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Welgelegen Manor

Welgelegen Manor is a lovingly restored Herbert Baker designed country home on the farm Rietbult, an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

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Grand Dedale Country House

Grand Dédale is an exclusive and luxurious 5 star venue located in the historic and elegantly restored Doolhof Manor House in Wellington at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass surrounded by mountains. It consists of six individually designed en suite rooms and suites, a separate honeymoon cottage, spacious reception rooms and a large pool in landscaped gardens. The country house offers an outstanding personalized service, imaginative cuisine and numerous outdoor activities making it a stellar destination in the Cape Winelands.

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Dune Ridge Country House

Dune Ridge Country House is situated on a 600ha nature reserve between St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis in the Kouga District of the Eastern Cape. We pride ourselves on our service excellence, attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile for the guests that stay with us. Our staff who will greet you and look after you will welcome you with open arms- proper South African style and will look after your every need, go above and beyond to ensure you have an unforgettable stay. Dune Ridge boasts 6 well appointed Garden Suites and Cottages and one Family Cottage- all with underfloor heating, Satellite, Flat Screen Televisions, Large spacious bathrooms with ball and claw baths, large separate showers and separate WC, mini bars, home made treats as well as fully appointed Tea Station. The large private patios that lead off the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and the ideal place to sit back with a glass of wine or a sundowner and either take in the surrounds, read a book or do some bird watching or butterfly identification. Beautiful Dinners are served on a daily basis either on the main patio in Summer or in front of the fire place in the lounge in winter. Lazy Summer Braais or Al Fresco dining at the Swimming Pool are enjoyed every other night. Menus change on a daily basis depending on what we have in our little gardens or what we can source locally. The Country House follows Fair Trade principles and have a strict recycling system in place. All our kitchen matter is also recycled and used in our vermicomposters on site. The natural fertilizers are used on our own vegetables gardens and herb patches on the property and the eggs from our chickens are used in all the baking and breakfasts. Our outdoor Bush Spa draws inspiration from the natural surrounding. The smell of the sea air, the sound of the waves in the distance, the sound of the birds in the natural bush all add to the experience. All our products are natural keeping with our "Back to nature" theme. Each treatment starts off with a Buchu and Rooibos Foot Soak and Massage followed by either a facial or relaxing massage or nail therapy. What else is there to do? We are all about conservation and educating guests and are fortunate enough to have a wetland that runs through a portion of the property. During the Summer months guests have the option of booking and going on a Frog Safari. Donned with headlamps, gumboots and fishing nets they head out with our guide to the frog hotspots on the property in search of frogs. We have about 10 different species at Dune Ridge which guests get to identify and release. Our Coastal Forest and Dune Walks are also popular. Walks go out in the early morning through the coastal forest. Tree identification plaques along the hike assist those that are interested in the coastal fynbos species. The walk then enters a large shifting dune field to the rear. Guests are shown the various plant species and if lucky enough Strandloper Middens dating back thousands of years. A lot of care and thought has gone into everything at Dune Ridge Country House from the small little things like our home made bath salts made by Siphokazi, our wine list that comprises of small boutique estates, the fynbos and protea bunches through out the house that is all natural and not cultivated, the little tea biscuits Novi bakes on a daily basis and Brandon our waiter/barman's amazing Home Made Geranium Spritzers that guests are offered on arrival. Its about their love for what they do and where they work and this shines through to the guests and makes a huge difference to the overall stay of our clients.

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Oxbow Country Estate

Surrounded by harmonious nature and meandering trout dams, Oxbow Country Estate offers chic country style charm with relaxed sophistication. Oxbow is an oasis from the city offering idyllic wedding receptions, conferencing, midweek breakaways and trout flyfishing. The exceptional energy and warmth of the staff and family that work at Oxbow ensure that every stay is exceptional and memorable. With a focus on fresh exciting cuisine, the Oxbow chefs work hand in hand to create outstanding menus that accompany the tastes and sights of this wonderful estate.

