Mont Rochelle is Sir Richard Branson's little piece of paradise in the heart of South Africa's beautiful wine lands. With twenty-two rooms available, the hotel is not the smallest in Franschhoek but still maintains a very sophisticated and personal atmosphere. For bigger families and larger groups of friends then the Manor House is the newest addition to the property. If you don't have enough time to stay for a night, their magnificent restaurant and wine tasting services are definitely recommended on a day visit.
Mont Rochelle - The Details
Set amongst the rolling vineyards and with beautiful mountainous views, Sir Richard Branson has created a little piece of paradise in Franschhoek. With five different rooms types, all aptly named after wines, you can be sure of a luxurious and pampered stay.
The Shiraz rooms are your entry level room and are equipped with king sized beds and all feature either courtyard of valley views.
The Merlot rooms are larger than the Shiraz rooms and all have views of the valley below.
The Cabernet rooms are located in the Vineyard Wing of the hotel and also have a private terrace to accompany a spacious and open-plan design.
The Pinotage suites are more spacious than the other room categories but also feature a separate lounge area
The Cap Classique suites are the two largest rooms in the hotel. With a separate lounge area, private terrace, private plunge pool and beautiful views, these suites do not come cheap.
Aside from the beautiful surroundings and luxurious rooms and suites, Mont Rochelle is home to a spa, gym and an astroturf tennis court as well as a number of fabulous restaurants that offers beautiful cuisine and fantastic wine tasting experiences.
The attraction of these additions on the property is that even if you do not have enough time to stay overnight, a day visit here where a combination of wine tasting and lunch at the country kitchen is an ideal way to take in the sunshine and views of Franschhoek's natural beauty from the terrace.
Aside from the hotel's facilities, Mont Rochelle is ideally located to some superb hiking trails, cycling routes, golf courses and some retail therapy meaning that there is definitely something for everyone!
Manor House - The Details
With four suites and a cozy bunkroom that can accommodate up to six children, the Manor House is the perfect place for large groups of friends or big families to reside. Accompanying the large family house (which also includes very spacious lounge and kitchen areas) are two private swimming pools and a gym.
Its location is only a stones-throw away from the wine cellar and the walk down to the hotel is a beautiful stroll through the lush gardens that surround the property.
Combining Mont Rochelle with Sir Richard's safari property, Ulusaba
, in the Sabi Sands makes for a great South Africa itinerary. Starting on safari, you will be introduced to the beautiful wildlife of Africa before heading to Cape Town to enjoy the city's culture and natural surroundings. After many late nights and early mornings, ending the holiday by unwinding and relaxing whilst indulging in some of the world's best cuisine and wine at Mont Rochelle is a must.
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