Eleven-room boutique hotel in the Franschhoek wine region ("South Africa's corner of France") where FT travel guru Claire Wrathall spent "two blissful days amid a decor Marie-Antoinette might have loved." She explains, "As a scheme it shouldn’t work at all. The building is a low modern structure rendered in a sort of yellowish terracotta reminiscent of Provence, as are the lavender fields and olive groves that surround it. But inside, below a roof of corrugated iron, the furniture is an eclectic mix of rococo, Louis XVI with Ming dynasty and Indian antiques, the floor is polished chequerboard marble strewn with oriental rugs and the light comes from excessively ornate chandeliers. That Elton John has twice taken over the whole hotel for a holiday comes as no surprise. I just never expected to love it myself." [FT] Tatler's pick for accommodations in Franschhoek. Learn more about La Residence and Franschhoek in the attached, February 2010 FT travel review.
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