It’s that time of year when the idea of a weekend getaway calls forth images of blazing firesides, cosy chatter with a glass of deep red in hand, lazily lavish breakfast feasts, brisk scarf-and-jacket stepouts in the countryside, and perhaps a couple of his-and-her spa spoils. Makes you think, doesn’t it …
Book a couple of nights at Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge, and find yourself on a sprawling country estate in White River overlooking a golf course and surrounded by Mpumalanga’s beautiful forests. Sleep deeply, and depending on which room you choose, you may also have a cosy fireplace. There’s every chance that, in the words of your hosts, “nightjars, owls and the merry midnight frogs will lull you to a peaceful sleep“. The restaurant is a treat, and there’s also a wine cellar for romantic dining. Unique fondue-style meals are one of the specialities of the house. The weary are welcome here, for there’s a wellness and beauty clinic in-house to soothe away all stresses and strains. At Oliver’s you’re 25 km away from the Kruger park, if you fancy a self-drive game viewing outing. Golf, conveniently, is right on the doorstep. Mail us to book.
Abandon the city in favour of some fresh country air and a wonderfully comfy stay at Rissington Inn. You’ll find this welcoming home-from-home just outside Hazyview, set on a vast country estate granting fabulous views. It’s the sort of place where the welcome is warm and genuine – in fact they pride themselves on offering “the warmest welcome in the Lowveld.” Sharing a sundowner in The Rissington Bar will probably be among your most memorable ‘welcome-moments’, preceding a great a la carte dinner. ‘Once a guest, always remembered’, is probably perfectly true of Rissington! Mail us to book.
Misty meanderings beside a placid lake offset cosy indoor snuggle-ups at Critchley Hackle on the romantic Highlands of Mpumalanga. Dullstroom is one of the region’s great weekend escapes, and it’s just 2.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. Critchley Hackle is an old favourite in this neck of the woods, known not just for its romantic feel but also for its emblematic fly fishing – you can get some equipment on loan at the hotel. Weekend visitors will also enjoy the spa, and the cosy bar & whiskey room. Mail us to book.
An undisputed winner on the Mpumalanga Highlands is Walkersons Hotel & Spa. It’s a grand old classic in the country hotel tradition, situated just outside Dullstroom, with acres of rolling countryside in all directions. Fly fishing, gym, spa treatments, walks, hikes and picnics are all among your rejuvenation options here. Experienced horse riders will be quite at home, with an equestrian centre providing stables, paddocks and groomsmen, and guides to accompany you on outrides. Mail us to book.
Mail us for suggestions and bookings, or call 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 21 797-7122 (international).