Leeu Lingo

When visiting our properties in Franschhoek, Cape Town in South Africa, you must try some lekker Rooibos, definitely walk along the klompies with your bokkie and hopefully not be stopped to long at a robot. 

BAS – the name the founder of Leeu Collection, Analjit Singh, is also affectionately called BAS.

Berg – mountain 
Bokkie – a term of endearment; also means a small buck

Braai – a barbecue

Buchu – (Agathosma betulina); a flowering evergreen shrub that grows on the lower slope of the mountains of the Western Cape. Used as a flavouring agent and herbal remedy

Fynbos – literally translates as ‘fine bush’ and is the name for the indigenous vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Site and the smallest but richest of the world’s six floristic kingdoms

Indaba – Zulu word for discussion or meeting

Klompies – traditional small handmade Dutch terracotta bricks, used mainly for edging on steps, fireplaces and verandas. A Leeu Collection signature used throughout the properties

Koppie – a small hill 
Leeu – Afrikaans word for lion (Singh, our founder’s surname, derives from the Sanskrit word for lion)

Lekker – nice

Riempie – a leather lace or thong used mainly to make chair seats

Robot – traffic light

Rooibos tea – (literally translates as red bush tea); a healthy and refreshing beverage that grows mainly on the Cederberg and along the Olifants River. Free of additives, caffeine, colourants, preservatives and tannin  

Our property in the Lake District United Kingdom is perfectly situated for guests to walk up ‘Brant Fell’ where they’ll spot some Herdwicks, then enjoy a Damson gin and perhaps some cream tea when you return to the hotel. 

Beck – stream

Brant – steep

Cream tea – afternoon tea that includes scones, jam and clotted cream

Dale – valley

Damsons – stone fruit used to make a rich, dark and fruity jam, as well as gin

Fell – hill or mountain
Force – waterfall

Gill – ravine

Herdwick sheep – a breed of domestic sheep native to Cumbria; the name is derived from the Old Norse word herdvyck which means sheep pasture

How – rounded hill

Knott – rocky hill

Mere – lake 

Tarn – a small lake

Thwaite – a clearing in the wood