Love La Petite, South Africa
One of my favourite spots in South Africa! La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek (just one hour's drive from Cape Town) has been running for many years now and these guys have hospitality down to a tee. We first visited over a year ago and took one of their Manor House suites for a few nights. We were hooked! This time round, we were celebrating our status as newlyweds and without hesitation booked ourselves into one of their vineyard suites with it's own private plunge pool.
The staff have always been incredibly welcoming and they instantly recognised us as we checked in for a second time.
The magic of this place is not just in its panoramic views of the Franschhoek valley or its award-winning wine grown just metres away from where you drink it but the magic is within the fascinating history of a family-run business who have helped to shape and mould what La Petite Ferme has become today.
If you're in the area or a resident of the hotel, make sure you join Evron on his daily tour of the grounds and cellar, usually starting at 10.30am. It's by far the best wine tasting experience in the area as you get to enjoy the wine as well as learning all about the history of the vines as well as the farm itself. It burnt down in 1996 and the staff swapped their aprons for gumboots as they helped to rebuild the restaurant, talk about team spirit!
The views, oh the views!
Our beautiful room, book yours here, was conveniently called the Champagne Suite (I am a girl who loves her fizz!) It was ample in size with a huge roll top bath, kingsize bed, sofa, TV and mini bar. Each suite comes with its own plunge pool, the views were unbeatable as you slowly recline on your sunbed and feel the warm heat shining down on you while looking out over the valley.
We made sure we booked in for Sunday lunch (well in advance as this is a seriously popular spot for locals and visitors!) where the award-winning cuisine does not disappoint. The restaurant manager kindly gave us one of the best tables at the front of the terrace and we chose prosciutto wrapped camembert to start with followed by smoked trout and slow roasted lamb for our mains.
After our wedding at Babylonstoren we were left with SO much dessert (we had a white room full of it, I promise to share the details in a post soon!) and we brought one of the carrot cakes with us to share with the LPF staff. They kindly brought us out a slice while we toasted a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.
The following evening, we chose to have sundowners at La Residence in Franschhoek. This 5* hotel has all the fineries from a resident peacock to an infinity pool with stunning views across the mountain range. Well worth checking out!
... and the sun goes down on yet another breathtaking day in Franchhoek.
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