Grande Roche Hotel

Winelands, South Africa

The hotel

This immaculately restored Cape Dutch homestead, set in the heart of Paarl, is truly a special place to stay. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, the hotel dates back to the 18th century and offers guests a variety of sumptuous accommodation, with suites and guest rooms lavishly decorated and designed to ensure the ultimate in comfort. There are also 2 swimming pools, floodlit tennis courts and a fitness centre. For enthusiasts, there are 2 championship golf courses within a 10-minute drive, making this a perfect place to combine adventure and activity with pure relaxation. The award-winning Bosman’s Restaurant promises fine food lovers a real treat! The imaginative combinations of flavours and quality ingredients make breakfast and dinner a very exciting prospect. The manor house also houses a small wine cellar, a private dining room and a large and lavishly appointed lounge, a great place to relax at night with a glass of local wine. For informal and relaxed lunches, enjoy the Bistro Allegro menu beside the pool, inside the manor house or on the terrace.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Tennis
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located in the scenic town of Paarl with much to explore in the local area. Transfer time from Cape Town airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

34 suites. All rooms with air-conditioning, under-floor heating, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, telephone, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safety deposit box, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and umbrella. Studio Suites are located in one of the original buildings and have a lawn/terrace area, a sitting area, 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.

Duplex Suites are set over 2 floors, located in one of the original buildings and have an outdoor area, lounge on the ground floor and bedroom, with either 1 king-size or 2 single beds, on the top floor, sleeping max 2 adults and 1 child.

Terrace Suites are on 1 level and have a terrace with outdoor furniture, vineyard and mountain views, lounge with TV and CD/DVD player, either 1 king-size or 2 single beds. sleeping max 2 adults.

1 Garden Suite located in one of the original buildings, has a private rooftop sun terrace, enclosed patio, lounge with TV and CD/DVD player, bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and double shower and bedroom with 1 king size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.

Bosman’s Restaurant (fine dining; Bistro menu Weds-Thurs and Bosman's menu Thurs-Sun), Bistro Allegro (informal lunch beside the pool; closed in the winter months). High tea (advanced booking required). Small wine cellar. Kraal heated swimming pool and Bistro pool. Kraal Fitness Centre. 2 floodlit tennis courts, bicycles for hire*, hiking trail, jogging tracks. Water sports* on nearby rivers.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Little piece of heaven

Feb 8, 2020 WFBELGIUM Belgium

Beautiful hotel. Great location, close to the main road but far enough not to have all the noise. Great view from the restaurant terrace. Very friendly and helpful staff. Gardens are beautiful and well maintained. Apparently new ownership since a couple of months.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely countryside hotel

Jan 25, 2020 Navigate753041

Lovely setting overlooking the valley . Nice bedrooms and bathrooms and good restaurant . Gym and pool and pretty gardens and lodges with thatched roofs. Good place to stay if in the area for visiting Stellenbosch and Frankchoek and the wine lands .
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Jan 5, 2020 Pash93

We stayed at the Grande Roche for two nights. The staff were very friendly and our room was lovely and comfortable with nice touches such as evening snack tray. We ate in the hotel restaurant both nights (as other local restaurants were closed over the Christmas period). The food was delicious but lacked many vegetarian choices. We visited a… Read more
We stayed at the Grande Roche for two nights. The staff were very friendly and our room was lovely and comfortable with nice touches such as evening snack tray. We ate in the hotel restaurant both nights (as other local restaurants were closed over the Christmas period). The food was delicious but lacked many vegetarian choices. We visited a local vineyard and were able to arrange drop off and collection via the hotel's own taxi shuttle service, which was convenient. For a 15 minute journey there and back, this cost R480. Read less
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Dec 22, 2019 jfulli007 Brenchley, United Kingdom

During a week in Cape Town my wife and I took a few days out to visit the countryside. We spent one night at this super little hotel. Staff were attentive and courteous. The rooms were a delight - spacious and well appointed with complimentary wine and a small terrace. Bathrooms were stunning. Service at the pool was via a phone line to the… Read more
During a week in Cape Town my wife and I took a few days out to visit the countryside. We spent one night at this super little hotel. Staff were attentive and courteous. The rooms were a delight - spacious and well appointed with complimentary wine and a small terrace. Bathrooms were stunning. Service at the pool was via a phone line to the restaurant with snacks and drinks brought hastily to the pool side. Our evening meal in the popular restaurant was perfect for the occasion. Having had a 10 course dinner the night before it was great to get three classic courses including the 600g steak. All in all, a very enjoyable stay in a lovely little hotel set in vineyards. I should also not forget the yoga session which helped start the day well before a hearty breakfast. Read less
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Dec 11, 2019 Christer B Stockholm, Sweden

We have been in Paarl many times before, but have never stayed at Grand Roche before. Got a really good price on Booking.com and booked us in for two nights. The arrival was really nice, both at the gate and at the reception. I also asked them to put o bottle of MCC in the room when we got back - which they did( and a good one). Very nice… Read more
We have been in Paarl many times before, but have never stayed at Grand Roche before. Got a really good price on Booking.com and booked us in for two nights. The arrival was really nice, both at the gate and at the reception. I also asked them to put o bottle of MCC in the room when we got back - which they did( and a good one). Very nice room/suite, with an patio overlooking the vineyards on the estate. Very good beds and also very nice living room. The whole estate gives a luxury feeling ! The restaurant had recently been changed and are now called Viande and that is where the breakfast i served. The Viande is open for non guests as well - that the former restaurant didn't do. The breakfast was very good and it was nice to sit outside in the morning! We also had a massage that was booked via Grand Roche and the girl that did the massage was very good - so we can recommend that. We had a very nice stay at Grand Roche and it it hadn't been for the following, we have rated it with a 5. Reason is this: - The floor tiles in the shower was loose, so when standing on them, old water that smelled bad, popped up. - On the floor ,under the basin we also found ants that was dry, so been there for a while. Clearly - both things above should not to be found in a place like Grand Roche. Both things should have been noticed by the cleaning staff and taking care of by maintenance. When we left, the staff at reception was informed about the above issues. So for us, we truly hope that the above issues was a one time thing, so we can think of coming back to Grand Roche next time we are in Paarl. Read less