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Fordoun Hotel & Spa

Nottingham Road 3280 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • 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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Updated 20/08/04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Updated 20/08/04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 2 hotels in Nottingham Road
Travellers' Choice
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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Breakfast buffet
Wine / champagne
Tennis court
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu
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Nicola Aylward wrote a review Mar 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions1 helpful vote
Thank you Fordoun for a wonderful stay - the cottages are simple but very comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay. There is also a wonderful games room and cricket pitch nearby for kids to enjoy. We had a very happy and relaxed family time. It’s also such a convenient location and close to schools, Nottingham road, the highway etc. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: March 2021
1 Helpful vote
Response from Richard Bates, General Manager at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 03 Mar 2021
Hi Nicola Thank you so much for taking the time out to give us your feedback. We really appreciate the support. Kind regards Richard Bates
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Debs2909 wrote a review Mar 2021
1 contribution
Wow is all I can say! We have just returned from a two night stay at the Fordoun Self Catering cottages. The cottages were beautifully decorated and very well equipped and very comfortable. The Moms had the most delicious dinner at the Skye restuarant on Friday evening and all our meals were awesome and the service great. Our daughters enjoyed the games room in the Fordoun village and we did a beautiful walk around your grounds on Saturday. It was a wonderful relaxing weekend, just what we all needed and we will definitely be back. Thank you to Jules who handled our booking and for making our stay so comfortable.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Response from Richard Bates, General Manager at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 03 Mar 2021
Dear Debs Thanks to you and your girls for all the support. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Warm regards Richard Bates
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slockhat wrote a review Feb 2021
10 contributions24 helpful votes
Had the worst experience with the owner of fordoun estate (Andrew) Terrible people skills. Told us to leave the restaurant if our 4 month old baby carries on making a noise . Very disappointed as it’s not our first stay here . I don’t think it should be classified as a family friendly hotel .
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Date of stay: February 2021
2 Helpful votes
Response from Molly Staats, Marketing at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 24 May 2021
Dear Shabana, We thank-you for your kind support and taking the time to review your stay at Fordoun Farm Village (Self-Catering). We sincerely apologise that your stay and our team at Fordoun did not meet or exceed your expectations. We are very disappointed that these incidents occurred and even more disappointed that you chose to air your grievances on Tripadvisor and not directly to management on duty whilst you were staying with us. Management would have liked to have had the chance to engage and find an amicable solution to your unhappy experiences. The Hotel is a 5-star boutique and spa sanctuary for people to escape the hustle, bustle and noise of the cities and towns. It is for this reason we have the restrictions at the spa for children under 12. Our spa was busy at the time and most guests were having massages in the treatment rooms hence the need for a tranquil, relaxing space. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few of our guidelines with you. Our guidelines are put in place for the safety of our guests, staff and ensure to ensure that guests expectations are met. These guidelines are clearly stipulated in all our marketing material, in our booking correspondence and with guests in arrival. The self-catering chalets are designed for the purpose of being more family friendly and the Midlands offers many family friendly restaurants in the surrounding area. We have our valued guests to consider hence some guidelines have been put in place. The Saturday evening you chose to dine at Skye Bistro was fully booked and all our correspondence prior to arrival and in room folders clearly stipulates that Skye Bistro is a fine dining restaurant and accommodates families with children until 19h00. The reason we request this time is to ensure that our diners enjoy a tranquil, peaceful dining experience. You were certainly not asked to leave the restaurant but to quieten down in consideration of other diners around you. We have reviewed your booking with us and notice you had 6 people staying in a one-bedroom, two-person chalet. There was prior arrangement for an additional teenager and toddler, not 4 children in total. You also fail to admit or point out that you missed three spa appointments without cancelling, this directly results in a loss of revenue for 3 massages because we turned other guests away. Lastly, it is noted that you are a serial Tripadvisor contributor, very few of which are complimentary. So much so, that you even have more than one account. Anytime you'd to like to engage with management on a personal level, we would be more than happy to hear your personal account of the events that took place. Kind regards, Richard Bates (MD)
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Karen Edwards wrote a review Feb 2021
2 contributions
We had the most wonderful picnic at Fordoun on Sunday. What a treat! We were driven in the golf cart to our chosen spot in the amazing grounds. The food was fabulous - so carefully thought out and we loved the Miss Molly champagne!!! Our dog was welcomed (as long as he stayed on his leash) What a stunning way to spend a Sunday afternoon!!!! Thanks Fordoun you guys rock.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Response from Richard Bates, General Manager at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 09 Feb 2021
Dear Wander45606402975 Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We do believe the Picnics are a great addition. Kind regards Richard Bates
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shivani wrote a review Jan 2021
3 contributions
We arrived at Fordoun and hired the farm village cottages. The unit had wet wood, wet charcoal so keeping warm on the day we arrived was a challenge. The utensils provided in the room were substandard. We had an old oven tray which was not usable, a blunt pair of scissors and a stove plate that didnt work and after three emails and complaints to Fordoun, we have no response. They charge quite a package but the service is really bad. Im not sure how this gets rated 5 stars. Tennis rackets were not provided so how does one even enjoy the place. The basic checks are not done. Disgusting service from Fordoun!
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Date of stay: January 2021
Response from Molly Staats, Marketing at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 03 Feb 2021
Dear Shivani, We sincerely apologise that you did not receive the 5 star service you were expecting. I thank-you for responding to my mails and would just like to clarify the following facts: As per our website states; the Fordoun Farm Village is a separate entity to the 5 star Fordoun Hotel and Spa. The Fordoun Village is NOT 5 star rated by choice. I did send you a screenshot of the website stating this. We apologise if the above was not clearly stated to you during your booking process. I have been through all Jules (reservations@fordoun.co.za) emails and sadly found your mail in spam. We have been experiencing email challenges due to our very poor, intermittent internet here which is currently being resolved by a new service provider. Our guests are our first priority and our sincere apologies you did not experience the true Fordoun experience. Your baking tray was certainly unacceptable and know that Lungi replaced it after bringing it to our attention. Our sincere apologies as this was certainly our fault for not checking the baking tray prior to your arrival. Wet wood and charcoal – the charcoal is placed in a plastic sealed container so not sure how it could have got wet? Due to the nature of our wet Summer climate here and lots of rain in January – we do try our very next to keep wood dry and supply firelighters for guests. Our staff are always very willing to light fires for guests. I personally have lit many fires for guests as we live on the property and all very willing to help keep guests warm and comfortable. Your stove – according to Lungi (Fordoun Farm Village Events Co-ordinator) and the owner, Andrew Bates; your stove was checked and in perfect working order. I forwarded the WhatsApp conversation between Lungi and Jules with images of stove working and new baking tray. On that note, we very much welcome guest constructive feedback to improve our offerings and certainly so sorry we did not fulfil your 5 star expectations. It certainly was not intentional and we tried our very best to rectify your complaints ie stove, blunt scissors and baking tray were sorted out. We thank-you for your kind support and hope that this letter clarifies your Fordoun experience. Warm regards and stay safe during these very uncertain times. Rich Bates, Jules Minton and the Fordoun team
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US$127 - US$222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalNottingham Road
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