Thursday, February 6, 2014

Last dinner at Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek



Our last few evenings in South Africa last week, living a Travelife, were spent at the lovely Mont Rochelle hotel, in the hills of Franschhoek.

The Mont Rochelle is a very classic hotel, with an elegant and Old World feel.



It has expansive manicured gardens, a colonial style set of buildings, a proper bar full of leather and antiques, and a view most hotels would kill for.

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FROM ANOTHER ERA

The service at Mont Rochelle is very Old World as well.

I chose this as our last hotel in South Africa, to provide a contrast with every other luxury hotel we had stayed in so far.


In two weeks, we had run the gamut from over the top glamour to cozy and warm.

 The latter was a small hotel full of charm and low-key taste, but still luxurious, of course, as I am the one planning the trip after all…



GOT EVERYTHING RIGHT

The companion loved every single place I chose.

He began and ended each stay saying, “I could live here.



And, yes, he wanted to buy most of the places we stayed in, until I finally convinced him that it’s much easier to stay in beautiful hotels rather than own them.

So he’s settled on a flat in Cape Town and a vineyard somewhere in the Cape winelands instead.

THE PERFECT ENDING



But Mont Rochelle was the perfect end to a very nice two-week stay in South Africa, living a Travelife.

The rooms are very comfortable, if not palatial in size.

And they have an extremely good restaurant, where we had our last dinner.

EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS



After so many gourmet dinners, frankly, my expectations for this dinner were on the moderate side.

However, Mont Rochelle happily surprised us with wonderful food, great service, and even a French-speaking piano player who played “Anak” ever so beautifully just for us.

On our last evening in South Africa, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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