What to expect
“Running a guesthouse is not a job; it’s a vocation, a lifestyle and a philosophy,” says William. “This is my home. Guests come to stay, and I offer them all my hospitality. There is no set menu, no mild-mannered concierge, and no pool-rules.”
Meals at La Residence William French are made to measure. You might want a light meal served in the privacy of your room, a romantic dinner for two coupled with fine wine served on the terrace, or you might choose to eat at the large communal table where William is often joined by friends, fellow-chefs and hungry neighbours.
“I will cook anything on request,” says William. “My suppliers source the freshest seasonal produce and the guesthouse has a large, inviting island where guests can casually sip wine while I prep dinner. Packed picnic baskets are an added value, and, if it’s local, will even be delivered to the beach.”
This is a sanctuary where you can be entirely yourself. The infinity pool that seemingly dips into the sea, is ideal for releasing stress and the overstuffed salon couches beg to be lounged in. (Expect to share real estate with Francesca, the resident Staffi and undisputed matriarch of Residence William French).
Williams’s signature service is all about customized treats. Need a masseuse? Done. A physiotherapist? Done. A hairdresser, a manicurist, a make-up artist, or a seamstress? Done, done, done and done. William will even organize a personal shopper, or tour guide, if requested. But if its serenity, solitude and soul-silence you call for, then the stillness of the mountain and the impervious ebb and flow of the False Bay coastline, will give you all the nurturing you need.
An open door policy, a laissez-faire lifestyle and a generosity beyond the call of duty, make any stay at Residence William French an experience apart.