- Excellent choice for wine aficionados
- Rooms overlooking the valley
- Working wine estate with cellar tours
- Very good on-site restaurant
- Well presented property
La Petite Ferme is an ideal base for wine enthusiasts visiting South Africa. This well preserved luxury manor house is located in the town of Franschhoek, which is known for its rich wine production and picturesque vineyards. This boutique property and working wine estate lies right on the very edge of the town and is a short distance from the edge of a nature reserve. Thanks to its hillside location, those who stay here get to admire stunning views of the scenic countryside and distant mountains.
There are two categories of guestroom available for those looking to stay here: Vineyard Suites and Manor House Suites. The Vineyard Suites, which have recently been renovated, all offer their own private deck with a plunge pool and are designed to be trendy and contemporary. There are five suites in total, each one of which is individually decorated and laid out. All of them come with amenities such as air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar and a smart TV. En-suite bathrooms have both a bathtub and walk-in shower, as well as underfloor heating. As for the Manor House Suites, these are less expensive options that have fewer facilities. All rooms in both categories are stylishly decorated and are intended to pay tribute to the area’s rich wine cultivation heritage.
There are several activities for guests staying here. The vine orientation session showcases the estate’s very own vineyards and offers guests the chance to sample a selection of wines, with accompanying canapes provided as well. There’s also a half-day or full-day biking adventure available to book, as well as a mobile spa, which brings an array of treatments to guests’ own rooms. The restaurant offers a range of country-style meals that are prepared using ingredients sourced from the local area. Chefs are given free reign to produce dishes that are creative, inventive and, of course, delicious. There’s a wide selection of wines that can accompany evening meals, with tours of the on-site wine cellar available by appointment.
Many who stay here make the most of their time in Franschhoek by trying out the town’s highly rated restaurants and exploring its extensive vineyards. Close by is Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, a protected conservation area with mountain landscapes and numerous hiking trails offering views overlooking Franschhoek Valley.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019