Garden Route & Winelands, South Africa

Mont Rochelle

Rates from (inc tax)$311.35

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (ZAR4,920.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Whole lotta bottle


Mighty peaks, vintage valleys

Set over 39 hectares of vineyards, boutique hotel Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek is serious about wine. The hotel produces four varietals on-site; house labels can be sampled throughout the property and guests can tour the cellar. Rows upon rows of vines create a scenic backdrop for walks, lawn games and poolside lounging. Grapes factor into the food, drink and even spa treatments, too. Rooms are named for the four estate-grown varietals – Cabernet Rooms each have a private valley-facing terrace – so guests can drink and dream about sensational South African wines.

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26, including six suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $311.35 (ZAR4,316), excluding tax at 14 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (ZAR4,920.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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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.

Packing tips

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

On balmy nights, take a table on the terrace at Miko for views of Klein Dassenberg Mountain.

Dress Code

Keep it casual with khakis and wrap dresses. Mrs Smith should wear wedges for pre-dinner strolls on the greens.

Hotel restaurant

Mont Rochelle has two dining options. Miko, which has front-row views of the nearby mountains, specialises in international dishes with a South African accent and exceptional regional ingredients. Dishes include lamb with wild garlic and pan-fried kingklip (a fish caught off the western coast). The restaurant has a superlative wine list – of course – showcasing local vintages. The more casual Country Kitchen, a short stroll from the main hotel building, is ideal for easy lunch and dinner, with salads, local cheese and roosterkoek, a traditional griddled bread served with dried beef and gorgonzola. Staff can also prepare a picnic basket with charcuterie, sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Hotel bar

The bar is open throughout the day for drinks and light bites, with a terrace that’s perfect for icy white wine in summers and warmed by a fire pit on chilly winter evenings. Order a classic cocktail or sample the house wines, including the Miko Red, a blend produced only using top vintages in honor of Miko Rwayitare, a former owner of Mont Rochelle.

Last orders

Miko serves three meals a day; the Country kitchen is only open at lunch and dinner. Breakfast is available from 7am to 10am, lunch from noon to 2:30pm and dinner from 6pm to 10pm.

Room service

Sandwiches, salads, burgers and local delicacies are available 24 hours a day.


Photos Mont Rochelle – Franschhoek – South Africa
Mont Rochelle
Dassenberg Road,
South Africa


Cape Town International ( is the nearest major airport, an hour’s drive from the hotel. Direct flights from London arrive here, and flights from most major cities connect via Johannesburg. The hotel offers transfers for up to four guests for ZAR1,100.


The drive from Cape Town is pretty and takes about an hour on the N1 road, following signs for Stellenbosch and Wellington, then Franschhoek. The hotel’s car park is by the entrance, and it’s free for guests.

Worth getting out of bed for

South Africa’s wine country lures oenophiles from around the world for sips of its famous tipples. Mont Rochelle grows sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, merlot, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon; and if you’d like to explore more wineries and varietals, including the region’s renowned pinotage and chenin blanc, hop aboard the Wine Tram, an old-fashioned rail car that travels Franschhoek's valley and stops at eight wineries. The region’s beauty spots include Stellenbosch and Paarl. Explore wine country on foot with a hike through the hills and vineyards around Franschhoek; the hotel can map out routes, depending on your desired length and intensity, ranging from three to eight hours. Guests can hop on horseback and ride through the region, and – if you haven’t drunk your fill – you can add on a wine tasting at the end.

Local restaurants

Succumb to eight courses of locally inspired food with the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, run by Margot Janse. The menu includes local meat, foraged herbs and tableside preparations, all best enjoyed with area wines. With a background in foraging, Chris Erasmus uses unexpected plants, wild mushrooms and edible flowers to create innovative and beautiful dishes at Foliage, a five-minute drive from the hotel. Specials include kudu, a regional antelope.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Franschhoek and unpacked their wine and croquet sets, a full account of their countryside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Mont Rochelle in South Africa’s winelands…

Raise a glass to South Africa’s scenic winelands at Mont Rochelle. Set amid the expansive vineyards of a hilltop winery, the hotel keeps local wines front and centre, naming room types for the house varietals and encouraging guests to spend time meandering through the vines. Set in a renovated, traditional Dutch farmhouse, the hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens, with mountain views in the distance. Less than an hour from cosmopolitan Cape Town, Franschhoek offers exceptional local food and easy access to the untouched greenery of the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve. The hotel’s two restaurants showcase the bounty of both regions, serving fish reeled in off the western coast and meat, vegetables, fruit and herbs from the farmlands around the valley. Naturally, each has a perfect wine pairing. Match regional dishes with estate-grown vintages at Miko restaurant; or return to your private terrace overlooking the vines, to drink in Mont Rochelle’s and the wine country’s beauty.

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