Grande Provence Estate has been nestled in the exquisite Franschhoek Valley of the Western Cape for 300 years. Grapevines cover 30 hectares of the beautiful landscape, and the views of the lush valley and spectacular mountains offer the erect scene for a relaxing sundowner. South Africa's wine district is the ideal setting for Grande Provence.
The new owners have ensured that the traditional old Cape Dutch charm is juxtaposed with modern amenities in a harmonious and coherent way. The estate's grace and charm is maintained and is complimented by the old-world appeal of the valley setting.
Rows of grape-laden vines line the road to the estate. Reminiscent of times past, Grande Provence is home to oak trees planted when the estate was built 300 years ago, neighbours to contemporary manicured hedges. The Manor House, built in the 18th Century, looks onto this idyllic setting in sophisticated charm. The Owner's Cottage provides boutique accommodation. Opulent accommodation awaits the discerning guest in five beautifully-appointed rooms. For guests requiring an oasis of peace, the lake is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of modern living.
Owner's Cottage boasts the grand luxury and indulgence of the period in which it was built. The cottage is made up of four rooms, a deluxe suite, old-fashioned conservatory, comfortable lounge, refreshing swimming and spa pool area.
Each room is furnished in understated elegance, with subtle white and charcoal linen and modern amenities. "Even though the rooms are homely, they also house discreet technology," says New Zealand-based interior designer, Virginia Fisher.
"Lush lawns edged with dark green hedges contrast with creamy travertine tiles and inset pebbles, while white walls delineate the deck chairs and lounging areas, juxtaposing the cool and crisp swimming pool. The spa pool punctuates the landscape with a stunning, elevated view of the surrounds. Harmony permeates every angle."
The Owner's Cottage has been awarded a 5-star grading. Living up to this esteem, the cottage provides private en-suite bedrooms to a maximum of 10 guests, ensuring comfort and privacy in Cape Dutch elegance. The Cottage is reserved exclusively for use by one guest or party and not on an individual multiple bookings basis.
The Boutique accommodation is in the form of five exquisite bedrooms and a luxury Honeymoon Suite, with a hospitable lounge, modern kitchen and old-fashioned conservatory. The amenities in the kitchen include toaster, microwave, kettle, coffee machine and double fridge for the use of our guests. The efficient housekeeping is done on a daily basis to ensure that your suite is well-maintained and your requirements met.
Luxurious 400-thread percale linen with feather and down pillows (hypo-allergenic also available, on request), and king-sized beds promise a peaceful night's sleep at Grande Provence. All rooms can be reconfigured as two singles, if necessary. Turn down is done every evening.
A convenient next-day laundry service is complimentary to all of our esteemed guests.
En-suite bathrooms are well-equipped with cosy bathrobes, slippers and Molten Brown shampoo, conditioner and shower-gel. Guests may request shaving, dental and sewing kits, if necessary.
Rooms enjoy an individually-controlled surround sound stereo system, plasma TV with satellite channels and a DVD player. A CD and DVD library is accessible to all Grande Provence guests, as is wireless Internet access. Should guests require a computer, one is available in the Owner's Cottage office.
The gorgeous logia and entertaining area are neighbours to the spectacular swimming pool. These areas provide a great venue for enjoying a meal or sundowner on a warm South African evening.
Modern braai (barbecue) facilities are available, and are lent that indulgent air by the presence of a personal chef.
For smaller parties or corporate meals, the Owner's Cottage conservatory provides an intimate venue. Angel Tears Garden or The Restaurant provides alternative options for a superior dining experience. Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff has worked hard to ensure that the menu boasts fresh ingredients used in an innovative way to incorporate traditional fare effectively.
The Angel Tears Collection has won awards, and it is no wonder when we consider the premium range of Grande Provence wines and its varied selection of spirits and soft drinks. These are all included in the final bill.
Guests are offered wine tastings, cellar tours and a guided tour of The Gallery at no additional cost.
Landscaped gardens are enticing to the guest requiring a break from work or play. The private swimming pool refreshes and the indulgent Jacuzzi relaxes, while both overlook the spectacular Cape vines.
Grande Provence boasts a heli pad for guests requiring helicopter access for arrivals or departures.
On request, we will be happy to advise regarding activities in the areas, and our tour operator will assist in creating personalised itineraries.
Franschhoek is a quaint village just outside the tourist-hotspot of Cape Town and was founded by the French Huguenot's. In the 21st Century, it now boasts many interesting shops and museums in addition to the convenient amenities required by a small town.
Wines Our extensive wine list has been compiled using only the most esteemed cultivars. The wine-making team at the estate are committed and enthusiastic about ensuring that well-known vintages earn their reputation for the discerning guest.
The Estate's first flagship wine, The Grande Provence 2004, was launched in October 2007.
The Huguenot heritage is carried through the estate and the cottage effectively. However, The Restaurant and wine-tasting area of Grande Provence move away from this theme and have adopted a modern, industrial feel.
This has been achieved by the successful use of steel joinery, galvanised metals and skylights. Interior Designer Virginia Fisher explains, "In essence, Grande Provence is an estate of senses, providing guests with a full working farm experience, with spaces to be used and spaces to be admired, and these expanses of space allow us to do that. The two design styles are harmonised by a complementary palette, but time separates them."
White leather chairs with high backs are effectively placed in the centre of the blue-grey restaurant, drawing the viewer into the room in a visual way. Slotted windows are set within a deep frame, and create a stylish platform from which to view the stunning surrounds. The Restaurant's menu offers a varied, sophisticated range of culinary delights. Signature dishes are defined by their use of fresh ingredients, prepared to perfection. Local fare is used as much as possible, and incorporate international flavours for a truly unique dining experience, based on the knowledge and passion of our qualified chefs.
The wine-tasting area is situated next to The Restaurant and boasts a prominent bar right in the centre of the room. The bar enjoys an eclectic design, where galvanised steel is placed next to bar stools made of tractor seats. The cosy fireplace and comfy chairs are placed around the outskirts of the room, so that tasters are able to appreciate the bouquet of their wine at their leisure
Children are welcome to join their parents (under supervision) at Grande Provence. The safety of the children is the responsibility if the parents and strict vigilance is required to avoid any dangers that could arise as a result of the many water features on the property.
Children under 12 years of age share the parents' room at no additional cost. Children over 12 are charged a standard room rate.
A child minding / babysitting service is included in the tariff.
Children's menus are available.
The range of South African art is a major attraction to the Grande Provence's Gallery. Contemporary pieces by famous SA artists are featured here and offer the artists and viewers alike a unique opportunity in terms of exhibition style and access.
International viewers are as diverse as the pieces, and collectors of South African art have come to appreciate The Gallery as a source of many inspired pieces, well worth the investment. These collectors hail from South Africa, as well as USA, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Ireland.
The Gallery contains the entire range of virtual art forms (i.e. painting, the graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics, glass and jewellery from leading South African designers). Exhibitions change regularly, usually with intervals of 6 weeks.
Grande Provence values its involvement in South African sculpture and, as such, committed to the set-up of a sculpture gallery in the estate's gardens in 2007. Approximately 15 plinths have now been placed in the gardens, each specifically selected in order to ensure that it integrates the surrounding landscape, as well as the buildings (The Gallery, Restaurant, Wine Tasting Room and Jonkershuis).
This sculpture exhibition has proved effective in bringing sculptors from all over the country to Grande Provence to showcase their unique pieces. It has also added to the attraction of the estate by International art enthusiasts.