For more than thirty years, Fern Hill Hotel has been one of the most cherished places on the Midlands Meander. The three-star, family-run country hotel is practically synonymous with hospitality in the Meander. Boasting 25 fully appointed bedrooms, an award-winning restaurant, conference venues, wedding venues, chapel and a fully accredited hotel school, Fern Hill Hotel has become a major hub in the Natal Midlands.
Fern Hill Hotel is owned by established restauranteurs and hoteliers Gion and Karen Poltera. Together with their team of dedicated staff, they will ensure your stay is an unforgettable one.
Fern Hill has played host to numerous prominent guests including past President Nelson Mandela when he was awarded the freedom of Howick. Whether you are wanting to unwind in the Midlands, host a wedding, begin a career in hospitality or simply dine out in the Snooty Fox a la Carte restaurant, we look forward to welcoming you to Fern Hill Hotel.

A Hotel Steeped in History:
Built in 1851 by the Swann family, the original farm became a trading post and boarding house in 1888 for the Trekkers who stopped off before descending the treacherous Umgeni Gorge. Over the years it became a popular holiday resort until the 1960s. It was left to rack and ruin thereafter until it became completely derelict. Gion and Karen bought the property in October 1989 and painstakingly reconstructed the dilapidated buildings that remained. No contractors would help take on the job and so they embarked on bringing life back to Fern Hill by themselves. Within eight months, of much blood, sweat and tears, the majority of the renovations were complete, and in May 1990 Fern Hill Hotel was officially reopened. Many of the original historical buildings are still in place and lovingly maintained by a dedicated maintenance team. The Signal Box, rooms 1 – 5 and Mandela Suite being the most historical.
What started off as a small hotel with only six bedrooms, a small bar, restaurant and conference room, has developed to great proportions. The hotel is set in twenty-five acres of park-like grounds, with water features, a gazebo, a thatched deck, swimming pool, tennis court and braai area.

Features & Attractions

SERVICES:

Airport / Bus Transfer

Driver`s Accommodation

Doctor / Nurse available in the area

Pets Allowed

Baby Cot / Crib

Babysitting

Photo Processing

Electric Adapters / Transformers

Room Service

Backup Power Generator

Fax/Photo Copying

Restaurants

Banquet Facilities

Fitness Gym

Pizza & Wine

Sauna / Steam Room / Spa

Bar(s)

Foreign Currency Exchange

Shopping Centre

Beauty Salon

Function Facilities

Souvenir / Gift Shops

Cafe / Coffee Shop

Hotel Safe

Swimming Pool - Children

Swimming Pool - Outdoor

Internet Access

Laundry / Dry Cleaning / Ironing

Car / Motorbike / Bicycle Rental

Library / Reading Room

Travel Booking / Confirmation

Car Park

Lobby Lounge / Bar

Visa Service

Children`s Playground

Non-smoking Rooms / Floors

Poolside Bar

Conference Facilities

Newspapers / Magazines

AMENITIES:

Air-conditioning

Alarm / Clock Radio

Bathroom - Private

Bathroom - Private Shower Only

Baby Cot / Crib

Coffee / Tea making facilities

Cooking Facilities / Utensils

Dining Area & Settings

Daily Newspapers

Dressing Table

Electricity Adaptors

Ensuite

Fridge

Fan

Fireplace

Hair Dryer on Request

Hot & Cold Water

Iron / Ironing Board

Living Room / Sitting Area

Mineral / Bottled Water

Mosquito Nets

Mini Bar

Room Safe

Shared Bathroom

Sofa

Telephone

Toiletries

TV - Local Only

TV - Satellite

Umbrella

Verandah / Balcony

Wardrobe

Internet Access in Room

RECREATION:

Archery

Basketball

Billiards / Snooker / Darts / etc.

Bird-watching

Board / Leisure Games

Boating / Canoeing

Trail Runs or Walks

Cheese Tasting

Children`s Playground

Chocolate Dipping

Craft Beer Tasting

Cultural Experience

Cycling

Epic Karting

Equipment Rental

Fishing

Gin Tasting

Golf / Driving Range

Health Retreat

Horse Encounters

Horse Riding

Mountain Biking/ Pump Tracks/Hiking Trails

Karaoke

Kite Flying

Massage (foot / traditional / etc.)

Nature & Wildlife

Nursery

Obstacle Course

Paintball

Picnic Spots

Putt-Putt

Sailing / Sailboarding

Sport Arena (Netball,Basketball, Hockey, Chess)

Stain Glass Workshops

Table Tennis

Team Building

Tennis

Working Farm

Wine Tasting

Zip-Lining

Zorb Ball

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:

English

Afrikaans

Zulu

German

SHOPPING:

Bags

Shoes

Accessories (Men & Women)

Gifts

Books

Food Items & Other

Toys

Leather shoes

Leather Bags

Clothing

Kids clothing

Stationery

Home Décor

Furniture

Rugs

Crystals

Beads

Jewellery

Hammocks

Pottery

Bath Salts/Essential Oils/Hand Creams/Room Sprays/Body Butter

Cheese

Cheese Tasting

Art Pieces

Paintings

Bone White Clay Ceramics

Craft Beer