Mont Rochelle has been nominated for the Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards 2021 under the “Best Hotel in South Africa” category.
Voting is now open and who wins is entirely up to you! We’d be so grateful if you would like to vote for us, cast your vote!” the hotel announced via its official Facebook page.
We’re so excited that Mont Rochelle has been nominated for the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2021 in the category…
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, which is famously known as the French Corner of the Cape and is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa.
Over the past 20 years, the building has been extended on numerous occasions and has also changed hands several times. The most recent owner prior to Sir Richard Branson was Erwin Schnitzler, a German hotelier and Miko Rwayitare, who took possession of the hotel and winery which at the time was called ‘La Couronne’.
La Couronne Hotel and Restaurant was severely damaged by a fire in February 2006. After a period of repair and renovation, Messieurs Rwayitare and Schnitzler used the opportunity to merge the hotel and the neighbouring Mont Rochelle Mountain Vineyards to create ‘Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards’. Rwayitare was the first black owner of a vineyard in South Africa and the vineyard’s premium wine was named after him – as well as the current main restaurant.
“Mont Rochelle was purchased by Sir Richard Branson in 2014 and now joins the exclusive Virgin Limited Edition collection which includes Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, Mahali Mzuri in Kenya, The Lodge in Verbier, Son Bunyola in Mallorca and Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa. After an extensive period of refurbishment, the hotel began welcoming guests in September 2014.”
While Mont Rochelle is temporarily closed until January 29, prospective visitors can easily lose themselves in the beauty and wonder of the Franschhoek hotel by simply visiting its website.
Picture: Mont Rochelle