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  • Elegant Georgian manor set in tranquil evergreen gardens in the quiet hilltop town of Hilton
  • Charming host will make you feel right at home
  • Scenic and cultural spendour abounds in the region, once you venture beyond the peaceful garden pool

Bancroft B&B

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Hilton


-29.5705, 30.3142


The impressive Georgian façade of Bancroft B&B belies the warm and intimate atmosphere that owner Tina Wagener has created at her beloved home in Hilton. Tina is a gracious and friendly host who goes out of her way to ensure that guests feel completely at home, and every aspect of the guest house is run with great personal pride. On arrival, the garden, with its colourful flowers, lush greenery and manicured lawn, makes a stunning first impression and has clearly been curated with a healthy dose of love.

The same attention to detail has been paid to making the guest suites comfortable spaces for visitors to enjoy, with everything designed to create a true home-from-home, countryside feel. Huge arched Georgian windows let in plenty of light and showcase lovely views of the garden, and since there are only three well-spaced-out rooms, guests are treated to personalised service and ample privacy. Standard amenities such as hairdryers, tea/coffee stations, bar fridges, free wireless internet, satellite televisions, fans, heaters and electric blankets make each suite a cosy little haven.

The downstairs double room faces the morning sunrise, and has twin beds that can be converted to a King-size bed, along with an en-suite shower.

Couples who differ in their bathroom preferences can choose the upstairs double room, which has a bath and separate shower. This room offers a bird’s eye perspective of the garden and pool, with the views stretching to the forests surrounding the guest house. The air conditioner is a handy replacement for the fan and heater.

Parents in the family room can sink into a comfy King-size bed in the master bedroom, while- on the other side of a bathroom with a bath and hand shower - the kids will be perfectly cosy in the twin bedroom. On request, a fully kitted camp cot can be added to any of the rooms to accommodate tiny tots. 

Breakfast is regarded as the highlight of the day at Bancroft, with an extensive variety of cold and hot treats on offer, with vegetarian, vegan and other special dietary requirements also being catered for. After the meal, guests can walk off the calories in the fairytale garden, or dive into the delightful rock pool, surrounded by tropical plants and an outdoor seating area.

For guests who want to explore the area, Tina is happy to point the way to surrounding attractions, which include the Midlands Meander, Drakensberg mountains and Zululand battlefields.

From laidback lunches in the countryside, to exciting canopy tours, outdoor activities and historical attractions, the area has more than enough to keep guests of all leanings thoroughly entertained.

Rates & Summary

Double Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Garden views

Upstairs Double Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath
Garden and forest view

Family Suite

Sleeps 4 in King and twin rooms
Bathroom with bath and hand shower
Garden view


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Continental and English breakfast included
Dinner on request


Children of all ages are welcome.
Camp cot available on request.

Why Stay Here?

Surrounded by forests in the quiet hilltop town of Hilton, Bancroft B&B accommodates guests in three rooms, and offers a home-from-home atmosphere, great food and warm service. Set in tranquil evergreen gardens, this grand Georgian manor contains rooms of opulent comfort and is well positioned for trips into the Midlands and the Drakensberg mountains. Guests can cool down in the enchanting rock swimming pool and will enjoy a very extensive, varied breakfast that can be customised to suit specific needs.


  • Elegant Georgian manor set in tranquil evergreen gardens in the quiet hilltop town of Hilton
  • Charming host will make you feel right at home
  • Scenic and cultural spendour abounds in the region, once you venture beyond the peaceful garden pool

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fly fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Rock swimming pool
  • Nearby: botanical gardens, nature reserves, golf courses,  Midlands Meander, fly fishing, Drakensberg Mountains, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, canopy tour, hot air ballooning, Zululand battlefields, historical monuments, museum, arts and craft shops, farm stalls.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal


The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of our spectacular country. It’s blessed with a little bit of everything.

Rolling hills, burbling brooks and surging rivers… history, game reserves and haunting battlefields. Not bad for only a section of one of our nine provinces. 

