We stayed two nights in late October and had a very enjoyable stay. The grounds and restaurant (and wines) were the highlight. The grounds are impeccable as are the views of the surrounding mountains. Had two lunches and one dinner at Bosmans and the food was simply outstanding - truly fine dining and the Sommelier, Duane, picked a wonderful selection of wines from the area for our dinner. Staff were very friendly, helpful and always wanting to make sure you were enjoying your stay.
The only reason for not giving a five star rating was that our room (Saddle room) was a bit rustic and in need of sprucing up a bit. With all rooms on the ground floor you must keep curtains drawn as you are totally visible to those walking by. Even the front door is all glass and you need to pull a curtain to cover it. We could hear every word spoken by the women in the adjacent room as she made phone calls. This is probably a function of the thatch roof with a faux wall between rooms. Furniture was comfortable as was the bed but the outdoor furniture on our terrace was old and tattered. Overall a great experience and a spectacular setting but the rooms do need some updating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Grande Roche, celebrated international hotel, famous for its exquisite location in the heart of the beautiful Cape Winelands as well as for its luxurious, cosmopolitan accommodation, award-winning cuisine and matchless service and hospitality. The immaculately restored Cape Dutch homestead at Grande Roche dates back to the 18th century, and offers guests a variety of sumptuous accommodation which include 35 luxury suites. The Banqueting Venue with an open-air amphitheater sits on the upper slopes of the estates, in the midst of vineyards and plum orchards, with a backdrop of Paarl Rock. Whether it's an international conference, a board meeting, cutting-edge product launch or high-profile company summit, The Grande Roche will take care of your needs... we know it is the little details that matter. ... more less
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