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 verandahs.

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 the owner’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.

Each room has a personality and character of its own, and no two of the antique bedside tables are alike. A live-in chef and butler will provide you with 5-star continental breakfast and world class service, complete with all the luxuries and amenities one would expect from a villa like this.

The property is also available to be rented out for small scale weddings and photo shoots, the backdrops and gardens providing the perfect setting for either.

  • The incredible gardens, extensive entertainment area, friendly and welcoming staff, the luxuriously comfortable rooms. I don’t even know where to start when describing newly listed villa in the heart of Franschhoek. The feeling of it being someone’s home is apparent from the minute you arrive, and we left wishing it was our family home. Will be sure to return on our next visit!
    George, 47, Boston, USA
  • What a wonderful discovery we made whilst travelling to the Winelands over the festive period. This unique secret gem has just opened to the public. Consisting of 6 individually decorated rooms with wonderful art and decor, this villa is very different to the usual country chic-styled places elsewhere in the village. The staff were friendly, helpful and the service superb.
    Anne, 51, Hartford, UK
  • Dear La Rive and all the staff. WOW. What a incredible weekend. Your home is absolutely beautiful. Exquisitely decorated with an elegant old world charm that was completely wonderful. The entire experience, especially and including the amazing staff,  made it a perfect weekend. We did not want to leave. I highly recommend this to anyone who travels to the winelands. Franschhoek is just heaven and this was the perfectly paired accommodation. Beyond expectations.
    Janine Mijne


  • Wifi
  • Full servicing daily
  • Private parking
  • House Cook 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


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    +27 82 905 7946

    29 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek