Sir Richard Branson’s South African Hotel and Vineyard
During a recent visit to South Africa, we had an opportunity to visit the stunning Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard in Franschhoek.
First of all, Franschhoek has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s no wonder that Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group set up one of his properties here. Wines have been cultivated in Franschhoek since the 18th century by the French Huguenots who fled to the Cape to escape religious persecution in France. This idyllic setting is surrounded by mountains with beautiful valleys perfect for wine making and considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa.
The dining options at Mont Rochelle are superb at either the upscale Miko or the casual fare offered at the Country Kitchen. The property also has a superb wine cellar, so no worries about finding the exact match for your meal!
The 22 rooms are stylish and modern, with great views of the mountain and tons of privacy from your deck. Everything you would expect from a top-class hotel with great service as well. Lots of nooks and crannies throughout the property to read a book, enjoy a glass of wine or just take in the scenery.
And of course, there’s always the heated pool, gym and the state of the art Hamman spa. They will even pack you a picnic lunch to enjoy on the 100 acre property. You’re never far away from wine tasting which is offered at the restaurants and bar. This is an ideal and intimate setting to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary or just explore Franschhoek.