Reached by a winding dirt road that snakes its way through a 50-hectare privately owned fynbos reserve, this beautifully restored farmhouse fits so beautifully into its surroundings, it’s actually named after them!
Perched on a koppie (small hill), 7 Koppies is a tastefully quirky five-bedroom lodge in the Franschhoek Valley with spectacular, unhindered views of vineyards, the Simonsberg mountains and an eminently hikeable fynbos reserve – all of which are best enjoyed at sunset, with a glass of vino, from the edge of the 25-metre-long pool.
We arrived at midday, warmly welcomed by affable house manager Gabriel Tauzeni into a supremely stylish open-plan kitchen-dining-lounge area. Think Haute Farmhouse where Arts and Crafts meets Cape Dutch, with playful pops of colour and cool accoutrements bringing it into the 21st century.
Check-in is at a communal dining table, which we did while our curious four-year-old explored everything that opens and closes, under the tirelessly patient eye of housekeeper, Artwell Tofu.
Valley of a thousand thrills
The voluminous Valley Suite, named for its impressive vistas, was our home-from-home for the weekend. Outside, a beautiful indigenous garden, designed by Franchesca Watson, seamlessly blends into the fynbos-dotted landscape beyond, while inside exquisite upholstery, quirky decor and raw materials of brick, stone and thatch have been judiciously combined to create a warm yet thoroughly modern suite.
My favourite feature was the view-drenched bay window; our son was enamoured with the double-volume shower, with its twin heads, that was big enough to store his bicycle!
So, with hundreds of boutique boltholes popping up faster than you can say “Molton Brown toiletries”, what makes 7 Koppies stand out?
It’s not the spectacular setting – because most boutique properties offer that. Nor the impeccable design, generous service, and unique personality that this converted farmhouse oozes.
The X factor here is the authenticity of the setting – 7 Koppies is a working farm, home to beehives (from which gooey honey is harvested for breakfast), citrus trees (from which grapefruit and oranges are plucked daily and squeezed for the breakfast table), olive groves, a fynbos reserve (whose crops are used in the production of rooibos tea), a vegetable and herb patch (that provides bounty for the breakfast table), solar panels to heat the pool and utility water, and an eminently hikeable landscape right on your doorstep.
An ambrosial breakfast feast is served daily in the view-drenched dining-lounge, comprising Richard Bosman’s bresaola, Dalewood’s Boland cheese, freshly harvested honey, homemade yoghurt, freshly laid eggs… you get the idea.
- three en-suite rooms (The Garden Room, The Orchard Room, and The Mountain Room)
- two spacious en-suite suites (The Valley Suite and The Courtyard Suite)
- all rooms feature king-size beds and organic cotton bedding
- open-plan communal lounge, fully equipped kitchen and dining area
- 25-metre-long lap pool
- outdoor terrace
- manicured gardens
- daily service
- daily breakfast
- laundry service
- house manager
- security guard
Serenity and style
7 Koppies is one of those rare properties that seamlessly combines comfort, style and country charm. When it was time to leave, we sat at the edge of the deck and watched the valley turn from bright orange to deep blue as the sun slipped away… and savoured our last moments of silence and serenity that can only be found on top of a mountain in a private fynbos reserve…
Distance from CT 1 hour
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Where to find it 7 Koppies Farm, R301, Wemmershoek, Franschhoek, Western Cape