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Spend your Christmas time with your family with the fantastic wine tasting at Mont Rochelle! Mont Rochelle truly is one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa where you can experience some of the local hospitality. With unequaled views over the valley, it's truly a magical place for your Christmas holiday. Enjoy a warm welcome from the Mont Rochelle team who invite you to join this special celebratory meals and entertainment!
The grounds at Mont Rochelle cover 39 hectares (about 100 acres) and you’re welcome to go exploring. A favorite activity for many of the guests is picnicking on the estate; the kitchen can arrange a well-stocked picnic basket with a chilled bottle of wine (or two!). There are two restaurants, a cozy bar, a spa, a gym, and a heated outdoor pool. That’s not forgetting a 37-hectare vineyard and wine cellar of course.
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. 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.
The vineyards are situated between 250 meters and 400 meters above sea level exposing the grapes to a range of microclimates. Mediterranean-like conditions found in the Western Cape means dry summers and high winter rainfalls of 1000 millimeters. The Franschhoek Valley also experiences the south-easter which helps bring in cooler air allowing for a longer ripening period.
All rooms come with Africology branded bathroom amenities, tea and coffee facilities, a Nespresso machine, postcards with stamps, a safety deposit box, hairdryer, a well-stocked inclusive mini bar, bluetooth Bose speaker sound system, and flat screen TV with selected channels. The minibar in the Manor House bunk room is stocked with age-appropriate snacks and drinks. Hair straighteners and plug adapters are available on request. Every room also has a dual air conditioning / heating system that you can adjust to your own comfort level.
Children are very welcome to stay at Mont Rochelle year-round and Mont Rochelle has the Pinotage and Cap Classique suites which are able to accommodate children on single beds. Mont Rochelle has children’s games plus a TV, DVD player, and games console for extra entertainment. Babysitting can be arranged and a charge will apply but please advise at the time of booking if this may be required.
There are four spacious Pinotage Suites located in both the Manor House and Garden House, each of which features a separate lounge and fantastic views.
Guests staying in the two largest rooms, the 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 wine tasting isn't just a special event, it’s an everyday occurrence. Mont Rochelle can organize wine tastings in a variety of locations, including in the restaurants, bar, or in the wine cellar (as you might expect!). Mont Rochelle cultivates grapes of the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties amongst a few others.
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, Mont Rochelle 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 favored for the red winemaking.
For the picnic basket, Christmas lunch, and dinner at Miko restaurant, please speak to the team at the reception in advance to reserve your place.
Mont Rochelle is located on Dassenberg Road in Franschhoek, South Africa. Franschhoek is a traditional vineyard town in the Western Cape Province famously known as the French Corner of the Cape and is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa. Mont Rochelle is 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town in South Africa and is within 35 minutes’ drive of the Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Somerset West wine routes.
This holiday includes breakfast which is served in the main restaurant, Miko. At Mont Rochelle, the food served is a blend of international dishes with a healthy nod to the varied nature of South Africa cuisine, paired naturally with some superb local vintages. The wrap-around views of the Franschhoek valley do steal the show somewhat, but you can be sure the chefs have been focusing on dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
The menus are one of the highlights of your stay, but Mont Rochelle understands that some people have special requirements and personal favorites too. Special food and beverages or simple snacks and light meals can be prepared according to your child’s tastes. Let them know in advance and they’ll do their best to make sure they have exactly what you need.
There are two restaurants at Mont Rochelle. The Country Kitchen which joins up to our wine cellar is an ideal place for a light lunch in the sunshine. Or if you're after something a little more formal, Miko is Mont Rochelle's flagship restaurant with impeccable 180-degree views over the Franschhoek valley and a stunning terrace surrounded by glass doors, giving guests the feeling of an alfresco dining experience all year round. Start the evening off with a refreshing cocktail from the bar and find a comfy space on the terrace to watch the sunset.
There are some wonderful routes that make it easy to explore the surrounding area on bike. Mont Rochelle can arrange rentals with a local company, just let them know and they can book these for you.
South Africa is known for the high standard of its many golf courses with courses in Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Somerset West. The hotel can arrange tee-off times for you. Booking is vital during the summer season in order to avoid disappointment.
For the active types, the gym is available between 06:00 and 22:00 every day. There are two treadmills, bikes, an adjustable bench, and suspension training pack and a set of free weights.
Enjoy a hike through hills, valleys, and vineyards surrounding the hotel, as well as in local reserves. The Mont Rochelle Reserve on the opposite side of the valley offers superb views of the wine valley and on a clear day, you can even see Table Mountain and the ocean. The walks vary in length from three to eight hours and are of moderate intensity. Required permits and maps are available from the Tourism Office in the centre of town. You are welcome to take walks through tMont Rochelle's farm and their only request is that you stay on the walkways, thus preserving the fragile vines that produce the splendid wines.
Franschhoek village offers a variety of art and craft shops as well as galleries and antique stores and Mont Rochelle can point you in the right direction.
What could be more relaxing than a spa treatment during your stay? Mont Rochelle has two dedicated spa treatment rooms as well as a Hammam. They use the eco-friendly Africology ‘authentic’ range of products which are made from 100% essential oils and natural plant extracts.
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.
Mont Rochelle has an Astroturf floodlit tennis court and a cabana complete with a kitchen and bathroom. Racquets and balls are supplied.
Cape Town International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please note that Google Maps shows the incorrect location of the hotel if you type in Mont Rochelle Hotel. You must type in Mont Rochelle Mountain Vineyards, otherwise, you’ll end up on the other side of Franschhoek halfway up the mountain.
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