The specialness of Mont Rochelle Hotel, Franschhoek, starts with the welcome when one arrives. I always feel like I am coming home here! I stayed in a Merlot room and it was large (with a couch and table) and had a lovely balcony with views overlooking the garden and distant mountains. The rooms are magnificently comfortable with a huge bath and shower, underfloor heating and everything you need to relax in luxury. I love the complimentary mini bar with beautiful wines, soft drinks and beers as well as a super selection of teas, coffees, fruit and biscuits.
Room service is reasonably priced if you don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your room although there is a choice of two restaurants on the grounds.
Miko, their main restaurant, was disappointing to me this time as I felt the food lacked creativity compared to my last experience there. Perhaps it was because it was a Monday night?
The service and ambience are still superb however for the prices one pays. I felt a little more effort could have been made with the menu. (See my previous review on TripAdvisor below.)
Whereas Mont Rochelle’s Country Kitchen is a perfect place to spend your relaxed afternoon/ evening! There is wine tasting as well as a restaurant with inside or outside tables.
The menu has tapas, small bites as well as a good selection of larger meals some with a Cape Malay theme. I ended up eating here twice during my three days at Mont Rochelle.
I love the ’shades of white’ decor, the views and the wonderful staff. There is a small garden for children to run around in and I think there were boules (or skittles?) in the garden.
Prices are very reasonable.
Service everywhere is excellent and Mont Rochelle will do its best to cater to any special requests. I asked for almond milk and it was provided.
Their grounds are beautiful and incredibly peaceful even though you are only a short walk from the village.
There is a tranquil spa which offers an extensive range of treatments as well as a swimming pool and gym. One could quite comfortably never leave the grounds of the hotel and still have a wonderful holiday!
Miko and Mont Rochelle January 2015:
This was the first time I have been back since Sir Richard Branson bought Mont Rochelle and I am pleased to say it is just as lovely.
Ambience: modern amenities, colonial charm and amazing views over Franschhoek.
The Miko restaurant has sublime views from a great majority of the tables as well as a very comfortable veranda.
Food and wine : our meal was excellent from beginning to end! I mentioned that I was gluten-free and they made me some freshly baked gluten-free bread. I had a good selection even though I am a fish-eating vegetarian. My husband said his meat was outstanding.
All the Mont Rochelle wines are available by the glass. Their wine list is substantial and they have a good selection of cocktails too.
Service: welcoming, personal, friendly, helpful – what more can I say!
In general: this has been one of my favourite hotels/restaurants in Franschhoek for a number of years and nothing has changed.
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