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
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
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.
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