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Hawklee Country House

This beautiful spot in the Midlands is a Country House which is owner run by Dean and Belinda found in the Fort Nottingham area of Nottingham Road. Hawklee Country House is known for its personalized service where nothing is too much trouble. All accommodation is en-suite and every Hawklee guest suite features a private Jacuzzi spa bath and flat screen TV with DSTV. Our cottages have beautiful views of the Lions River from the sitting areas, beds and spa baths. Our Garden Cottage has a lovely secluded garden where you can sit and enjoy the view while drinking your tea. We also have a beautiful private Honeymoon suite, The Mallard, filled with lots of luxury items to test your taste buds and your own private spa bath for that romantic occasion. We do Gourmet picnics along the banks of the Lion's river a stones throw from your cottage. We offer Breakfast, Lunches and dinner. Hawklee Country house is a place where people come to get engaged and take wonderful photos and we are often used as a Honeymoon destination or a couples break away. Hawklee is known for a place to unwind, de-stress and relax in. The sound of the running river all year makes it peaceful and harmonious with nature. The pied Kingfisher is seen flying along the river with the Fish Eagles calling overhead. The deck is used for sun downers as you look at the river and forest and enjoy your champagne. We offer breakfast, lunches and dinner. The Leopard's Lair bar is always open with Dean at the helm.Truly an idyllic and tranquil spot for a lovely romantic break or just to unwind from the city life. Beauty at its best


Days At Sea Beach Lodge

5 STAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL on Durban's South Coast DAYS AT SEA BEACH LODGE ONE OF THE 100 BEST HIDEAWAYS OF THE WORLD 2013 The gentle murmur of the Indian Ocean is a constant lullaby. Here, close to the city of Durban in South Africa's forgotten paradise, lies a true gem. Days at Sea“ a luxury hotel with just 6 suites, is a hideaway in the true sense of the word, a refuge for lovers of nature, first-class cuisine and fine wine. The European background of artist and photographer Dr. Guido Schoeldgen and his wife Annette, a fashion designer, is evident throughout. Clear-cut lines, refreshing pictures and sculptures with accompanying texts characterize the beachfront hotel. Each suite is a world on its own, a masterpiece of design in exquisite shades of aqua blue. The spacious pool set over the ocean is illuminated at night. Above it are the restaurant and lounge with projected images and music ranging from Pavarotti to Cafe Del Mar. The chef makes suggestions, the guests decide and then enjoy – fusion cuisine, a combination of Italy and France with a dash of Asia,fusion cuisine as Guido jokingly calls it. The five-star boutique hotel is surrounded by three world-class golf courses “ Wildcoast, San Lameer and Southbroom – and several leading game reserves, home to the big five, are within driving distance. The team of the hotel deals in a cheerful yet discreet manner with queries or requests. With breakfast served in bed or on the private terrace, the hotel is a haven not only for honeymooners. The owners philosophy? – there’s no such thing as no can do!


Lions Rest Country Estate

What do luxurious accommodation, magical weddings, productive conferences and rejuvenating Spa have in common?  The answer is Lions-Rest Game Lodge. Lions-Rest offers unsurpassed quality and value, all in one location.The Free State Province is home to some of the most scenic places, natural wonders and overwhelming hospitality and friendliness in South Africa.  Lions-Rest maintains the province's reputation by offering visitors supreme quality and a blissful and tranquil place to escape to.

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River Place Lodge

Whether it’s a high-level business conference or product launch, a wedding or a picnic, an intimate lunch or a family celebration, we all have a vision of “whether we desire to go”. At River Place, the setting and facilities, together with our meticulous attention to detail and our emphasis on stylish sophistication and timeless elegance will help you achieve your vision.


