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  • Beautiful Tudor mansion offers opulent luxury
  • Magnificent vistas abound from the Schoemanskloof escarpment setting
  • Much to explore in the region, and a great stop on a long journey out of Joburg

Kilmorna Manor

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 14 years and older

56km from Mbombela

 

-25.3668, 30.5577

About

Kilmorna Manor was designed and built by an eccentric Irishman who decided that he wanted the best of both worlds: his deep love of the Lowveld Bush, coupled with the gracious lifestyle of an English country squire. The result is a Tudor mansion of magnificent proportions set in expansive gardens on a 208-hectare nature reserve in the Schoemanskloof Valley.

The Manor was recently purchased and lovingly converted into a guest house for the discerning traveller by owners, Philip and Laura-ann, who took nearly three years to create the perfect environment for the guest who requires pampered accommodation in unspoiled nature. Each exquisitely decorated en-suite bedroom is a haven of luxury, privacy and peace. Generously spaced out in different parts of the mansion, all bedrooms feature pure cotton sheets with comforters, bathrooms with heated towel rails, DSTV, DVD players, mini fridges and coffee/tea making facilities.

Dining at Kilmorna Manor is an exciting combination of different cuisines from around the world that reflect the well-travelled and seasoned palate of owner Phillip, while a selection of fine wines can be sampled on the sundowner deck or in front of a roaring fireplace in the old world English-style pub on chilly nights. 

The surrounding environment is home to a wide variety of plant life, from ancient gnarled trees in the forest, to endangered cycads and fields of vibrant indigenous wild flowers. Walks through the forest will reveal birding specials such as the colourful Narina trogon and Knysna turaco, with a chance to see some elusive small mammals, while the grassland biome plays host to eland and zebra.

Packed with adventure activities, the Schoemanskloof Valley is ideally located between Johannesburg and the attractions to be found in Northern Mpumalanga, making Kilmorna a wonderful stopover point, although you will most likely want to linger at this idyllic retreat a little while longer. 

Tailor-made, intimate and romantic weddings - both indoors and outdoors - can be arranged, with the unique opportunity to hold the ceremony in a large hall complete with an armoured knight. Romantic ceremonies can be held in the indigenous woodlands or in the manicured garden.

Rates & Summary


6 Rooms

King size four-poster bed 
En-suite with bath and shower 
Room 1 has massage shower - no bath
Gas fireplace and electric blanket
Leads out to lush subtropical garden

Pricing

  • R 1 200 pp sharing

Catering

Full English or Continental breakfast included
3 or 4 course dinner provided on request

Kids

Children aged 14 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Kilmorna Manor is an expansive Tudor mansion surrounded by lush Afromontane Forest, high up against the Schoemanskloof escarpment. This opulent home features landscaped gardens, prolific fauna and flora, and elegant interiors that are bound to make you feel like English royalty. Conveniently located a fair way off the N4 between Johannesburg and Nelspruit, Kilmorna Manor offers the ultimate in pampered luxury and tranquillity.

Summary

  • Beautiful Tudor mansion offers opulent luxury
  • Magnificent vistas abound from the Schoemanskloof escarpment setting
  • Much to explore in the region, and a great stop on a long journey out of Joburg

Things to consider Bringing

Sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, golf clubs, bird book and binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The approach  is on 6km of dirt road, and is suitable for any vehicle in most weather conditions.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Private nature reserve
  • Hiking trails  through the valley
  • Bird watching

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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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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