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About Us

La Fontaine Guest House is centrally located within two adjacent heritage properties, Linquenda and Campbell House. Both buildings are architectural gems. La Fontaine Franschhoek offers characterful accommodation just a short walk to the main street, Huguenot Road (R45) with its restaurants, shops and galleries.  We invite you to enjoy the authentic ambience and warm charm which has come to characterise La Fontaine Franschhoek.

History

La Fontaine Franschhoek was originally named “Linquenda” which means one day I must leave here. Built in 1926 as a residence for the local school Headmaster of the Franschhoek High School, the building was no doubt an impressive landmark. In 1943 the Church Council of the Dutch Reformed Church bought the building, using it as a hostel for 26 girls. In 1980 the Church Council sold the building. The double storey was then restored to its original wooden floor and ceiling beauty and converted into a Guest House, still retaining the name “Linquenda”. After changing ownership, the name was changed to La Fontaine Franschhoek as it is still known today.


Campbell House:

Built in 1895, this fine example of a Victorian homestead was first occupied by a family from the village of Campbell in the Karoo. It was later used by Franschhoek School to house teachers. In 2003, it became the property of Linquenda Guest House cc and was run as part of La Fontaine Franschhoek. After substantial renovations in 2004 to bring it back to its former glory both to the buildings and garden, it was brought into operation and has become an integral part of La Fontaine Guest House.


Then and Now fun facts

The following advertisement was taken from the school magazine in 1945. Compare the following then and now facts.

THEN

  1. Accommodation is provided by the Linquenda Girls’ Hostel, under the direct supervision of the Principal and a Matron, assisted by resident lady teachers.
  2. This Hostel is newly furnished and electrically fitted – hot baths and cold showers have been installed.

  3. Meals are well balanced and in accordance with the best scientific requirements. Vegetables and fruit are grown by the School Agricultural department.
  4. Boarders study regularly under supervision of the resident teachers.


  5. Boarding fees are very moderate.

NOW

  1. 4-Star accommodation provided by La Fontaine Guest House under management of Kathie + Richard and the dedicated La Fontaine team.
  2. In accordance with the TGCSA 4-star status, La Fontaine is refurbished on a regular basis – hot baths and showers are installed, using the latest water saving and heating technology.
  3. Breakfasts are served outside under the vine covered pergola or in the breakfast room. Fresh produce is sourced locally by Dawn, a trained chef ensuring that we offer the best breakfast in Franschhoek!
  4. Our knowledge of local culture, history and wine making is very extensive as we have been in the Franschhoek Valley since 1982 and have been involved at La Fontaine for 14 years.
  5. Rates are very competitive and offer unbeatable value for money.

Greening Issues

2013 certificate of membershipHELP US REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

La Fontaine is endeavouring to maintain an Eco-friendly policy in order to save precious resources in line with South African Tourism initiatives. These include the following:

1. WATER SAVING:

  • Water-saving shower heads have been installed.
  • A grey water system has been installed to recycle bath and shower water.
  • Controlled irrigation is installed using micro jets and pop ups.

You can help us save this most precious resource by:

  • Showering instead of bathing where possible.
  • Using water sparingly in the Victorian baths.
  • Re-using bath towels if you are staying more than one night.
  • Hang towels up if you would like to re-use them.
  • Place towels on the floor if you would like them to be washed.


2. ELECTRICITY

  • “Geyserwise” timer units have been installed on the geysers and are programmed to switch on/off based on a time schedule.
  • We request that you switch off lights, heaters and air-conditioners when leaving the room.

3. RECYCLE/REUSE

  • Insulation in the roof of the guest house is made from re-cycled paper.
  • Bath and shower water is directed into a “grey water” underground storage tank and used to water our beautiful indigenous gardens.
  • Kitchen waste (fruit and vegetable peelings etc.) is composted for use in our indigenous garden. No chemical fertilizers are used.
  • Supplies for La Fontaine are bought locally with re-usable carrier bags.
  • Glass, paper, plastic bottles and tin cans are recycled.

Social Involvement

Lafontaine Guest House is involved with a number of social investment activities ranging from supporting local cultural activities to community development through cricket, and also wider community and charity involvements. 

CULTURAL

FullSizeRenderThe Franschhoek Literary Festival is held annually in May. This festival has become a very popular event on the Franschhoek Calendar. La Fontaine Guest House sponsors the Green Room which is a meeting point where the presenters come to relax and enjoy refreshments of tea, coffee, sandwiches, and a glass of local wine before heading off to their next presentations.

classic musicThe Classical Music Festival: La Fontaine Guest House supports one of the performances held at the Dutch Reformed Church annually in October. The Green Room is made available and after the performance members of the audience are invited to a finger lunch.

 

 

 

 

UPLIFTMENT AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES

CricketAs sport, and specifically cricket, is the owner’s love, it is in this field that the local communities of the greater Drakenstein Valley are supported by La Fontaine Guest House. 

Ladies Cricket: This support has been very successful in developing the local team into one which has grown in stature. It has not only won the club championships in all codes on a regular basis, but has provided players for both the Provincial and National teams in the u19 and open age groups.

Schools’ u12 Cricket: Both organisational and financial support, in conjunction with the Groot Drakenstein Games Club, is provided to hold an u12 schools’ cricket tournament. Up to twelve junior schools participate, most of whom are from very disadvantaged communities.

SPONSORSHIPS

Minor sponsorships regularly supported include those to: Coronation's Cricket Club, Diocesan College (Bishops), Franschhoek Hospice, Groot Drakenstein Games Club Golf Day, South African Landscapers Institute, St Luke’s Hospice, and the J9 Foundation (Motor-Neuron Disease charity).

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

La Fontaine Guest House is actively involved in the following community organisations:

  • Cape Chamber of Commerce: represented on the local Stellenbosch branch, Agri-business and council committees
  • Franschhoek Empowerment and Environment Trust
  • Franschhoek Wine Valley and Tourism Association
  • Groot Drakenstein Games Club
  • Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve Management Board

Staff:

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The staff compliment has been very stable since inception in 2001, losing only four, mainly to retirement. A Hospitality manager, Kathie, an Assistant manager, Dawn, a Bookkeeper, Shirley, four Housekeepers, Charmaine, Georgina, Ragel and Lizaan, a Laundry Lady, Brenda, a Handyman, Trevor and a Gardner, William, make up the Team. Their skills have been developed predominantly through in-house training from Kathie, who is skilled and experienced in Home Economics.