Why The Residence should be your intimate event venue of choice

The Residence at Vrede En Lust is the ideal setting for an intimate event from weddings, bridal showers, special birthdays, family reunions, and so much more! Our 6 bedroom all en-suite villa with large lawn space and entertainment areas gives you so much more than just a venue. Together with our event planner, you’ll be left with nothing but beautiful memories of your occasion!


Our intimate events allow up to 40 guests with space for up to 12 overnight. This ensures your nearest and dearest can spend the occasion with you in a safe and secure environment that happens to be exclusively yours for the duration of your stay.


Conveniently located at Vrede En Lust Estate, a short drive from some of the world’s most renowned wine farms and culinary establishments, whether you’re coming from near or far, The Residence has everything you need! Besides this, the views surrounding the villa are breathtaking and feature rolling mountains and vineyards.


Our fully serviced villa has two beautiful entertainment rooms, an outdoor seating area, an outdoor bar, a kitchen, 6 bedrooms, and a beautiful swimming pool to give you exclusivity and luxury. Enjoy a glass of your favourite drink of choice on the deck while you overlook the weeping willows and take in the serenity.

Event Co-Ordinator 

Our events coordinator of choice, Elzahn Stuart-Fox from LeFox Weddings, will ensure that everything you want from your special day is taken care of! From specific décor and flowers, table settings, Elzahn is here to make your event a memorable one.

Book your getaway and event at The Residence today! Visit: to find out more, or get in touch with Corne at to discuss the various options we have to ensure your event is taken care of!

10 reasons to have your intimate wedding at The Residence

When it comes to weddings, every couple is unique! Some prefer to elope as soon as possible while others prefer a long engagement. Some prefer a wedding with hundreds of guests while others would much rather have an intimate gathering. Some have even been faced with either postponing due to restrictions or narrowing the guest list down to a small intimate wedding.

Here are 10 reasons why you should consider an intimate wedding at The Residence at Vrede En Lust!

Special Guests

With an intimate wedding and a narrowed-down guestlist, you can rest assured that you will be celebrating your special day with those who mean the world to you.

More Time With Your Guests

Many couples find that after the big day, they don’t talk to half of their guests! With fewer guests on your special day, you can spend quality time with each of them.

Rethink Your Venue

The Residence at Vrede En Lust is the ideal venue for your intimate wedding. With ample space for the bridal party to get ready, and selected guests to spend the night, the villa is all yours for your special day.

Save Costs

With a smaller headcount, you can focus on the small things and making your big day count. Your costs will be less and you can go the extra mile for every guest.

Time With Each Other

When it comes to intimate weddings, you’ll find that you’ll be able to steal your partner for special moments during the day. For a little chat between photos or stealing a kiss after meals, having fewer people means you get more time for yourself and your partner.


The Residence at Vrede En Lust gives you a beautiful backdrop inside and out. With the rolling mountains and vineyards being your backdrop and intricate architecture throughout the house, your photos will be unique and about you.

Less Chance Of A Mishap

With a smaller wedding and fewer guests, the likelihood of something going run is minimal. There are fewer elements involved and you can enjoy the true purpose of your wedding – to celebrate and relax. And if something does get skipped or forgotten, your guests won’t even notice!


By saving costs on an intimate wedding, you’ll have more to spend on your honeymoon and the time after the wedding with your partner!

Feel Relaxed

A wedding brings on a natural sense of worrying, but with an intimate wedding, you and your guests will feel more relaxed and at ease. Even more so when you are having it at a villa where guests can enjoy sundowners along the banks of the water or sit down and enjoy chats with each other.

The Residence at Vrede En Lust is here to host your intimate wedding of up to 40 guests with 12 sleeping comfortably. Our professional wedding coordinator, Elzahn Stuart-Fox from Le Fox Weddings & Events, will assist with your special day and ensuring that it is nothing but the most exquisite day! Visit: to find out more about our intimate events packages or get in touch with Corne at to discuss your needs.

Explore Franschhoek like a local

Explore Franschhoek like a local

The Franschhoek Valley is without a doubt one of the most pristine and beautiful parts of the Winelands. It’s located a short drive from the villa and is surrounded by picturesque mountain plains. The quint village boasts an array of gourmet foodie spots, historic architecture, and local shops to explore.

