La Petite Ferme
Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
At a Glance
Twelve individually designed rooms
Number one lunch spot in the valley
Unrivalled views of the Franschhoek Valley
Enjoy live music on Friday nights in the summer
Take a tour of the wine cellars with John Dendy Young, who opened La Petite Ferme as a restaurant in 1984
Best time to Visit
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The Winelands are a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, somewhat like the South of France, which is what makes the area perfect for grape-growing. Summer is the reverse of the Northern hemisphere. The best season visit is September to March when it is hot, sunny and dry. From April to August it cools down with some rain.
To start planning your vacation to La Petite Ferme
Set on a private vineyard on the Franschhoek pass, La Petite Ferme has magnificent views over the wine estates and rugged mountains of the famous valley. A great combination of beautifully appointed rooms, an award winning restaurant and fantastic winery.
As one of the smaller, more intimate wineries in the Winelands, La Petite Ferme takes pride in offering fantastic service and delivering a unique, memorable experience for their guests. Each of the rooms are air-conditioned for the summer months but for the cooler months have under-floor heating and open fireplaces. There's a room to suit every guest, each is uniquely decorated and has their own particular selling points - whether it be an unrivalled view, a private pool or complete seclusion and privacy.
La Petite Ferme Restaurant is widely celebrated, offering a fantastic menu that combines world-class cooking with locally sourced produce. The wine list includes several of La Petite Ferme wines, all made on site. Every Friday night over the summer, a live band plays at the restaurant.
La Petite Ferme winery is one of the smallest winery's in the Cape and has produced some award-winning wines. Guests can book a tour on which they are taken around the vineyards, the cellars and given the opportunity to taste a selection of wines straight from the barrel.
La Petite Ferme offers a variety of accommodation to suit all guests. There are two private, self-catered cottages with are ideal for families as they are a bit more secluded than the other rooms. The property features a total of nine suites, four in the Manor House adjacent to the restaurant and five in the vineyard. The Manor House suites have a shared pool, whilst the vineyard suites each with their own private plunge pool and are only a couple of minutes walk from the restaurant. All of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and all boast magnificent views of the working wine farm.
The rooms have air-conditioning for the warmer months and during the winter months the rooms are heated and several have large fireplaces to ward off the chill.
Self-catered two bedroom cottage only a 10-minute walk to La Petite Ferme Restaurant. There are two large bedrooms with double beds and additional beds can be set up to accommodate two children. Facilities include a private plunge pool, wooden fireplace, comfortable living area and a fully equipped kitchen.
|Pear Tree Cottage||
Self-catered one bedroom cottage only a 10-minute walk to La Petite Ferme Restaurant. The large double bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower. Facilities include a private plunge pool, wooden fireplace, comfortable living area and a fully equipped kitchen.
|La Petite Suite - Manor House||
A beautifully appointed suite with a private veranda. As the name suggests, it is the smallest of all the suites. It has a large walk in shower and a separate entrance.
|Library Suite - Manor House||
A very spacious suite with separate lounge area and guest loo. Decorated in sophisticated grey tones with rustic reed ceilings.
The Library Suite has a large wood burning fireplace in the lounge with another Victorian wood burning fireplace in the spacious double bedroom. There is a large en-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower. The private veranda overlooks the pool and there are spectacular views over the winelands.
|Veranda Suite - Manor House||
The Veranda suite is appropriately named due to the very large veranda boasting the most magnificent views over the swimming pool and the Franschhoek Valley. There is an enormous French farmhouse fireplace and a spacious bathroom with a walk in shower and deep bathtub.
|Bridal Suite - Manor House||
The Bridal Suite has a large walk through dressing room and a huge bathroom with double doors leading out to a private veranda with magnificent views over the valley.
|Africa Suite - Vineyards||
The Africa Suite is tastefully decorated in creams and whites with elements of dark wood and leather. There is also an open gas fireplace for the colder evenings and a large walk in shower. Private plunge pool for hot summer afternoons.
|Deluxe Suite - Vineyards||
The largest room at La Petite Ferme with a beautiful French four-poster bed, a large walk in shower and a Victorian bathtub. There is a separate lounge area and guest bathroom, a gas fireplace and a large plunge pool.
|Vista Suite - Vineyards||
Situated on a natural outcrop in the Sauvignon Blanc vineyard, the Vista Suite boats unsurpassed views of the vineyard and valley below with a private veranda and plunge pool.
