The five-star Leeu Estates opened in Franschhoek, South Africa. Numerous designers collaborated on the crafting of the property’s architecture, interiors and gardens, including Spanish architect Tomeu Esteva, South African firm Graham Goosen and Johan Malherbe of Malherbe Rust Architects. Cape Town-based studio Beverley Boswell Designs focused on the interiors, while landscape designer Franchesca Watson crafted the gardens.
The 17-room boutique property is located between mountains and rivers in the Franschhoek valley on more than 168 acres of working vineyards. The revitalized 19th-century Manor House, which sits at the center of the property, has contemporary and classic detailing in its guestrooms and suites. Custom architecture and a relaxed color scheme define the rooms, which also has curated artwork and sculptures from across the globe. Most rooms have terraces and fireplaces.
Named after the Afrikaans word for small buck, the Bokkie Garden has grasses and hedges typically found in the animal’s diet. There is also a bronze and granite sculpture by South African artist Angus Taylor. The property’s signature Leeu Spa houses a gym with mountain views, a nearly 50-foot-long infinity pool, and various wellness offerings.
Other amenities at the property include the garden terrace, which offers al fresco dining for up to 40 guests, and a reading room with a fireplace and views of the vineyards and gardens.