Fordoun Hotel and Spa offers luxury 5 Star Accommodation in Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Fordoun Hotel And Spa, Nottingham Road Fordoun Hotel and Spa offers luxury 5 Star Accommodation in Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, which is at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg. Our fine dining restaurant, Skye Bistro, uses only the freshest local produce available and is open seven days a week for hotel guests and also visitors in search of excellent cuisine in a tranquil setting. We have a wide selection of Spa Treatments, Spa Day Packages and Overnight Spa Packages for you to enjoy during your stay at Fordoun Hotel and Spa.
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Fordoun is situated in the green pastures of a successful Nottingham Road dairy farm, which has a history dating back to the 1800s. The original farm buildings have been painstakingly adapted into the atmospheric and gracious Fordoun Spa, Hotel and Restaurant, in a fusing of state-of-the-art leisure and spa facilities with the timeless tranquillity of by-gone days.
Fordoun combines the attractions of an award-winning upmarket boutique hotel and spa with a top-class conference, wedding and event destination and a superior restaurant. Fordoun caters for resident guests of the hotel as well as day visitors during the week at the Spa. Skye restaurant is open to the guests throughout the week and weekend however booking is essential.
The Drakensberg is a world heritage site, also known as the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park; uKhahlamba meaning “the Barrier of Spears”. Most of the Drakensberg Mountains fall into the Kwa-Zulu Natal province and is a mere 2-hour drive from Fordoun Hotel. Sani Pass is a popular site when visiting the Drakensberg, and leads from Kwa-Zulu Natal crossing over into Lesotho. A 4×4 is needed to navigate the tough terrain up the Sani Pass, we suggest a guided 4×4 drive, for those not familiar with South African roads.
Self or guided hikes are also a great way to experience the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and a sighting of the impressive san rock art will be well worth the hike. For sheer rock climbing or gentle easier walks, the Drakensberg is a hiking paradise and an activity not to be missed.
Fordoun Farm Village – Self Catering
The Fordoun Farm Village is built with the purpose of tapping into the Agri Tourism, leisure, and wedding market, and at the same time growing our conferencing market. With panoramic views of the Drakensberg Mountains, in a tranquil country setting, the feeling of relaxation and romance is almost tangible. 9 luxurious self-catering chalets provide ample accommodation for 34 guests. Our Multi-Functional Venue is a state of the art facility, combining a breathtaking wow affect with stunning views, while at the same time offering practicality and convenience to the guest.
Although the Farm Village is separate to the original Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa, there is a lot of synergy between the two establishments. Adults staying at the Farm Village do have access to the facilities up at the Hotel and this works both ways. The Farm Village is family orientated with activities for children being a continuous focus for us!
Accommodation in Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal
Pristine country air and rolling hills, luxurious accommodation in Nottingham Road… the most advanced spa facilities…. enhanced by the ambiance of a converted 1860s farmyard and dairy…. highly personalized service….therapists to nurture and pamper…..uniquely African treatments and products made from Zulu traditional healing plants grown in our indigenous garden…. running water, light, and space to soothe the soul…. A restaurant of fine dining, utilizing only healthy organic ingredients…. Tasteful conference facility….. easily accessible off the N3 highway….. echoes of history…..the nurturing and healing powers of Africa…
Fordoun Hotel, located in Nottingham Road, the Midlands comprises twenty-two luxurious, individually appointed suites with 3 categories of accommodation.
Accommodation: Luxury Suites
Our luxury rooms have a king-size bed, bathroom with bath and shower, under floor heating in the bathroom and bed rooms, tea and coffee making facilities and mini bar area. All rooms have a TV and DVD player.
There is also a double suite with wheelchair access and a specially adapted bathroom. Despite its luxurious atmosphere, and emphasis on quality, Fordoun’s rates are surprisingly competitive in relation to similar hydros elsewhere. Read more about our luxury suites …
Accommodation: Deluxe Dam Facing Suites
These 3 deluxe suites have a view of our lawns and dam. The rooms have a king-size bed, dressing room area, bathroom with bath and shower, under floor heating in the bathroom and bedrooms, private balconies, tea and coffee making facilities and mini bar area. All rooms have a TV and DVD player. Read more about our deluxe dam facing suites …
Accommodation: Superior Mountain View Suites
These are our new rooms which are individual units with majestic views of the Drakensberg. Each unit has a king-size bed, separate lounge area, TV and DVD, gas fireplace, dressing room area, underfloor heated bathroom with bath as well as indoor and outdoor showers, private balconies with loungers, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar area, as well as wireless internet. Read more about our superior mountain view suites …
The new Fordoun Farm Village is built with the purpose of tapping into the Agri Tourism, leisure, and Wedding market. With panoramic views of the Drakensberg, in a tranquil country setting giving the feeling of relaxation and romance is almost tangible with 8 luxurious self-catering chalets providing ample accommodation for 30 guests.
Skye Bistro Restaurant
Skye Bistro is a fine dining restaurant set in the heart of the exquisite Kwa-Zulu-Natal Midlands. From beautiful log burning fires in the winter evenings to watching the sunset from the veranda over the rolling lawns of Fordoun; Skye Bistro is the perfect place to have a relaxing sumptuous meal. From farm style breakfasts, lighter café style lunches to delicious dinners, Skye bistro captures the leisure of a bygone era. For the more health conscious to those seeking more decadent treats, we cater to all needs.
At Skye Bistro we use fresh, mostly local produce. Chef Lorenzo Giliomee and his team take great pride in preparing all meals with care and attention to detail. Wine connoisseurs should be rather pleased with our private wine collection of over 63 local estate wines, sparkling wines, and French champagnes all personally selected by owner Jon Bates.
Chef Lorenzo Giliomee
A recent addition to the team at Fordoun Hotel and Spa, Chef Lorenzo brings with him a wealth of experience gained through working at some of the top establishments in the country and stints overseas. Having graduated from the highly respected Christina Martins school of Food and Wine in Durban, South Africa where he studied under Christina Martin herself, Lorenzo started his culinary career at Critchley Hackle Lodge in Dullstroom. Moving on to positions in Israel and South Africa at Kapama Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi, Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Grootbos Nature Reserve, Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Reserve, Little Switzerland Resort, Palmiet Valley Estate, Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate, and more recently Exec.Chef & Culinary Lecturer at Three Cities/AHA Alpine-Heath Drakensberg Resort.
Weddings at Fordoun are a truly special occasion. At Fordoun, we understand the importance of your hopes and dreams and are dedicated to providing you with the most memorable day that will last a lifetime.
No wedding bookings from 15 December to 15 January.
Situated on one of the oldest farms in the Natal Midlands. The Spa, Boutique Hotel and Restaurant have been established by the Bates Family out of the Old Dairy and Farmyard Buildings. Some of the Buildings are in stone dating back to the late 1860’s in which the Byrne Settler William Taylor lived and Farmed. As most of the original settlers came from Perthshire, the names of many farms in the area are Scottish.
Fordoun is named after a loch in Scotland.
The Fordoun Restaurant is named after a beautiful Isle – “Isle of Skye”.
With panoramic views of the Drakensberg, in a tranquil country setting the feeling of romance is almost tangible. Easily accessible from both Durban and Gauteng, Fordoun has all the makings of a spectacular wedding venue, boasting superb facilities, accommodation and activities to ensure an unforgettable, stress-free wedding experience.
Our stunning new venue and chapel are ideal for an elegant stylish country wedding accommodating up to 200 guests. The newly renovated barn situated at the Fordoun Farm Village with breathtaking views of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains is equipped with a kitchen, reception, a serving area, lounge, two bars, a dance area, stage fireplace, and toilets.
The venue hire fee includes tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, glassware, table setting and preparation of hall according to your choice, coordinator on your wedding day, waiters, ice, barmen and the bridal suite for one night.
The venue hire fee does not include catering, decor, flowers, alcohol, DJ and photographers, guest accommodation (there is space for 44 guests in the Hotel and 30 guests in the Self-Catering Chalets).
With the hotel being able to offer superb cuisine, magnificent garden and interior settings for wedding photographs, a comprehensive menu of spa offerings and facilities, and exclusive accommodation in individually appointed rooms and self-catering chalets, we are able to ensure that your magical event runs like clockwork. We are also the ideal venue for bridal showers and honeymooners.