A Place To Get Away To! You Won't Regret It
Fun, fun and more fun to be had in and around the midlands!!!!
What we are all aboutSt Ives Lodge and Venue is situated in the heart of the Lions River Valley in the KZN Midlands. St Ives is a Family run establishment and a lot of love is put into all that we do! This 140-hectare Family Owned & Managed Estate offers something for everyone. The Lodge sleeps 48 guests with Wild Animals Roaming the Grounds & the Picturesque Dams, A Unique and Elegant Wedding Venue set on raised decks overlooking the Lake, with an In house event Planning Team to assist in making your Every dream a Reality, As well as Conference and Functions Facilities. Not to mention the Delicious Food, A BOMA Bar (equipped with a Kids play area), and this amazing Culmination is a Recipe for Great Success and a Place where our Guests can retreat to and call Home. Be sure to visit soon! *Other activities include: Fishing, Bird Watching, Lapa Hire, Kids Pump Track and Walking Trails- Please inquire with Reception * Nearby Attractions include: The Nelson Mandela Capture Site, The Karkloof Canopy Tours, Epic Karting and a Large Number of Local Businesses to explore along the Midlands Meander
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A little bit of History…
Prior to the 1800’s the Midlands of Natal was used by the Zulu royal as a hunting reserve which was abundant with elephant and lion. The last lion to be killed in the whole district was shot in a deep gulley on St Ives Hill, and the shooting of this lion resulted in the area, looking down onto the river below, to be called “Lions River”.
The name St Ives originates from the birthplace of John Day, who was born at St Ives, Huntingdonshire in England and purchased the farm from the Boer Settlers in 1862.
The first Durban to Johannesburg railway line ran directly through St Ives and reached Johannesburg in 1893.
St Ives was established as a horse stud in the early 1900’s and was a renowned nursery for top thoroughbreds including the horse “Legacy” winner of the July handicap in 1933. ridden by Ernest “Tinker” Lariviere, the betting stood at 13 to 2 and won William Raw, the owner of St Ives at the time 5000 pounds.
“Let No Dissention Arise In Our Beloved Borough Of St Ives and Let No Man Decry The Legacy Of St Ives
We have 3 Bass dams reserved only for our Lodge Guests to fish. Our Dams are home to Bass as big as 6,6kg and more recently 4,6kg have been caught and released. All our dams are catch & release only. St Ives has become known as one of the best bass fishing spots in the Midlands. Bringing your own rod and fishing equipment is Essential. We regret that fishing is not available too day guests unless a Lapa has been hired for the day.
We have a 3.5 km or a 5.5 km scenic walking /running trail. Indemnities must be signed for each guest using these trails at the main reception or at the Boma before using the trails. The Trails Start at the small gate of the BOMA. The BOMA also host a run/walk every Tuesday where people from all over come and enjoy a social group run/walk. Every Tuesday at 5pm.
Horse riding can be booked through our front desk during reception hours. The horses are brought in from a neighbouring farm when they are available. Booking 24 hours in advance is advisable. The Ride is approximately 1,5hours up onto the top of St Ives Farm and back again. Be sure to take your camera as the views are endless.
Bird watching and Game viewing:
An abundance of bird species have been found here (as much as 18 species in 1 hour) with the midlands being home to so many Cranes such as Crowned Cranes and Blue Cranes can be found nesting on the Estate. Our beautiful Zebra often have young year round so you will be sure to see the cutest baby Zebra along with Wildebeest, Impala, Blesbok & other antelope roam the estate freely.
Kids Pump Track:
A Fun dirt track design for kids and adults is an absolute must for those who remember to bring their bikes! Built to train mini athletes how fun the dirt and a bicycle can be. A small shaded area is provided but please makes sure you keep this area clean also please note it is a no fire zone as it falls in the hazardous area. Guests must bring their own bicycles & helmets. Indemnities must be signed for each child/guest using the pump track at the main reception or at the Boma before using the pump track.
Kids Play Outdoor areas:
From Trampolines to mini ziplines to exploring jungle gyms all can be found at the BOMA. There is also one at the Venue which in-house guests can enjoy during breakfast
Swimming Pool with Braai facilities:
The newly updated pool area now has 2 outdoor braais and Lights for sun set dinners or gatherings. The Pool area is open from 8am – 9pm only in order to keep noise levels to a minimum for other guests. The pool area is strictly only available to Lodge Guests.
Nelson Mandela Capture Site:
Definitely worth your while to stop and see this world renown sculpture in Honour of the Late Nelson Mandela.
