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 recently upgraded Harare/Mutare road: 7 km along the Penhalonga Rd – – off the main Mutare road.

It was renowned in the 1950s and 60s for Sir Stephen and Lady Virginia Courtauld’s lavish and warm hospitality and has long been recognised as one of the most celebrated botanical gardens in Zimbabwe as well as an icon of the Art Deco movement. La Rochelle is a place of beauty for Zimbabweans to treasure, a heritage the Courtaulds wanted to share with everyone.

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