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Grande Roche

At a Glance

    Pros

  • estate declared a national monument in 1993
  • award-winning cuisine

    Cons

  • not within easy walking distance from town
  • rarified atmosphere doesn't suit everybody

Grande Roche Review

A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group, this establishment can stake a claim to being one of the best hotels in South Africa. In a gorgeous Cape Dutch manor house that dates from the mid-18th century, the hotel sits amid acres of vines beneath Paarl Mountain, overlooking the valley and the Drakenstein Mountains. Suites are either in the historic buildings—slave quarters, stables, and wine cellar—or in attractive terrace buildings constructed in traditional Cape Dutch style. Rooms are a tasteful mix of the modern and the old: reed ceilings and thatch comfortably coexist with heated towel racks and air-conditioning. Offering a level of service extremely rare in South Africa, the employees, many of whom trained in Europe, outnumber the guests by two to one.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Plantasie St., Box 6038, Paarl, 7622
  • Phone: 021/863–5100
  • Website:
  • Location: Paarl

    Hotel Details

  • 5 rooms, 29 suites.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed mid-May–July.

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