Magnificent Garden Lodge on 30 acres outside Durban: for sale

Magnificent Garden Lodge on 30 acres outside Durban

Kloof, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa


49 900 000 ZAR

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
Agent Email Address:
Type: Lodge
Bedrooms: 22
Bathrooms: 22
Showers: 22
Parking: 40
Yield: Not Disclosed

Enchanté and welcome

Enchanté and welcome. Be prepared to be enchanted and ready yourself to experience a whole new world of magic delivered with impeccability. In the rolling hills of Kwa Zulu Natal, 15 minutes from the bustling city of Durban you will find the lush green village of Kloof, and at its heart, this magnificent Garden Lodge complete with hotel, restaurant and conference facilities. No other place in South Africa can boast a more wonderful setting for work and leisure guests, young and old, mobile and immobile, day visitors or long term stays. Rest assured you will be changed for the better for having experienced this beautiful property.
30 Acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall await your discovery and offer you their joy and healing. Experience the largest collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa as well as hand selected Italian sculptures. The interiors provide a visual feast of original art and décor making this magnificent lodge a sensorial experience no matter what the weather.
In 1976 Leslie Riggall, 'Plantsman' extraordinaire, bought a 20 acre property in Kloof which over 25 years he expanded to its present size of 30 acres. The Garden specializes in camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, orchids and bromeliads. Some of the afore-mentioned were imported from Japan, China, France and the US. A large number of Orchids are grown on trees and logs with many in the ground. The garden comprises exotic & indigenous flora. The latter come into their own in the winter months with many different types of Aloe & numerous succulents serving to attract beautiful sun birds. Erythrina trees with their red flowers also bloom when the weather cools. In summer large beds of sky blue agapanthus & hydrangeas are a delight as are the many coloured day lilies. Hundreds of clivia miniata light up the forest areas in spring ranging in colour from deep orange to pale cream.

A series of ponds flow in the natural meandering stream some of which form the focus of the authentic Japanese Garden, which delights visitors with its original stone bridges, statues and lanterns imported from Japan.

New owners bought the property in January 2002 and re-named it after the tall towering Wild Poplar trees called "Macaranga Capensis" & after a tribe from Inyanga where the wife grew up. They created a luxury Lodge in order to try and sustain the cost of the gardens. The lodge, which is wheel-chair friendly both indoors and throughout the garden is housed in a Charitable Trust, This Not-for-Gain Trust acts as custodian of the Garden for the benefit of you, the community with the shortfall funded by the Flack Family.

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of this unique property. The lodge embraces the family market . A play area has been introduced & an enchanted garden nestles in the forest. There is also a labyrinth for some real soul searching. The swimming pool is open to all.

Guided tours are available on request with a horticulturalist and the cost of this is dependent on the number of people. For a small charge guests can book to be taken around the garden in a golf cart by a member of staff.

The garden work-force required to maintain the property in a pristine condition numbers approximately 23. The owners are also very involved in the garden. One of the most interesting features on view is the large collection of Shona stone carvings which art form The Flacks are passionate about.

There are two Cycad areas – one promoting exotic species and the other a show-case for Cycads from the African continent, There is also a formal Italian garden which displays statues from Italy including a carved 2 meter high carrara marble copy of Michelangelo's 'DAVID'. There are several other pieces from Italy on show in the gardens.

We invite you to enjoy the gardens, to respect them and to feed off the healing and respite they offer. You are welcome to experience them with a picnic available from The Deli. Enjoy a meal or a refreshment on the deck before or after your garden visit. All of this has been designed for your maximum enjoyment so come.... and FEED YOUR SOUL.

Our Victorian Warehouse spills out onto a pergola-covered deck which offers, we believe, one of the most beautiful views in the world. Guests have the option of dining inside the warehouse or out on the covered all-weather deck while enjoying fresh Mediterranean cuisine and soaking up the views.
The walk-in wine cellar houses hand selected local and international offerings.

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Key features
  • Accommodation at  is exclusive, spacious and luxurious. Each suite is individually decorated, tastefully furnished and opens onto a private verandah.
  • Our Victorian Warehouse, spills out onto a pergola-covered deck which offers, we believe, one of the most beautiful views in the world.
  • A main attraction at this beautiful lodge is the garden. Children, young and old, will delight in the natural play areas and the enchanted garden.
  • The lodge is the ideal venue for a small elegant wedding or function. Wedding ceremonies are held in the gardens, and the reception is held within the conference venue.
  • Our conference facilities are ideal for a range of corporate requirements from intimate team building, management strategy or brain-storming meetings to full blown conferences. A full day conference package (DCP) is offered, although half-day and tailor made options are available.
  • Lots of things to do: art, children, events calendar, botanical garden.
Makaranga Outside 1
Makaranga Outside 2
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Restaurant 2
Restaurant 1
Restaurant 3
lounge 1
Lounge 2
lounge 3
Lounge 4
Beef horseradish
Butterscotch pie
Chicken risotto
Continenatl breakfast
Gourmet burger
Creme Brulee
Red lentil soup
Open sandwich
Muesli sundae
Outside bar
Pic 3
Pic 7
Pic 13
Outside restaurant
Sunday roast

Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283

Skype: cliff.jacobs


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