If a winelands stay is more your speed, Franschhoek (‘French Corner’ in Dutch) – about an hour outside Cape Town – is a good bet. Perched on the hillside above the charming French-influenced village – a historic throwback to the Huguenots who fled persecution in France to settle here, La Petite Ferme sits at the gateway to the Franschhoek Pass.
Its elevated position gives visitors the chance to look out over the town itself, surveying the vineyards and quaint grid of streets from a luxurious perch. Something of a fixture on the Franschhoek Fine Dining scene, its restaurant is home to some imaginative seasonal dishes, prepared with some style by Chef Kyle Norris and his team. Quite out of character with many of the surrounding establishments, the restaurant offering provides astonishingly good value for money for genuinely high-quality food, in terms of both produce and presentation.
The restaurant has indoor and outdoor sections looking out over the valley, giving guests the option of dining in either the stylish interior or sampling glorious views rolling out beyond the property’s own vineyards. Indeed, the wines produced by La Petite Ferme are only available at the property and make up the bulk of the wine menu, for a truly unique experience – terroir at its most hyper-local!
The accommodation offering is limited by number rather than appointment, with eight rooms split across Manor House and Vineyard Suites, so attention to detail is impeccable. Only one of the Manor House Suites doesn’t have vineyard views, while all of the Vineyard Suites – so named for their touching-distance proximity to the vines – have private patios and individual plunge pools. A recent revamp has updated their look, and while each is uniquely decorated, there’s a golden thread of on-trend refinement and quality that runs through the décor, in each. The designers have made the most of the abundant natural light and focused everything around showcasing the magnificent views of the Middagkrans Mountain Range. Smart TV’s, WiFi, underfloor heating and minibar are de rigeur…
The newly-established Tasting Room beneath the restaurant is equally gorgeous on the inside or lawn terrace, and offers the chance to sample the property’s wines in greater depth.
The four-times-daily ‘Vine Orientation’ experience offers an in-depth exploration of the La Petite Ferme vineyards and paired tasting of six of the property’s wines, with canapes from the restaurant.
From R3 000 per room for Manor House Suites and R7 400 per room for Vineyard Suites, depending on category and season.
Pass Road, Franschhoek