La Petite Ferme
Franschhoek’s La Petite Ferme has just opened its refurbished Vineyard Suites. Closed since May for a major overhaul, the five vineyard suites have been given a fresh new feel by Cape Town based designer Clinton Savage.
With views overlooking the vineyards and valley, the suites are perfectly private despite being a stone’s throw from the main reception and dining areas. As a favourite destination in Franschhoek (due to their unbeatable location and views), the decision was made to refurbish the Suites in response to guest feedback, and the result is a beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary features.
Previously Cape Vernacular in character – reed ceilings and Cape cottage-style furnishings and décor – the suites’ interiors have been dramatically updated by Clinton. Best described as contemporary country, the design still feels true to the winelands setting, but in a fresher more current way. Details like panelled ceilings, klompje tiling on the terraces and walkways, and elegant metalwork wall sconces are a nod to the historical legacy of the property, while sleek black-trimmed bathrooms, simple furniture and elegant colour palettes bring the spaces up to date.
“Staying relevant, adapting with the times and trends, and responding to our guests needs is very important to us at La Petite Ferme.” Riaan Kruger, General Manager of La Petite Ferme.
The gas fireplaces were replaced with wood burning ones, the flooring was redone, and new state-of-the-art air-conditioning installed. All the doors and windows were also replaced with much bigger versions so that the astonishing views could be maximised.
Each suite has its own distinct personality – which comes through in the feature walls in the bathrooms, unique customised furniture selection and placement, carefully curated artwork and colour palette. These tie in with the suites’ names – Florentine, Provençale, Africa, Moresque and Léman (the biggest, with separate living and bedroom areas).
All of the Vineyard Suites step out onto their own private terraces with plunge pools. These too were refurbished and now offer guests built in day-beds on which to relax and savour the view. The re-tiled plunge pools, like the new bathrooms, boast hand-made patterned tiles.
La Petite Ferme’s spring menu has also recently been launched so now is an excellent time to explore the property and enjoy the world-class hand crafted wines and award winning restaurant.