The Eastern border town of Penhalonga is home to one of Zimbabwe’s best-kept secrets: La Rochelle, a magical cross twixt fairy tale castle and French chateau, surrounded by manicured gardens on the edge of verdant forest-cloaked mountains. This luxury country house is an oasis of tranquillity and charm.
It has a refreshingly relaxed and welcoming atmosphere mirrored by its dedicated management team and aims to be the intersection of Nature, History, Culture and the Arts, creating an ambience of holistic wellbeing.
Whether you are seeking a venue for a wedding or conference, or indeed a relaxing country escape and unforgettable stay at one of the most luxurious lodges Zimbabwe has to offer, La Rochelle is the perfect destination. It is only a three-hour drive from Harare – on the recently upgraded Harare/Mutare road: 7 km along the Penhalonga Rd, off the main Mutare road.
The Country House facilities and entertainment areas have been specially designed to make your stay comfortable and relaxing, an instant homely feeling in a luxurious and friendly environment The La Rochelle Restaurant, Main Lounge and Coffee Shop are great spots for larger crowds while the Snuggery Bar and Day Lounge are suited for more private or intimate occasions.
La Rochelle offers excellent small banqueting and conference facilities and is a beautiful setting for a romantic country wedding. It also hosts a number of events such as Music and Arts festivals, Leadership and Executive Development courses, as well as a wide range of specialised sporting events.
La Rochelle accommodation consists of seven beautifully appointed and individually designed rooms and suites in the historic Courtauld House (Courtauld Rooms), one freestanding West Wing comprising of 5 rooms and a truly magnificent honeymoon suite (The Fantasy) – the epitome of romance, situated a small distance from the Country House overlooking the dam. There are also a couple of more secluded cottages available.
All our rooms reflect the elegance of the Art Deco and 1920s eras. Interiors have been carefully chosen to suit the style and are spacious and equipped with the finest materials, linen and amenities giving an instant homely feel.