An African Experience!' I have a farm in Africa'......that was the beginning of this story! The inspiration of this design was an old farmhouse in Africa! So they took the original farmstead as the starting point and turned it into a top class guest house for an exotic African farm experience! The original bones of the building was kept intact because all the ancient stone and wood brought the best ambience possible. They added an annex where two bedrooms and bathrooms were added, which brings the total of bedrooms to three double en suite guest rooms and a master suite.
A Rustic country home on a farm transformed into a top class guest lodge.
Guest bedroom nr 1. They kept the original stone walls and brick walls of the old farm house intact where possible and added to it a rustic grass cloth wall paper. Bed linen were kept crisp and white with pops of color, but as natural as possible.
Guest nr 1 arrived and was booked in.....luggage ready to be unpacked into the wardrobe space that are provided. Coffee on the house!
The butlers pantry is where all the washing and washing up happens.
Antique tin tiles was kept intact in all the kitchen areas. Big country style sinks was fitted to keep track with all the dishes.
In such an establishment there's always washing to be done, thus was a special functional area for that designed.
The dining room are spacious and fitted out with a big family size table as well as smaller tables for extra seating for guests.
In this house, nature is all around, from inside and from outside making it a very special experience.
One wall of cupboards was fitted to house the dishes conveniently where it will be used.
From the spacious hallway, a peek into the country kitchen.
From the dining room there are this big folding doors leading out onto an outdoor area where meals can be taken.
From the dining room hallway, you can enter the master suite and use this reading nook for a quiet moment. Big bookcases were fitted for that purpose. The art and upholstery throughout the house was chosen with the symbols, images and patterns of an African farm in mind.
This is the bathroom belonging to guest bedroom nr 1. The en suite bathrooms of the guest rooms were all done in style with a good size shower and double basins.
Please feel free to use the robe provided.
At the front of the establishment, by the entrance, an office area was created to keep up with all the admin needed to be done.
They provided an information stand with all the local attractions and information necessary displayed for the guests.
In the living room they kept the stone walls and white washed the stones on the original fireplace for extra interest and ambience! The color palette mostly neutral with pops of color and African patterns. Also take note of the lovely African woven baskets used as focal art pieces around the house.
The basketry of Africa is such a wonderful art form.
From the living room there's another set of folding doors leading the guests out onto the courtyard where extra seating and the pool was fitted.
Of course there is the use of hides through the space....and the whimsey of a cow on the wall.....
a Little birdie told me.......
In the foyer of the establishment there is this cloak room for the use of guests.
The rustic stone and the hand crafted wall tiles make this one very special room.
This is the entrance of the guest lodge. A big table dressed in a way to make you feel you stepped into another world. On the table a guest book was left for guests to remark on their stay.
On the side of the foyer there was this sitting done to welcome guests while they wait for the admin to be completed and before they are taken to their rooms.
Clay pots of Africa!
Another view from the foyer.....on the left is a small reception lounge for the use of guests, and on the right big library bookcases was fitted.
The library wall!
In the small lounge, a touch of blue was used as an ode to the African Mud cloth! Traditional furniture which was part of the heritage of the farmhouse was used throughout the space.
The Protea, the flower of Africa....and so good to use it as an art subject.
This is a farm......so the outdoors reflect the rusticness of it! The guests arrived!
And of course the geese.......don't get in their way, they can be very bossy!
Every farm needs a dam! A rustic concrete dam!! And of course you are allowed to swim in the dam.....if you are brave enough! you might find your frog prince in there. The windmill is part of any African farm to find water deep from the ground.
The orchard has a selection of citrus trees and created a nice little outdoor sitting area.
The white pebbled stepping stone pathway was created to guide the guests safely to the entrance.
The rustic brick herringbone paving was used round the house to create a functional area for moving around the house. On a farm, green grass are not always a sustainable choice for the sometimes lack of water.
Each guest room has it's own semi private entrance and there was a little wooden patio fitted outside each door for the guests to enjoy the fresh air, sunrise or sunset with a glass of wine.
This is a seating area at the front of the house just outside the office area.
Can you see the doves on the wall....?
This is the views from the backside of the property where the outdoor terrace area and pool are!!
The beauty of this view are just priceless.....and worth coming back to!!
The pool was fitted right on the edge of the terrace to make perfect use of the views. And they used the original stone from the farm to clad it. Outdoor fireplace for that little bit extra!!
The outdoor fireplace because there are no better time than a time spent with good company around a fire!
This is the terraced area at the back of the property onto which so many areas flow out......
This is the wide hallway leading from the old homestead into the annex where two new guest suites were fitted. In this house every little area was used as a functional space.
This is the second guest suite with a little bit of African Bohemian vibe. The guest were booked in as you can see from the luggage.
The master bedroom are spacious with a fireplace and a good little lounge area. Original art on the walls create a beautiful ambience.
The rustic grass cloth combined with the beautiful woven baskets......
Guest bedroom suite nr 3! And another guest arrived to complete the party that booked the lodge out !
This is the bathroom going with the second guest bedroom. All the bedrooms and accompanying bathrooms has their own identity and style, but all done with the greatest care to detail and quality.
The master bathroom was fitted with a tub as well as a shower.
Beautiful double vanity and the richness of gold fittings.
Bathroom no 3 going with guest bedroom no3!
The kitchen flows out into the hallway and from there out onto the terrace!
A country kitchen with all the necessary convenience. Ample storage to keep it clean and uncluttered.