Balfour, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
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Type: Boutique Lodge and Wedding / Conference Venue
Yield: Not Disclosed
The town and post office, some 80 kilometres (50 mi) southeast of Johannesburg, was established on the farms Vlakfontein No. 101 and No. 108 which belonged to Frederick Stuart McHattie, and named McHattiesburg after him in 1897. Proclaimed on 16 February 1898, it was renamed Balfour on 15 February 1905, after Arthur James Balfour, Prime Minister of Great Britain, 1902–1905, who visited South Africa in that year.
Mpumalanga is a province of South Africa. The name means "east", or literally "the place where the sun rises" in the Swazi, Xhosa, Ndebele and Zulu languages. Mpumalanga lies in eastern South Africa, bordering Eswatini and Mozambique. It constitutes 6.5% of South Africa's land area. It shares borders with the South African provinces of Limpopo to the north, Gauteng to the west, the Free State to the southwest, and KwaZulu-Natal to the south. The capital is Mbombela.
Before 1994, Mpumalanga was part of the now-defunct Transvaal Province. The province's name was Eastern Transvaal, from its initial establishment in 1994 until 24 August 1995. Prior to the establishment of the province, the term "Eastern Transvaal" was used to refer to the eastern part of Transvaal Province, or to the scenic tourist area around the Escarpment and Mpumalanga Lowveld bordering the Kruger National Park.
The Drakensberg escarpment divides Mpumalanga into a westerly half consisting mainly of high-altitude grassland called the Highveld and an eastern half situated in low altitude subtropical Lowveld/Bushveld, mostly savanna habitat. The southern half of the Kruger National Park is in the latter region. The Drakensberg exceeds heights of 2000 m in most places, with this central region of Mpumalanga being very mountainous. These regions have alpine grasslands and small pockets of Afromontane forest. The Lowveld is relatively flat with interspersed rocky outcrops. The Lebombo Mountains form a low range in the far east, on the border with Mozambique.
Some of the oldest rocks on earth have been found in the Barberton area; these ancient greenstones and metamorphosed granites form the Crocodile River Mountains in the southeast of the province. The Lowveld is underlaid by African Cratonic Basement rocks of ages in excess of 2 billion years. The Highveld is mostly Karoo Sequence sedimentary rock of a younger, Carboniferous to Permian age.
Mpumalanga is the only South African province to border two provinces of Mozambique (Gaza Province to the northeast and Maputo Province to the east), as well as all four regions of Eswatini (Lubombo, Hhohho, Manzini, and Shiselweni Districts).
The Lowveld is subtropical, due to its latitude and proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. The Highveld is comparatively much cooler, due to its altitude of 2300 m to 1700 m above sea level. The Drakensberg escarpment receives the most precipitation, with all other areas being moderately well-watered by mostly summer thunderstorms. The Highveld often experiences severe frost, while the Lowveld is mostly frost-free. Winter rainfall is rare, except for some drizzle on the escarpment. The differences in climate are demonstrated below by the capital, Mbombela, which is in the Lowveld, an hour from Belfast on the Highveld.
The diverse and special flora and fauna of the province enjoy protection in a range of nature reserves, including:
Many species of plants there are unique to the different geological formations within Mpumalanga. Some examples of these formations include serpentines of Barberton Mountains, norites of Sekhukhuneland, quartzites of Blyde River Canyon, and the dolomites in the northern plateaus.
Law and government
The Mpumalanga Province's legislation is an amalgam of national and regional legislation promulgated before the establishment of the province on 27 April 1994 and legislation which it has itself promulgated since it came into existence. Lists of and the original texts of this legislation are available through South African governmental websites. Amended and updated versions of the legislation is available through commercial vendors on subscription and at a price.
The climatic contrasts between the drier Highveld region, with its cold winters, and the hot, humid Lowveld allow for a variety of agricultural activities. 68% of Mpumalanga is used by agriculture. Crops include maize, wheat, sorghum, barley, sunflower seed, soybeans, macadamia's, groundnuts, sugar cane, vegetables, coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco, citrus, subtropical and deciduous fruit.
Extensive mining is done and the minerals found include gold, platinum group metals, silica, chromite, vanadiferous magnetite, argentiferous zinc, antimony, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, tin, coal, andalusite, chrysotile asbestos, kieselguhr, limestone, magnesite, talc and shale.
Mpumalanga accounts for 83% of South Africa's coal production. 90% of South Africa's coal consumption is used for electricity generation and the synthetic fuel industry. Coal power stations are in proximity to the coal deposits. A coal liquefaction plant in Secunda (Secunda CTL) is one of the country's two petroleum-from-coal extraction plants, which is operated by the synthetic fuel company Sasol.
Mpumalanga is popular with tourists. Kruger National Park, established in 1898 for the protection of Lowveld wildlife, covering 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq mi), is a popular destination. The other major tourist attractions include the Sudwala Caves and the Blyde River Canyon.
Many activities including the big jump, mountain and quad biking, horse trails, river rafting and big game viewing are endemic to the region. This is "Big Five" territory. Towns in the Lowveld are Barberton, Mbombela, White River, Sabie, Graskop, Hazyview, Malelane, Pilgrim's Rest, Lydenburg and Nkomazi.
