The Lavender Farm Guest house is nestled in between the gorgeous mountains of Franschhoek and is a hidden gem I recently discovered with Michael. Its no secret that I absolutely adore Franschhoek, having spent numerous holidays and weekends there drinking wine and enjoying the beauty of the area.
We drove from Cape Town on a warm Sunday afternoon taking the top down on our car as soon as we reached the scenic road leading us into the heart of Franschhoek. The smell of Summer filled the air and instantly puts you in the best mood. I always feel like I am getting transported somewhere far away even though Franschhoek is less than an hours drive from Camps Bay.
We arrived at the Lavender Farm Guest House to the sound of birds chirping and the soft swishing of trees which definitely set a lovely mood as we quickly checked in. We were put in room 7 which looks out over the 3 hectare lavender field. It has a fireplace, a swiss made bed and everything else you will need for a lovely comfortable stay. If we had more time we would have loved to have done one of our famous fireplace photos but we just had lavender on our minds!
The afternoon sun was still baking down by the time we put our bags down so we decided to go take a dip in their lovely pool which to my surprise was the perfect temperature. Even from the pool you can see the purple fields and it definitely has a calming effect.
Our room had a private patio with some sun loungers so when we got back from our swim we relaxed in the sun and fell asleep for a quick cat nap before our lavender shoot would start.
Lavender Farm Guesthouse is more than just a guesthouse it’s a therapeutic getaway destination in a fairytale setting . I can only think the Franschhoek village residents must be so proud to have their own Provencal French lavender field on their doorstep – a photographer’s dream ! Being woman-owned explains the farm’s relaxed ambience, family feel and attention to detail .One almost feels a sense of ‘belonging ‘and with a promise to return . The staff are all have a good attitude, helpful and content – which kind of sums it up for me .
Accommodating max of 28 guests in understated yet sophisticated décor suites makes this LDF a bride’s dream venue or even a special birthday celebration or a lady’s Book Club get together . One can sip the farm’s own ` J’aime Lavande’ (translation I love lavender ) Methode Cap Classique whilst watching a sunset over the the lavender field from your own private verandah……..magical !
The breakfast is to die for and the Eggs Benedicte on an English muffin is a must .
A Guesthouse full of grace and beauty – Tanya Maingard, owner
When the sun got to the perfect place to shoot we started taking photos and didn’t stop until the last rays dipped behind the mountains and the light left the sky. I wished that sunset could have lasted hours longer as it just looked so beautiful. It definitely felt like something out of a fairytale and we couldn’t stop talking about how pretty it looked.
We had to unfortunately leave the next morning but not after a heart breakfast and a coffee outside by the pool. I felt like staying there the whole week and I am sure I could have easily done that as well. Monday was calling though and we took a slow drive back to Cape Town, after a drive up to the top of the Franschhoek pass to soak up the endless views.
Lavender Guest Farm stole our hearts and it will steal your’s as well. With its picturesque setting, friendly staff and luxurious atmosphere you just cant go wrong.
Photos by Michael Eloff
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