A dream guesthouse in South Africa’s Cape Winelands

Ampersand Travel founder’s 50 hectares of Cape-contemporary loveliness are the backdrop to a wonderfully secluded guesthouse

The 25m swimming pool at 7 Koppies, the Franschhoek guesthouse of Ampersand Travel founder James Jayasundera
The 25m swimming pool at 7 Koppies, the Franschhoek guesthouse of Ampersand Travel founder James Jayasundera

Like many before him, James Jayasundera, the founder of Ampersand Travel, fell hard for South Africa’s Cape Winelands the first time he visited years ago; unlike most, he invested in 50 hectares of hillside at the mouth of the Franschhoek valley, and set about creating a dream home. This, fortunately for travellers, has since morphed into 7 Koppies (7koppies.co.za; from £135), a two-suite, three-room guesthouse kitted out in vibrant Cape-contemporary style – think ebullient textiles, handmade rugs and tiles, gaily painted Malawi chairs and lashings of sisal. The open-plan kitchen and living areas are perfect for mingling with other guests (not forgetting the 40-plus excellent restaurants within a 10-minute drive) – or for celebrating if you’re a group buying out the property in exclusivity, which is really the way to go.

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