Virgin Limited Edition in The Winelands, Franschhoek
The grounds at Mont Rochelle cover 39 hectares (about 100 acres) and you’re welcome to go exploring. A favourite activity for many of the guests is picnicking on the estate – as the kitchen can arrange a well-stocked picnic basket with a chilled bottle of wine (or two!). There are two restaurants, a cosy bar, a spa, a gym and a heated outdoor pool. That’s not forgetting a 37 hectare vineyard and wine cellar of course!
Rooms at Mont Rochelle
There are four Shiraz Rooms with king-size beds and all feature courtyard or valley views.
Our six Merlot Rooms are larger than our Shiraz Rooms and also boast king-size beds with valley views.
The six Cabernet Rooms are located in the Vineyard Wing and all include a private terrace overlooking the valley.
CAP CLASSIQUE SUITES
Guests staying in our two largest rooms, our Cap Classique Suites, will enjoy a separate lounge area, a private terrace and their own plunge pool. Both suites are in the Vineyard Wing.
THE MANOR HOUSE
The Manor House is a luxury villa located a short walk from the main hotel and just a stone’s throw away from the Country Kitchen. The perfect option for a family group or guests looking for a more private retreat, the Manor House features four beautifully appointed suites, kitchen, lounge, two swimming pools and gym. The Manor House is available for exclusive hire all year round and can accommodate up to eight guests sharing, plus bunkroom for up to six children.
Mont Rochelle’s Vineyard
Mont Rochelle cultivate grapes of the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties amongst a few others. The vineyards are situated between 250m and 400m above sea level exposing the grapes to a range of micro climates. Mediterranean-like conditions found in the Western Cape means dry summers and high winter rainfalls of 1000mm. The Franschhoek Valley also experiences the south-easter which helps bring in cooler air allowing for a longer ripening period.
Mont Rochelle’s wine tasting isn’t just a special event – it’s an everyday occurrence. A variety of wine tasting locations, including Miko Restaurant, at the bar, or the Country Kitchen, and in the wine cellar (as you might expect!).
The 150 year old wine cellar was previously used as a fruit packing shed for the early settlers. Since being converted to a traditional wine cellar, it can now process close to 110 tons of grapes in a season, these smaller volumes afford more concentration on quality rather than quantity. Stainless steel tanks aid in the making of the crisp clean whites, while barrels are favoured for the red wine making.
Swimming Pool and Hammam
Take a dip and relax in the main outdoor heated swimming pool at Mont Rochelle – there are some fantastic views of the Franschhoek Mountains. Bar service is available around the pool and fresh pool towels are available. Resident guests are welcome to make use of Hammam at their leisure as long as it’s not in use for a scheduled treatment.
There are two complimentary mountain bikes for guest use with some wonderful routes that make it easy to explore the surrounding area. Booking additional bikes can be arranged.
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