Need to know
Twenty-six, including six suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $304.58 (ZAR4,386), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Rates include Continental breakfast.
The hotel is also a functioning winery; a dedicated on-site winemaker oversees the production of four house wines. Arrange for a tasting in the cellar or a picnic complete with perfect pairings.
At the hotel
Gardens, parking, tennis courts, hammam, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, Bose speakers, desk, minibar, free bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine and Africology bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms are spacious and bright, and most are named after locally grown wines. Of them, the Cabernet Rooms stand out: all look out over the verdant valley, and each has a private terrace and a head board made from local fabrics. For complete privacy, the Manor House, a short walk from the hotel, is a sprawling villa with four suites, a kitchen, a lounge, two pools and a dedicated gym.
Surrounded by sunloungers, the heated outdoor pool has prime views of the Franschhoek Mountains.
With two treatment rooms and a hammam, the Mont Rochelle spa uses eco-friendly local products by Africology, made with natural plant extracts and essential oils. The Cape Malay Spice Journey lets guests select their favourite spices and herbs from a dedicated apothecary for bespoke treatments.
Bring walking shoes: the hotel has horizon-brushing grounds for guests to explore on foot or with the hotel’s two, free-to-hire mountain bikes.
The hotel maintains immaculate gardens and rolling greens with walking trails that are ideal for pre-breakfast strolls. In the afternoon, tackle garden games like giant chess and croquet.
All ages welcome. The hotel has games available for children and can organise child-friendly tours; however, the space is romantic and best suited to couples.