Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's luxury collection of retreats announced that it has reached a preliminary agreement to purchase a new property - Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard in South Africa, which would become the latest addition to the portfolio.
Sir Richard Branson commented on the news: "I'm thrilled to be able to announce that we are in the process of purchasing Mont Rochelle and what I'm sure will be a'must visit' winelands experience in South Africa and a fantastic addition to the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio."
Mont Rochelle has a fabulous history dating as far back as 1688. In 2001 it was purchased by Miko Rwayitare, the South African visionary entrepreneur.
Albert Gatare, family member of the late Miko Rwayitare, said: "We are proud to confirm the imminent sale of Mont Rochelle hotel and Mountain Vineyard. It is with warmth that Sir Richard Branson is welcomed as the new owner of this gem in the crown of Franschhoek. With both his and Virgin Limited Edition's ambitious plans for the future of Mont Rochelle, the family of the late Miko Rwayitare is certain that Miko's vision of creating a small slice of heaven on earth will be realised."
Whist already a stunning property, following final purchase proceedings it's proposed to close the hotel to undertake some refurbishment with a view that Mont Rochelle will re-open in August 2014.
In an area internationally renowned for its winelands and stunning scenery, Mont Rochelle boasts a unique hilltop setting and private vineyard encompassing 39 hectares. A picturesque 22 bedroom hotel set against a mountain backdrop, in the heart of Franschhoek and just 45 minutes from downtown Cape Town in South Africa; it will attract food and wine lovers visiting the world-famous wider Cape Town region and offer the perfect extension to a stay at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve.
Virgin Limited Edition is an award-winning collection of unique retreats, chosen for their beautiful locations and magnificent surroundings; each offers a sense of fun, style, luxury and exceptional personal service. The group includes Necker Island in the Caribbean's British Virgin Islands, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, The Roof Gardens and Babylon Restaurant in London; Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, The Lodge in Verbier, Necker Belle, a 105 foot luxury catamaran and Necker Nymph, a three man aero submarine and Mahali Mzuri, a tented safari camp in Kenya.
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