February 29, 2012

South Africa: snoop inside Grande Provence

If you’ve ever been to Huka Lodge (or just seen all the magazine articles) you might be interested in owner Alex van Heeren’s fancy South African winery, lodge and restaurant, Grande Provence.

I visited there last year and was so impressed by kiwi interior designer Virginia Fisher’s talent and touches that I went a bit crazy taking photos to put in my dream home scrapbook (which I don’t actually have but my Pinterest Boards are the next best thing!) She has also done the interiors of Huka Lodge and his private island in Fiji, Dolphin Island and has an amazing way of making you want to take everything home in your luggage.

Set in the wine valley of Franschhoek, 45 minutes from Cape Town. If you’re in the area you should book in for at least lunch or a wander through the art gallery and wine tasting room – if not an exclusive stay in the Owners Cottage.

Here’s my favourite pics Of Grande Provence to tide you over until you get there:

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Grande Provence entry sets the bar

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Entrance to the Owners Cottage

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Lounging by the pool

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The sun porch between the lounge and pool area

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I love Virginia Fisher’s touches

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Snuggle in by the fire

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The Grande Provence master bedroom

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I LOVE this! Had to take a close up in the master bedroom

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Upstairs guest bedroom with balcony overlooking pool and acres of grape vines

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Grande Provence cellar door, gallery and restaurant

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A whimsical outdoor sculpture to weave around

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There are loads of sculptures dotted around the garden

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We dined outdoors and I loved this tartare plate

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Followed by crispy pork belly. Mmmmmm!

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Overlooking the wine valley

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