If you’ve ever been to New Zealand’s multi award-winning 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 was visiting South Africa, staying at Sun City Resort outside of Johannesburg (featured in the 2014 Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie Blended). Then we flew to Zambia to stay at Royal Livingstone Hotel and visit the breathtaking Victoria Falls.
But I’m a big fan of Kiwi interior designer Virginia Fisher’s talent and touches, both here at Grande Provence and at Huka Lodge 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!)
Fisher has also done the interiors of Huka Lodge and van Heeren’s private island in Fiji, Dolphin Island and has an amazing way of making you want to take everything home in your luggage.
Grande Provence is 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: