La Petite Ferme: An Intimate Boutique Hotel on a Franschhoek Farm

La Petite Ferme

Sumptuous country suites, award-winning wine and spectacular valley vistas…

Situated in the exclusive Winelands enclave of Franschhoek, La Petite Ferme is a well-heeled destination, not least for its superb collection of small-batch wines that are produced on the property, but also for its breathtaking setting, farm-fresh food and, of course, warm hospitality.

La Petite Ferme Pool

An expansive lawn, dotted with roaming peacocks (and visitors enjoying wine with spectacular views) lines the front of the property, with the charming, glass-fronted restaurant just behind it, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

And then there’s the hotel, whose rooms all boast spellbinding valley, mountain and vineyard views from their perch on the northern slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains.

The lodgings

There are 15 individually decorated rooms on the property – five Manor House Suites that open onto a shared pool; five stylish Vineyard Suites, each with their own private pool; and five serene Winery Suites overlooking their own shared pool. 

Winery Suites

La Petite Ferme Winery Suites

The former wine cellar (in use until 2016) has been converted into five luxury suites with a fresh, modern look – think custom wallpaper, high-quality linen and a “showstopper” bathtub. Each is aptly named after a La Petite Ferme wine (once crafted in this very spot) – Viognier, Verdict, Baboon Rock, Variation and ZA – so pick your favourite and settle in.

  • king-size extra-length bed
  • open plan bathroom with a freestanding bath and walk-in shower
  • seating area with smart TV
  • tea/coffee station and fruit bowl
  • minibar with complimentary wine
  • private balcony
  • air-conditioning and underfloor heating

Cost From R8 090 per night

Vineyard Suites

La Petite Ferme Vineyard Suites

These spacious suites of varying size, set apart from the main buildings, capture the essence of a particular place or memory – the vineyards (Florentin), romance (Provençale), wilderness (Africa), souks and spices (Moresque) or a Swiss lake (Léman). Each has incredible views to wake up to.

  • king-size extra-length bed
  • ensuite with a freestanding bath and walk-in shower
  • minibar with complimentary wine 
  • tea/coffee station and fruit bowl
  • seating area with smart TV 
  • fireplace
  • furnished verandah with built-in daybed
  • private plunge pool with loungers
  • air-conditioning, ceiling fan + underfloor heating

Cost From R9 980 per night

Manor House Suites

La Petite Ferme Manor House

The elegant Manor House has four deluxe suites – Helene, Andre, Sryani, John & Carol – and one superior suite, Foufi. The names refer to people who are special to the owner, and each is uniquely decorated to reflect their personality and origins: Switzerland, South of France, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Lebanon. The rooms open onto a shady terrace and share a large pool with fantastic views.

  • king-size extra-length bed (plus a sleeper couch for a child in Foufi)
  • ensuite with a freestanding bath and walk-in shower
  • minibar with complimentary wine
  • tea/coffee station and fruit bowl
  • seating area with smart TV (separate lounge with fireplace in Foufi)
  • air-conditioning and ceiling fan
  • terrace with loungers

Cost From R8 600 per night
Good to know The Manor House can be booked for exclusive use.

An abundance of attractions

La Petite Ferme Wine Tasting

There’s loads to do on the estate: leisurely walks, more invigorating hikes, a guided vineyard tour and tastings of the boutique estate’s wines, mountain-biking (bicycles supplied) and, of course, lounging by the pool. There is also an in-room spa service on hand to transform your suite into a haven of relaxation and pampering.

La Petite Ferme Restaurant

The view-drenched restaurant is divided into multiple areas, with tables on a glass-enclosed verandah or alfresco options on two terraces under shady trees. The country-contemporary seasonal cuisine offers prettily plated starters, mouthwatering mains and decadent desserts, prepared by head chef Lance Peters and his team. 

There are notably two children’s menus (one for diners under 6 years old), designed for budding foodies. The Chef’s Table is a special experience, giving guests a deeper insight into this extraordinary place, with a carefully considered five-course menu of food and wine pairings.

We can’t think of a better way to enjoy a weekend (or week) in the Winelands.

Good to know Rates include breakfast, a vineyard tour and wine-tasting. Enquire about SA Residents’ specials.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wi-fi? Yes
Where to find it Lambrechts Road/Franschhoek Pass (R45), Franschhoek

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Time of publication: 16 January 2024