We Visited Franschhoek for 2 nights while staying for 8days with friends in Cape Town.
We Chose Mont Rochelle on basis of reviews and recommendations and were not disappointed. The Hotel is ideally located 5 minutes drive from the town centre and is situated within the centre of the Mont Rochelle Vineyards so The views are to die for!
The service is excellent and the room we had although billed as "standard" was large and again with beautiful view over the gardens to the mountains.
The hotel has a pool and a outdoor terrace but it can (and does) get fiercely windy which rather limits the use of these. There is also a spar which we did not use.
The restaurant is circular with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside and mountains in the distance. The cloud formations over the peaks of these are simply stunning.
We stayed on a B&B basis and breakfasts were a buffet affair with hot dishes included in the price (as was a complimentary copy of The Cape Times).
We ate in the main restaurant both evenings and the food was superb although being "nouvelle cuisine" the portions are rather small! Again the service was spot on and the wine list excellent at not over priced as is often the case in up market restaurants in the UK.
It looks as if the menu is fixed and does not alter so if one was staying longer than a few nights one would need to eat in town where there are any number of excellent places including Reuben’s of course. The hotel will arrange transport for you to and from the town but makes a charge for this (see other reviews).
There is a less formal restaurant a short walk from the hotel proper called the "country kitchen" which is wher the wine tasteing for the vinyard occurs but I think it only serves lunches.
Using the hotel as our base we spent an afternoon wine tasting at 2 winery’s travelling on horseback. This was great fun and can be arranged with Paradise Stables in Franschhoek. (www.paradisestables.co.za)
One niggle was that when it came to paying the bill despite having pre-paid the accommodation the charge appeared on the final bill - it was amended without question when I pointed this out!
Would I visit again? Yes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mont Rochelle is Sir Richard Branson's stunning 26-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, 26 beautifully refurbished bedrooms and two new restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mont Rochelle Franschhoek
- Hotel Mont Rochelle