Mont Rochelle is a quiet boutique property that is partly new, rebuilt after a fire. It offers a peaceful country air and lovely views down onto the Franschhoek valley, reached by the first turn to the right as you enter the Franschhoek village from Stellenbosch. It takes a few minutes by car into the village, and its own winery a walk away.
|View down into the valley and vines|
|Breakfasts with a view and imaginative hot items|
|Franschhoek scrambled egg with smoked trout |
and chives, farm bread
But it’s the hot menu which bubbles over with imagination including the above "Franshhoek scrambled egg" with trout; rosti breakfast with potato pancake, egg and “stricky” bacon; beef sausage; South African omelette with biltong (traditional South African dried meat with salt and herbs); and poached egg Florentine. We are actually not so far removed from Florence here, in the sense of the Mediterranean climate and vineyards, but we are closer to France of course, as it is the Huguenots (French Protestants who fled Catholic persecution) that founded Franshhoek and gave a rocket launch to the wine industry.
Back again at dinner....
|Delicious tomato soup presented with funky touch in a jam jar|
|Kingklip dressed up|
|Passion fruit souffle|
When it comes to service, the smiles of staff were sunny and genuine. There is a spa which is small, pretty and cute, and a swimming pool with a view.
|View from a Cap Classique suite|
Mont Rochelle does have some very large suites – like our Cap Classique (rack 9900 zar at peak).
|View from the suite lounge - plunge pool and walls of glass|
This Cap Classique suite opened out through both lounge and bedroom onto a grassy terrace overlooking a rural scene and mountains. A tractor trundled by to emphasize the charmingly rural atmosphere. The lounge could have seated 8, comfortably. There were two sunbeds and a small plunge pool, a Jacuzzi bath in the bathroom, two WCs, and two desks (or perhaps that extra "desk" by the walkin cupboard was actually a make-up/dressing table, in addition to the long double vanities in the bathroom which had plenty place for making up). Yes - this suite is very well equipped, but only takes two guests despite all the room..
|Plunge pool of our suite|
|One of the sofas in the large lounge of the suite|
|Dining area in the extensive lounge|
The leadin room types are compact in the old building Shiraz, Merlot rooms and Cabernet rooms, some with balcony.
|Sitting area of Cabernet room|
|Balcony and view of the village|
We saw a neat Pinotage room (a Junior Suite) in the new wing, not large but atmospheric with thatched ceiling and beams, small balcony, lounge, nice view and feel. Some bathrooms quite large.
|Bedroom Pinotage junior suite|
|Lounge Pinotage junior suite|
|Bathroom Pinotage junior|