Colonial mono-tones of pleasant creams and rich, dark wood decorate an elegant and spacious interior. The en-suite bathroom has a free-standing bath and under-floor heating.
|Champagne Suite - Vineyards||
The Champagne Suiite is one of the most private rooms and situated slightly further away from the other rooms. There is a large shower and a slipper bath facing the magnificent views. Hints of soft blue and cream complete the soft color scheme. There is also a private plunge pool on a private veranda.
The Provencal Suite has French inspired décor with beige and cream colors, there is a large walk in shower and private plunge pool.
The Vineyard and Manor House suites do not accept children under the age of 12 years. However, both Plum Tree Cottage and Maison Cottage accept children of all ages and the cottages are ideal for families. Extra beds and cots can be set up upon request.
La Petite Ferme is home to the legendary La Petite Ferme Restaurant which offers a feast of culinary delights that combine creativity and fresh local ingredients to create unique and memorable dishes. There is also the La Petite Ferme Winery selling a selection of delicately hand-crafted wines at the farm or in limited edition at selected retailers. There are also daily tours and wine tasting trips around the onsite winery (booking in advance is essential).
Join the intimate and educational cellar tour from the onsite vineyard to the fermentation cellar, barrel cellar and tasting. Your friendly hosts will be delighted to book any activities for you such as a horse riding, a wine tasting tour or a picnic at Allee Blue, Rickety Bridge, Boschendal or Warwick Wine Estate. Visit the local Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:00 – 12:00 during the summer season or book an educational tour of the winelands. Tennis, mountain biking, paragliding and fly fishing can all be arranged through La Petite Ferme.
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
The views from this gem on the side of the Franschhoek Pass are unbeatable, previously dismissed as a restaurant with rooms, La Petite Ferme is far from this. The restaurant is still there, and still producing the Never had a bad meal comments from Franschhoek veterans. The rooms are all beautifully finished, and provide a range of options for couples or families, no under 11s in the main section of the property but there are self-catered cottages where families with younger children can stay. While perched up the hill, LPF is only 5 minutes drive to the center of town, thats the beauty, nowhere is far from the action but LPF does feel somewhat above it all!!
For those looking for an exclusive experience, the Manor House is available to take as a whole, it can accommodate 8 and has it's own small lawn and private pool with great views.
Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain
Table Mountain, at 1086 meters above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren. A walk through the gardens is a fantastic experience, time your visit to take advantage of Babel's opening times. Lunch here is not to be missed!
Dinner reservation at Tokara
This evening we have booked you a table at Tokara.
Le Quartier Lounge Bar
Le Quartier Lounge Bar is a recently opened, stylish cocktail bar at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. Mixologist, Matthew Roberts is quickly making it Franschhoek's evening 'hot spot' with his unique, African-inspired cocktails.
Robben Island Trip
A short ferry ride from the V and A Waterfront in Cape Town is the famous Robben Island, a cultural must-do when staying in Cape Town, this trip gives an insight into South Africa's difficult history, as well as brilliant views across Cape Towns harbor.
Shopping on the V&A Waterfront
The V&A waterfront in Cape Town houses over 226 shops and is an excellent place to visit for evening entertainment, shopping, cafés, and al-fresco dining.
The Garden at Babylonstoren
Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful acres of Babylonstoren's gardens. Team up with the gardeners for a fun and interactive experience.
Visit the dramatic Capes
The stunning cliff scenery surrounding Cape Town is part of the dramatic South African coastline. Visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas for the beautiful views across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, that meet at the most southern tip of Africa.
Waterford Wine Estate Wine Drive Safari
Waterford Wine Estate, in the heart of Stellenbosch offers a range of tours for visitors, including a Wine Safari Tour in a safari style Land Rover, a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour and a Reserve Vintage Tasting Tour.
Wine at Babylonstoren
Enjoy an interactive tour of a working wine farm. Babylonstoren take you from the grape to the finished product. The enthusiasm and commitment to the Babylonstoren ideal shines through on this tour.
Wine Tasting along the Constantia Wine Route
South Africa is well known for its exquisite Winelands and Constantia was one of the first wine-producing areas in the western cape, dating back to the 1600s, spend a day visiting the areas famous vineyards as you take in the beautiful scenery.
Location & directions
Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
La Petite Ferme is situated on a mountain side above the picturesque village of Franschhoek, with spectacular views down the valley and out to the Franschhoek Mountains in the distance.
How to get there
It is a 12-hour international flight from London to Cape Town International Airport and a 1-hour drive from there to La Petite Ferme.