"Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a stunning mountain backdrop. La Residence offers a world of charm, beauty and opulence. "
Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley in the heart of South Africa's exclusive Cape Winelands region with its sweeping valleys and award winning vineyards and just an hours drive from Cape Town International Airport. Set on a private 30-acre estate, this is a haven of luxury on every level. Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a stunning mountain backdrop, La Residence enjoys breathtaking views of the unspoilt rural surrounds and an atmosphere of complete tranquility.
Step into the main hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel. Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling; original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls; furnishings are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.
There’s a choice of four ceremony venues on offer, suitable for both small ceremonies or for larger wedding parties and both are available for civil ceremonies and blessings. For smaller weddings especially during the winter months the hotel recommends the Sitting Room with ceremonies set infront of a roaring open fire or alternatively in the Loggia with beautiful views of the surrounding Franschhoek mountains. Enjoy privacy and hire your own private Villa in the Vineyard where ceremonies can take place on the manicured lawns followed by dinner. Larger ceremonies during the summer are celebrated on the hotel's lawn by the swimming pool where a small wedding gazebo is made available.
Host a truly elegant wedding meal at La Residence's Dining Room with its dazzling chandeliers, black and white tiled flooring and vast fireplaces. For summer months the Wedding Courtyard offers an al fresco experience and for uncertain weather situations a marquee is also available to use. Relax and entertain your friends and family in the Terrace Room of La Residence Villas in the Vineyard creating an informal and exclusive evening. Whichever dining option chosen the chefs at La Residence are passionate about food and will create a bespoke menu for you using the freshest local ingredients and seasonal produce to reflect the culinary excellence of the Winelands region. And don't forget to celebrate into the night, with La Residence's 30 acre private estate live entertainment can continue into the small hours.
The eleven elaborate Suites offer their own unique interiors. Choose from the exotic Tibetan Suites with its oriental antiques and rich orange tones to the blue and yellow Chambre Bleu with its provencal antiques, velvets and silks. Pamper yourself in the glamorous bathroom of the Frangipani Suite with its roll top soaking tub and views out to the vineyard. Live like a king in the Maharani Suite with exotic Indian decor, antique paintings, sumptuous furnishings and the luxury of two balconies from which to view the lawns and the olive groves and mountains.
Enjoy hot, sunny and dry days during November to March with the warmest month settling in January with temperatures averaging the mid twenties. For chilly, wet days then May-August are the wintery months with June usually bring the most rainfall and temperatures averaging 10 degrees.
To host a wedding at La Residence the couple are required to book the venue exclusively. This can either be in the form of hiring the main hotel building if hosting a large wedding with use of the main hotel public areas or hiring a private La Residence Villa in the Vineyard for smaller weddings. Minimum 2 night hire during Mar-Jul & Aug-Oct & minimum 3 nights during Jan-Feb & Nov-Dec.
For religious ceremonies there is a Dutch Reformed Church in Franschhoek (approx 5 minutes drive) and also a quaint small chapel available on the Solms Delta Farm with capacity for 100 guests approx 30 minutes drive away.
La Residence offers the services of its events team who will ensure all of your dreams are met. Couples are also permitted if they wish to use your own wedding co-ordinator to work in unison with La Residence events team.
The Palm Tree Courtyard ceremony venue is located on La Residence's lawns by the swimming pool. This is the perfect location for larger wedding ceremonies during the summer with the option of a small gazebo available for the couple to be wed under.
The Sitting Room ceremony location takes place inside the hotel in front of a fire place, perfect for smaller and more intimate ceremonies during the winter.
The Loggia/Sunken Lounge is located at the main hotel building and has exquisite views of the dam and surrounding mountains.
La Residence Villas in the Vineyard offer exclusive accommodation for 2-6 guests. The open plan living & dining areas, private terraces and gardens with beautiful views of the vineyards and mountains are the perfect choice for smaller private wedding ceremonies and receptions.
For details specific to getting married in South Africa please visit: www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/marriage-certificates
Couples must be 18 or over and not be related.
Documents presented must include identity documents such as passports, final decree of divorce (if applicable) or death certificate for widowers.
Only official marriage officers can perform marriages and ceremonies must be conducted in the presence of two witnesses in either a church or building used for religious services, in a public office or private house with open doors.
The Civil Union Act effective from December 2006 allows anyone regardless of their sexual orientation to marry either through a civil union, civil marriage or customary marriage and may be conducted by a designated marriage officer for specific religious denominations or organisations or designated officers employed by the Department of Home Affairs and the Magistrates Courts.
La Residence Wedding Courtyard is located outside and offers a marquee tent for this space if required. Couples are also permitted to hire in their own marquee of choice if they desire.
For families and those who seek something a bit different, Franschhoek’s La Residence Villas in the Vineyard offer a variety of configurations to suit every requirement. Enjoy the luxury of a villa for two, or share a villa for four or six. Just as luxurious but with open-plan living and dining areas and private terraces and gardens, the Villas offer a sociable and fun alternative to the main hotel.
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