Another of the superb country-style bed and breakfasts in Franshhoek, La Petite Ferme is situated about a 5 minute drive outside of town.
Set on the lower slopes of Oliphants Pass and Middagkrans Mountain, the restaurant opened in 1984. Mark and Josephine Dendy Young purchased the property in 1994. The restaurant then burnt down in 1996, but was quickly re-established, and the luxury guest houses followed shortly after.
The food at La Petite Ferme is excellent. Voted one of the top ten restaurants in South Africa, head chef Olivia Mitchell has clearly got a winning recipe. The Duetto Blue – gorgonzola and mascarpone cheese on an oat and seed crunchie topped with port-soaked Turkish figs helps sum up the extravagant dining experience. The restaurant is only open for lunch.
Until recently, there were 2 self-catering cottages, the lakeside lodges (accommodates 4), the Vineyard suites (2 superior, 2 standards and 1 delux) and a 2 bedroom seaside villa – most of which possess their own plunge pools and have views over the immediate vineyard and down Franshhoek Valley beyond. Now (2010) Manor House has been added to the property’s accommodation portfolio. Manor House includes a standard suite, deluxe suite and superior suite. The rooms are very tastefully furnished and are traditional in style, with large four poster beds and stylishly decorated interiors.
There is a large open lawn in front of the main building and restaurant. If you prefer to be out of town, but in easy striking distance of it, La Petite Ferme is an excellent choice. Activities include eating handsomely, wine tasting, fly fishing, golf, cycling, walking and horse riding.