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  • Located on a picturesque subtropical farm
  • Luxurious rooms, fantastic cuisine and on-site spa
  • In-house tour company at your service

Highgrove House Country Hotel

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

15km from Hazyview

 

-25.1296, 31.0267

About

After spending just one night at Highgrove House, it was love at first sight for Kathy Russell, who went on to acquire the property in 2008. With forests and a majestic avenue of jacaranda trees leading up to an exceptionally opulent colonial homestead filled with priceless antiques and Persian carpets, it is easy to see why Kathy was instantly attracted.

Privately tucked away in the lush tropical gardens, the eight guest suites, constructed by the previous owners in 1988, are exquisite, stylish havens of comfort that are guaranteed to make guests feel more than spoilt. The pampering starts from the moment you enter your suite, where you are greeted by fresh flowers and fruit, a tea and coffee tray with freshly baked biscuits, and a decanter of complimentary sherry. The rooms add a stylish modern flair to the original colonial atmosphere and are equipped with mini-bars, top-of-the-range satellite televisions or CD players, air-conditioning, safes and hair dryers. The luxuriant King-size beds are fitted with Egyptian cotton and goose-down duvets, ensuring the most peaceful night’s sleep, while Charlotte Rhys and Africology amenities in the full en-suite bathrooms will keep you feeling pampered.

The spacious sitting areas each have a wonderfully carved wood fireplace for those winter nights. From each suite, guests will enjoy the privacy of a verandah overlooking the orchards and verdant Lowveld valley.

In addition to large soak tubs and spacious showers, both the Executive Garden and Executive Orchard suites have private gardens and courtyards with outdoor showers. The Orchard suites have the added indulgences of a private pool and sauna. Guests in the rest of the rooms don’t have to miss out, however, as those staying for two nights or longer have free access to the hotel spa’s sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. Opened in 2013, the Orchard Spa is operated by highly trained staff and has 10 treatment rooms overlooking the valley.

The rates at Highgrove House include both a delicious breakfast and a decadent five-course dinner in the award-winning Royal Restaurant. The cuisine here is held up to the highest culinary standards and uses the finest locally produced ingredients, including avocados, macadamia nuts, raw honey, herbs and vegetables sourced from the farm.

The hotel also offers a romantic picnic experience, setting up a carpet, cushions, table with chairs, a bunch of roses and sparkling wine. The comprehensive picnic spread can be enjoyed in the privacy of a picnic spot under the huge oak tree, at the waterfall or in the avocado orchards. Couples looking for even more romance can also book one of several exceptionally romantic turndown packages.

If you’re feeling active, the large farm offers two walking trails and a hike that leads you past the waterfall and through the forests and orchards. Along the way, keep an eye out for the prolific birdlife. If you fancy a spot of mountain biking, you can make use one of the two bikes provided, or bring your own along to take a scenic ride through the pine forests and past the pretty Da Gama Dam.

A luxury tour service was recently added to the extensive offerings of the guest house, making use of air-conditioned vehicles to either take guests to the area’s top attractions or arrange transfers to and from the Johannesburg and Kruger Mpumalanga international airports. The list of attractions is endless, so the expertise of the tour company will help to pick out the best of these.

Rates & Summary


5 Standard Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Sitting room with fireplace
Verandah with views over the valleys and orchards

2 Executive Orchard Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower, outdoor shower
Sitting room with fireplace
Private pool, sauna and garden
Verandah with views over the valley and orchards

1 Executive Garden Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower, outdoor shower
Sitting room with fireplace
Private garden
Verandah with views over the valley and orchards

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfast included
5-course dinner included
Picnic baskets are available

Kids

Children 10 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The luxurious Highgrove House is situated on a picturesque subtropical farm close to Hazyview in Mpumalanga, just 20 minutes from the Kruger National Park. This boutique hotel offers the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, and guests are accommodated in private garden suites with the full gamut of modern comforts. Every whim is catered for, and a knowledgeable in-house tour guide is able to take you on tours of the area’s best attractions. Holding its cuisine up to the highest standards, the Royal Restaurant is a member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs international gastronomic society.

Summary

  • Located on a picturesque subtropical farm
  • Luxurious rooms, fantastic cuisine and on-site spa
  • In-house tour company at your service

Privacy

The Executive Orchard Suites are particularly private and ideal for honeymooners.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Walking trails
  • Hiking trail
  • Mountain biking trail
  • In house tour guide

Nearby: Kruger National Park, Elephant Sanctuary, Chimpanzee Eden, Panorama Route, aerial cable trail, abseiling, white water rafting, tubing, quad biking, horse riding, hot air ballooning, bridge swings, fly fishing, shopping.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming 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
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Panorama & Lowveld

Mpumalanga

About

The Lowveld-Legogote region is the urban hub of Mpumalanga. It is home to the dynamic capital city Mbombela/Nelspruit and KaNyamazane township. It also contains the towns of White River and Hazyview, known for their arts & crafts, their good living and bonhomie.

All roads round here lead to the Kruger National Park (KNP) which is the region’s border and its biggest attraction. Another big attraction is the amazing Sudwala caves - the world’s oldest dolomite caves and the geological highlight of the Lowveld.

