SOURCE: Leeu Collection

July 20, 2015 11:56 ET

Leeu Collection Acquires World-Class Le Quartier Francais

FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwired - Jul 20, 2015) - An exciting time will be introduced at one of the world's most romantic places to stay, Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, when Analjit Singh of Leeu Collection and his family take over this boutique hotel situated in the Cape Winelands as new owners from Susan Huxter and her family on September 1, 2015.

"With Analjit's introduction of new offerings and exciting luxury lifestyle contributions to Franschhoek, I feel confident and happy that he and his family are the right people to take Le Quartier Français to the next level," said previous iconic owner Susan Huxter. Huxter has offered to work closely with the new owners to achieve a smooth transition.

"Le Quartier Français has always been about family. It is a very special place full of soul, happiness and above all else, wonderful people," she said. "Within the Le Quartier Français family, we have 924 combined years of service with two generations working here. It is the people that make the hotel the special place it is. I feel it is the right time to pass on this sanctuary to a new family who will love and treasure it. I also believe there lies an exciting time ahead for the Le Quartier Français team -- a wonderful opportunity for them to grow and spread their wings, and I will be watching from around the corner."

Award winning Executive Chef Margot Janse will also see to it that the magic continues at The Tasting Room with her cutting edge cuisine. Along with the Le Quartier Français team, she will ensure that the exceptional service and experiences continue to charm guests from around the world.

This latest acquisition forms part of Leeu Collection, the manifestation of owner Analjit Singh's (aka BAS) vision for sophisticated escapes and unique wineland experiences. Leeu Collection comprises in the first phase, Leeu Estates, a 21-room, five-star boutique hotel and winery in the Franschhoek valley, and Leeu House, an exclusive 12-room boutique hotel in the heart of the Franschhoek village, set for a phased opening from the last quarter of 2015.

According to BAS, the respected Le Quartier Français brand will be kept as is; the only changes implemented will be soft refurbishments and landscaping developments. Further additions and alterations will be considered in 2016.

"I am passionate about South Africa, its energy and sense of place," says Singh. Leeu means lion in Afrikaans as does Singh in Sanskrit. "This latest acquisition makes me excited because I love to be a part of creating something special. The team involved in the Leeu Collection portfolio, headed by Hector de Galard, shares this excitement and is determined to create world-class experiences in a luxurious environment of which Le Quartier Français will form a part. This opportunity is a natural for us," he said.

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