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The Little Farm

Take some of my favourite things – buchu, olives, a river and good linen and you’ll come up with The Little Farm on a River.Throw in the Hawequa Mountains, between Bainskloof and Du Toits Kloof, and you’ll have one happy camper, except that you don’t have to camp!  

This self-catering accommodation, near Wellington, offers a farm house and lodge that can accommodate up to 12 people. If you are the more industrious type, the attic is well suited to small meetings, with a large television and wifi. This space also makes The Little Farm perfect for yoga and writer’s retreats or similar. If you are simply looking for a well-deserved rest then you can replace the noise of city life with that of the stream and the birds. Be sure to pack your bicycles and hiking boots for excursions through the fynbos terrain. The farm also harvests buchu in the hot months and the olive groves are testament to their own olive oil.

Start your day with a coffee on a florence armchair and then slouch into one of the  hope recliners to catch up on the latest novel. Hopefully by the time you have turned the last page someone will have lit the fire in the boma so that you can just transport yourself to a recliner bench!

The Little Farm is an ideal family get away with pool and home-from-home amenities. It is perfect for both lazy or adventurous summer or winter getaways. Book now!

Hazendal Wine Estate

To call Hazendal a Wine Estate would be disingenuous. How does one encapsulate a 300 year old wine farm with a futuristic children’s edutaintment centre and a Russian tea garden thrown in? What if we add a Family MTB park, a Russian Art Gallery and an organic vegetable garden? I’m trying to avoid the cliche – something for everyone, (perhaps not the family hermit) but I have capitulated.

With four different venues serving meals, including Babushka picnics, and a wine lounge, the word satiated will pop up in your vocabulary. It is not only in the restaurants that you will encounter Russian flavours, but also in the estate’s Marvel Gallery which “offers audiences a window into the richness of Russian culture through its religious icons, paintings and historical ties to South Africa.”

This historic wine farm has had new life injected into it by Mike Hackner Architects, who have contributed distinctly modern buildings which mimic the scale and style of the existing structures, some of which are 300 years old.

Hazendal also ticks all the boxes for sustainability and social upliftment, with polices that see to the care of the earth and its people. A heads up to them for showing the way as well as choosing the best outdoor furniture!

Kensington Place

Another boutique hotel overlooking the city of Cape Town is a long time customer of hope’s, Kensington Place.  Situated in Higgovale, on the slopes of Table Mountain, you can almost hitch a lift on the Cable Car from your room. Referring to itself as ‘the coolest bolt hole in Case Town’, its 8 private suites offer luxury amenities and service. Not only will you be surrounded by the mountain’s magnificence but also by the hotel’s beautiful gardens. 

When you can tear yourself away from the pool, Cape Towns best beaches, as well as many other popular tourist destinations, like the Waterfront, are not too far away. The city centre is also in easy reach, offering you shopping and excellent restaurants. 

All day breakfast is on offer and meals are available either around the pool or on your private terrace. Served on hope garden furniture, of course! If you have too many breakfasts in one day, then you can head off with your complementary voucher to the nearby Virgin Atlantic Gym….

Images courtesy of Kensington Place

More Quarters

More Quarters is a collection of converted heritage townhouses, which serve as a luxury 5 star hotel with individualised accommodation, each with their own entrances. The hotel is centrally located in Gardens, close to numerous restaurants as well as the city centre and Camps Bay beach just over the mountain! Find out more about More Quarters here.

The outdoor terraces are furnished with the oly stool and tables from the 3 range, in galvanised metal finish and natural jarrah timber. Perfect for small places and that morning cup of coffee!

Arcadia Boutique Hotel

New sets from the hope traditional range just installed at Arcadia Boutique hotel. Wind your way up Cape Town’s Wale street to reach the hotel on the top of Signal Hill, where you will enjoy magnificent views of the city.

The hotel is decorated by Gail Behr of Plettenberg Bay’s Grand Hotel fame. This creative has a plethora of other projects behind her name. Read more about Gail in a House & Leisure feature here.

Eagles’ Nest

Situated in Cape Town’s Constantia region, Eagles’ Nest is a Boutique Wine Farm originally part of Groot Constantia, established by Simon Simon van der Stel in the late 1600’s. Boasting some of the steepest vineyards in the Cape Winelands, ranging from 100m – 400m above sea level, these granite and clay slopes are planted with Shiraz, Merlot and Viognier to produce handcrafted wines. 

The proximity of the wine farm for Capetonians is an added boost and the views are quite unexpected for a city farm. Furthermore the only breeding pair of Verreaux’s Eagles (Black Eagles), in the Table Mountain National Park, nest on the property. A viewing platform has been created for nature enthusiasts. 

Visit Eagles’ Nest for to sample their award winning wines, accompanied by a selection of platters, served on hope garden furniture of course! In the Tasting room you will find our square bistro table with florence chairs and trestle benches. The square bistro table is a favourite with restaurants and wine farms as tables can be pushed together when required. The oiled finish was their preferred finish for wine and food spills. This finish is best for indoor or covered areas. 

Decorex 2019

After a long break from expos we found ourselves at Decorex 2019 in April, joining The  Garden of the Future display, a fitting theme for our contemporary range – 3, intended to furnish the outdoor areas of homes, apartments and terraces with limited space

Having shared space with Classic Stone in the past, it was natural that they would join us on the stand with their elegant planters and water features. Palmers Exclusive Metals installed their magnificent conservatory, which housed the trestle table set from our traditional range. And as for the green? That’ll be Perfect Grass

Oh and just to add – we won the prize for best build….