Grande Roche Hotel

Wine Estate, Paarl


If fine wine and exceptional food is your idea of heaven, then this luxurious Dutch homestead – found deep within the Winelands valley of Paarl – should be made top-priority. Immaculately restored, intimate and located on a historic working wine farm, Grande Roche is famed for award-winning cuisine and unrivalled service, hence its Small Luxury Hotels of the World membership.


Spread across the estate, Grande Roche’s 28 suites merge the historic with the contemporary in terms of style. Options began with four studio suites, each offering its own semi-private garden terrace, and then five roomier duplex suites, transformed from old slave quarters. Found in trios, the 18 terrace suites have thatched roofs, shutters and trailing vines over their private outdoor patios, while the romantic Garden Suite – once the original farm stable – includes a bathroom with double shower and spa bath. All offer underfloor heating and large bathrooms.


Overseen by Michelin-trained chef Roland Gorgosilich, the much-hailed Bosman’s Restaurant is situated in the manor house and serves international dishes in formal indoor or outdoor surroundings. Bistro Allegro is more laid-back, and cigars and home-produced glasses of Malbec are the norm in the lounge. Talking of wine, there are private tasting sessions available with an in-house sommelier. Two outdoor pools, a sauna, steam room and swanky spa complete the offerings. Good luck so much as leaving the grounds.


Nestled below the Paarl Rock Mountain and only 40 minutes from Cape Town airport, Grande Roche is also within touching distance of the spectacular Cape Peninsula. Guests can enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyard tours or cycle along Paarl’s historic trails. Helicopter flights and hot-air ballooning are both offered nearby.

Child Policy

Children are welcome. There’s a child-friendly pool and babysitting available.

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