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Richard Branson buys winery hotel

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Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s luxury collection of award-winning retreats has reached a preliminary agreement to purchase a new property, the Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard in South Africa.

“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,” Branson said.

Mont Rochelle has a history dating as far back as 1688. In 2001 it was purchased by Miko Rwayitare, the South African visionary entrepreneur.

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.

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