Grande Roche is situated on the site of an old farm 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, the ‘sick comforter‘ and assistant to the Reverend Simond. The original house was extended over the years by various family members and in 1876, possibly influenced by a visit of Prince Alfred, it was changed to a Victorian style. After being in the same family’s possession for nearly 200 years, it was modernized in 1926 by its new owners the Du Toit family. After a fire in 1953, it was rebuilt as a Victorian manor house. It was finally restored to its original Cape Dutch splendor 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. 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.
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 the luxurious accommodations has been lavishly designed and decorated for the comfort and pampering of guests. Ensuring that everyone who visits Grande Roche leaves with special memories of this unique estate escape – a real treasure of the Cape Winelands.
The renovated manor house at Grande Roche is the heart of the hotel and home to the award-winning Bosman’s Restaurant. A fusion of imaginative and innovative epicurean delights will tantalize the most discerning of palates in Africa’s first and only Relais Gourmand restaurant. Bosman’s is a 70-seater restaurant with a terrace and patio seating 60 in fine weather. It is open seven days a week. For groups of eight or more, the Banqueting department will help to choose a menu to suit the guest and the occasion. Dress code for the restaurant is smart – no “Jacket & Tie” requirement. There is wheelchair access throughout as well as designated parking bays.
Bosman’s has a wide range of cigars. The staff are trained to help you select the perfect cigar to suit your taste and will expertly cut and light it for you. Comfortable venues are provided to comply with South Africa’s stringent no-smoking laws, where professionally maintained Cuban, Dominican Republic or Mexican cigars may be selected from the well-stocked humidor.
A sumptuous selection of the Cape’s finest fare can be enjoyed in the relaxed and contemporary Bistro Allegro. Choose to enjoy your meal out on the pool patio or in its modern, colorful interior. There are fabulous dishes to savor like fresh salads, seafood, pastas, mouthwatering club sandwiches, delicious desserts, cakes and cheese platters. The Bistro Allegro is the perfect place for a pleasant and informal meal.
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 outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Road Travel Africa loves this beautiful winelands property, and look forward to assisting you in booking your unforgettable stay here. Contact us today and you will be pleasantly surprised at the excellent rates on offer.