Mont Rochelle │ Franschhoek
Mont Rochelle is a stunning 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek in 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. We can arrange transfers either from the city or from Cape Town International Airport, or if you are coming by car it’s an easy drive to the property. Cape Town International Airport serves destinations throughout South Africa and has direct connections to some of the key European and Middle East hubs, with flight times ranging from 10 to 12 hours. Flights from the US east coast take roughly 22 hours transiting via Johannesburg.
Rooms at Mont Rochelle
Mont Rochelle is open year-round for visitors, and our 26 rooms and suites can be booked for any length of stay. You could even hire Mont Rochelle exclusively if you're planning a party, a wedding or just a special occasion.
Dining at Mont Rochelle
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 or a wine tasting. The Country Kitchen is Mont Rochelle’s informal restaurant located just a short walk or a quick drive from the main hotel building and adjacent to our wine cellar. Savour the beautiful surroundings of the Mont Rochelle estate as you sample the hearty and fresh dishes and gourmet picnics The Country Kitchen has on offer which are all made with locally sourced ingredients. Or if you're after something a little more formal, MIKO is our flagship restaurant boasting a prime location, with impeccable 180-degree views over the Franschhoek valley and surrounding vineyards and mountains. Start the evening with a refreshing cocktail from our bar and find a comfy space on the terrace to watch the sunset.
Welcome to the Spa at Mont Rochelle
Immerse yourself at the Spa at Mont Rochelle. Our philosophy is all about listening to the body and designing a treatment that responds to your specific needs.
We have worked with Africology to create a unique experience which we pair with signature Mont Rochelle treatments. Africology is an eco-friendly range of products, made entirely from essential oils and natural plant extracts.
Weddings at Mont Rochelle
We’re no stranger to hosting weddings at Mont Rochelle. Our picturesque location at the foot of the Klein Dassenberg Mountain Range is the perfect setting for your special day. We have a range of locations for both ceremonies and your reception. Perhaps a private picnic for two with a bottle of Cap Classique to celebrate, or a more formal affair in Miko, our main restaurant, or both! Our priority is you, your partner and guests, ensuring your big day is exactly as you dreamed it would be and more.
Mont Rochelle Wine and Vineyards
At Mont Rochelle, we cultivate and nurture various grape varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon amongst a few others that are used for blending purposes to add complexity. The vineyards are situated between 250m and 400m above sea level exposing the grapes to a range of micro climates. Mediterranean-like conditions found in the Western Cape means dry summers and high winter rainfalls of 1000mm. The Franschhoek Valley also experiences the south-easter which helps bring in cooler air allowing for a longer ripening period.
The wines are marked out of Quality, Value and Packaging, while our Miko Red was the only South African wine to receive a gold award - cheers!
Explore Mont Rochelle
The grounds at Mont Rochelle cover 39 hectares (about 100 acres) and you are welcome to go exploring. A favourite activity for many of our guests is picnicking on the estate – our kitchen can arrange a well-stocked picnic basket with a chilled bottle of wine (or two!). There are two restaurants, a cosy bar, a spa, a gym and an outdoor pool. That’s not forgetting a 37 hectare vineyard and wine cellar of course.
What to pack?
The atmosphere at Mont Rochelle is casual and informal, but that doesn’t stop you dressing up for dinner at MIKO, if you wish. The ambience at the restaurant next to our wine cellar, The Country Kitchen, is relaxed, jackets and ties are never necessary, but it’s totally up to you!
When you’re not dining you might well be soaking up the sun around the pool, so we’ve provided some sunscreen however you may wish to bring your own. If you plan on getting active in the gym then don’t forget to bring a pair of sneakers/ trainers which could also be handy if you plan on venturing further afield.