Where to eat

Apart from the main road of Franschhoek being lined by street cafes and bistros with wine bars to enjoy, the wine route also plays host to some of the best restaurants in the world. Walk along the main road and indulge in the restaurants that catch your eye first! Or go to some world-renowned restaurants like Grande Provence or Rickety Bridge, after you’ve explored Lust Bistro & Bakery of course.

Where to play

Franschhoek has more than just beauty. From the finest golf courses to a stroll through the gardens, try your skills at Pearl Valley Golf Estate or enjoy the Franschhoek Village Market for local finds. If you’re looking for some heritage, visit the Huguenot Monument and Memorial Museum.

Where to go for adventure

Franschhoek plays host to so many adventures – from laid back and informal to exercise-driven. The Franschhoek Wine Tram is one of the oldest and most iconic ways of exploring some of the vast wine estates in the area, and there are numerous other activities like hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Whichever way you choose to explore Franschhoek

How to choose accommodation when travelling with children

How to choose accommodation when travelling with children

Choosing the ideal accommodation when travelling with kids can be daunting, or a complete nightmare! With so many requirements and safety issues to consider, it could take you hours on end to find the accommodation that works for you and your family.

The Residence at Vrede En Lust is here to make that task easier. Our villa is family-friendly and the ideal location for families with children or guests travelling together. We’ve put together a helpful guide to booking your next accommodation.

Create A Checklist 

Creating a checklist before you start looking for accommodation will make it easier to eliminate where you don’t want to stay. Is there a pool? Are there functioning kitchens? Is it serviced and are there enough beds for everyone? These are just a few items that might be on your list.

The Residence at Vrede En Lust is a fully-serviced villa with multiple entertainment areas, large lawns, a functioning kitchen, and a beautiful swimming pool. With 6 bedrooms and 8 beds, we can accommodate up to 12 guests, comfortably.

Book directly wherever possible 

Booking directly with the accommodation you choose can not only save but if changes need to occur or you have special requests, booking directly will give a direct line with the hotel or villa.

We make use of Nightsbridge to allow you to find out if your dates are available easily, and our host is always available to ensure your stay is the most pleasant one.

Safety and Security

Choosing accommodation that’s beautiful is one thing, but when you’re taking your family on vacation, safety is a priority.

Our villa is set in a private 3Ha/7.5 acre part of the Vrede En Lust wine estate with top security and controlled access to ensure your family can relax without having to worry about safety.

Stay just outside your chosen town 

Choosing accommodation just outside the town you wish to explore and stay in opens a world of unique and breathtaking options.

The Residence is centrally located and just a short distance from Franschhoek, Paarl, and Stellenbosch. Explore everything the Winelands has to offer!

The Residence at Vrede En Lust offers you a premium and luxury villa, ideal for your family, with added amenities like our spa room, gym, and more. Situated in the Vrede En Lust estate, you can enjoy time at the villa relaxing or exploring Lust Bistro and Bakery or the tasting room. The activities and sights are plentiful when you book a stay at The Residence at Vrede En Lust.

5 Amazing Things To Do in Paarl

5 Amazing Things To Do in Paarl

Paarl is closer to the villa than you think and plays host to plenty of attractions, just waiting to be explored while you spend your time at The Residence.

Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio

A visit to the alpacas is a fun activity for the whole family! Apart from feeding them and taking photos, you can take an Alpaca Barn Tour or take an alpaca for a walk. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the coffee shop while the little ones enjoy the play area.

Amberg Art & Kitchen

This Swiss-style kitchen is something you don’t find anywhere. Expect some Austrian dishes on the menu too, and enjoy the scenery along the Du Toitskloof Pass en route to the restaurant. Enjoy a morning at the villa before taking to the roads.

Berg River Brewery

The Berg River Brewery is any beer-lovers best friend. Sporting industrial charm, enjoy craft beers with typical brewery snacks like nachos, burgers, and salads. You might even catch a live band or two!

Bean In Love Coffee House

According to the Paarl locals, Bean In Love is a must for a cup of coffee in a beautiful historic building. Relax and enjoy a hearty breakfast, or take a stroll through the deli.

Ridgeback Wines

Ridgeback Wines is known for its wide range of wines, ensuring there is something for everyone’s budget. They’re open seven days a week and their platters are ideal for wine tasting and snacking.

Experience the diversity Paarl has to offer while spending time at The Residence. Bring back wines to enjoy at the villa and explore the beautiful surroundings.

