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A Look Inside Richard Branson’s Exclusive Mont Rochelle Manor House in Franschhoek

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The Manor House at Mont Rochelle in the winelands forms part of Branson’s privately owned collection of luxury hotels and retreats.

Sat on a lounger, glass of wine in hand, looking out at the vast landscape of vineyards and breathtaking mountain views that surround Richard Branson’s luxury Manor House at Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek, it struck me that I was indeed experiencing something oh-so-special. While only a lucky few will ever get the chance to experience Branson’s other exclusive Virgin Limited Edition properties such as Necker Island or Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, thanks to local startup, Secret Getaway, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to kick off my shoes, sink into a comfy lounger, and soak in a view that Sir Richard Branson himself (as well as countless other esteemed guests) had gazed upon. A South African first, the unique online accommodation booking platform is lifting the velvet rope, making exclusive, luxury hotels and properties, like the 5-star Mont Rochelle Hotel, more accessible than ever before.

Located just a short walk from the main Mont Rochelle Hotel, the luxurious Manor House at Mont Rochelle is the perfect option for a large family group or guests looking for a more private retreat. With four deluxe suites, a bunk room for children, large living room area, open-plan kitchen and dining room, braai area, patio, gym, and two swimming pools, the Manor House captures that ‘home away from home’ feel whilst allowing guests to indulge in all the luxury of a hotel stay. Groups of up to 8 people will be welcomed to kick back and relax while the dedicated team take care of the rest; from arranging private dining and spa treatments to horseback riding and wine tasting, no detail is overlooked.

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Guests are able to book the property in its entirety, for exclusive hire all year round. For a minimum two-night-stay, rates start from R49,000 per night on the base of eight adults, sharing. The price includes all drinks, breakfast and a choice of either a 3-course lunch or a 3-course dinner each day, and WiFi.

Take a look:

Breakfast at The Manor House.

Breakfast at The Manor House.

With both indoor and outdoor dining areas, guests at The Manor House at Mont Rochelle are spoiled for choice. Wake up to the delicious breakfast spread and enjoy your morning coffee while looking out over this fabulous view. For dinner, retreat inside and watch the private chef at work while he whips up your gourmet 3-course meal.

The dinning room and living room at The Manor House.

The dinning room and living room at The Manor House.

A private loft suite complete with private balcony, Victorian, en-suite bathroom, and lounge area is the ideal place to escape for some “me time” when you’re away with a big group.

Loft suite bedroom at the Manor House.

Loft suite bedroom at the Manor House.

The views from the Manor House at Mont Rochelle are nothing short of incredible and there’s no better way to relax than on your own private rooftop balcony.

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If it’s complete privacy you’re after then the separate Viognier Suite, located next to the gym, at the Manor House is the perfect place to call home for the duration of your stay. With an open-air-shower, private patio, fireplace, and views of the vineyards from your bed, this suite is heaven on earth.

Viognier Suite at the Manor House.

Viognier Suite at the Manor House.

Soaping up in the Viognier Suite will surely be a daily occasion to remember. With a over-sized shower and bath tub the bathroom in this unique suite will give you more than enough reasons to stay squeaky clean.

Viognier Suite bathroom at the Manor House.

Viognier Suite bathroom at the Manor House.

Even if you don’t get the chance to stay at The Manor House at Mont Rochelle you can still soak up a little bit of Richard Branson luxury at a fraction of the price with Secret Getaway. The site is offering an incredible deal of 2 Nights for 2 People at the 5-star Mont Rochelle Hotel including dinner, mini bar, daily breakfast, and a couple’s spa treatment for just R9000 (usually R20 750). Click here to view the deal now. If you don’t want to spend the night then click here to buy a 3-course Lunch for 2 at Mont Rochelle’s Miko Restaurant (R790) or here to buy a Miko Gourmet Picnic Basket for 2 (R540).

Mont Rochelle is also offering locals some incredible winter specials with up to 30% discount off published rates valid for stays from the 1st May – 31st August 2017. Couples will love the winter winelands offer where guests staying 4 nights or more will receive 1 night as complimentary. Rates start from R4,580 per room, per night based on double occupancy.

For more information visit the Mont Rochelle website. For bookings call 0800 056 343 (toll free) or +27 (0) 11 325 4405 alternatively email enquiries@virginlimitededition.co.za

Article originally published on WomenStuff.co.za.

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