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La Petite Ferme's five Vineyard Suites have been recently updated by interior designer Clinton Savage. Image: Hein van Tonder

La Petite Ferme enlisted the help of interior designer Clinton Savage to refurbish its five Vineyard Suites, and the result is something to be admired.

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The Provençale suite at La Petite Ferme features soft tones and romantic touches often associated with the French countryside. Image: Hein van Tonder

Nestled on the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, La Petite Ferme – or ‘the small farm’ – is a boutique wine estate that emphasises quality over quantity.

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The Leman suite at La Petite Ferme is a nod to the Huguenot heritage of Franschhoek, with a blue-hued colour palette that references Lake Geneva. Image: Hein van Tonder

This philosophy is applied to every aspect of the farm, from its intimate wine cellar to its guest accommodation consisting of a Manor House and five Vineyard Suites, the latter having been recently updated by interior expert Clinton Savage.

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The Florentin suite at La Petite Ferme is inspired by the lush greenery of the surrounding vineyards. Image: Hein van Tonder

Previously designed with reed ceilings and Cape cottage-style decor, the Vineyard Suites now boast a contemporary look complete with statement furnishings, bold colour palettes and a personally curated feel.

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The Moresque suite at La Petite Ferme boasts an earthy colour scheme reminiscent of Morocco’s spice markets. Image: Hein van Tonder

‘Amongst the changes made, we replaced the reeds with white ceilings, the gas fireplaces with wood-burning ones, we redid the flooring and new air-conditioning was installed,’ says the estate’s general manager Riaan Kruger.

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The Africa suite at La Petite Ferme includes tactile elements and earthy details. Image: Hein van Tonder

The bathrooms received a complete overhaul and feature en-trend elements such as underfloor heating, black fittings, ceramic slabs and accent walls made of handmade tiles that mirror the theme of the particular suite – the five being Provençale, Léman, Florentine, Moresque and Africa.

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Each Vineyard Suite at La Petite Ferme has a private plunge pool overlooking the vineyards. Image: Hein van Tonder

Outside, the exteriors have retained their original Cape Vernacular appearance, but have been improved with retiled private plunge pools and the addition of bigger glass windows and doors that maximise the views of the vineyard out front.

For more updates on wine farms in the Western Cape, read about Lanzerac Hotel & Spa’s magnificent makeover, Delaire Graff’s new Afro Asian menu at Indochine restaurant and BOSJES’ range of house wines.