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                    [post_content] => Fern Hill Hotel is perfectly situated just off the N3 highway from Durban to Johannesburg. It is an ideal stop-over destination well within an hour from the beach, the Drakensberg mountains, a game reserve, bushman paintings and the historical battlefields. It is ideally situated for a tourist visiting the country as truly South African experiences are to be found close by.

Established restaurateurs and hoteliers, Gion and Karen Poltera, will ensure your stay is an unforgettable one. You will see why Fern Hill Hotel enjoys the accolade of having hosted Nelson Mandela when he visited and was awarded the freedom of Howick.

What started off as a small hotel, with only six bedrooms, a small bar, restaurant and conference room, has developed to great proportions. Today it boasts twenty-seven climate controlled bedrooms, all en-suite, as well as a host of public rooms. The hotel has three conference rooms, two award-winning restaurants, two bars, a pizzeria & a fully accredited training college for students wishing to develop their skills in the industry.

The hotel is set in twenty-five acres of park-like grounds, with water features, a gazebo, swimming pool, tennis court, volley ball court and braai/barbeque area.

Whether you wish to wine and dine or stay with us for a few nights, the staff at Fern Hill will ensure that your stay is a memorable one. We offer the best service in the Midlands as well as the most popular Sunday Carvery!

The Fern Hill Hotel Training College offers courses in both Hotel Management and Professional Cookery for those wishing to begin a career in the hospitality industry. The hotel school offers full board and lodging for the year and on completion, students are awarded with internationally recognised and fully accredited THETA qualifications as well as Fern Hill Hotel certificates.
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                    [post_content] => We have on our small farm a workshop in which we manufacture canvas goods related to outdoor, safari and leisure activities. Our range of travel bags made from 100percent cotton canvas with leather trim and brass fittings have a colonial, old safari look about them. The range includes toiletry bags, handbags, overnight, weekend and larger bags to meet most of ones travel needs. In addition we manufacture hats, belts, covers for field reference books and travel document pouches. Requests for customized items will also be considered.

We have a facility to manufacture and brand clothing for safari operators, lodges, sporting events, conferences or for corporate companies. The entire production process is carried out in the workshops using the services of locally based seamstresses who have been trained and supplied with the appropriate machinery.

After many years of experience in and knowledge of the outdoor work and leisure market, we are able to offer our customers a comprehensive service and provide advice and assistance in this sector of the market.

Our shops: We have two shops situated in the KZN Midlands - one on the Currys Post Road where the Dirt Road range is manufactured and the second outlet is in Gowrie Village, Nottingham Road. Here you will also find a wide range of Groundcover products. In addition to the Midlands Meander, Dirt Road shops are also situated at the Post House in Clarens and at the Village Centre in Franschhoek.

CLOSED Christmas Day
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                    [post_content] => Dunning Country House offers affordable luxury accommodation on a beautiful working farm. Just a 15 minute drive from Pietermaritzburg, we are perfectly placed to explore the famous Midlands Meander or to attend one of the many world-class events hosted by Kwazulu-Natal.

Dunning Country House also offers affordable group and backpackers accommodation set on a beautiful working farm, we can accommodate up to 100 guests in our single, double and family units. Each room is ensuite and there are communal kitchen facilities available.
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                    [post_content] => Built in the 1830s and set on 250 acres of rolling lawns and forests overlooking the Karkloof valley Halliwell captures the charms and traditions of a more gracious age.

Large private ensuite rooms leading off from the garden with heated towel rails, DStv, tea, coffee making facilities, open fireplaces and scenic views from your verandah, honeymoon suites in addition have spa baths and underfloor heating.

Originally built as a fortified farmhouse the main building now houses a library games room, lounge, cosy bar with snug and cigar lounge, wrap around verandah and Lemon and Lavender restaurant for all your culinary needs.

Halliwell Hall has the capacity for up to 260 guests for weddings or 360 for conferencing but can be partitioned off for smaller groups. Smithys Chapel seats 120 this can also be used as a smaller function venue, with a Pool side gazebo, horse and carriage hire and photographic gardens Halliwell is ideal for any celebration.

Enhancing the landscaping is the Halliwell Rest home for horses, where loving owners have sent their fine steeds to while away their golden years.

