Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A night at the Grande Roche in Paarl

How fortuitous it is when invitations collide. We were asked if we would like to spend a night at Grande Roche and arranging it for the night we were to be in Paarl anyway meant we didn’t need to drive back to Cape Town after the KWV event. We have visited it many times before for meals, wine tasting event and the Old Mutual  Trophy Feedback sessions each year but this was our first stay
Traditional Cape Dutch design, this is the front of the mansion house
The view from the terrace of the magnificent Cape mountains
The dining room and entrance foyer with a great Fin de Siècle bronze statue amusingly carrying her handbag
We had a lovely pot of coffee in the reception lounge while they got our room ready. The staff were very helpful and attentive
They have thought of most things.  In case you have forgotten your reading glasses, you may borrow the appropriate pair to read the papers at breakfast or when relaxing in the lounge
Calamondim  orange trees full of fruit on the pool terrace
One of the hotel’s pools in the courtyard
Our suite was in part of the Coach House
Nice private terrace facing the mountains
Lots of comfort and nice crisp sheets
Shower room with all the fittings fixtures and supplies you could ever want
A separate dressing room with a work desk
The mini bar
Having a complimentary glass of red wine as the sun sets
The courtesy car which took us to and from the KWV function meant John didn’t have to drive
The night view makes it look rather like a French chateau
We returned to a glamorous candle lit room and bathroom
Time for breakfast. On the terrace or inside?
Tables laid for the brave, it was sunny but still a little chilly
The naughty shelf!  Fresh breads and pastries, jams and muffins
Lynne helping herself to fresh fruit and plain yoghurt
Lots of choices of fruit, cold meats, fish or cheeses  or you could order from the a la carte Menu
There were fresh oysters and a local Methode Cap Classique bubbly included in the buffet
We settled for a traditional English breakfast and we must say the very well prepared soft buttery scrambled eggs were the best we have ever had in an hotel.
Time to depart.  Thank you Grande Roche
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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