Travel Dream - Winter 2014/15 - page 12

ine wines and exceptional cuisine have
established the town and valley of Franschhoek
as the gastronomic capital of South Africa. Lying
just 45 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, this
beautiful valley allows easy access into the city whilst
offering a distinctly more sedate environment to take
in the open spaces of this inspiring locality.
Situated on a hilltop, overlooking the quaint town of
Franschhoek and affording spectacular views of the
entire valley and surrounding mountains, Mont
Rochelle Hotel and Vineyards is one of the valley’s most
notable estates, with a history dating back to the late
17th century. It has also become the latest acquisition
into the eclectic portfolio of worldwide luxury retreats
of Virgin Limited Edition and reflects Sir Richard
Branson’s own keen interest in both promoting wine
and gastronomy tourism in Franschhoek as well as
offering an ideal extension for guests visiting Ulusaba
Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sand, which lies on the
fringes of the Kruger National Park.
The stunning 22-bedroom hotel has recently reopened
after an intensive period of refurbishment and offers a
range of accommodation including six suites, the finest
of which are the Cap Classique Suites with separate
lounge area, private terrace, private plunge pool and of
course, stunning views across the valley.
A stay at Mont Rochelle promises a true slice of the
classic Cape Winelands lifestyle. Days can be spent
exploring the estate, indulging in private wine tastings,
taking a picnic in the vineyards or perhaps just relaxing
by the side of the heated outdoor pool. For the more
energetic-minded one might test the equipment of the
hotel’s gym before surrendering to an indulgent
massage at the spa.
Winelands &
Sir Richard Branson’s new hotel (& vineyard) in the Cape Winelands
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