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毗鄰開普敦的7 Kop­pies是一處受群山­包圍的私人夢幻度假境­地。Anji Con­nel­l帶我們體驗一趟療癒­身心的旅程

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7 Kop­pies is an ex­clu­sive dream re­treat less than an hour from Cape Town. Anji Con­nell meets the own­ers and shares the story be­hind this charm­ing farm­house

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7 Kop­pies is a pri­vate guest­house reached by a wind­ing dirt road, snaking its way up­wards through a 50-hectare fyn­bos re­serve (indige­nous shrub veg­e­ta­tion with ex­tra­or­di­nary bio­di­ver­sity) unique to the Cape re­gion. A warm wel­come awaits and an in­vi­ta­tion into the heart of the farm­house. This is an el­e­gantly stylish open-plan kitchen-din­ingsit­ting area with in­cred­i­ble views over the man­i­cured lawn and a sub­limely chic pool to the craggy Si­mons­berg moun­tains and ver­dantly green Fran­schhoek wine val­ley. Im­me­di­ately your body sighs, and all stresses melt away in this in­cred­i­bly tran­quil space, where ev­ery­thing sim­ply de­lights.

7 Kop­pies trans­lates ef­fort­less el­e­gance that is taste­ful and time­less; it lends a quiet kind of lux­ury to ex­ude calm. Re­lax­ing in­te­ri­ors in sooth­ing colours and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als cre­ate a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment de­signed to make the most of the sur­round­ing na­ture. The pared­back in­te­rior de­sign lets the view speak for it­self. There is an hon­est, func­tional aes­thetic with a nod to the arts and crafts move­ment, in­fused with Cape Dutch, South African el­e­ments, and a Mediter­ranean un­der­cur­rent.

穿過佔地50公頃、開普敦獨一無二的­fyn­bos植物保護區,那兒有著極多種類的原­生人旅館7 Kop­pies。旅館的中心是一個集開­放

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Im­mac­u­lately ap­pointed, the in­te­ri­ors evoke a feel­ing of hav­ing evolved over gen­er­a­tions rather than hav­ing been de­signed. In­ter­est­ingly cu­rated vi­gnettes and thought­ful seat­ing ar­eas al­low you to ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­pan­sive views.

Four years ago, James Jaya­sun­dera – the founder of Lon­don’s Am­per­sand Travel – brought his part­ner, ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer Marc-Lu­dolf von Sch­mar­sow to South Africa, and the rest they say is his­tory. Hours be­fore fly­ing home to Mu­nich, while scan­ning the es­tate agent win­dows, they spot­ted a very dated farm­house that was ten times larger than other farms they had seen and, tempt­ingly, a frac­tion of the price. The fact that the dated 80's style farm­house had no redeem­ing fea­tures and was half­way up a moun­tain on a rocky was of lit­tle con­cern as they planned to build their for­ever home and had no in­ten­tion of farm­ing the land.

The sale went through quickly. The ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion and trans­for­ma­tion of the old char­ac­ter­less build­ing and the con­struc­tion of two new wings took two years. Marc trav­eled from his home city of Mu­nich ev­ery six weeks to over­see the build. Lo­cal ar­chi­tect Jan Desseyn was ap­pointed to run the project. Marc and James worked with feted gar­den de­signer Francesca Wat­son and botanist Fiona Powrie to an­chor the house to its sur­round­ings. Ahave cre­ated a won­der­ful sense of place and blur­ring of the in­doors and out­doors.

The open kitchen and liv­ing room -the heart of the home- is an open-plan space that con­nects to the gar­den to cre­ate a fluid sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence, with dif­fer­ent vis­tas and re­lax­ing ar­eas and plen­ti­ful room for so­cial­iz­ing and re­lax­ing. The kitchen gar­den leads to the or­chard, en­velop­ing the larger nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion where the land opens up, and hik­ing trails lead up to the high­est kop­pie.

4年前,倫敦Am­per­sand Trav­el創辦人James Jaya­sun­der­a和他的伴侶、建築師兼室內設計師M­arc-Lu­dolf von Sch­mar­sow來到南非,他們說之

建了兩個新翼。Mar­c每隔6星期便會從慕­尼黑飛過來監督施工。他們委託了當地的建築­師Jan Desseyn負責工­程,又與著名的花園設計師­Francesca Wat­son和植物學家Fi­ona Powrie合作,把建築物與四周環

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