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Mont Rochelle Officially Welcomes Its First Guests

Mont Rochelle01 September 2014 – Mont Rochelle, Sir Richard Branson’s South African Hotel and Vineyard is excited to welcome its very first guests to uncover the delights of Franschhoek’s hidden gem. Having undergone an extensive refurbishment, Mont Rochelle now boasts a brand new spa with a Hammam, a heated pool, 22 beautifully refurbished bedrooms and a new restaurant Miko, named after previous owner, Miko Rwayitare.

To celebrate the opening of Mont Rochelle, Virgin Limited Edition, is offering a special complimentary night stay from 1st of September 2014 until 21st December 2014 when booking to stay for four nights or more.

In an area internationally renowned for its winelands and stunning scenery, Mont Rochelle boasts a unique hilltop setting and private vineyard encompassing 39 hectares. Attracting food and wine lovers, guests at Mont Rochelle can enjoy an array of activities from horse-back riding to an afternoon of fly-fishing in the Dewdale Farm trout dam. For guests who would like to combine a winelands break with a safari, Mont Rochelle provides the perfect extension to a stay at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand, adjacent to the Kruger National Park.

Make sure you are one of the first to see the newly refurbished Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard and discover what Franschhoek has to offer with a free night stay from September 2014.

Terms and conditions:

  • The last night of your stay will be complimentary
  • When booking for a minimum of 4 night’s guests will receive one night free.
  • Rates start from ZAR 4,460 (£245 at today’s exchange rate) per room, per night, including breakfast,
  • Offer is subject to availability for stays with arrivals between 1st September – 21st December 2014
  • All our normal booking terms and conditions apply
  • Maximum of one free night per booking
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other packages or special offers
  • The offer is applicable to any new bookings only


Our rates include:

  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • A selection of drinks and snacks from the minibar
  • Wireless internet
  • All taxes and local levies


When you’re at Mont Rochelle you can enjoy…

  • Personalised wine tasting
  • Picnics in the grounds – we can provide a hamper
  • Spoil yourself rotten at the spa and choose from the finest Africology range of treatments
  • Dips in the outdoor swimming pool
  • Work outs in the gym
  • Horse riding –
  • Mountain biking and golf in the region


Virgin Limited Edition is an award-winning collection of unique retreats, chosen for their beautiful locations and magnificent surroundings; each offers a sense of fun, style, luxury and exceptional personal service.  The group includes Necker Island in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, The Roof Gardens and Babylon Restaurant in London; Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, The Lodge in Verbier, Necker Belle, a 105 foot luxury catamaran, Mahali Mzuri, a tented safari camp in Kenya and Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard in South Africa.

For more information, please contact Traveline at 1-888-700-8747.


Cape Winelands Getaway

Trip Start/End:
South Africa (Cape Town) / South Africa (Cape Town)
South Africa (Franschhoek)
3 days
Tour Type:
Travel Style:
Relaxation Our Relaxation trips offer a retreat from the daily grind and a chance to recharge. From luxurious beach destinations, exclusive spas to breathtaking vistas, our Relaxation trips re-invigorate the soul. The level of luxury can be adjusted up or down to suite your tastes, and the service and attention to detail is always seamless.
Epicurean Journeys
Price Range:
From $1023 pp to $1245 pp *
  • * USD per person, double occupancy. Prices subject to change. This tour is fully customizable.

“This is the perfect way to extend your trip in Cape Town”

Trip Description

Franschhoek is an historic residence in the centre of what many regard as the most charming and picturesque village in the Cape Winelands. Elegantly restored in the Cape Huguenot tradition and right in the heart of what has become the utopia for food and wine lovers in the Cape. Enjoy your time exploring this region with your private guide and driver.

Day 1: Cape Town – Franschhoek

Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met at the door of the plane and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues. You will also receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).

You will be met this morning by your guide and set off for the Winelands, a delightful drive which winds its way through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Our first stop is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture where we enjoy our first wine tasting, coupled with a chocolate and dessert tasting. Onward over the scenic Helshoogte Pass, to Franschhoek, founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago, and widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. Its beautiful setting and café lined streets will charm you and a further wine tasting is included at one of the renowned estates here. Your journey will also take you to the town of Paarl, at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes where we enjoy our final wine tasting before being dropped off in Franschhoek at La Fontaine Guesthouse for the night.

The serious business of fine dining at Le Quartier has been set apart and defined by The Tasting Room. Course after course of exquisitely presented culinary delights showcase chef Margot Janse and her team’s award-winning talent. You can indulge in a surprise – African inspired – or a five course choice menu. The menu can be enjoyed with a wine pairing (drinks not included).

Accommodation: The Franschhoek Country House

The Franschhoek is a historic residence in the centre of what many regard as the most picturesque village in the Cape Winelands.

Day 2: Franschhoek

Today your resident Winelands expert will join you for a full day exploration of the culinary delights of the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. You will delight in cheese tasting in the 200 year old barn at La Grange Fromagerie, chocolate tasting at the Franschhoek Chocolate factory and lunch which has been booked for you at either La Petite Ferme or Grande Provence, depending on your preference. Take time to explore the town by foot as the boutiques and art are exceptional. You will return to your auberge late this afternoon.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Set on the original site of Franschhoek’s first parfumerie, today it’s the heavenly scent of chef Adrian Buchanans cooking that inspires at the Monneaux Restaurant, a Cape culinary classic. Even by the food & wine capital of the country’s high standards, Monneaux is an extra-ordinary success, having been in the country’s Top 100 list for six years consecutively, on the Top 10 list for two years and winning the American Express Platinum Award for fine dining.

Accommodation: The Franschhoek Country House

Day 3: Cape Town

Private transfer between Cape Town and Franschhoek.

Accommodation: Depart

Depart from Cape Town international airport – end of itinerary.

  • What’s Included:

    • Guaranteed departure – Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, Fees where indicated as per the itinerary – Local and international traveler assistance during your tour – Specialised and personalised services
  • What’s not Included:

    • Tips – Laundry – Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages unless explicitly noted – Optional activities/extras – Visas (unless noted) – Vacation insurance
Trip Terms & Conditions
  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $250). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure. We accept payment via credit card, certified check, wire transfer or money order.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of deposit. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to 100% of program price.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at http://www.horizon-co.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.