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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Fordoun Hotel and Spa is a family owned and managed luxury five star boutique hotel and spa located near Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Imaginatively converted from an 1860s farmyard, dairy and homestead, each bedroom and suite is individually styled, highlighting the historical past. Luxuriously appointed rooms feature king-size beds, underfloor heating, mini bar, tea tray, WiFi, TV and DVD player. Five romantic private suites on a hilltop boast panoramic views of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, walk-in dressing rooms, gas fireplace, and indoor and outdoor showers. Serene pastoral countryside, dams and meandering trails beckon walkers, cyclists and fly-fishing enthusiasts. Heightened appetites are satisfied by fine gourmet cuisine prepared with seasonal farm produce and the freshest local ingredients in the fine dining restaurant, Skye Bistro. Fordoun’s renowned wellness spa features indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, floatation tank, rasul,vichy shower and more. Spa lovers revel in the many tempting treatments, combining international ranges and uniquely African products made from Zulu traditional healing plants grown in the indigenous garden. The charming new Farm Village welcomes families with modern self-contained cottages around an idyllic village green, perfect for picnics or perhaps an impromptu game of cricket. Each chalet is well equipped with fully fitted kitchen, fireplace, DSTV, DVD player, barbecue and serviced daily. The wedding/conference venue can accommodate up to 180 guests for weddings or conferences.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Hiking
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Wifi
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
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Tennis court
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
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Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hammam
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Head massage
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African Traveller wrote a review 02 Aug
Johannesburg, South Africa32 contributions48 helpful votes
We stayed at the Farm Village as we wanted accomodation with a microwave and food prep area. We stayed in a 1 bed chalet. Pros: -The accommodation was large, spacious, tastefully albeit very simply decorated and clean. -It came with a full kitchen which was well equipped with everything we needed including a Weber braai. -There was a lovely terrace accessible from the living area & bedroom, facing the hills -One has access to the main hotel facilities including the lovely restaurant where we had the most delicious breakfasts -The grounds were beautiful and tranquil with the bikes, a small lake and nice walking trails Cons: -The chalet was cold during the day- and freezing at night. There is no proper heating apart from a fireplace in the living area. -The farm village is incredibly poorly lit. Arriving at night we found ourselves in pitch darkness & having to use our car headlights and phones to light up the area around the chalet -The bed linen, scatters & towels have seen better days -The decor is extremely basic . A few inexpensive touches like rugs, throws, nice scatters could really cozy up the place -Lastly we were informed of a discount by my son's boarding school for visiting parents who stay at Fordoun . The receptionist initially confirmed this but when i went to check out the person there didn't know anything about it. Odd In any event I'll try it again but maybe the main hotel this time & save the chalets for the warmer months
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear valued Fordoun guest, Thank-you for taking the time to share your Fordoun self-catering experience with us. We appreciate your constructive feedback and your comments have been shared with the relevant team members. We are delighted you enjoyed the spacious rooms, cuisine and open spaces. The heating, lighting and soft decor is being reviewed and will be actioned asap. We do offer a 10% discount to local school parents and in future, please could you inform our Res team so the guest loyalty discount could apply. We thank-you again for sharing your experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Fordoun regards and good health, Richard, Jules, Molly and the Fordoun team
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cscheu549496 wrote a review Jul 2022
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The spa at Fordoun is always great, we had an afternoon of glorious treatments. The rooms are comfortable and were lovely and warm. The staff are so friendly and very professional. The dinner was average, the breakfast was delicious.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear valued Fordoun guest, It is with grateful and happy hearts that we thank-you for your wonderful feedback. We appreciate your support and feedback and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us! Would you mind if I contacted you regarding your average dinner as would appreciate more feedback please. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Fordoun regards and good health, Richard, Jules, Molly and the Fordoun team
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Gavin H wrote a review May 2022
Durban, South Africa2 contributions
Fordoun Spa and Hotel has some good points, such as room service and very comfortable accommodation. However, the general upkeep and maintenance of the place could do with an upgrade. The brickwork on the estate's roads is seriously below par and anybody slightly infirm will need to negotiate broken and misplaced bricks on the roads very carefully. However, the worst feature was an unilluminated trench (about 15cm deep and dirt) below some steps on the way to a particular unit, which caused me to sprain an ankle at night. I did email reception about this but never received a reply. I am now posting this to ensure that this trench is filled in and surfaced, and that it is illuminated at night, so that no one else suffers a sprained ankle as I did.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Molly Staats, Marketing at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 31 May 2022
Dear Gavin, We appreciate your kind support and thank-you for your valued feedback. We are delighted your room was comfortable and service up to standard. On behalf of the Fordoun maintenance and management team, we wholeheartedly apologise for your unfortunate experience and hope your ankle is getting better. We take pride offering our guests the best experience possible and sincerely apologise. The trees roots have unfortunately uplifted paving and the trench was filled the next morning. Jules Minton, our GM will make contact directly to give you a further update and send you some pics of the trench. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Fordoun regards and good health, Richard, Jules, Molly and the Fordoun team
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kkay845093 wrote a review May 2022
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My husband and I have gone to numerous hotel spas and nothing compares to the Fordoun, from the service received, to the amazing and efficient staff, to the scenery and accommodation, Fordoun’s no.1!!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 30 May 2022
