Spotlight on Sterrekopje, South Africa

On my recent recce to Southern Africa I had the opportunity to visit Sterrekopje Farm, a new property in Franschhoek that opened in January this year. It’s rare to visit a place that instantly impresses on every level and is truly one of a kind.

Sterrekopje Cape Winelands

Dating from the original Cape Dutch period, Sterrekopje is a fusion of both a working farm and wellness sanctuary. Breaking the mould, it’s taken a bold and progressive approach to slow travel, sustainability and design. It is, in essence, a haven for the modern traveller.

Sterrekopje Farm Franschhoek, Cape Town

Sterrekopje is best thought of a sanctuary rather than a base to explore the winelands and will suit return visitors to Franschhoek or those looking to slow down, either at the beginning or end of a journey.

Sterrekopje Farm Franschhoek, Cape Town

For me, the property is special for many reasons. Firstly, it totally encapsulates what modern luxury means today. Secondly, despite having a firm sense of place – in a beautiful location within the Franschhoek Valley – it feels truly global in terms of what it is trying to achieve. Thirdly, it offers something totally new to the valley; a genuine wellness experience. Focussing on rest, relaxation and renewal, this is a place to come either before or after an active trip. 

Bathroom in Sterrekopje Farm

Beauty is everywhere; from the expertly crafted staff uniforms and views over fields and mountains to hand-painted frescos and outdoor terraces framed by mature olive trees. 

Bedroom Sterrekopje Farm Franschhoek Cape Town

Interiors – made up of beautiful pieces the owners have collected from their travels worldwide – have been sensitively and thoughtfully combined with authentic Cape Dutch architecture. Gardens echo of-the-moment landscaping philosophies such as a focus on natural planting, indigenous plants and rewilding techniques. 

Swimming pool Sterrekopje Farm Franschhoek, Cape Town

Food has an emphasis on the local, especially from the expansive vegetable gardens and fruit orchards; expect innovative herbal concoctions and bread made daily on-site. Public spaces effortlessly create a sophisticated yet warm and homely feel, while rooms offer tasteful yet indulgent havens with enormous bathtubs, garden-facing outdoor seating areas and furnishings from the Indian and African continents.

Vegetable garden Sterrekopje Farm Franschhoek, Cape Town

Want to know more? Get in touch with me to ask any questions or discuss a potential journey to Sterrekopje at [email protected]