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La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek
Nestled on the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, La Petite Ferme is a boutique wine estate that emphasises quality over quantity. This philosophy is applied to every aspect of the farm, from its intimate wine cellar to its guest accommodation consisting of a Manor House and five Vineyard Suites, the latter having been recently updated by Clinton Savage. Previously designed with reed ceilings and Cape cottage-style decor, the Vineyard Suites now boast a modern look complete with statement furnishings, bold colour palettes and a personally curated feel.
‘Among the changes made, we replaced the reeds with white ceilings, the gas fireplaces with wood-burning ones and we redid the flooring,’ says the farm’s general manager Riaan Kruger. The bathrooms received a total overhaul and feature on-trend elements such as underfloor heating, black fittings, ceramic slabs and accent walls made of handmade patterned tiles that mirror the theme of the particular suite – the five being Florentine, Provençale, Africa, Moresque and Léman. Outside, the exteriors have retained their original Cape vernacular appearance, but have been improved with retiled private pools and the addition of bigger glass windows and doors that maximise the views of the vineyards out front. lapetiteferme.co.za