It is known that the building was originally a private home but that it was also, at some stage used as officers’ quarters. The stone boundary wall on the western side of the property is believed to be the oldest existing structure in Queenstown and is thought to be the remains of a fort.
When we bought the property in 2001 it had been badly neglected and was sadly in need of TLC. We were keen to save what we could so we still have the beautiful old stained glass front door and windows and tiled floor in the entrance hall, the pressed steel ceilings, the sash windows, the broekie lace on the front verandah, the fire places, the old doors and many of the Oregon pine floors, although some had been ripped out and sold and the mud plaster was falling off the walls. There was no garden other than a few old trees.
Fortunately we both have a love for beautiful old things so we kept everything we possibly could and sourced replacements, where necessary, that would fit in without changing the essential character of the old building. We have collected furniture, artworks and decor items over the years, to create this wonderfully elegant, gracious old-world home which we share with others.
Lose yourself in the sheer comfort of our spacious rooms, while enjoying, the overall serenity of the garden. The ambiance and comfort will perfectly restore the weariest traveller leaving you feeling relaxed, revived and rejuvenated. Coffee and tea can be enjoyed whilst taking in the surroundings from the patios which adjoin each room. The Coffee Shop staff eagerly await your company with a Menu to delight with a lunch time meal or a tea time snack. Roche House staff is service orientated, so please do not hesitate to advise us of any special requirements not already catered for.
We are perfectly situated to provide rest for the weary business man and holiday maker. Queenstown is at the heart of all the business activities in the area. As such we accommodate guests conducting business within Queenstown and all the outlying areas. Roche House’s mission is to provide quality-minded guests with a premier, elegant, comfortable and above all, peaceful venue. Our exclusive and spacious rooms are complemented by excellent food and wine. Our staff provides friendly, attentive and helpful service without being intrusive. As hands-on owners, we ensure that our guest house and coffee shop is maintained to a very high hospitality standard.
Roche House is proud to be graded as a 4 Star Guest House by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.