Karkloof Canopy Tours:
One of the best things to do in the Midlands – Zipline between forests & cliffs at speeds of up to 80km/h. This is one highly recommended activity. Bookings Essential – All St Ives Guests will get 10% discount – Ask for it when booking 🙂
Karkloof Farmers Market:
Every Saturday local farmers and their wives gather at the old shed on the Karkloof rd from 7am – 11pm with tasty treats and fresh produce along with some decent local coffee and brews. perhaps a stop on the way to the Canopy Tours?
We are surrounded by some of the best golf courses in KZN & if you are a keen golfer then bringing your clubs is a must! Both closest clubs (Gowrie & Boschoek) host comps on Saturdays and the locals are more than welcoming if you want to join a 4 four ball if you are on your own or enter your own team.
Adrenaline Junkies paradise with over track bridges in some of the latest state of the art race karts. A mere 15min drive away will take you into a world of motorsport racing. Suitable for 10yrs and older this indoor track is one of the funnest ways to enjoy your midlands trip!
World Class Beauty Spas:
So whilst the boys are occupied why not enjoy some you time or Mother Daughter Massages at State of the Art Day Spas such as Brookdale Hydro or Fordoun Spa. Where highly skilled masseuses explore the art of relaxation & beautification.
Craft Beer Tasting:
Some of SA’s best beers can be found along the Midlands Meander route. Be sure to have a designated driver or contact our front desk to put you in touch with a transfer company. Exploring old english pubs with age old recipes of beer making is loads of fun for an adults afternoon.
Piggly Wiggly being directly opposite St Ives is such a pleasure. From Chocolate & Candle dipping to Fine Wines and Boutique Kitchen Shops. Other true meander curios, Local produce and wonderful gifts can be found as well as a Mini Steam Train for rides on Weekends and Holidays. A Great start to a full day of fun! Piggly Wiggly also host the Park Run every Saturday at 8am for the running enthusiasts.
Swissland Cheese Farm:
An all time favourite stop! Take your Cooler and Wine and attend to some of the best Goats cheese variants found in SA. a Family Run farm on the R103 . The ideal Midlands Picnic Spot. Please make sure you support the shop to fill your picnic basket as this will be your entry to the farm. Watch how the cheese is made from goat to cheese!
A Midlands Meander information board can be found on the St Ives estate for more information of the area or download the app from their website free of charge to give you an interactive guide to the Midlands! If you require any other info please see our ladies at the front desk!! They will be more than happy to help you.
St Ives Wedding Venue
Is situated in a prime location on the R103 in Lions River in the Glorious KZN Midlands. The 140-hectare Estate is family Owned & Managed setting it apart from the Rest with a personal touch invested in all aspects of the Estate.
St Ives Oozes Elegance & Boasts a Timeless Chapel unlike any other, designed to perfection with exposed White Trusses, Exquisite Chrystal Chandeliers and Glass Windows overlooking the Largest and Most Beautiful of its 3 lakes & The wildlife that Roam the estate such as Zebra, wildebeest & Other Antelope.
A Garden Wedding Venue is set on the Side of the Lake & can be used for either the Ceremony or as the perfect venue for a Cocktail hour where guests can relax and enjoy canapés with views that are out of this world and command admiration from all that experience them.
An On-site Events Manager and her team will eliminate all stress & will assist & Guide you at each stage of planning towards your Wedding Day. Attention is given to every detail with no request to big or too small.
The Rholand’s Banqueting Hall comes complete with a Fireplace to create a Romantic Ambience, Glass Stacker doors and a raised deck overlooking the Lake and the Valleys abundant with Wildlife.
The 4 Star Luxury Accommodation onsite is offered to wedding guests at preferential rates and can accommodate up to 48 Guests which ensure exclusivity of your wedding.
Prices for weddings under 50 pax are subject to separate pricing structure and will be available on request.
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• Midweek Rates where applicable are valid for Sunday-Thursdays
• Weekend Rates where applicable are valid for Fridays and Saturdays
• Standard and luxury suites accommodate a maximum of 2 people
• The 4 sleeper units accommodate a maximum of 4 people
• Rates are inclusive of a complimentary breakfast
• Child Policy: Children < 4 years of age can stay free of charge provided that no bed/cot/towels or extra linen is required. Children >4 years of age comprise the maximum number of people in the room
• Stretcher beds can be booked in some of the 4 sleeper units at an additional cost of R 600 per night for one person <18 or 2 people whose combine ages do not exceed 18 years of age
• Check in is at 2pm & check out is strictly at 10am. A late check our fee of R 500 is applicable for late check outs (after 10am)
• Breakfast will be closed on the 25th December 2018 and the 1st January 2019. Breakfast packs will be offered and delivered to the lodge rooms the evening before.
• Availability is only confirmed on receipt of deposit and strictly subject to availability at time of booking, even if a quote has been given previously. Payments must be made on or before the dates specified on the provisional booking form.
• Rates are subject to change