Franschhoek-based luxury boutique hotel and wine estate, la Petite Ferme, has launched its newly refurbished Vineyard Suites following three months of extensive renovations.
The five suites are situated on the slopes of the Franschhoek mountains with views over the valley. Prior to the renovations, the Vineyard Suites were Cape Vernacular in look and feel, with reed ceilings and Cape cottage-style furnishings and décor. Following the renovations, the interiors are more contemporary, upmarket and modern, while the exterior are still Cape Vernacular in style, keeping with the heritage of the wine farm and the area.
Riaan Kruger, General Manager of La Petite Ferme, says: The suites were basically gutted as part of the renovations, providing a blank canvas for the new look. Amongst the many changes made, we replaced the reeds with modern, crisp white ceilings, the gas fireplaces were replaced with wood-burning ones, the flooring was redone, and new state-of-the-art air-conditioning installed.”
The bathrooms received a complete makeover with top-end, luxury fixtures and fittings, and a feature wall of handmade patterned tiles. The feature wall is carried through and mirrored in the wallpaper in the bedrooms of the suites, and each ties back visually to the name and theme of that particular suite – the five being the Florentine Suite,Provençale Suite, Africa Suite, Moresque Suite and Léman Suite.
“We also replaced all of the doors and windows in the Vineyard Suites, installing much bigger versions so that we could maximise the astonishing views,” says Kruger. “Guests can lie on their bed, or relax in the bath with a glass of wine, and still enjoy uninterrupted views over the valley.”
All of the Vineyard Suites step out onto their own private terraces with plunge pools. These too were refurbished, and now offer built-in day-beds.