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Find answers to our most frequently asked questions about staying at Mont Rochelle.  

How do I get there?

The nearest international airport is Cape Town International Airport, which serves destinations throughout South Africa and has direct connections to some of the key European and Middle East hubs, with flight times ranging from 10 to 12 hours.  

Flights from the US east coast take roughly 22 hours transiting via Johannesburg. 

The property is just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town and is within 35 minutes’ drive of the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Somerset West wine routes.  

Hiring a car isn’t strictly necessary, but if you plan on exploring the region then we do recommend it and we can provide driving directions to the property.  

If you haven’t already planned your travel arrangements either from the city airport or from the hotel we can arrange your transfers. 

What’s the weather like?

South Africa’s position in the southern hemisphere means the warmest months are from November to March, however the average daytime high rarely drops below 15°C/60°F. 

Many visitors to South Africa choose to combine a trip to the Cape Region with a safari experience in the country’s northeast. We recommend Ulusaba [link to site], our Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand Reserve.  

You will find that the weather in Ulusaba is often complementary to the weather in Cape Town, meaning that you will get the best of both worlds. You can wake up for a morning game drive at Ulusaba and be at Mont Rochelle in time for pre-dinner drinks. 

What should I pack?

The atmosphere at Mont Rochelle is casual and informal, but that doesn’t have to stop you dressing up for dinner at MIKO, if you wish.  

The ambience at the restaurant next to our wine cellar, The Country Kitchen, is relaxed. Jackets and ties are never necessary, but it’s totally up to you. 

When you’re not dining you might well be soaking up the sun around the pool, so we’ve provided sunscreen, however you may wish to bring your own.  

If you plan on getting active in the gym, don’t forget to bring a pair of sneakers or trainers, which could also be handy if you plan on venturing further afield.

Can I bring the kids?

Little Corkers (our name for the little ones!) are very welcome year-round and the Pinotage and Cap Classique suites can accommodate children in single beds.  

We've got a wide range of activities to keep them entertained from poolside delights to lawn games, pizza making sessions, creative crafts, scavenger hunts and movie nights. We also have a TV, DVD player and games console, so they'll never be short of fun.

Special food and beverage requests can be arranged depending on your child’s tastes.

How about currency and tipping?

We accept most major credit cards, including American Express, Visa and MasterCard as well as cash payments in South African Rand, US Dollars, Euros and British Pounds.  

Change will be given in Rand at the prevailing exchange rate. There are cash machines at the airport and in Franschhoek, plus most businesses and restaurants normally accept most major cards.  

You generally won’t need cash at Mont Rochelle as any extras can be charged to your room. Tipping is discretionary and entirely up to you. If you have any questions about tipping, you can discuss this with the hotel manager. 

Where can I dine in Franschhoek?

If you’d like to dine in Franschhoek or elsewhere in the area there is a wide range of restaurants so please ask a member of our team for a recommendation.  

We can reserve a table for you and organise taxis if you don’t have a car and would like to sample some more of the region’s wines. 

Can I bring my dog into the restaurant?

Pet pooches are very welcome on the outside terrace at the Country Kitchen and around the grounds of our estate. We’ll keep them well fed and watered (just ask us for the doggy dish of the day), but please keep them on a leash.

What’s Pack for a Purpose, and how can I get involved?

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination.  

Mont Rochelle supports FRANCO, an organisation bridging the gap between the communities in Franschhoek by organising community and social projects.  

If you’d like to get involved and purchase items to help this worthy cause we’ll be happy to provide a list of supplies. Whether it’s clothing, school supplies or non-perishable food items your donations will make a priceless impact to the lives of local children and families. 

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