A history steeped in romance, a story that could have been written by Jane Austen. A tale of love for the spell bounding mountain views from the exact place where Kings Walden Garden Manor now stands in all her glory.
A young woman romanced by the scenery, “It’s so beautiful I never want to leave”, and the man beside her who replied, “Marry me and you’ll never have to”. The start to a family heritage and the incredible gardens that have since flourished.
Years on, on the night Elsie Dickson passed away, the great blue gum tree at the very point that stole her heart, was struck by lightning. Still standing today, a constant reminder of the power of love and the magical romantic spirit of this incredible place.
Kings Walden Garden Manor is now led by hotelier Bridget Hilton-Barber. It’s still loved and shared with passion, which is seen and felt in every small detail at Kings Walden Garden Manor. From service, to fine dining and in her aesthetic grandeur. There’s something truly special about this place that’s given away in even the pictures but to experience it first-hand is first prize.
It’s classic and elegant. Refined with an African touch that brings it home to its roots in the Limpopo. It was magnificent when Elsie looked upon it in 1930 and it’s ever more magnificent today.
On the property:
Meander the gardens. Secret walk ways, tranquil fountains,marvel at the views. Simply enjoy the fresh mountain air and a glass of wine.
Enjoy the food. It’s that good that we’d go as far as to class it an activity.
Relax at the pool. Enjoy the views. Read a book. This place is heaven.
In the surrounds:
Go zip lining or on a canopy tour of Moagoebaskloof. Forests.Waterfalls and gorges.
Take a historic stroll through Hartensburg Village. Enjoy the coffee shops, bistros, gift shops and museums on this mountaintop village with heart.
Sequoia Gardens are famed for the autumn colours. Forests and grasslands. Fairy gardens and dams. A delight year round. Peace and quiet in nature.
Visit the 20 hectare Cheerio Gardens. Best in spring when the azaleas and cherry blossoms are in bloom. Sit at the waters edge and lose yourself in their reflections on the pristine silver dams.
There’s also the Debegeni Falls, award winning brews at Zwakala Brewery and organic cheese at Wegraakbosch Farm paired with great wines, even better. Hiking trails abound or go on a village tour to meet the locals, tour the schools, speak with a Sangoma (traditional healer) and eat local fireside.