Culinary capital’s hilltop hotel

APRIL 2013 – The elegant yet welcoming ambience of Mont Rochelle is typical of Franschhoek’s gracious and traditional Cape Dutch homesteads.

Set against the purple backdrop of the Klein Dassenberg mountains and the vivid green sweep of 100 Franschhoek Valley vineyards sits the private manor house of Mont Rochelle. Sixteen elegant rooms and six sumptuous suites span over three wings: the Garden Wing, Manor House and new Vineyard Wing. Classically decorated in soft summer shades or tasteful Afro-colonial style, all of the rooms share one thing: breath-taking views. Book a Cabernet Room in the new wing for the best terraces. The Pinotage Suite has extra space for families and the Reserve Suite has a beautiful walled garden and private Jacuzzi, while the top-end Cap Classique Suites have their own plunge pools.

The hotel boasts the award-winning Mange Tout restaurant – a fine-dining experience that combines the freshest local ingredients with a sophisticated international touch. The more relaxed Country Kitchen also caters to those who prefer to eat alfresco or stroll outdoors with a packed picnic basket to enjoy in the shade of an old oak tree.

Guests can relax by the glittering pool, sink into a bubbling Jacuzzi or enjoy a treatment at the Wellness Centre. There’s an on-site gym, and hiking, trout fishing, horse riding and helicopter flights can be arranged.

Neighbouring wine estates for touring abound, but guests don’t have to budge an inch from the manor house as Mont Rochelle’s Gold Award-winning wine can be tasted at both restaurants, in the Cigar Bar or at the superb wine cellar nestled among the vineyards and leafy orchards. It’s little wonder then that this beautiful wine farm is also a favourite venue for weddings.

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