Grande Roche is situated on the site of the old 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. Over the years the homestead grew and changed and, in 1876, it was renovated to reflect the then popular Victorian style. The farm was bought and modernised by the Du Toit family in 1926 and after a fire in 1953 it was rebuilt as a Victorian manor house. It was finally restored to its original Cape Dutch splendour 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.
The four studio suites are situated in the charmingly restored coach and carriage houses of the historic estate. They contain a spacious lounge/bedroom and each has its own semi private garden terrace with a magnificent view of the majestic Drakenstein mountains. One of the rooms is fully equipped for disabled guests.
A transformation of the old slave quarters on the estate into five duplex suites has been completed, with names that reflect their Dutch colonial past: Java, Jasmijn, Batavia, Malabaar and Koljanner. The ground floor of each suite has a spacious lounge, where extra beds can be made up to accommodate families. Upstairs the large bedroom boasts twin or king bed configuration with views across the gardens.
The 18 terrace suites are in groups of three, scattered around the estate. All are built in the original Cape colonial style, with thatched roofs, shutters and trailing vines over the private outdoor terrace. Whether you are relaxing in the lounge or enjoying a lazy morning in the bedroom, the view from each room is spectacular. Imagine looking out on the mellow mists of autumn or the bright green vines flanked by roses in the summer, this is the place to be whatever the season.
The garden suite was once the original farm stable. A combination of luxury, romance and rustic charm, this is a totally private suite. It has a lounge, bedroom with king-sized bed, bathroom with double shower and jacuzzi, private sun terrace and separate enclosed patio. It doesn’t get better than this!
The Manor House, where breakfast is served, dates back to 1717. Bosman’s fine dining restaurant is also located here (open Thursday – Sunday) with an outdoor terrace; Bistro Allegro offers casual, contemporary dining, there is a bar area with outdoor pool patio for summer al fresco dining and a Private Dining Room.
Hotel facilities include two heated swimming pools, a fitness area, two flood-lit tennis courts, an art gallery, bicycles and massage treatment room (both on request), historical chapel and an on-site helipad. The perfect base for exploring, activities around the Grande Roche include wine tasting at numerous award-winning wine estates, horse-riding, golf, hiking trails, historical tours and scenic drives.