Dear valued Fordoun guest, It is with grateful and happy hearts that we thank-you for your wonderful feedback. We appreciate your support and feedback and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Fordoun regards and good health, Richard, Jules, Molly and the Fordoun team
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sramda580621 wrote a review May 2022
Edinburgh, United Kingdom1 contribution
Fantastic place and very friendly, helpful staff. Beautiful setting. The food was excellent and the hotel was very accommodating of my request for a packed breakfast on one of the days when needed. Very highly recommended.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 16 May 2022
Dear valued Fordoun guest, It is with grateful and happy hearts that we thank-you for your wonderful feedback. We appreciate your support and feedback and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Fordoun regards and good health, Richard, Jules, Molly and the Fordoun team
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amaste457450 wrote a review May 2022
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A lovely hotel, our room was spacious and well appointed, and spotlessly clean. The staff were great, freindly and helpful, and the restaurant food superb - but beware - huge portions. We were embarassed to keep sending it back but just too large for us! The underfloor heating in the bathroom was heavenly.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 13 May 2022
Dear valued Fordoun guest, It is with grateful and happy hearts that we thank-you for your wonderful feedback. We appreciate your support and feedback and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Fordoun regards and good health, Richard, Jules, Molly and the Fordoun team
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rwheel127218 wrote a review May 2022
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A perfect country getaway, peaceful, tranquil, beautiful gardens, and great mountain views. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable. The staff were friendly, the food was excellent … and the Spa was exceptional.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 13 May 2022
Dear valued Fordoun guest, It is with grateful and happy hearts that we thank-you for your wonderful feedback. We appreciate your support and feedback and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Fordoun regards and good health, Richard, Jules, Molly and the Fordoun team
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bright2022 wrote a review Apr 2022
Durban, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
Our expensive room had a broken door knob! Also the the breakfast of salmon and hollandaise was the worst I have had in my life. I love this place we been visiting for the past seven years! I’m sad to see it drop the standard so low!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 26 Apr 2022
Dear valued Fordoun guest, On behalf of the Fordoun team we thank-you wholeheartedly for your amazing support over the past seven years. We are very disappointed to receive your feedback via TripAdvisor rather than receiving feedback whilst you were visiting as your door knob could have been repaired immediately and sadly our Fordoun Midlands Trout Eggs Benedict is one of our most popular breakfast dishes as everything is made from scratch or sourced locally and we use Fordoun eggs that are laid on the farm. Jono, our head chef and culinary team make the rich, creamy hollandaise sauce from scratch so not sure why it would be the worst breakfast you have ever eaten in your life! We find this quite a sweeping statement and would like to have had the chance to address the matter on site with our chef so we could have rectified the matter. We would like to discuss the above with you in more detail as constructive feedback is important to our business and reputation. We look forward to hearing from you on a more personal level. Warm Fordoun regards, Rich (MD), Jules (GM), Molly (Marketing) and the Fordoun team
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Neale G wrote a review Mar 2022
Guildford, United Kingdom23 contributions3 helpful votes
The place was lovely, room was very comfortable, and the food was excellent without being overpriced. The staff were most friendly and seem eager to please. Our visit to the Spa was professionally handled and very emjoyable
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Responded 17 Mar 2022
Dear valued Fordoun guest, It is with grateful and happy hearts that we thank-you for your wonderful feedback. We appreciate your support and feedback and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Fordoun regards and good health, Richard, Jules, Molly and the Fordoun team
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Charlotte O wrote a review Feb 2022
Mannheim, Germany1 contribution
After two years apart, I was looking for somewhere special to take my mum and enjoy some quality time together. Fordoun could not have been better. From the gorgeous hilltop suite to the spa pampering to the magnificent Drakensberg views, it was exactly the tonic we needed. The Fordoun staff are professional, friendly and welcoming - just a credit to the hotel. Every single person we encountered was helpful and kind. Small touches, such as the person who cleaned our car, or the service staff who whisked us up the hill in the golf cart when it was raining, or the lovely gentleman who built a fire in our suite on a cold evening, really made us feel welcome and at home. The spa staff are world-class! We had blissful massages, facials and reflexology. This is a five star establishment that feels like home, and that is a really hard balance to achieve.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 17 Mar 2022
Dear Charlotte, It is with grateful and happy hearts that we thank-you for your wonderful feedback and for your kind recommendation and wonderful support. We so enjoyed meeting and hosting you and your special mum. So good that you could spend quality time together again after a long two years. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm Fordoun regards and good health, Richard, Jules, Molly and the Fordoun team
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US$149 - US$234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalNottingham Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS
22
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Fordoun Hotel & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Chocolate Heaven (4.6 km), The Wine Cellar (4.3 km), and The Ugly Duckling (4.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Fordoun Hotel & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Fordoun Hotel & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Fordoun Hotel & Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Fordoun Hotel & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fordoun Hotel & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Linga Lapa, Blueberry Cafe, and Bierfassl Pub and restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Fordoun Hotel & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Fordoun Hotel & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Fordoun Hotel & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Fordoun Hotel & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.
Does Fordoun Hotel & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.