Interval International has announced the affiliation of L’Ermitage Chateau Hotel & Villas, an exclusive estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands near the village of Franschhoek. Located less than an hour away from Cape Town, South Africa, the area is known as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world and has recently attracted international hospitality-based investment.
“L’Ermitage’s idyllic setting and prime location make it the quintessential Winelands experience,” said Darren Ettridge, Interval’s senior vice president resort sales and business development for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “The town of Franschhoek has developed a reputation as one of South Africa’s culinary hotspots and is home to several of the country’s most celebrated restaurants, including the world famous Haute Cabriere wine estate and restaurant. This resort is a fitting inclusion in the impressive portfolio of developments by éLan Property Group across South Africa and Mauritius.”
Housed in a French-inspired boutique hotel, the six suites and 26 villas overlook beautifully maintained gardens with fountains and cobblestone walking paths that have striking views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards. All offer breath-taking mountain views and include full kitchens, dining, and living areas. Wi-Fi is complimentary and room service, babysitting, and laundry facilities are also available.
On-site amenities include a restaurant, bar, and concierge. A high point for many guests is a sunset picnic on the viewing deck on the mountain above the hotel.
From the peace and privacy of the estate, it’s a short drive to a wide variety of activities. Guests can play golf at the Jack Nicklaus signature Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate, go horseback riding, hiking or cycling on the Cats se Pad trail, or explore nearby quaint villages
and towns on the Cape Winelands Route. Franschhoek has maintained its French charm since it was settled by French Huegenots in the 18th century. Today its streets are lined with bistros and galleries and the names of most roads are in French.