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Mont Rochelle is a wonderful boutique hotel set on a hill above the historic village of Franschhoek, surrounded by vineyards and mountains. The property dates back to the 18th century when French Huguenots (many of them winemakers) fled to the Cape to escape religious persecution in France and in 2014, Sir Richard Branson gallantly rode in and gave the place a much needed face lift.
All 26 individually appointed rooms and suites have sleek interiors , luxury en suites and views of the courtyard, valley or vineyards. All rooms feature underfloor heating, tea/coffee facilities, wi-fi, DVD player and television. The Shiraz rooms are the smallest, the Merlot Room is slightly larger and the resplendent Pinotage Suite also features a separate lounge.
As far as wining and dining goes, options include the alfresco Country Kitchen, located in the wine tasting facility of Mont Rochelle vineyards and offering relaxed Mediterranean dining, and fine dining restaurant Mange Tout which boasts beautiful valley views. For a sunset tipple we recommend the Bar for delicious canapés and cocktails, and in the winter cosy up by a roaring fire with hot chocolate and homemade cookies.
With 100 acres of grounds to explore, mountain bikes, horse riding, boutique wine cellar, outdoor swimming pool, a spa with a hammam and a heated pool, every pursuit arduous or relaxing is on offer. If on a jaunt of the surrounding areas be sure to take one of the chef's sumptuous gourmet picnics.
To really get the most out of the stay at this hotel, it is vital to get a taste of the wine made in Mont Rochelle's very own vineyards. The Franschhoek Valley's Meditterranean climate means the wines produced here are of the highest quality.
Nick, Original Traveller