The ancient farm of Bosjesman’s Valley Farm, dug in vineyards and fruit trees, an hour’s drive from Cape Town was built in 1790. It belonged to one family from 1831 and more recently received a new birth as a mini-hotel showing its guests all the delights of the South African countryside Idylls.
Architects from the studio TV3 Architects and Town Planners joined the 18th century barn, the hangar of the 19th century and the stables of the 1930s, and also turned them into a small five-room guesthouse called Bosjes. Furthermore, a colorful chapel, designed by the team of Steyn Studio, introduces an authentic place in the modern context.
Among the services of a farm of the hotel type – familiarity with farming and gardening, walks through the picturesque surroundings (around the farm special walking routes are organized) and also wedding ceremonies.
Liam Muni designs the rooms in the traditional style for South African hotels. Bright walls retain coolness in the room and picturesque sandstone on the walls adds space to the terrain. Furthermore, the abundance of wood recalls the close connection with the environment. The panoramic windows blur the boundaries between the interior and also surrounding nature.
The restaurant – a pavilion made of wood and glass with a spacious terrace – offers a modern interpretation of peasant cuisine. It is oriented to a plentiful meal in the author’s presentation also from chef Pete Goffe-Wood.
Text: Victoria Gopka