The Grande Roche Hotel is a spectacular hotel complex in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Cape. Wine country, historical farmland, architectural splendor – no one who has visited this part of the Southern Africa can forget the exquisite setting that Paarl enjoys.
There are vineyards in the very centre of town, ancient trees in various shades of green and the dramatic Drakenstein Mountains that are washed with a pink glow at sunset. All contribute to the magical backdrop for a magnificent boutique hotel. The Grande Roche Hotel is situated a convenient 40 minute drive from Cape Town and is in close proximity to most of the Cape’s top tourist attractions such as the Winelands and the scenic areas of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and the Berg River Valley. There are also a number of golf courses in fairly close proximity to the hotel.
The owner, architects, planners and builders of the Grande Roche Hotel spent more than 12 months on a unique concept in the South African hospitality industry. They created a modern, luxurious hotel on historical farmland in perfectly restored 18th century buildings with every comfort and modern facility expected of a 5 star establishment. The Grande Roche opened its doors in December 991 and is the only 5-star estate hotel on a completely resorted working farm. It was officially opened by He Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi on 22nd January 1992.
The rebirth of De Nieuwe Plantatie to Grande Roche Hotel as it stands today, involved the restoration of the old buildings and the creation of new outbuildings, an Amphitheatre and Conference Centre. On entering the majestic Grande Roche one is overcome by the magical opulence of the crystal chandeliers, large glistening golden mirrors and black marble columns, a reminder of a typical French chateau.
The old T-shaped manor house now consists of a gourmet restaurant, Bosman’s, a wine cellar, the Private Dining Room, a large lavish lounge and Lina’s Gallery. The Bistro Allegro is situated adjacent to the patio and the pool area. In the restored suites as much of the character as possible has been preserved and many of the rooms are redolent of the warm smell of thatch and bamboo ceilings. Old silver tree beams have been used extensively as windows lintels, and odd-shaped entrances and niches, including the old ventilation slits in the walls, have been faithfully preserved.