It’s pressed up against the Drakensberg-Ukahlamba mountains in the west, stretched along the coastal belt in the east and hemmed in by the mighty Tugela River in the north. The Midlands is a fertile area that is dominated by agriculture and wide open spaces.

For many, the Midlands has become synonymous with a small area around Nottingham Road. While this is indeed a cornerstone of the region, the Midlands encompasses a far greater and more diverse area than it is often credited with.

It begins in the south-east where the Umgeni River runs through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, with its crags and cliffs, aloes and thorn trees. Further west is the province’s capital city, Pietermaritzburg. 

This is a small part of Victorian England painstakingly recreated in Africa - complete with an ornate cricket pavilion and the largest red-brick building in the southern hemisphere as its city hall. 

It was after being thrown from a train here that Mahatma Ghandi was inspired to take the first steps of his peaceful protests against discrimination. A statue of the great man still stands in the city centre.

Another great man, South Africa’s iconic Nelson Mandela, also has a firm link to the region and its railways. Just outside Howick one can visit the spot where Madiba was finally arrested, while travelling by train. A plaque marks the otherwise nondescript spot.

The history continues to the north, where the English, Zulu and Afrikaner fought each other at various times in history. While the more famous battlefields are to be found further north and east in Zululand, there are fascinating places to visit in the Midlands, too. These are most notably around the towns of Colenso and Weenen.

In the more westerly parts of the Midlands, where it comes up against the buttresses of the Drakensberg, the Midlands offers some exceptional fly-fishing for trout in rivers and dams. 

Midmar Dam outside Howick is a popular venue for carp and bass fishing, as is Albert Falls Dam further east. There also are a number of excellent courses vying for golfers’ attentions.

Of course, no visit to the Midlands is complete without exploring the Midlands Meander for at least a day or two. The best way to do this is to head north from Howick on the R103, a good tar road that ambles and winds through forests and farmlands. This road is regularly dotted with interesting attractions. 

But don’t stick resolutely to this one road. Pick up a Meander map and explore. Head out to the Dargle, the Karkloof or Curry’s Post. It’ll be quieter, but is just as interesting and picturesque.

Look out for

The Midlands Meander – is what the majority of visitors think of when they hear ‘Midlands’. It deserves its reputation, too. It has become a successful, sustainable tourist attraction that focuses on quality, handmade products and local produce. A few of the highlights are Ardmore Ceramics, the Woodturner, Shuttleworth Weaving and the Zulu Quilt Centre.

Sports – are a major attraction in the Midlands. Every year the Duzi Canoe Marathon starts in Pietermaritzburg and, three days later, ends in Durban. The Midmar Mile is an open-water swim that takes place annually in Midmar Dam. The Comrades Marathon is the largest ultramarathon in the world, running from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, or vice versa in alternate years.

Howick Falls - are a big drawcard in the region, but don’t think that all one can do is gaze at them.  Take a walk into the gorge, through thick indigenous bush filled with bird calls. You’ll be rewarded with the best possible view of the falls, and with a refreshing swim. Adventurers can also abseil over the 107-metre drop, past precariously perching aloes, caressed by the waterfall’s drifting spray.

Hartford House - is a destination worth visiting just for the food. It is also worth spending a night in this historic, luxurious boutique hotel. Situated just outside Mooi River, this romantic getaway on a working horse stud farm is home to an award-winning restaurant. It offers splendid set-course dinners coupled with excellent wines.

Fly-fishing - the first trout to be imported into South Africa were brought to Balgowan in the Midlands. It’s hard to find better fly-fishing than in this region. The dams around Nottingham Road, in the Rosetta/Kamberg District and in the Dargle, are renowned for the trophy rainbow trout. The rivers that flow from the Drakensberg are similarly famed. Indigenous yellowfish are becoming increasingly targeted on fly. They can be fished for in the Tugela, Msunduzi and Umgeni Rivers, amongst others.

Mountain biking - A number of high-profile mountain biking events are held in the Midlands every year. Pietermaritzburg has even hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup. This should give some indication of the quality of the cycling available in the region.

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