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.