Midway up the Franschhoek mountain pass lies a haven of sophisticated homeliness, a farm at its core but a restaurant, winery, hotel and so much more. La Petite Ferme is the perfect destination for those wanting to escape the city lights and rather look down on a sleepy village, those who want to be fed only the most delicious food and offered only first-class, celebrated wine.
Boasting breath-taking views of the entire Franshhoek Valley in all its glory, La Petite Ferme has a setting like no other. This perfect viewing spot nestles under the lofty gums, above the Franschhoek vineyards and overlooking infinite green lawns and white benches. Whether you are dining at the world-class restaurant or staying in the luxurious suites – enjoy a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc here while the world stops around you.
La Petite Ferme is exactly that, “a small farm” authentic and rustic but luxuriously lavish at the same time. The intimacy and tranquillity of this hotel is what makes it so special. Only 15 rooms spread out amongst the vines, provides total privacy. Winding paths link each suite with the vineyards, restaurant and garden ensuring a wonderful sense of space and entitlement for guests.
Each suite is lavishly country with a stylish combination of wood and wicker, white and neutral colours. Raw roof beams and unpretentious wooden floors give a foundation of comfort contrasting with the luxury trimmings that each room displays. These include extra-sized, four poster beds, percale linen, plush couches, private plunge pools, free-standing baths and secretive sun-decks. The suites boldy invite the outside beauty and fresh air in, ensuring a soothing sense of space. Should you wish to take a day relaxing by your very own pool perhaps order a bottle of wine and a cheese platter and sample the best the valley has the offer.
Scintillating Country Cuisine
It was the restaurant that first put La Petite Ferme on the map and once there you will understand why. On entering the charming farm house you are greeted with true African warmth and made to feel immediately at home. The whitewashed chairs and crisp white table cloths give an air of rustic sophistication preparing you for what lies ahead. Taking a seat by the large open windows you take in the panoramic views and are wholly grateful that you are exactly where you are in that moment. Fresh Protea flowers on the tables, fireplaces and paintings of “Bubble” the owner’s dog give the restaurant a touch of genuine character.
The restaurant has been in the Dendy Young family for generations and due to their “hands on approach” has won countless local and international awards. Highly acclaimed Chef, Neethling du Toit is passionate and innovative in the kitchen continually creating masterpieces with fresh, seasonal ingredients. From the wine list and of course weather dependent either choose La Petite Ferme Maison Blanc or the La Petite Ferme Shiraz. Made on the farm these two, and any of the others cultivars will compliment your meal perfectly.
To start we recommend the baked prosciutto wrapped in camembert. Then perhaps the slow roasted aubergine wrapped lamb or the slow braised leg of rabbit, provisional of course…to how adventurous you are with your tastes. The lamb will transport you to a Sunday Roast back home, but one with a little extra style and taste! Choosing a dessert is possibly the most difficult choice of all, however if you want to go local, the Amarula Cheesecake is a must! In conclusion the food, wine, atmosphere and setting combination sets La Petite Ferme as a world-class dining experience at very good value for money. If you are lucky enough to be there on a Friday, you are in store for an unforgettable night as local musicians are showcased in a mini stage set up on the lawns of the farmhouse. What more could you want… fine food, great wine, live music and incredible views!
La Petite Ferme Winery is intimate and welcoming showcasing only the conscientious, hand-crafted methods. Set on the slopes of the Middagkrans Mountains where soil is ripe and fertile the grapes have wonderful growing conditions. The climactic conditions are especially good for the Sauvignon Blanc cultivar which has now become their flagship cultivar. If you can visit the cellar at 11:00 for a complete cellar tour, a wonderfully informative and entertaining journey of the wine, from farm to bottle.
Minutes from Franshhoek and less than an hour from Cape Town city centre this exquisite farm, its delectable cuisine and luxurious hospitality cannot be missed. Contact Iconic Africa for our exclusive rates. Perhaps we can add on a five- star safari experience or a dazzling stay in the heart of Cape Town, whatever else your heart may desire.
- Swimming Pool
- Cellar Tour
- Ceiling Fan
- En-suite bathroom
- DVD Player
- Mini- bar
- Under-floor heating
- Private plunge pool