Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek has been bought by Virgin and will form part of the brand’s Limited Edition collection of unique retreats and luxury hotels around the globe.
“The restaurants (formerly Mange Tout and Country Kitchen) will change considerably, as will the menus,” Sophie Lilley, PR Manager of Virgin Limited Edition, told Eat Out. “However, we are keeping all of the team, including the head chef.”
The estate and its restaurants are currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen in August 2014.
Upon Mont Rochelle’s reopening, Mange Tout will be renamed Miko to honour the previous owner of the estate, entrepreneur Miko Rwayitare, who passed away in 2007. Keeping its spectacular valley views, Miko will remain a fine dining restaurant, featuring French-style cooking with a contemporary approach. Country Kitchen (at the winery) will offer relaxed dining inside or al fresco with a Mediterranean menu, and The Colonial Bar will serve light snacks and service the poolside area.
Other prestigious hotels in the Virgin Limited Edition Collection include Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve (bordering on the Kruger National Park) in SA, Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, The Lodge in Verbier, Switzerland, and The Roof Gardens and Babylon Restaurant in London.