Explore the Attractions Around The Residence at VnL 

Explore the Attractions Around The Residence at VnL 

The Residence at Vrede En Lust is conveniently located on the breath-taking Vrede En Lust Wine Estate, a mere short drive from Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Paarl. However, you don’t need to travel far to experience what the surroundings have to offer. Simondium boasts wineries, restaurants, and breweries that are must-tries! Explore one or more of the many offers, while relaxing at our luxury 6 bedroom all en-suite villa.

Vrede En Lust Wine Estate

Vrede En Lust offers premium wine tasting where you can experience their award-winning wines with pairings that every wine enthusiast will enjoy. Explore the Cape Dutch architecture, breath-taking scenery, and rolling vineyard views. Take in the most sought-after event venues in the country while exploring the gardens, or enjoy a late lunch at the extremely popular Lust Bistro & Bakery.

Rupert & Rothschild Tasting Centre

Rupert & Rothschild have an array of imported Champagnes and wine from their properties in France, Argentina and New Zealand. The ambiance is relaxing and the tasting is a must-try. Enjoy an exquisitely prepared meal while experiencing some of their wines.

Le Bonheur Reptiles & Adventures

Le Bonheur will give you an interactive experience outdoor experience that nurtures respect for the African Nile crocodiles. It’s the ideal family destination with offerings such as catch and release fishing, a cycle track for 5 – 11-year-olds, picnics, waterslides, pizzas, and more. The whole family can enjoy nature at Le Bonheur.

Noble Hill Wine Estate

Noble Hill makes wines that are fruitful yet structured, elegant, and authentic to the region. Located on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains, they’ve been producing wine for more than 300 years! Enjoy an early morning breakfast or indulge your senses in their Latin-inspired picnic baskets that can be enjoyed in the garden.

Soul Barrel Brewing 

Share the brewer’s passion for beer making and celebrate at their brewery. Inspired by hoppy ales and old-world fermentation, you’ll find innovative beer at Soul Barrel Brewery. Located nothing longer than a short drive from The Residence, just outside Franschhoek, add Soul Barrel Brewery to your list of places to explore. Did we mention that their brewery is located within the old tank walls of the former Drakenstein Winery?

Cape Winelands Riding

Enjoy private guided tours through mountain treks that showcase magnificent vineyard views. Each horseback riding tour is customised for your level, and Cape Winelands Riding is the equestrian adventure that you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime way of experience the Winelands on horseback.

5 Things To Do in Franschhoek This Winter

5 Things To Do in Franschhoek This Winter

Our luxurious villa is the ideal location to get away and break away from everything. Enjoy the 6 all en-suite bedrooms, luscious surroundings, and picturesque views, while knowing you’re safe and secure in your private exclusive villa. Whether for intimate events or holidays, The Residence is perfectly located within driving distance from the acclaimed Franschhoek.

Known for its top-quality food and award-winning wine, once you’ve experienced Vrede & Lust Estate, it’s time to venture out and explore Franschhoek! The views are breathtaking and the Winelands can be enjoyed just as much in winter as in summer. Winter in Franschhoek is magical! So much so that we’ve put together a list of activities to do when you aren’t relaxing at the villa.

Wine Tasting

You’re spoilt with choice when it comes to choosing where to go wine tasting around the Winelands. Start at Vrede & Lust and make your way from there. Mont Rochelle offers exquisite views of the Franschhoek Valley, and Rickety Bridge Winery has a cosy indoor area that decks out with views over the vineyards.

Beer Tasting 

Franschhoek Beer Co. boasts handcrafted craft beer with a selection for everyone! If you aren’t into beer, they also offer an array of craft gin and a tasting room with views of the brewery.

Coffee Shops 

Wine farms aren’t the only places that host restaurants. Franschhoek has excellent coffee shops with interesting menu options like Big Dog Café. The style and design of the café leave something to feast your eyes on no matter where you look.

Boutique Stores

Franschhoek has delightful boutiques that will have you shopping for home décor goods to clothing. Indian Summer is 13 years in the making that stocks cashmere knitwear, silk kaftans, and so much more.


Learn about the history of the Winelands by exploring local museums. The Huguenot Monument Museum opened in 1967 and has four buildings to explore with beautiful gardens surrounding it. The Franschhoek Motor Museum has a vast collection of vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles that date back over 100 years!

Franschhoek, Simondium, and Stellenbosch have so much to explore and discover. Book your stay at The Residence to experience the Winelands in all its glory!


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