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Luxury Local Retreats

Compiled by Sven Alberding

CAPE PARADISE

WHAT Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse WHERE Near Hermon, Cape Winelands, 082-529-8539, bartholomeusklip.com WHY WE LOVE IT This place is entirely devoted to relaxation. From the magical setting on a working farm, surrounded by mountains and a fynbos reserve complete with antelope, to the stoeps made for lounging, the comfy beds perfect for naps, and the best salt-water pool, ever. Wild Olive House is also great for families. THE X-FACTOR The gourmet cuisine, lavishly and creatively prepared by executive chef Louise Gillett and her team. From breakfast to high tea and dinner, it will guarantee a return visit. As will the friendly, professional service.

FIT FOR A PRINCESS

WHAT La Petite Dauphine Guest Farm WHERE Excelsior Road, Franschhoek, 021-876-3936, lapetite.co.za WHY WE LOVE IT La Petite Dauphine is an immaculate collection of luxury cottages – far enough from town to be completely peaceful (you’ll hear only the ducks as they splash around in the farm’s ponds), yet within walking range of Franschhoek. Its Café Bon Bon serves a terrific breakfast and light lunches. THE X-FACTOR Everything is super-large, from the two-person shower in the massive bathroom (there’s also a bath, huge towels, abundant Charlotte Rhys toiletries and underfloor heating) to the enormous beds.

ON A CLEAR DAY

WHAT Zietsies Guesthouse WHERE 1 Beverley Road, Auckland Park, 011-726-4949elzabezietsman.co.za WHY WE LOVE IT It offers a personal touch in each of the theatrically styled en-suite bedrooms, and it has breathtaking views over the trees (and at night, the lights) of Jozi towards the Magaliesberg. THE X-FACTOR Hostess Elzabé Zietsman ensures that your day starts off with a fresh breakfast in the Glass Cage – a massive glass-walled dining area that often doubles as a cabaret spot at night. A three-course dinner is available if you request it (and you should!).

CHIC TRAVELLER

SA wine consultant Michael Fridjhon talks travel with HL... Which is your ultimate travel destination? France! Probably Burgundy, but it doesn’t take much to persuade me to travel to Champagne, the Loire, Bordeaux, the Rhône … and, of course, Paris. Which is the best boutique hotel you’ve stayed in? Les Crayères in Reims, France – a sumptuous boutique hotel in the midst of a magnificent park. Do you travel heavy or light? Carry-on luggage only – even for a 10-day trip to several continents. Your favourite item from the mini-bar? In my profession, the mini-bar is the last port-of-call – however, I have been known to succumb to the Champagne… Your favourite SA getaway spot? Singita – there’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. Any advice for long-distance travellers? If you don’t have a decent collection of platinum-edged airline loyalty programme cards, acquire a Priority Pass or equivalent: lounge access and a place to work and relax while in transit beats the ennui of the duty-free concourse. This article was originally featured in the March 2011 issue of House and Leisure.