The Manor House @ Plaisir de Merle

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Introducing the ideal venue for business or pleasure...

A historic manor house dating back to 1764. Situated on the Plaisir de Merle wine estate, our Manor House is a cultural treasure of the Cape winelands and has been restored to its former splendour to serve as a Franschhoek guest house, a dedicated small conference or break-away facility, a versatile function venue for weddings, renewal of vows and special functions.

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The Manor House has been tastefully co-ordinated with fashionable furnishings by the dynamic design team from Visser Kapperer de Bruin Architects of Stellenbosch who were also the restoration architects. The end result bears testimony to a conscious endeavour to forsake grandeur in favour of unaffected sincerity with a flair that underlies classical refinement. Fashionable and co-ordinated with flair, the Manor House's interior features an elegant and eclectic rendition of old and new. The selection of furniture in the Cape Art Nouveau and Art deco, ball-and-claw and retro styles are reminiscent of our estate's diverse cultural heritage and progressive approach to winemaking. Fashionable furnishings make an unaffected, yet classically refined, statement. Trappings of the past are brought closer to the present in the dining room or 'galderij' with its traditional wall cupboard ('muurkas') and yellowwood ceiling beams. A long dining table comfortably seats 36 guests, and with a slight change in configuration can seat up to 40 guests.

Meetings and Conferences
Available for half day or full day meetings and conferences, the Plaisir de Merle function venue is fully-equipped with everything you need to make a success off your next event. Breakaway areas around the Manor House lend themselves perfectly to smaller group sessions.

Manor House Accommodation
Our splendid Franschhoek guest house is available as a single booking only and can accommodate up to eight guests. It is the ideal venue for conference delegates and wedding parties and your stay will include continental breakfast. Additional catering can be provided on request / prior arrangement.

Cape Winelands Weddings
Our gardens, manicured lawns and rolling vista of vines invite you to breathe in the elegance of yesteryear while experiencing superior quality and service. The old Manor House which is one of the Cape's finest examples of authentic Cape Dutch architecture presents the ideal venue for an intimate wedding.

The Manor House can also be utilised for exclusive lunch or dinner functions and the gorgeous garden lends itself to larger weddings and entertaining al fresco.

Plaisir de Merle Accommodation
The splendid Plaisir de Merle Manor House is available as a single booking only. The Manor House can accommodate up to eight guests and is the ideal venue for the wedding party. Breakfast is included in the price. You can choose from the following bedroom options.

When you choose Plaisir de Merle for your Cape Winelands wedding venue, suite presents the perfect ending to the perfect day. Beautifully appointed and sporting a full bathroom en suite for maximum privacy, the honeymoon suite is named The Bird Room which plays on the name of Plaisir de Merle (Pleasure of the Blackbird).

Twin Comforts
The Tree Room and the Protea Room are equipped with twin beds and share a full bathroom. The bedrooms are ideal options for wedding guests and conference delegates.

Travelling Light
Ideal for conference delegates, the Travel Room has its own en suite bathroom and its quirky touches include ancient maps on the walls and cabin trunks as bedside tables.

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