To the west of Mbombela/Nelspruit is the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, the third-largest green canyon in the world and highlight of the Panorama Route. This is a scenic route along the escarpment edge, taking in the mountain towns of Graskop, Sabie, Pilgrim’s Rest and Lydenburg. To the east of Mbombela/Nelspruit lies the region dubbed the Wild Frontier. It is known for its lively gold rush history and mysterious stone ruins left by early indigenous people.

The Lowveld-Legogote region has strong ties with neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland, offering an intriguing mix of culture, language and style. 

The Lowveld is sometimes referred to as the ‘Slowveld’ –and it’s not hard to see why. It’s hot, subtropical, laid-back and friendly. This is a region that has always worked alongside the rhythms of the wild.

The word ‘legogote’ means ‘place of the skins’ and refers to the leather makers who once lived here in the Legogote Mountains. They were known for their skill in crafting leather thongs supplied to early ox-wagon travellers.

The Lowveld has long been a trade route and trading post. Explored by early hunters and pioneers, it developed on the back of the discovery of gold. From old Delagoa Bay (present-day Maputo) to Mbombela/Nelspruit and on to the Panorama Route, you will encounter colourful tales of early adventurers, prospectors, bootleggers, gamblers, traders, chiefs, kings and shysters.

Mbombela/Nelspruit is a big, busy city that includes historic Nelspruit, ever-growing residential developments, and the vibrant, sprawling township of Kanyamazane. Cutting right through the centre of the city is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. Popular among residents and tourists, the garden is set on the banks of the Nels River and is a delight of indigenous greenery. It has a large cycad collection and an African rainforest.

Mbombela/Nelspruit was a host city for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. Its beautiful stadium is an icon of the city’s progress - along with the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with an innovative design reflecting a modern African spirit. In Mbombela/Nelspruit you’ll find excellent hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. It is home to a mix of peoples and cultures, with an Afro-chic flavour. From Mbombela/Nelspruit you can do artists’ routes and township tours, visit casinos, nightclubs, and artistic and historical spots. And yet within a short time you can be right in the middle of the KNP gazing out onto the ancient African wilderness.

Incredible mountain scenery and excellent outdoor action - that’s the spirit of Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. From Mbombela/Nelspruit the route heads east through subtropical foothills and farmlands, into the mountains of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. The route takes you along a series of historic mountain passes to the towns of Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, Graskop, Mashishing/Lydenburg and Orighstad. Scenic highlights include God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve is also there - home to plenty of wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa.

Pilgrim’s Rest is where gold was first discovered and is a heritage town. Graskop and Sabie are timber centres, and renowned for their adventure activities. There is a wide choice of things to do here, from gorge swinging, rock climbing, abseiling, and hot air ballooning, to river rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, fishing, sailing and 4x4-ing.

Look out for

The Kruger National Park - Flagship of Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park has good infrastructure and services, with routes, game drives, guides, camps, watering holes and other animal viewing spots. Your chances of a lion sighting are the highest in the central Kruger Park, where nutritious grasslands support a diversity of creatures. There are great spots for humans too, from luxury lodges to remote camping hideouts.

Mbombela/Nelspruit - Mpumalanga’s capital city is a friendly and fast-moving mix of cultures. These include Tsonga, Pedi, Swazi, Mozambican, Afrikaans, English, Dutch, German and French. The city is a central place from which to access the Lowveld and Panorama regions. You can take a cultural tour of Kanyamazane township, and visit arts & craft centres, traditional healers and shebeens. You can see an excellent collection of South African art at the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature buildings, or spend a quiet hour or two in the Lowveld Botanical Garden in the heart of the city.

Sudwala caves - The world’s oldest known cave system, said to be nearly 3 billion years old, the Sudwala Caves are completely surreal. In the heart of the Mankelekele mountains lies this vast subterranean city of passages, tunnels, caverns and chambers. There are timeless dripstone formations and eerie bottomless lakes. The highlight is the Crystal Tour – a five-hour 2km hike into the heart of the caves culminating in a cavern containing incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

Outdoor action - Sabie is the adventure capital of the Lowveld and Panorama, offering just about everything you can think of in an incredible canyon and mountain setting. Experience the adrenalin rush of the world's highest cable gorge swing with a 68m (18-storey) freefall. You’ll go from 0-160km/h in 2.3 seconds! The hiking is exceptional, and there are excellent rock climbing, paragliding, and abseiling opportunities.

The Artists Route - The beautiful setting and laidback lifestyle of the Lowveld has long attracted artists and creative souls. In the White River/Hazyview area you can visit the studios and showrooms of some of the country’s foremost artists. These include potters, weavers, candle makers, glass-blowers, sculptors and even taxidermists. Both these towns are hip and happening, offering charming eating spots and great rural retail therapy. For good shopping head for Casterbridge Centre on the edge of White River, and Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview.

Kaapsehoop village - Explore the misty heights of this historic gold mining village. It is popular for its quaint coffee shops, pubs, bistros and more than a hundred wild horses.

Innibos Cultural Festival - A music and arts festival held in the Nelspruit/White River area in June and July. This is a cultural ‘must-do’. For 14 days the Lowveld rocks. This arts festival is held at over 60 theatre and music spots across the province and features everything from big stage concerts to assorted theatre and cultural activities. There are also more than 400 craft stalls to explore.

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