Open 365 days from 7am
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                    [post_content] => A simply unique hotel in the Midlands - close to Nottingham Road . Modern and contemporary.

Our Chapel
Breathtaking, beautiful and simply unforgettable, our chapel overlooks a serene lake that is sure to create the perfect backdrop for your perfect day, and a memory that will last a lifetime.

Our Reception Area & Catering
With five-star service and mouthwatering cuisine, there is no doubt your guests will enjoy a fine dining experience that is intimate, personal and truly unforgettable.

Our Hotel
Comprising 30 beautifully appointed rooms, your guests will be treated to a haven of tranquility as they relax in comfort and join you in celebrating your special day.

Brahman Hills Boutique Hotel was previously known as The Windmills and Stonehaven Lodge

Self-Catering Accommodation
With private deck, jacuzzi, DStv, full serviced, bird watching, trout fishing, and game drives.

Free Wi-Fi


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                    [post_content] => Inversanda is a country lover's haven situated in the beautiful Dargle Valley. We are in the privileged position of being situated right at the end of the road; a place to relax and soak up the peace and tranquility. Children, horses and well-behaved pets are most welcome.

At Inversanda we are passionate about 3 things: our farm, our animals and the magical valley in which we are so privileged to live. The farm dates back to the 1800s and up until the late 1970s the crops were all planted and harvested with working oxen. Today our 20 horses and 100 Hereford cows and calves happily graze on the lush kikuyu pastures.

We are a destination for those who want to get completely away. Animal lovers are particulary welcome. Harold, the jack russell; Winston the great dane; Matilda the hand reared cow - not to mention the horses - are all keen to introduce themselves. Infact maybe too keen! Visitors are warned to keep their doors closed otherwise not only will Harold move in, but Matilda too!

Visitors can simply relax and enjoy a good book by the fire or on the verandah, or alternatively take some invigorating exercise. There are wonderful walks, mountain bike trails, swimming, fishing and tubing in 2.5kms of Umgeni River (in season) and fantastic horse trails for experienced riders. There is also a swimming pool and trampoline.

Barn Cottage (6)
Our new barn cottage is proving very popular. It has a double bedroom with king size extra-long bed with ensuite full bathroom; a 2nd bedroom with twin beds and a bunk bed with ensuite shower/WC; a large sitting room/dining room/kitchen with fireplace and large verandah with magnificent view.

Farmhouse Private Wing (4)
The farmhouse was built to a scale more commonly found on the sugar cane estates of the North Coast. The private wing sleeps 4 and has its own entrance and comprises a large sitting room with fireplace, dining room, kitchenette, large double bedroom with king-size extra-long bed, twin bedroom, large shared bathroom and verandah with magnificent view. It also has its own fenced garden.
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                    [post_content] => Lemonwood is in the heart of the peaceful Dargle valley and conservancy area in the Natal Midlands. We are conveniently situated for the crafts of the Midlands Meander, access to the many schools in the area and day trips to the Drakensberg. For those in need of a less active stay, just relax by the pool, take in the spectacular views and breathe in the beauty of the Dargle.

Our farm has 90 hectares of indigenous mist-belt forest with 30 hectares of untouched velt above the bush. There are self guided walks in the forest; ranging from an easy 20 minutes stroll to an all day hike up to the top where you are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

Listen to the eerie sound of the rare tree dassie at night, take a picnic to some of the oldest yellowwoods in KZN, walk around the dam and watch the dancing crowned cranes.


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                    [post_content] => Beverley Country Cottages are set in the beautiful Dargle Valley of the Natal Midlands, on the farm Beverley, where the early Irish settlers set up home in the late 1800s. It is part of the Midlands Meander, a haven for world class artists and craftsmen and where one can experience a gentler pace of life, while enjoying our friendly hospitality and comfortable accommodations.

All 4 of our cottages (The Hayloft, Dairy, Stables and Double-story Thatched Cottage) are superbly set up for self catering, although breakfast and dinners are available on request. All bedrooms are en suite, with a shower and a bath, the central lounges have log fire places, bringing a sense of coziness to those chilly wintry days. The cottages are ideal for a variety of stays from a romantic, peaceful getaway to a fun filled family holiday as they can sleep 2, 4 and 6 respectively. Each has their own veranda and special views. Fishing, walking and exploring the indigenous forests can be arranged.

