A regular host of the city's champagne and polo set, this 5-Star luxurious boutique hotel has also played home to dignitaries the likes of Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu. In 2016 the hotel underwent an extensive makeover which focused on bringing the look of the hotel up-to-date. The chintzy, heavy drapes and more traditional paint scheme have made way for a fresh decor that cleverly pairs traditional elements like antique ottomans and Chinese porcelain with quirky modern details like chic contemporary ceramics from South African designers.
The palatial rooms are each individually decorated and include those all important extras like under-floor heating, fireplaces, the latest mod cons and private outdoor areas. The bathrooms alone are spacious enough to throw a party in and there's an emphasis on polished service that includes thoughtful touches like the option of sparkling wine waiting on ice for you when you arrive and breakfast served on your own private terrace.
The rooms are spread through the different buildings of the sprawling property which include the appropriately named Grand Chateau, the former stables and the Courtyard, an attractive neo-classical building which overlooks a pretty courtyard and formal gardens. Throughout the property privacy and quiet have been maximised, allowing guests to feel like Lord of the Manor and the hotel is a popular retreat from the busyness of Sandton's business capital just a few miles away. For the most exclusive guests there's also a private villa which has its own private pool, a dining room, lounge, fully equipped kitchen and two double Suites.
In the main building a large patio overlooks the tranquil gardens where afternoon tea is served and an inviting swimming pool make this a perfect place to laze away a summer afternoon in peace. If the weather turns one can always take refuge at the award-winning spa set in a lush Balinese-style garden. Romantic dinners a deux can be enjoyed in one of the specially designed gazebos situated within the gardens and for exclusive dinners there's also the Into The Woods private dining room.