Jaw-dropping views, five star service and some of the most luxurious suites in the winelands make La Petite Ferme an absolute treat in every way. Think; private pool, expansive vineyard views from bed – and that’s just the suite.
Staying at La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek
Franschhoek is spectacular no matter the season. Winter offers moody skies paired with crackling fires and bottles of red wine; while autumn is a feast for the eyes, with late summer sun lighting up perfect rows of bright yellow leaves. Summer however, is the valley’s time to shine. Vines are heavy with bright green leaves and sun-ripening grapes, crisp bottles of white wine are on ice and wine-fuelled days stretch until way past sunset – which is well after 8pm.
La Petite Ferme has been around for years and years, but their spacious Vineyards Suites are a brand new addition to the historic property. Each with its own plunge pool and loungers, views that stretch as far as the eye can see, complimentary mini bar, walk-in closet, huge en-suite bathroom and complete privacy, once checked-in, they are very hard to leave. If luxury and opulence are what you’re after, you will find it in abundance, between the mountains and the vines at La Petite Ferme.
The farm offers an exceptional breakfast and the option to join one of four complimentary vine orientation and wine tastings per day. The tastings are run by one extremely knowledgeable and charismatic gentleman named Avron. We absolutely loved his tasting, which started with an overview of the farm’s history, followed by a look at the soil and vines and ending with a really informative yet relaxed wine tasting under the shade of a giant old oak tree. Although you might be tempted to spend your whole stay on the property (who could blame you?), there are some unmissable restaurants and winefarms within a five minute drive, which makes this the perfect place to base yourself for a very lush Franschhoek experience!
Where to eat and drink in Franschhoek
Haute Cabrière – Their restaurant does great small plates and they are famous for their Chardonnay Pinot Noir
Le Lude – Making the best MCC (South Africa’s top-quality Champagne-style wine) in the country, served in possibly the most beautiful tasting room in the country
Café Des Arts – Just a little off the main road in town, serving the best casual dining in the area, in my opinion. Because they aren’t on the main drag, they sometimes have a table when no one else does
Marigold Restaurant – Indian food to write home about!
Moreson – Heaven for Chardonnay lovers!
Bread & Wine – Exceptional food, with a selection of home-cured meats and home-baked breads. Unmissable!
Haut Espoir – Famous for their Gentle Giant red (my favourite red wine of all time), the conscious winemaker Rob is a gentle giant himself. This rather off the radar farm is well worth a visit for a more authentic experience.
*Our stay at La Petite Ferme was hosted by the property.