Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
At a Glance
Mont Rochelle has it's own 39 hectare vineyard and wine cellar
You can combine horse riding with wine tasting, arriving at the cellar on horseback
The latest addition to the Virgin Limited Edition collection
Set in the heart of Franschhoek with beautiful views over the Dassenberg Mountains
A fabulous restaurant offering outstanding views over the valley
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The Winelands are a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, somewhat like the South of France, which is what makes the area perfect for grape-growing. Summer is the reverse of the Northern hemisphere. The best season visit is September to March when it is hot, sunny and dry. From April to August it cools down with some rain.
To start planning your holiday to Mont Rochelle
Mont Rochelle is a luxury wine estate hotel in the Cape Winelands and is part of the Richard Branson Virgin portfolio. This is a fantastic luxurious boutique hotel set on a wine farm offering some of the best views in Franschhoek.
The latest addition to the Virgin Limited Edition collection, Mont Rochelle is a luxurious boutique hotel and vineyard located in Franschhoek, the food and wine capital of South Africa. The Hotel and working Vineyard is set in beautiful surroundings (39 hectares) overlooking the Dassenberg Mountains.
Only a 45 minute drive from Cape Town and within 35 minutes' drive of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Somerset West wine routes, it is fantastically located to explore this beautiful region.
The property boasts two marvellous gourmet restaurants - The Country Kitchen which joins up to the wine cellar – an ideal place for a light lunch in the sunshine or a relaxed dinner. Or the main restaurant, Miko, is the setting for some fantastic gourmet meals. Start the evening off with a refreshing cocktail from the bar and find a comfy space on the terrace to watch the sun set.
Other facilities include a spa, a gym and an outdoor pool. Some of the wonderful activities on offer on site include wine tasting at their own wine cellar, horse riding, picnics in the grounds with a hamper provided by the hotel, spa treatments, or mountain biking around the area. There is also golf nearby.
There are 22 rooms at Mont Rochelle, including six spacious suites. It is even possible to take all 22 rooms exclusively for a big celebration. There is also a luxurious five-bedroom Manor House for exclusive use for families, with four deluxe suites and a bunk room for children, with two private swimming pools and games room. The Manor House is taken on a half board basis, with meals either prepared by your own private chef or enjoyed at one of their two restaurants, Miko or The Country Kitchen which is open for lunch.
Mont Rochelle has 22 rooms including six suites all arranged around the main building. There are four Shiraz Rooms with king-size beds and all feature courtyard or valley views. The six Merlot Rooms are larger than the Shiraz Rooms and also boast king-size beds 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 two largest rooms, our Cap Classique Suites, will enjoy a separate lounge area, a private terrace and their own plunge pool. All rooms can be made up with twin beds on request. The Manor House is an exclusive use house on the property, with four deluxe rooms and a bunk room for children, with two private swimming pools, a games room and gym, and the option of private dining and private activities.
Outdoor swimming pool, In-house spa, Gym
Personalised wine tasting at the wine cellar on the property, horse riding, picnics in the grounds, mountain biking
Meg Shepro (Staff)
Mont Rochelle brings fresh style to the Winelands. The vineyard is an easy walk or bike ride into Franschhoek Town and offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains. With lawn games, space for guests to relax and two gourmet restaurants this luxury wine estate is perfect for romantic getaways and families alike.
Miles McConnell (Staff)
The Mont Rochelle sits on a small hill with fantastic views out over the main valley in Franschhoek and walking in for the first time you almost have to stop and take minute to appreciate the view. The Mont Rochelle offers a different perspective on this amazing place compared with every other property in the area. The rooms are spacious and cool in the heat of summer and with interconnecting rooms - this is the perfect place for a family planning on taking a few days out to relax and enjoy the sun and space.
Boschendal Estate is one of the oldest wine producers in the New World, incorporating French viticulture heritage. This is also the site of the original Cape Dutch Manor House, with history dating as early as 1685.
Stroll through a beautifully landscaped indoor garden as brightly-coloured butterflies flutter around you
Chocholate & Wine Pairing
This is a unique opportunity to learn how to pair sweet wines with delicious chocolates at Waterford Estate.
Cycling in Devon Valley
This half-day trip allows you to take in the picturesque view of Devon Valley, working off the delicious calories from the region's famous four-course gourmet at Clos Malverne, paired with wine tastings at two award-winning estates.
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren. A walk through the gardens is a fantastic experience, time your visit to take advantage of Babel's opening times. Lunch here is not to be missed!
Dinner reservation at Tokara
This evening we have booked you a table at Tokara.
Enjoy a guided tour of Thandi Estate to visit the orchards and interact with the local community.
Hike Jonkershoek: Panorama Circuit
Follow the famous Panorama Circuit, trekking around 17km or approximately 6 hours through some of the most exceptional views of the Cape Peninsula.
Hike Jonkershoek: Sossyskloof
This scenic trail takes you through 7.2km or approximately 2.5 hours to a scenic lookout point.
Hike Jonkershoek: Tweede Waterval
For those looking for a relatively easier trek in Jonkershoek, trek around 6.5km or approximately 2 hours to a beautiful hidden waterfall.
Huguenot Memorial Museum
Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the museum narrates the story of Huguenots's arrival in the Cape, how they survived and contributed to the newly-established nation.
Le Quartier Lounge Bar
Le Quartier Lounge Bar is a recently opened, stylish cocktail bar at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. Mixologist, Matthew Roberts is quickly making it Franschhoek's evening 'hot spot' with his unique, African-inspired cocktails.
Private guided Winelands tour - Full Day
Exploring the Winelands with a private guide comes highly recommended. Not only do you avoid the question of who's driving, but you'll be taken to some hidden gems you'd never find in a guidebook, and the tour can be completely tailored to your interests.
The Garden at Babylonstoren
Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful acres of Babylonstoren's gardens. Team up with the gardeners for a fun and interactive experience.
Waterford Estate Vineyard Safari
Waterford Wine Estate, in the heart of Stellenbosch offers a range of tours for visitors, including a Wine Safari Tour in a safari style Land Rover, a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour and a Reserve Vintage Tasting Tour.
Whale watching on the Western Cape
Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.
Wine at Babylonstoren
Enjoy an interactive tour of a working wine farm. Babylonstoren take you from the grape to the finished product. The enthusiasm and commitment to the Babylonstoren ideal shines through on this tour.
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Franschhoek, The Winelands, South Africa
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