The five-bedroom Morukuru Farm House – one of the Morukuru Family’s three exclusive-use houses – has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment. Janine Butter from Huis van Middenmeer in the Netherlands was the visionary and designer behind the transformation, assisted by Jan Engelbrecht from Andreas Nicolaas Interiors.
In addition to the new look of the family-friendly Morukuru Farm House, they have created a new spa building and viewing deck, overlooking its very own waterhole. It was conceptualised by architect, Nick Plewman. He’s been the architect behind most of the Morukuru Family stable’s properties – all based on the ethos of hosting families, groups or close friends. In fact, the Farm House – like the other houses in the stable – comes with eight staff, including your own private guide, tracker, host, butler, chef and housekeeping staff.
The South African bushveld served as inspiration for the interiors of the Farm House. That includes the overall colour palette, with “dusty green” inspired by the shepherd trees, terracotta linked to the red sand and termite mounds, and the natural colours echoing the various Madikwe landscapes. Janine Butter says they wanted to create a more modern look, but still keep to the rustic feel of the bush. They also wanted the interior and exterior of the Farm House to blend naturally, allowing a comfortable flow for families or friends to enjoy every magical aspect of the stay.
Since its major build in 2010, the Morukuru Farm House’s structure has been kept the same. It was stripped, repainted and decorated from scratch this time around though, with entirely new furniture, wallpaper, curtains and accessories creating a whole new look. All while keeping the charm of the old building.
Jan Engelbrecht says the décor has a slightly European feel compared to the traditional bush lodge interior. They used exceptional quality imported fabrics with organic furniture by Gommaire. They also kept things fresh and interesting with wallpapers in different spaces, accessorised with local South African finds. Furthermore, the huge, beaded hanging lamp in the entrance serves as a great talking point. It was created by Mash.T Studio and captures your attention immediately. There is also a significant, striking 230 x 180 artwork by Teboho Makoatsa that draws attention. And, the bar area comes with all the colours of the bush, including a 100% woven raffia wallpaper on the bar counter, enhanced with a luxurious wool fabric on the bar stools.
Conceptualised by owners, Ed and Anka Zeeman, the new spa and viewing deck looks over the Western vegetation toward the Onverwag Koppies. This allows for some of the most beautiful sunsets. The space now lends itself to relaxing me-time or deck-dinners, joyful sundowners and peaceful massages in the spa treatment room. “We wanted to ensure that this magical space remained serene and calm and that the view became the focal point,” says Janine Butter. They used natural tones, some terracotta and only natural materials, and all the spa building’s walls have been cladded with little boulders from the surrounding bush. The multi-purpose space is perfect for getting pampered, enjoying a meal or just unwinding, relaxing and enjoying the beauty of Madikwe.
To learn more about the experience at Morukuru Farm House, visit www.morukuru.com.