The border town of Penhalonga is home to one of Zimbabwe’s best-kept secrets: La Rochelle Country House, a magical cross twixt fairy tale castle and a French chateau.
This beautiful destination, near Penhalonga, Mutare, with its recently restored buildings and re-laid gardens, is the ideal country breakaway and is less than three hours from Harare on newly paved roads. Originally the home of Sir Stephen and Lady Virginia Courtauld, this historic Country House is owned by the National Trust of Zimbabwe and boasts one of the finest arboretums in Southern Africa with some 800 varieties of trees from around the world.
The La Rochelle Country House and Spa boast luxury accommodation, great seasonal food and wines as well as a wide range of activities for every member of the family.
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 conference and function facilities and is a beautiful setting for a romantic country wedding. The natural and cultural features also attract many special interest groups including those of the Orchid, Aloe and Tree Societies, Birding groups from around the world, the History Society and various Arts groupings.