THE DESIGNER VILLA
Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek
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