A stunning setting overlooking the Franschhoek valley and surrounded by vineyards is home to Mont Rochelle, a chic luxury hotel that Richard Branson has just added to his Virgin Limited Edition Collection. The hotel has been refurbished top to bottom with the addition of a brand new spa and a second restaurant next to the wine cellar among the vines and the recently opened Manor House. With a heated outdoor swimming pool and breathtaking mountain views, it makes a fabulous base when exploring this corner of the South Africa’s Cape Winelands, enjoying wine-tasting tours and savouring Franschhoek’s well deserved reputation for gourmet dining.
NEW at Mont Rochelle is the spectacular 4-bedroom Manor House, now available for families and small groups looking for that perfect, private retreat.
Decor throughout the hotel is characterised by an understated but delightfully quirky modern chic. Clean lines and comfort rule in the 22 immaculate rooms and suites with views out over the valley or into the courtyard garden
All have king size beds, complimentary mini-bar and wifi, and luxurious en-suite bathrooms with delicious toiletries, fluffy towels and bathrobes. The Cabernet rooms also have a private terrace overlooking the valley, the spacious Pinotage suites have their own separate lounges, and the expansive Cap Classic suites extend through lounge, private terrace and plunge pool.
The Manor House is a private villa with its very own kitchen, lounge, gym and two swimming pools! Your stay at the Manor House includes meals at either Miko Restaurant or the Country Kitchen, unlimited drinks and a complimentary wine tasting session. The Manor House can accommodate up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms and 6 children in the dedicated bunk room at any one time.
A relaxed atmosphere with helpful attentive staff complements the fresh modern look, and everything is taken care of, from a driver to chauffeur guests to restaurants in Franschhoek, to organising personalised wine tours, picnics in the vineyards, or arranging bicycles for those who want to explore under their own steam. Horse-riding through the vineyards, mountain biking and golf are just a few other activities available.
The main restaurant Miko enjoys more stunning views and offers gourmet dining in elegant surroundings, while the Country Kitchen is a relaxed option for lunches and light meals. Delicious breakfasts include local smoked trout and bubbly as well as a wide selection of cold and hot dishes. Then for further pampering, the dedicated in-house spa provides relaxing treatments using the eco-friendly Africology range of products.
Virgin’s reputation for excellent service and attention to detail is evident throughout Mont Rochelle, and its idyllic location and breathtaking views are second to none for a fantastic Winelands luxury getaway.
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