In 2008, an Haute Cuisine route was formed, trickling from Mbombela down to Hazyview. The Lowveld Gourmet Route covers the four top fine dining restaurants the area has to offer. The restaurants include Summerfields Kitchen, Oliver's Restaurant, Orange and Salt.
Whether it’s a picnic in a secluded spot on the estate or gardens, a lavish celebration dinner in the private dining room, or dinner a Deux in your suite or our passionate staff will ensure your meal is a special experience.
Our Manor’s classic English residential style
All of our luxury accommodation options at the Manor stay true to our Manor’s classic English residential style. The eight suites fuse contemporary comfort with the timeless glamour and heritage associated with this historical property.
The four suites in the manor house are exceptionally large and overlook the pool and side rose garden whilst the four suites in the carriage houses offer two twin suites on the upper level and two garden suites with entrances to the inner rose courtyard.
Luxury Suites of the Manor
After your gourmet dining experience and a day spent exploring the beautiful sights and scenery the Manor has to offer, we welcome you into your classic, elegantly perfected accommodation for the night. All of our luxury accommodation options at the Manor stay true to our Manor’s classic English residential style.
The eight suites fuse contemporary comfort with the timeless glamour and heritage associated with this historical property. Each suite offers exceptional grace and comfort with views over the landscaped terraces, pool or rose gardens.
The bathrooms are welcoming and spacious, offering an unique combination of style and function. The four suites in the manor house are exceptionally large and overlook the pool and side rose garden whilst the four suites in the carriage houses offer two twin suites on the upper level and two garden suites with entrances to the inner rose courtyard.
The Carriage House Suites
The Carriage House Suites (Luxury Suites). The Twin suites on the upper level of the Manor House, and offer beautiful views of the grounds. These rooms accommodate either single beds or a king-size bed, and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms.
View Rates and Book Online The Garden Suites (Deluxe Suites) The Garden Suites have the advantage of an entrance to the inner herb courtyard. These rooms have a king-size bed that needs some time out and relaxation.
The Manor House Suites (Superior Suites) Each Manor House Suite offers exceptional grace and comfort with views over the landscaped terraces, pool, or rose gardens. The bathrooms are welcoming and spacious, offering an unique combination of style and function.
Your big day deserves nothing less than to be as perfect as possible, and that is a promise at our Manor. Although our facilities are suited for smaller groups, we work hard to make sure this special occasion takes off stress-free and has the class and luxury elements we pride ourselves on.
The extensive gardens and our Manor house are perfect for signature weddings or small intimate celebrations as a wedding venue near Johannesburg. This ideal setting accompanied by our exquisite rooms, superb service and exceptional food will make your special wedding simply unforgettable.
Our Manor is equally a perfect wedding venue option near Johannesburg, as a romantic honeymoon choice for couples looking to make their new beginnings extra special but with limited time.
We further offer professional, flexible and personalised wedding and function services. Be it a small intimate and romantic wedding to a larger special birthday or anniversary, we are here to assist you in creating a truly unusual and memorable experience just a short drive from Johannesburg.
Contact us today about how we can help you create the perfect day – we promise to give all our attention to every detail, and that we will sure that the day goes as smooth as possible.
The perfect conference venue in Mpumalanga: only an hour's drive from Johannesburg, and is ideal for 20 delegates or less for day conferences or 10 delegates for overnight conferences.
Planning a grand banquet or less formal luncheon, business meeting or small conference, private party, dinner or wedding.
At our Manor, our combination of an inspirational venue, acclaimed individualized service, attention to detail and superior accommodation, will ensure you an event experience that is flawless, productive and unforgettable, all less than an hours drive from Johannesburg.
The Conferencing Facilities
Our conference room includes modern facilities and amenities required for any small conference. However, the lounges, patios and garden terraces can be used for meetings, breakaway sessions, team building, brainstorming sessions and intimate cocktail functions.
A variety of extraordinary breakaway locations within the extensive landscaped grounds with beautiful 360 degrees vistas is ideal for product launches or simply space to think. The perfect conferencing venue near Johannesburg.
Things To Do
There is a wide variety of things to do during your stay at the Manor. Make your stay one to remember and escape the usual city stress with a relaxing break at Welgelegen Manor.
Be it a quiet walk through the extensive surrounds enjoying the abundant birdlife, relaxing with a book in the rose gardens, we want you to make the most of your time at the Manor.
Our activities and facilities are available throughout your stay, and any assistance needed will be attended to by our family of staff. If you would like help with booking any offsite activities during your stay, please do not hesitate to ask at reception.
Relax and enjoy
Spa Treatment Room
De-stress with full-body back & neck massages, hot stone and various other spa treatments.
Bar and Pool Deck
Relax and enjoy cocktails or sundowners with a view of forever.
A perfect way to end of the evening or while away a lazy afternoon.
Golf Driving Range
Practice your golf swing on our new driving range.
Challenge your friends or family to a game of croquet on our immaculate lawn.
Reminiscence of Wimbledon - With a serving of strawberries and Champagne it is certainly game, set and match…
Discover your inner champion.
A great many endemic species occur on the property with further birds visiting in both summer and winter
A myriad of short and longer walks for both the experienced and recreational walker
A quiet hideaway for afternoon tea Chess Room – perfect for rainy days or a dinner challenge
Grass landing Strip
For aviation enthusiasts the well-maintained grass landing strip offers a quick stopover for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a fly–in stay, call us for the coordinates and forecast should you plan a fly-in.