Ker & Downey® Africa team members, Lisa Nel and Emma Perrin, recently paid a visit to Mont Rochelle – an award-winning wine estate and luxury hotel in the Franschhoek Winelands. They were treated to a delicious breakfast and a full site inspection where they got to experience true first-class hospitality. This is a taste of their experience:
Mont Rochelle is located in the heart of the culinary capital of South Africa, Franschhoek, which is a 45-minute drive from Cape Town. The hundred-acre property has a rich history dating back to 1699, with the first vines being planted around 1899. It is currently owned by Sir Richard Branson and is a part of the esteemed Virgin Limited Edition collection. There are a few grape varieties that are grown on the farm including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
All of the 22 rooms and 6 suites are individually and tastefully decorated with different colour schemes. We viewed the Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet, Pinotage Suites and Cap Classique Suites all of which have private balconies or lead out onto the rolling lawns. We especially loved the Cap Classique Suites as they all come with private plunge pools and a swing chair on the terrace.
We were told that these are very popular amongst guests and they are wanting to build more. Emma gave the swing chair a try and it was hard to get her out of it – she said it was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the incredible views.
They also have a 4-bedroomed exclusive use Manor House which comes with a private chef and is recommended for families or groups of friends. The Manor House also comes with two swimming pools (one is heated), its own gym and one of the bedrooms has bunk beds that can sleep up to 6 children.
We spent quite a lot of time looking at what activities clients can experience and there are many activities on offer but we would like to highlight a few.
This property was not just another stay in the Winelands, it was an entire experience. There is just so much to do! From the tennis courts, swimming pool, and lawn games, to two restaurants, wine tasting, walks on the estate, the spa and so so much more. With everything Mont Rochelle has something for everyone so we recommend it for multigenerational families, or groups of friends in the Manor House, as well as honeymooners or couples.
On behalf of Ker & Downey® Africa, we would like to thank Amanda and James for hosting us at breakfast and Amanda for taking time out of her busy day to show us around this spectacular property. We will be back!