La Rochelle Country House Hotel, a National Trust of Zimbabwe property

The restoration of La Rochelle has been both sympathetic and understanding. The property has been restored to its deserving former glory – a number of photographs of Sir Stephen and Lady Virginia have been framed and hung and there are also prints of original paintings once held at La Rochelle by Sir Stephen, but it still feels like a home. If only the modernisation of Troutbeck could have been as sensitive! One can almost feel the presence of Sir Stephen smoking his pipe and absentmindedly patting one of the spaniels!


However the designers have manages to combine the setting of a home with the flexibility of small business conference and function facilities, or the beautiful setting for a romantic country wedding. The surrounding natural and historical features attract the attention of the Orchid, Aloe and Tree and History Societies, as well as birding and specialized interest groups from around the world.

Spend a quiet morning out walking along the woodland trails, or around the dam, or explore the arboretum and gardens, or visit the covered nurseries where Sir Stephen’s Orchid collection continues to grow. You can spoil yourself or your partner with a relaxing massage, or beauty treatment at the Fantasy Spa; or just catch up with your reading and emails in one of the sumptuous day lounges and soak up the amazing atmosphere.

Accommodation within the main house consists of seven individually designed rooms. Each has King, Queen or Twin Beds, free Wi-Fi, room safe, exquisite bathrooms with superior Mohini Collection of toiletries, tea and Coffee making facilities and fine quality linen and towels.

Within the West Wing are another five rooms which are beautifully decorated in Art deco style and have access to a guest lounge (with DSTV) and kitchenette. The West Wing sleeps up to ten and can be booked out as a self-catering unit, or just on a room basis which will then include Bed and Breakfast. 

The Cottage is self-catering and ideal for visitors with children. 

The fantasy honeymoon suite has its own private verandah and wonderful views into the garden. 


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