Two Fridays ago I had the pleasure of spending the night in the newly refurbished La Petite Ferme Vineyard suites at this boutique hotel in Franschhoek and they are beautiful. The accommodation on this iconic Cape farm has been given a complete overhaul and has taken the rooms from country bumpkin to contemporary chic. Each of the suites has its own private pool with jaw-dropping views over the Franschhoek valley. The suites are luxurious on all levels from lighting architecture to décor finishing touches and each room has been individually styled to a theme. The bathrooms are extremely spacious with floor to ceiling views of the surrounds, so you can bath or shower whilst gazing over the vineyards. Underfloor heating and heated towel rails add an extra touch of comfort to an already luxurious experience.
La Petite Ferme has the best views of any property in Franschhoek and being situated on the Franschhoek pass, you have a sense that it is very separate. It is however only 3 minutes from the centre of town, so it really is the perfect location to stay.
The well-known restaurant has employed Kyle Norris as their new chef and we were treated to their ‘secret season’ autumn menu. As the restaurant has been around since 1970 the menu still celebrates the culinary heritage of the property. Regular guests can expect the signature dishes like the classic chicken liver pate, cured trout, slow roasted pork belly and lamb. The chefs are committed to supporting local farmers and suppliers so part of the menu is seasonally driven with ever-changing dishes.
I would describe the cuisine as rustic country cuisine with a dash of flair. The Bobotie Bitterballen served as our amuse was delicious along with the 3 flavoured home-made bread rolls, and I enjoyed the crab cake starter. I was disappointed in my main course – which was described to me to be like poke, but the dish comprised battered and deep fried tuna with a lot of garnishes. My dining companions enjoyed their meals and the pork belly was unctuous and tasty. The portions are extremely generous so come hungry.
I was particularly impressed with the range of La Petite wines which are only available on the estate, and I Loved the Chardonnay.
Breakfast the next day was glorious and abundant and enjoyed with the spectacular views. I can highly recommend visiting and staying at La Petite Ferme.
Here are my pictures from my stay:
La Petite Ferme is located at Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek. The restaurant at La Petite Ferme is open for lunch from 12h00 – 15h30 and for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 19h00 – 21h30 in summer (November –April) and from 18h30 – 21h00 in winter (May – October). Advance reservations are recommended. For bookings call (27) (21) 876 3016 or email email@example.com.
*I was invited as a guest of La Petite Ferme
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