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“Beautiful Surroundings and Wonderful People”
Review of Mont Rochelle

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Mont Rochelle
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 October 2017

My friend and I stayed in Mont Rochelle for two nights in September and had a fantastic experience from start to finish. It was my friend's birthday and she had a lovely relaxing time here. On arrival you can have a welcome drink and enjoy the views. The room was just perfect - we were in one of the Pinotage Suites, but I am sure that all rooms are nice in this hotel.

All of the staff we encountered at Mont Rochelle were extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. In particular, Peter seemed to be everywhere at once for anything we needed, Enrico does a great job at the wine tasting. Unfortunately too many others to name but we did receive a very warm welcome from all staff.

Hope to get the chance to stay in Mont Rochelle again sometime. We would definitely recommend it!

Room Tip: Any room at Mont Rochelle should be very nice
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Emma S
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VirginLimitedEdition, General Manager at Mont Rochelle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Dear Emma S,

Thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic review. We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming you and your friend to Mont Rochelle and were thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. There’s nothing we love more than a celebration and it was such a pleasure to help you mark your friend’s birthday in style; we couldn’t be happier to hear that the birthday girl had a lovely relaxing time. We were all delighted to hear your kind comments, none more so than Peter and Enrico who were both honoured to be mentioned personally. It means such a great deal to hear that you would recommend us and we too hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you back again one day soon, we miss you already!

Kind regards,
James Basson
General Manager
gm@montrochelle.virgin.com

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Me and my now fiancée stayed at Mont Rochelle for 3 days and from start to finish the service was faultless. We received an extremely warm welcome with lovely welcome drinks, nothing was ever too much and ALL staff were more than willing to help. I also decided to propose to my partner at Mont Rochelle. Before our arrival and during our stay, the staff were helpful and accommodating and helped to make our experience in Franschhoek precious and unforgettable. We would of course love to return. Mont Rochelle now holds a special place in our hearts. Thank you to all staff for a brilliant stay!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Arun M
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VirginLimitedEdition, General Manager at Mont Rochelle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Dear Arun M,

Let us start by once again congratulating you on your wonderful news; we were honoured to play host to such a special and momentous occasion! It was such a pleasure meeting you both and such a treat to receive your kind review so thank you very much for sharing it with us. The entire team were thrilled to hear that you enjoyed a warm welcome and found them to be helpful and accommodating. It means a great deal to hear that you felt your stay with us was precious and unforgettable and that Mont Rochelle now holds a special place in your hearts, so from the bottom of our hearts thank you. What we loved most about your review was hearing that you would love to return and we are already looking forward to seeing our new found friends again! Until next time…

Kind regards,
James Basson
General Manager
gm@montrochelle.virgin.com

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

I had prepared myself for the worst with this historic colonial vineyard,

after a couple of difficult nights at another Branson property called Ulusaba.

I had braced myself ready to greet the plastic rhino on the front lawn.

And I understood that I would take tea with a small flock of wire mesh sheep in the main restaurant.

But have no fear. Absolutely no fear.

This is a truly five star facility, with world class restaurants close by, nestled in the remarkable valley in which Frenschheok still enjoys a colonial time warp.

Peter Karanja, Elite Host Extraordinaire at Mont Rochelle, was about to teach us more about hospitality than I have learnt in more than half a century of luxury travel.

I am happy to quote Peter, and he lived by his word.

" We offer our guests the warmest possible welcome, and then we give them their freedom ".

And he did just that.

A remarkable welcome. Remarkable freedom.

Enjoy this truly luxurious vineyard in the food and wine capital of Southern Africa.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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8  Thank Peter R
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VirginLimitedEdition, General Manager at Mont Rochelle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Dear Peter R,

Whilst it was a shame to hear that your stay at Ulusaba was not quite what you were hoping for, we were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Mont Rochelle. It was such a pleasure hearing how much your enjoyed discovering our corner of the world and sampling the delights of some of the restaurants nearby. Peter was so touched to hear your kind words; we may be biased but we couldn’t agree more that he is a ‘host extraordinaire’ and can’t thank you enough for making his day with such a generous compliment! It was such a joy meeting you Peter and we really hope it won’t be too long before we can welcome you back to Mont Rochelle as there’s nothing we love more than seeing our old friends.

Kind regards,
James Basson
General Manager
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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

From the welcome drink before check in, to the friendly greetings from all the staff throughout our stay, Mont Rochelle goes out of it's way to make you want to return (we definitely do). The complementary wine and mini bar are constantly refreshed and the africology toiletries are perfect. Breakfast has a good choice of cooked items and a small, but perfectly chosen buffet helps you get ready for the day. If only more hotels were like this.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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VirginLimitedEdition, General Manager at Mont Rochelle, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Dear kripes71,

What a fantastic review! The entire team were beaming from ear to ear at your wonderful comments so thank you very much for taking the time to share them with us. We like to think it’s all about the little things and so we were delighted to hear you enjoyed your mini bar and africology toiletries. Our favourite part of your review was hearing that you definitely want to return which is music to our ears as we would love to welcome you back! Until next time…

Kind regards,
James Basson
General Manager
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

A group of 7 friends stayed in the manor house for 2 nights. Annette was so welcoming and friendly. The house itself was stunning. Each room was so beautiful it was hard to choose which room I wanted to stay in. The house is very modern but comfortable with beautiful artwork. The views were amazing. All our meals were excellent. Annette made everyone's visit perfect. Our only complaint was that we could not stay longer!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
Thank karenmn2017
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VirginLimitedEdition, General Manager at Mont Rochelle, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Dear karenmn2017,

It was our pleasure welcoming you and your lovely friends to our Manor House and so we were delighted to receive your fabulous review. Annette was positively blushing at your wonderful comments, so thank you for making her day! We too wish you could have stayed with us longer and only hope that means we’ll be able to welcome you back again soon!

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Additional Information about Mont Rochelle

Address: Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa (Formerly La Couronne Hotel)
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Franschhoek
#5 Luxury Hotel in Franschhoek
#5 Business Hotel in Franschhoek
#6 Romantic Hotel in Franschhoek
Price Range: R5 338 - R12 532 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Mont Rochelle 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mont Rochelle is Sir Richard Branson's stunning 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour's drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek in South Africa. Having undergone an extensive refurbishment, Mont Rochelle now boasts a brand new spa with a Hammam, a heated pool, 26 beautifully refurbished bedrooms and two new restaurants. ... more   less 
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