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Grande Roche Properties

Grande Roche
Luxury Rooms

The immaculately restored Cape Dutch homestead at Grande Roche dates back to the 18th century, and offers guests a variety of sumptuous accommodations which include 29 luxury suites and five executive rooms. Each of our luxurious accommodations has been lavishly designed and decorated for the comfort and pampering of guests. We ensure that everyone who visits Grande Roche leaves with special memories of this unique estate escape - the treasure of the Cape Winelands. The Grande Roche Health Centre is the perfect place for indulgent pampering! The peaceful setting and beautiful surroundings ensure that you are able to relax, de-stress and experience a transcendent feeling of well-being. The Health Care Centre offers guests gym and massage facilities as well as an outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

The Massage Suite - Our professional in-house masseur is available from Monday to Friday between 08h00 and 17h00. Massages and body treatments on Saturdays and Sundays, or on Public holidays are available by prior arrangement.

Grande Roche regularly hosts an exciting culinary events programme featuring discerning food and wine connoisseurs and top wine makers and wine personalities. These Gourmet Evenings are held at the celebrated, award-winning Bosman's Restaurant. South African pianists enhance the atmosphere of these Gourmet Evenings, providing quality musical accompaniment. The Gourmet Evenings' five course dinners and wines are selected by both the hosts and the hotel cellarmaster. On Sundays after the Gourmet Evenings a three course luncheon is offered featuring award-winning wines from the previous night. Special stay-over packages are available for these luxurious gourmet weekends.
Paarl


Year Round

South Africa is a year-round destination, and the best time to visit depends on your priorities. Safaris are best in the winter months (May to August). The grass is lowest, so game viewing is easier, and the temperatures are mild (maximum 20-23C). There is very little winter rainfall in the north. Namaqualand, in the Western and Northern Cape Provinces, becomes a floral phenomenon in spring (mid-August to mid-October), when the desert-like terrain is transformed into a carpet of flowers, drawing thousands of visitors. The best season for the beach is summer (November to mid-March). The southern regions are summer destinations, with low summer rainfall. Temperatures reach 28-30C or higher on truly beautiful days. The warm waters of the east coast make for almost year-round swimming. South Africans tend to take their annual holidays in summer, causing tourist destinations to be overcrowded from mid-December to late January, as well as during the other school holidays.
Wine Tasting, Beautiful Landscapes, Vineyards, Museums, Galleries, Quaint Villages, Biking, Excellent Cuisine

La Rochelle Gallery - Grande Roche offers guests an exclusive shopping experience at its well-known boutique store, La Rochelle Gallery. Treat yourself to some sparkling antique jewellery or silverware or take home a piece of African craftsmanship from the comprehensive selection of ethnic collectables.

The Grande Roche Hotel Shop - The Grande Roche Hotel Shop has an eclectic collection of quality items to choose from including a Lorenzi ostrich and leather range, Grande Roche clothing such as golf shirts and caps as well as branded golf balls, towels and sandbags. The shop also offers some interesting and informative literature, e.g., popular cookery books that feature Bosman's Executive Chef, Frank Zlomke, wine guides and glossy coffee table books.

Paarl's Shopping Attractions - Paarl has a wonderful variety of shops to enjoy, filled with delights that will satisfy the most seasoned of shoppers! There are a multitude of delis and farm stalls filled with mouthwatering local fare such as olives, cheese, dried fruits and preserves from nearby farms. The town is also renowned for its quaint coffee shops, cafe's, gift shops and art galleries which brim with local artworks. Visit the Hout Street Gallery (www.houtstreetgallery.co.za) or the De Kraal Gallery & Studio (www.dekraalgallery.com)
There are many interesting sport and leisure activities available close to the Hotel. Our Guest Services staff will provide information or arrange reservations and transport to any of these venues. Activities include the rejuvenating relaxation at the Kraal Fitness Centre, cycling through historic Paarl, swimming, tennis, golf, jogging, hiking and walking, horse riding, parachuting, hot air ballooning, helicopter flights, fishing, scuba diving and a variety of water sports.
Local Info

Grande Roche is situated in the scenic and historic town of Paarl which lies in the heart of the Cape Winelands, just 40 minutes away from Cape Town International Airport. Paarl's Mediterranean climate offers ideal weather for golfing, hiking and climbing. Centrally located, it is close to all major attractions around the spectacular Cape Peninsula.
Press & Media

Grande Roche was awarded the SATOUR Tourism Award for Hotel of the Year 1995 - the first hotel in South Africa to receive this award for excellence in hospitality and for those committed to service excellence. Grande Roche won the Hotel of the Year award for its incredible attention to detail, impeccable grounds, excellent food, and superb levels of luxury.
The Grande Roche Hotel is a highly acclaimed destination internationally - for its beautiful location on a working farm in the Cape winelands, luxury accommodation, gourmet cuisine, excellent service and the warmth of its hospitality.
Grande Roche is situated on the site of the old De Nieuwe Plantatie in the Drakenstein valley of Paarl, South Africa. Its heritage dates back to 1717 when a grant of land was given to Hermanus Bosman. Over the years the homestead grew and changed and, in 1876, it was renovated to reflect the then popular Victorian style. The farm was bought and modernised by the Du Toit family in 1926 and after a fire in 1953 it was rebuilt as a Victorian manor house. It was finally restored to its original Cape Dutch splendour after careful research in 1991 and transformed into a luxury hotel. In 1993, the fastidious restoration was acknowledged when the Grande Roche Estate was declared a national monument. Today Grande Roche is a 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.


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