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Mont Rochelle - A Beautiful Hideaway in Franschhoek

Mont Rochelle - A Beautiful Hideaway in Franschhoek

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Old Aug 20, 17, 7:33 am
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Mont Rochelle - A Beautiful Hideaway in Franschhoek

Mont Rochelle

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Mont Rochelle

Dassenberg Rd Franschhoek, Western Cape ZA 7690

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Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle is a beautiful boutique hotel situated on a working vineyard in Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands outside Cape Town.

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Check In

The check in process is was very smooth, with Peter from the management team meeting the car outside and escorting me into the bar area for the check in formalities. 

A glass of rose bubbles was presented as we discussed my plans over the four nights of my stay, which included visits to a few wineries and meals at Foliage (unfortunately Pierneef at La Motte was closed for their Winter break and Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français was only being re-opened by the team from La Colombe later in August).

Peter confirmed the Virtuoso benefits which included a complimentary lunch at Country Kitchen and a guided tour of the cellars by Dustin, the Mont Rochelle winemaker. Breakfast is included for all guests. 

James, the General Manager, also stopped by to introduce himself and welcome me to Mont Rochelle.

Room

An upgrade, subject to availability, is also a Virtuoso benefit and I lucked out with Room 27. The two Cap Classique Suites are the best rooms in the house and come with their own plunge pool.

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The daybed was perfectly positioned to take in the mountain views.

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With the interior tastefully appointed in a modern, though not minimalist style.

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The bathroom was luxurious with a oversized bathtub and walk-in rainshower. Floors were heated, which was appreciated during my stay in August.

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The minibar, including wine, is complimentary and replenished each day.

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Service

Service was good to very good overall, with Peter being the absolute standout. 

I've stayed in hotels with incredible service overall from a team perspective, the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna comes to mind, but as an individual I can't think of anyone who 'made' a stay as much as Peter.

Dining

The quality of food at Miko for breakfast was excellent, with a cold buffet that is supplemented by a hot dish cooked to order.

Complimentary local bubbles, or méthode cap classique, is also part of the breakfast offering. 

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I also ordered room service on the first night and found the burger a simple but tasty meal.

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The Virtuoso benefit of a lunch at Country Kitchen and wine tasting couldn't have happened on a more perfect day.

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The steak was flavoursome and the mix of chips and roast vegetables was just right, especially after a few big meals in Cape Town at La Colombe and Test Kitchen.

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Ice cream with a view!

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Electing to have the wine tasting on the terrace was definitely the right call. The wines themselves were good, though not superb.

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Mont Rochelle Cellar Tour

The cellar tour with Dustin, the Mont Rochelle winemaker, was an interesting 45 minutes and featured tastings of their top of the line Miko wines (which I thought were a noticeable step up and had excellent flavour/complexity/mouth feel).

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I was surpised to learn that one of these French oak barrels goes for over €800 so it's understandable they use them for four years!

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Other interesting points include the use of a humidifier in the barrel room to minimise loss by evaporation from the barrels and the steep decline in grape production of older vines (though obviously compensation comes in the quality of the wine produced).

Location

Mont Rochelle, the hotel, is located about 15 minutes walk from the town of Franschhoek, with about half of that time being spent within the grounds of Mont Rochelle, the estate. 

There are complimentary transfers several times per day that work well for lunch and dinner.

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Overall

I absolutely loved my four night stay at Mont Rochelle. It was the perfect boutique country hotel that somehow never felt busy, even though occupancy was at about 70% during my stay.

Staff get to know you pretty quickly, and were always ready to help but never intrusive. And as mentioned above Peter is a star and really made this stay. 

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Old Aug 20, 17, 9:16 am
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Very nice review and hotel!
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Old Aug 20, 17, 9:24 am
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Thanks for the excellent write up and many beautiful photos!
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Lovely photos and great trip report - thanks.

We were in Franschhoek about 4 or 5 years and walked to Mont Rochelle from the village for the winery tour and lunch - it was a great experience. I don't remember there being rooms there then - when did they open them?

Our guesthouse in the village had heated bathroom and bedroom floors BTW which was lovely even at Easter.
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Stunning photographs and thoughtful review. Thanks.
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Old Aug 20, 17, 10:31 am
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great to hear! wonder how it compares to La Residence overall

quitecontrary, was hotel at least as far back as 2007, branson bought in 2014
one renovation was branson's in 2014, not sure if partly open during jun/jul/aug
2007 is when aforementioned ["Awesome"] Peter hired (Guest Liaison Manager?)

Formerly known as the La Couronne Hotel and Restaurant, the hotel was severely damaged by fire in February 2006. The result was a renewal and expansion of the property to include the owners’ nearby vineyards.
reviews date back to 2004 (with 45(+) reviews mentioning Peter, dating to 2011)

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