Mont Rochelle is Sir Richard Branson's beautiful 22-bedroom hotel and vineyard in Franschhoek-- just under an hours drive from Cape Town. Having undergone an extensive refurbishment, Mont Rochelle now boasts a brand new spa with a Hammam, a heated pool, stylishly refurbished bedrooms and two new restaurants. Sold? We are too. Along with the above here are seven more reasons why you should visit:
1. Wine Tasting on Horseback
Escape to this picturesque corner of South Africa at the foot of the Klein Dassenberg Mountain Range, an area renowned for its winelands and magical scenery, Mont Rochelle boasts a hilltop setting and private vineyard encompassing 39 hectares. Visitors can also combine horse riding with wine tasting, and arrive at the cellar on your trusty steed. Take a scenic ride through vineyards, forests and over mountains, stopping at the Rickety Bridge Winery and Mont Rochelle before returning to the stables. The total riding time is around 4 hours and 30 minutes, with 30-45 minute stops at each wine estate. Both beginners and experienced riders are welcome.
2. Fine Dining
There are not one but two restaurants at Mont Rochelle: Miko and the Country Kitchen. Miko is the main restaurant and is the setting for some pretty delicious gourmet meals and the ideal spot to celebrate special occasions. Adjacent to the winery is the Country Kitchen, a laid-back spot for a light lunch in the sunshine or a relaxed meal in the evening. Both restaurants aim to showcase the very best produce and seasonal ingredients from surrounding farms— accompanied by a selection of fine wines.
3. Picnic In Style
With over 39 hectares to enjoy at Mont Rochelle, one of the top activities for guests is to picnic on the etstate. The kitchen can arrange a well-stocked picnic basket with a chiled bottle of wine (or two!) to enjoy. Why not spread out under the trees, and unwind for the afternoon? Enjoy a romantic afternoon for two or bring the kiddies along who can run free and explore the grounds while mom and dad take it easy breezy.
4. A Room With A View
Mont Rochelle has 22 rooms including six suites all arranged around the main building. They have five different types of rooms including four Shiraz Rooms, with valley views. The six Cabernet Rooms include a private terrace overlooking the valley. There are also four--even more—spacious Pinotage Suites, which each feature a separate lounge and fantastic views. Finally, guests staying in the Cap Classique Suites, can enjoy a separate lounge area, a private terrace and their own plunge pool. Or how about a stay in the Manor House? A beautiful four-bedroom villa located at Mont Rochelle in the heart of Franschhoek’s Klein Dassenberg mountain range.
5. Take a Trip on the Wine Tram
A great way to discover the Franschhoek Valley is by the famous wine tram, which is a hop-on and hop-off service offering beautiful scenery, fine wines, and world class cuisine as you travel.The tram offers a fun and different way to see some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates including Mont Rochelle. The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation.Open air is the way to do it.
6. Bespoke Pampering
What could be more relaxing than a lil' spa treatment during your stay? Mont Rochelle has two dedicated spa treatment rooms as well as a Hammam (steam room). Plus they only use eco-friendly Africology ‘Authentic’ range of products which are made from 100% essential oils and natural plant extracts. Africology’s ethical skin care products 'capture the rejuvenating and healing essences of Africa, helping to revitalize the skin as well as prevent damage and premature ageing.’ We’ll take them all.
7. SA Residents get 30% from 1 May until 31 August 2017
Last but not least, Mont Rochelle is offering local guests up to 30% discount off published rates valid for arrivals from 1 May until 31 August. The discounted rates are priced in South African Rand on a per room per night bed & breakfast basis. We’ll see you there.