We came to Mont Rochelle as our last part of our honeymoon in SA. Upon arrival, we enjoyed a glass of their own Sauvignon Blanc in front of a homely log fire. We choose to eat at Mange Tout on our first evening and we were so impressed with the quality of the food- both in appearance and in taste. All of our dished were superb!
Our next day's hope of cycling was drowned out by the heavy rain (but we're not going to complain because we've heard it's what makes the grapes grow so well!) Breakfast was a fun experience with Peter the breakfast managed being so friendly and energetic. This really added a special touch to the service we received.
So, with raincoats and a cheery determination, we explored the town. There were lots of shops to venture into, and we were able to choose a place for our evening meal. Being British, the rain doesn't stop us! We enjoyed our meal at Reubens, however it wasn't a patch on the flavour and atmosphere of Mange Tout.
On our final morning, we were greeted with a surprise at the breakfast table. We were thrilled to plant an olive tree with our own plaque from the management team to celebrate our honeymoon. It was personal touches like this that would make us return here in the future. We thoroughly enjoyed our chocolate testing in the town, followed by a Mont Rochelle cellar tour and lunch at the Country Kitchen (where the food was equally tantalising). Wine tasting was great, and they knew so much about each variety.
For our final night, we returned and we were glad that Alfio was there again, playing the piano with such a wide and interesting repertoire. This really added to the ambiance of the evening. We were also impressed with the value for money- food of this standard would cost triple in the UK!
Our only regret was that we had to leave- this is the place that we feel we need to explore more of.... so watch this space! Thank you so much for your attention to detail. Well worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mont Rochelle is Sir Richard Branson's stunning 22-bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour's drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek in South Africa. Having undergone an extensive refurbishment, Mont Rochelle now boasts a brand new spa with a Hammam, a heated pool, 22 beautifully refurbished bedrooms and two new restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mont Rochelle Franschhoek
- Hotel Mont Rochelle