The small, exclusive lodge is situated in the peaceful Magaliesberg Nature Reserve in Hekpoort, a pleasant hour’s drive from Johannesburg.
The Mountain Lodge consists of nine rooms in a Cape Dutch-style thatched house. My upstairs room, right above the kitchen and its delightful olfactory assault was wonderfully large, with a comfy chair in a window alcove, a double bed, a desk and chair with a tray of coffee-making equipment, a small wardrobe and a flat-screen TV inside a wooden cabinet. Although I chose not to indulge in TV during my stay, you can enjoy DsTV in your room. My en suite bathroom was also spacious, with a bath and shower and enough room to swing a cat (if you’re the cat-swinging type). The small balcony, with an in-case-of-fire staircase, provided a great place to enjoy the peace and quiet of the nature reserve, with a pair of cast iron chairs and café table.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Given its small size, the lodge has just one kitchen from which it serves all meals and refreshments. Meals are served, buffet-style, in the dining room. The food is uncomplicated and delicious. Dinner was a help-yourself three-course affair with tuna roulade and soup for starters, roast lamb or fish with rice, potatoes and a selection of veggies for the main course, and a choice of carrot cake or panna cotta for dessert.
Breakfast consisted of a cold and hot buffet. On the former was cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit salad, cheese and crackers. On the latter was bacon, sausage, tomato, mushrooms and baked beans. Eggs and toast were made to order. After a helping of muesli, yoghurt and fruit salad, there was just enough room for a couple of fried eggs, which were perfectly cooked.
BUSINESS & MEETING FACILITIES
The Royal Room is ideal for training and strategy sessions. This 12-seater boardroom is at the end of a short path from the main house and furnished with audio visual equipment as well as an air-conditioner for when things get heated. For larger conference facilities, the Steynshoop Valley Lodge, one kilometre away, can accommodate up to 40 delegates.
The whole lodge lends itself to relaxation, being out of the city and surrounded by the bush which is waiting to be explored on foot or by car. There are a number of places to sit and relax: the undercover patio, the lounge area and the TV room all have delightfully comfy couches. The TV room also has a DVD library if you’re in need of some visual stimulation. The rim-flow pool and sun loungers are excellent options on hot summer days.
A great option for those executive meetings and mid-sized company functions. General Manager Pieter Landman is always on hand to assist guests, like lending them his personal camera battery charger when they forget theirs at home. He makes it seem like no request is too much trouble.