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What We Love

  • A handsome country manor outside Jo’burg, with rose gardens, a pool and classic interiorsGazing out onto the vast African landscape from the pool and spotting rich birdlife through your binoculars in the grounds
  • Taking an early evening turn in the rose gardens before a sumptuous, four-course South African feast in the formal dining room
  • Spending an indecent amount of time wafting around your traditional suite

What To Know

  • It's a romantic getaway great for couples
  • Afternoon tea is served in the library or chess room
  • There's plenty to do on the grounds, including croquet, archery and lawn tennis
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Overview

A romantic, early 20th-century manor in open nature-rich countryside outside Johannesburg, with traditional English interiors

The Lowdown

An industrialist’s early 20th-century homage to a childhood family home, Welgelegen Manor is a wistfully romantic country hideaway in wide open South African terrain outside Johannesburg. The white colonial-style manor with vine-green shutters is laced with delicate rose gardens, a herb courtyard and landscaped terrace, and a sizeable pool framed with white pillars gazes onto endless savannah.
Indoors, eight boutique suites dressed in classic rural England and their refreshingly modern en-suites provide plenty of space to spread out in. The elegant period décor extends to the grand wood-panelled dining room, the graceful chess room and the library that beckons a quaint afternoon tea. While you’re feeling suitably lordly, squeeze in some croquet, lawn tennis and archery in the dreamy grounds.
If it wasn’t for the heady current buzz of Jo’burg just over an hour away and the surrounding nature reserves teeming with exotic South African wildlife, you might lose yourself in traditional English country life here. Welgelegen Manor carried off a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

How to Get There

Welgelegen Manor
Farm Rietbult
Balfour, South Africa

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 124 Reviews
Lovely history
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Home has been beautifully restored and rooms very comfortable and spacious - service was excellent , well worth a stop over , and the history of the home is very interesting - mausoleum story well worth following up

A real GEM in the middle of nowhere
Reviewed 3 months ago

From the accommodation to the staff and service, everything was outstanding.
What I did however miss was a terrace where drinks could be served, there was no bar area and neither was there a food menu. We had to eat what was put down in front of us and the helpings were very small, even the breakfast

Lovely stay.
Reviewed 3 months ago

Absolutely amazing stay, loved the history and the setting of this incredible farm home. A few small issues, like no normal tea (only had rooibos) and no tomato sauce which is always nice on your eggs for breakfast. Found that a little strange in a 5 star hotel but other than that, it’s a must see and everything else was brilliant!

SOMETHING ELSE
Reviewed 4 months ago

Spend 2 days there and was spoiled rotten - very tranquil and interesting farm with hidden gems and lots of history - staff very efficient and friendly - 5 star food and service
We stayed in room 4 which have a extra door that leads to the pool - if you need peace and rest, this is the place to go

Diamond of the Highveld
Reviewed 6 months ago

I almost don't want to write this review in case too many people discover this wonderful place.Welgelegen is a Herbert Baker designed house, that has been thoughtfully adapted to both retain the early 1900's atmosphere but match that with modern needs. The rooms are large and spacious, with large bathrooms and dressing rooms and little lounges.

it's set in a Highveld farming area, so has those huge big sky views and is surrounded by parkland.

The food is very good and the staff will try and accommodate your every eating need breakfast is superb and dinner is great. The staff (Connie & Norman) went out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible - showing us around the full property, laying out the croquet pitch and opening up the billiard room.

Don't miss the rose garden behind the swimming pool that provided scented evening drinks for up and wonderful table decorations.