The Estate

When Alex van Heeren purchased the property in 1984, he commissioned Virginia Fisher to create an interior to complement and enhance this extraordinarily beautiful location.

Framing the entry road are rows of vineyards, heavy with the promise of next year’s vintage framed by the manicured precision of beautifully clipped hedges. Young olive trees and ancient oak trees are silhouetted against the rugged mountains beyond in this Arcadian estate, just under an hour by car from Cape Town.

History

The history of this noble estate tells of freedom found and fortunes made, of valour, savoir-faire and fruitful ventures. It is a past that is as spirited as Grande Provence herself.

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Design

New Zealand-born interior designer Virginia Fisher drew the public’s attention with her very first project, HukaLodge, Taupo, New Zealand. When Alex van Heeren purchased the property in 2004, he commissioned Virginia Fisher to create an interior to complement and enhance this extraordinarily beautiful location.

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The Gallery

The Gallery at Grande Provence is considered to be one of the most highly regarded galleries in the Cape, with a reputation for showcasing some of South Africa’s finest established and emerging artists. Regular exhibitions are held with the major disciplines being shown throughout the year. The Gallery exhibits a carefully selected group of artists from South Africa, Europe and America. The Sculpture Garden has a continually evolving collection of monumental works in a variety of media.

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The Shop

The Shop, adjacent to The Gallery, with finest African artefacts, stunning photography and smaller collectables.

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Property Map

Grande Provence Estate, Franschhoek, is a destination in its own right, offering award-winning wines at The Winery, gourmet cuisine at The Restaurant, South African artists and artisans at The Gallery and The Shop, with boutique accommodation in The Owner's Cottage and La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards.

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Music School

The Grande Provence Music School is a development initiative for local children aged 12 - 18 during the school holidays. Attendance is free for all children. The music school’s objective is to complement the child’s existing knowledge and education, with a focus on music theory. Class sizes will be from one to four children and will take place in the Music Studio at Grande Provence.

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