In the original stone homestead built in 1913, there are an additional 2 large rooms, with Oregon floors and ceilings, which are offered on a Bed and Breakfast basis only. Enjoy the splendor of these elegant rooms, while relaxing in the grand Victorian baths or the comfortable sleigh or four-poster beds. They each have their own separate entrances off a shared veranda.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of your every day life and step into a world of peace and tranquility. Experience the country side and the beautiful scenery that surrounds us.There is no better place to relax and unwind than in these beautiful, peaceful surroundings.

Beverley Country Cottages are pet friendly and offer a camp cot and a high chair on request.
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                    [post_content] => Crystal Barn is an explosion of sensory delights which will fascinate and inspire……a quirky mix of French, country, vintage and Indian colour and spice we offer beautiful accommodation, a wonderful restaurant and the most gorgeous wedding and events venue perfect for conferencing, birthday parties and special occasions.

Our quirky restaurant serves mouth-watering, freshly prepared meals using local fresh produce and spills out onto our veranda and rolling lawns down to the dam. Children can play on the jungle gym and follow the peacocks or bunnies, while parents enjoy a cold glass of wine or one of our specialty gins.

Browse through our small gift shop which stocks a variety of gifts including leather handbags, paintings by local artists, scatter cushions and beautiful scarves.

Please note that the restaurant is only open from a Thursday until a Sunday for day visitors. All dinners are by reservations only and we suggest that you book if you wish to join us for a Saturday lunch as we do close the restaurant if we are hosting a private function.

If you choose to spend a night… or maybe a few, you will be treated to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – Crystal Barn style!

The original old farmhouse has been converted to 3 charming and eclectic ensuite bedrooms as have the old cow sheds. We have a family room that sleeps 4 and the most gorgeous couples suite complete with lounge and an upstairs ensuite loft bedroom. All of our rooms are set on deep veranda’s with most overlooking the magnificent “Rowe” dam, where you can sit and soak up the tranquillity …. or enjoy a sundowner.

Please remember…. dinner bookings for guests in the accommodation are essential, unless you have planned an evening trip to Notties!


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                    [post_content] => Set in 100ha amid the rolling hills of the KZN Midlands, Whispering Waters offers 12 exquisitely decorated cottages, featuring luxuries such as under floor heating, espresso machines, fireplaces and Wi-Fi. Experience trophy trout fishing in 10 pristine dams, hiking trails and magnificent landscapes dotted with Nguni cattle.


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            [post_content] => Fern Hill Hotel is perfectly situated just off the N3 highway from Durban to Johannesburg. It is an ideal stop-over destination well within an hour from the beach, the Drakensberg mountains, a game reserve, bushman paintings and the historical battlefields. It is ideally situated for a tourist visiting the country as truly South African experiences are to be found close by.

Established restaurateurs and hoteliers, Gion and Karen Poltera, will ensure your stay is an unforgettable one. You will see why Fern Hill Hotel enjoys the accolade of having hosted Nelson Mandela when he visited and was awarded the freedom of Howick.

What started off as a small hotel, with only six bedrooms, a small bar, restaurant and conference room, has developed to great proportions. Today it boasts twenty-seven climate controlled bedrooms, all en-suite, as well as a host of public rooms. The hotel has three conference rooms, two award-winning restaurants, two bars, a pizzeria & a fully accredited training college for students wishing to develop their skills in the industry.

The hotel is set in twenty-five acres of park-like grounds, with water features, a gazebo, swimming pool, tennis court, volley ball court and braai/barbeque area.

Whether you wish to wine and dine or stay with us for a few nights, the staff at Fern Hill will ensure that your stay is a memorable one. We offer the best service in the Midlands as well as the most popular Sunday Carvery!

The Fern Hill Hotel Training College offers courses in both Hotel Management and Professional Cookery for those wishing to begin a career in the hospitality industry. The hotel school offers full board and lodging for the year and on completion, students are awarded with internationally recognised and fully accredited THETA qualifications as well as Fern Hill Hotel certificates.
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