THE RE­STORED DUTCH MAS­TER

Lanz­erac Ho­tel & Spa, Stel­len­bosch

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With its rich Cape her­itage, award-win­ning wines, top-qual­ity fa­cil­i­ties and pic­turesque white façades off­set by scenic moun­tain ranges, Lanz­erac Ho­tel &

Spa in Jonker­shoek Val­ley is an idyl­lic five-star re­treat steeped in his­tory. The 326-year-old es­tate, which has re­cently un­der­gone ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions af­ter suf­fer­ing con­sid­er­able dam­age in a fire last year, has been re­stored to its for­mer glory by Con van der Colff. ‘Af­ter the fire, we, as a team, be­came much more her­itage-con­scious in our ap­proach,’ says the de­signer, who com­bined an ar­ray of re­stored vin­tage fur­ni­ture with orig­i­nal fea­tures such as sand­stone-clad fire­places and weath­ered slate floors, as well as a se­lec­tion of pieces sal­vaged from the blaze.

The pub­lic spa­ces – which in­clude the moody Craven Lounge cigar bar, the swish Manor Kitchen restau­rant, the re­laxed Ta­phuis eatery and the re­fined Gov­er­nor’s Hall lobby – are mag­nif­i­cent to be­hold, but it’s the 53 suites and their ex­pan­sive bath­rooms that truly take your breath away. ‘No two rooms are alike,’ says Van der Colff, adding that he be­gan dec­o­rat­ing each by se­lect­ing a main piece and al­low­ing the de­sign to grow around it. Large up­hol­stered head­boards con­trast with ex­posed brick walls, sump­tu­ous Per­sian car­pets with smooth mar­ble sur­faces and dark ma­hogany fur­ni­ture with calm­ing neu­tral pal­ettes in an ar­rest­ing aes­thetic that’s as cre­ative as it is con­sid­ered. Add in the fact that the es­tate also boasts a spa and health cen­tre, tast­ing room and deli, and Lanz­erac Ho­tel & Spa has ev­ery­thing you need to ex­pe­ri­ence the Winelands in lux­ury. lanz­erac.co.za

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