THE DE­SIGNER VILLA

Mont Rochelle, Fran­schhoek

Elle Decoration (South Africa) - - TRAVEL -

Boast­ing the best 360-de­gree views to be found in the mes­meris­ingly scenic Fran­schhoek Val­ley, Mont Rochelle pro­vides end­less eye-candy for aes­thetes. You might be swoon­ing at the sun­set’s pink­ish glow cast over the Klein Dassen­berg Moun­tains while sip­ping a glass of the es­tate’s fresh, cit­rusy Chardon­nay, then lean in­doors to ad­mire the ho­tel’s play­fully chic in­te­ri­ors, from the in­di­vid­u­ally styled suites to the su­per-cool bar area. When the Vir­gin Lim­ited Edi­tion team took over the his­toric Cape Dutch prop­erty in 2014, it was sub­jected to an ex­ten­sive overhaul by Kritzinger Architects and in­te­rior de­sign firm HotCo­coa. More re­cently, the de­sign team re­fur­bished the Manor House, built in the mid-1800s, to serve as a fit­tingly stylish home-from-home for when Sir Richard Bran­son comes to town or for a group of up to eight guests want­ing a pri­vate, ex­clu­sive-use stay.

A con­sid­ered restora­tion in­cluded strip­ping lay­ers of var­nish from the Voorkamer’s tra­di­tional wooden ceil­ing to re­veal its gleam­ing orig­i­nal state. Gra­cious old de­tails like this are com­ple­mented by tex­tu­ral Ital­ian stucco walls and re­claimed tim­ber floors and fur­nish­ings. Gen­er­ous so­fas, comfy nooks, and long ta­bles for in­door and al fresco din­ing put an em­pha­sis on laid-back en­ter­tain­ing and re­lax­ation, and the ser­vices of a per­sonal chef can be made avail­able. But you won’t want to miss tak­ing a gen­tle am­ble to the ho­tel’s el­e­gantly ap­pointed Miko restau­rant, where af­fa­ble Head Chef Shane Louw serves up sim­ple mod­ern South Africa cui­sine paired with Mont Rochelle wines (awarded the Vine­yard of the Year 2018 in South Africa at the Lux­ury Travel Guide Food & Drink Awards). vir­gin­lim­it­ededi­tion.com

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