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  • Proudly owner-managed with excellent service
  • Spacious, elegant rooms and opulent interiors
  • Centrally located to the Midlands, in the charming town of Nottingham Road

Loxley House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Nottingham Road

 

-29.3533, 29.985

About

Loxley House is run with great affection by owner Angie Hunter, who welcomes guests to enjoy the allures of tranquil countryside living. Angie has put her many years of hospitality experience to good use, creating a well-groomed establishment which offers homely luxury, personalised service and plenty of peace and quiet.

Set on grounds with manicured lawns and tall trees, the guest house offers luxurious country-style accommodation in 15 suites, all of which are very spacious and well-appointed, featuring amenities such as high-quality linen, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary sherry. Guests can choose either a King-size or twin beds and curl up under the comforting warmth of electric blankets during the chilly midlands winter.

Six of the suites are located in the main house and have televisions, with three of those featuring DSTV. For couples with a child, an additional single bed can be added to two of the rooms. 

Located in a quiet wing of the house, two of the suites can be linked to make a spacious, private family unit. The rest of the suites are located in a block separate from the main house and have the advantage of underfloor heating. All the suites face the gardens, and guests who want to share a deeper connection with the countryside can request a room with a patio. 

Apart from ensuring that the accommodation is up to standard, Angie arranges a lovely, varied breakfast to be enjoyed either in the dining room or on the verandah, and, at additional cost, guests can be further spoilt by delectable morning and afternoon cream teas in the garden, weather permitting.

Delicious lunches and dinners are also offer, and Angie has become well-known for her innovative menu, which is geared towards meeting the needs of all guests. Again going the extra mile, the guest house can arrange everything from themed evenings to gala dinners, champagne breakfasts, braais, birthday parties and anything else to make a special occasion memorable. On cool, misty countryside days, meals are accompanied by the warming crackle of a log fire in the dining room.

The lounges and bar area are also cosy relaxation areas, while on warm days guests can dive into the swimming pool. 

Golfers will be delighted to find a putting green in the garden, complete with its own little bunker; an ideal place to hone your skills before taking on a round at one of the nearby courses.

The guest house is located on the popular Midlands Meander, a scenic route which features numerous arts and craft shops, country restaurants, pubs and farm stalls, along with various historical attractions and family-friendly activities. Slightly further afield but still within easy driving distance are attractions such as the spectacularly beautiful Drakensberg Mountains and the haunting Zululand battlefields, so guests will never be at a loss for what to do.

Rates & Summary


13 King/Twin Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Two suites can house an extra single bed
En-suite bath and shower
Nine with patios
Garden views

2 Family Suites

Sleeps 4 in two King/twin rooms
Each room with en-suite bath and shower
Garden view
Rooms can be taken separately

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
High teas available during the day by arrangement
Light lunches and dinners by arrangement

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the village of Nottingham Road in the heart of the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, Loxley House offers comfortable accommodation for guests wanting to enjoy a tranquil stay in the pastoral countryside. Guests are assured of comfort in the luxurious country-style rooms, all of which face the pretty gardens. Owner-manager Angie Hunter ensures that guests receive warm and personalised service, and is known for her excellent cuisine, which caters to suit all tastes. Golfers can practise their game on the putting green before heading out to one of the golf courses in the area.

Summary

  • Proudly owner-managed with excellent service
  • Spacious, elegant rooms and opulent interiors
  • Centrally located to the Midlands, in the charming town of Nottingham Road

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

  • Swimming pool
  • Body wellness
  • Putting green
  • Nearby: golf courses, fly fishing, Drakensberg Mountains, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, canopy tour, hot air ballooning, Zululand battlefields, historical monuments, Midlands Meander, arts and craft shops, farm stalls.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal

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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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