The Wild Mushroom Luxury Country House

The boutique hotel comprises eight suites. Each tells the tale of a specific mushroom species. In a sophisticated way the luxurious interior renders the vital colours and textures of the Golden Oyster, the indigenous Kalahari truffle, the magical Psilocybe, the pink-purple Russula, the orange-green Lactarius deliciosus and the glimmering Omphalotus, or Copper Trumpet mushrooms. Each window offers a spectacular vista of mountains and vineyards.

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Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm

Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm situated in Addo, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm warmly welcomes you. We are nestled on a mountain-top in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, overlooking the beautiful Zuurberg Mountains. The five luxury chalets are found on a working citrus farm only 4 km away from the main gate of the Addo Elephant National Park.  The elegantly decorated chalets are equipped with air-conditioners which also have a heating option and en-suite bathrooms with in and out door showers as well as a bath to suit all you needs. An ideal tranquil setting for couples, parent get-aways, honeymooners and small groups of up to10 people. Enjoy mouthwatering traditional buffets with us, all prepared on the open fire in our comfortable thatched roof lapa. Also watch the sunset from our Upper level sundowner deck while relaxing with a drink and snacks.  You can cool down after a warm day in our Rock pool or enjoy our Jacuzzi with a view of the Addo Valley. Antelope species in our safari/game park will add enjoyment to your visit, while going for a walk, game drive or mountain bike ride in the succulent valley bushveld vegetation, one of the 7 biomes. Note that the Eastern Cape is a malaria free area which will add to your peace of mind. The climate is hot in summer, mild in winter with summer rainfall and dry winters.


Hawksmoor House

Hawksmoor House is a Cape Dutch country retreat located on a 220- hectare wine farm, Matjieskuil, near Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. Meticulously restored and beautifully decorated with exquisite antiques, it occupies a stunning location amidst vineyards overlooking Table Mountain, and enjoys spectacular sunsets. A 25 minute drive away from the buzzing Cape Town centre, the estate is quiet and serene. In addition to our guests, the farm is home to horses, cows, porcupines, hawks, pelicans and countless other wildlife. Our resident German Pointers Cosmo, Max & little Alice keep a watchful eye on the daily workings of the farm. If you love dirt roads, sunsets, wine by candlelight, an owl outside your window, and don’t mind sharing the pool with the occasional disoriented frog, or getting a paw print of our overzealous dogs on your trousers, you have found your place!

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Summerset Place Country House

This unique bushveld jewel is set against the foot of the Waterberg and adjacent by a private game reserve. Embracing the morning in the bush with the soothing sound of guinea fowl greeting the day, along with other rich bird life, can only make for a spectacular way to begin yours. Professional service, warm and friendly staff that focus on client satisfaction with attention to details, clean and spacious accommodation, makes Summerset Place Country House, is the place you'd rather be. Why you will love Summerset Place Country House When you need to unwind in the gorgeous surroundings of unspoiled nature with a loved one, friends or family, Summerset Place Country House & The Salon @ Summerset Place offers a delightfully tranquil Bushveld setting with easy access to Modimolle, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Ideal getaway to relax and socialize while you catch up on some reading, go for an early morning stroll or enjoy a game of table tennis or darts or refreshing swim. NATURAL AND RELAXED The refreshing, secluded ambiance at Summerset Place allows guests to reside in a tranquil setting, while still being able to experience all that the bush-veld offers. COMFORTABLE & TASTEFUL Summerset Place offers comfortable accommodation for guests with a experience of tasteful, non-smoking, guest rooms – each with en-suite bathroom, tea/coffee facilities and a fully stocked bar fridge. FRIENDLY HOSPITALITY Summerset Place embodies an ideal blend of quaint charm, attentive service and modern comforts. Add central location and no traffic noise, and you have the ultimate alternative in affordable accommodation FRIENDS & FAMILY Our guests enjoy chatting or reading in the guest lounge or on the patio overlooking the garden and swimming-pool. A seasonal dam on the premises makes for an interesting bird watching environment. Stay in touch and let us know what you think

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