were to venture further, you would stumble upon an enchanted, lush garden that could very well be the one from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden”. With numerous paths leading to various alcoves, benches and lawns, you’ll be able to disappear for some quiet time, meditation, or even a romantic moment.

With a live-in chef and butler, you’ll awake each morning in this finely decorated villa to a 5-star breakfast and be treated to such world-class service, you’ll feel like royalty. With an outdoor entertainment area and fully-inclusive drinks, rest assured you’ll never be left wanting for anything.

With no two of the antique bedside tables alike, each of the stylishly decorated, air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms has a personality and character of its own. Your own haven of tranquility will ensure you relax and unwind as you deserve.


Franschhoek is world renowned as the Food & Wine capital of South Africa. With scenic backdrops that would keep many of the 19th-century Impressionists satisfied for hours, this popular village should be a bucket-list destination for wine and food connoisseurs alike.

With more award-winning restaurants concentrated here than anywhere else in South Africa, La Rive is perfectly located to allow you to experience most of them within a short walk or drive. Franschhoek’s restaurants are an eclectic combination of French cuisine and some of South Africa’s finest traditional and contemporary styles, with visitors travelling from around the world to sample some of the most delectable, exquisite tastes on the continent.

A snippet of the highly acclaimed restaurants we’d recommend are:

  • The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais
  • La Petite Ferme
  • Foliage Restaurant
  • Pierneef a La Motte
  • Ryan’s Kitchen
  • Monneaux
  • Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz Wine Estate
  • Rickety Bridge
  • Cafe Des Arts

Wine tasting in Franschhoek is unique. With magnificent mountain backdrops and picturesque vineyards, the entire experience is an overload of sensory delights. Some of the over 300-year-old family-owned wine farms have amazing architecture and incredible views, as well as many added bonuses like museums, farm stalls and garden tours, not to mention the main attractions of cellar tours and wine tastings.

  • Boschendal
  • Chamonix
  • Eikehof
  • Grande Provence
  • Holden Manz
  • La Bourgogne
  • La Bri
  • La Petite Dauphine
  • La Petite Ferme
  • Leopard’s Leap
  • Maison
  • Mont Rochelle
  • Rickety Bridge

The Space

  • Accommodates: 12
  • Size: 7,000 sq feet with additional 6,000 sq feet of outdoor space
  • Levels: 2
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Beds: 6
  • Bed Type: King, Queen, Single (if needed)
  • Bath: 6
  • Property Type: Villa
  • Room Type: Entire Home


  • Wifi
  • Full servicing daily
  • Private parking
  • Chef lives on the Property
  • 24-hour security surveillance
  • Premium A Grade linen
  • Luxury turndown service
  • Concierge service
  • Air-conditioning
  • Continental breakfast included
  • Butler service included
  • Walking distance from Franschhoek Main road
  • Control 4 automation music app
  • Pizza Oven
  • Koi Fish Ponds
  • Complete privacy & sole usage of the property
  • Outdoor gas heaters
  • Vegetable garden
  • TV room – flat screen TV, DSTV, DVD
  • Bathrobes
  • Hair dryer
  • Espresso maker
  • Premium TV channels
  • South African Wines
  • Poolside patio with loungers
  • Covered terrace with fireplace
  • Gas BBQ
  • Swimming pool
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Only one hour from Cape Town
  • Available for small weddings or still shoots
  • Grand Piano


  • Inquire for availability


  • Peak Rate - 15 DEC - 31 MAR 2019
    • USD $4,263/night
  • Medium Rate - 01 APR - 31 MAY 2018, 16 SEP - 14 DEC 2018
    • USD $3,528/night
  • Low Rate - 1 JUN - 15 SEP 2018
    • USD $3,087/night


  • Rates includes bed, breakfast and all beverages during your stay (excludes French Champagne)

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