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Restaurant Manager, Peter Avis took some time out of his busy schedule working at Babylonto visit the food and wine capital of the world, Franschhoek.
This was no holiday, he was out there to sprinkle a bit of Babylon's magic dust on our newest property Mont Rochelle and make sure the team were in tip top condition ready for the opening at the beginning of September. Check out Peter's tales of his South African adventure below.
I have been so lucky over the past 13 years to be able to work and experience Virgin Limited Edition's unique portfolio of properties all over the world, so I really could not wait to experience the newest addition to the family, Mont Rochelle and it really did not disappoint!
I arrived at the airport and was picked up by Mont Rochelle's driver, Abby. He was so warm and welcoming. The drive through Cape Town, Stellenbosch and onto Franschhoek was simply stunning with the most amazing scenery.
All the indicators were there that this was a Virgin Limited Edition property. From the stunning location and views to the warm and passionate welcome from the team, even the Mont Rochelle duck made an appearance in the bathroom!
I woke the next morning and joined the breakfast team at Miko. It was really nice getting to know them and seeing how things work, it has the same feel as Babylon as the team are so, so friendly and welcoming and so I instantly felt part of the team.
After breakfast we did training before we got ready for lunch service. Then it was on to my favourite part of the day, cocktail training! I really enjoyed making these and of course trying all the cocktails with the team!
I only had six full days at Mont Rochelle, so each day was really full on from breakfast until the evening. I found each day really exciting with lots to-do apart from working with the team. I got to meet some of our great guests as well as a visit to the town, which has so much going on from simply stunning vineyards and winery's to visit, as well as some other outstanding restaurants. I highly recommend Le Quartier Francais and Foliage really great dining experiences.
As you can tell I had a really great time at Mont Rochelle and would recommend you visit sometime soon!
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1st June 2020
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13th May 2020
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25th February 2020
Mont Rochelle: Tis' the season to celebrate
18th December 2019
Mont Rochelle: Eat, Sleep, Repeat!
30th September 2019
Mont Rochelle: Discover the Winelands and the wildlife
16th July 2019
Mont Rochelle: The perfect winter in the Winelands
20th May 2019
Mont Rochelle: Takes gold at the London Wine Competition
15th May 2019
Mont Rochelle: Sizzles this summer with Braai lunches
7th January 2019
Mont Rochelle: Farm Worker Of The Year Awards 2018
2nd October 2018