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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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Gaynor Noordman wrote a review Oct 2020
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Arriving at Fordoun is like arriving home to a gentler old school family Hotel, like they used to do; a lost art in this day and age. If kicking back, reading and a bit of spa TLC is on your list, this is the place for you. A quick drive from JHB into rolling hills and the laidback attitude of the Midlands is all that’s needed to disarm a frazzled Joburger. The spa therapists are superbly trained so don’t worry girls your paws and claws are in good hands. Thanks to Jules and the team for a fab stay, we loved our break and our couple dozen fresh eggs from the farm, Keep up the great work, Gaynor
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Molly Staats, Marketing at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 08 Nov 2020
Dear Gaynor, Thank you for your amazing support and kind words. We so appreciate you sharing your Fordoun experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon! Enjoy the farm eggs. Warm regards and take care, The Fordoun team
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Robbie Ellison wrote a review Oct 2020
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I came here with my girlfriend for our one year anniversary and I can plainly say it was worth every single cent ! From treatments in the spa to mouthwatering food at the restaurant that will leave you begging for more, Fordoun created the most amazing day and for this special occasion. The continuous greeting from all the friendly staff makes you feel welcome at all times, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they are not professional! The quality of service is impeccable and this is just the professionalism of the staff. If you want to have a special outing I would highly recommend the picnic basket which is filled with the delicious and decadent and is a must have. On arrival at our room we were astounded by the jaw dropping decor and beautiful room. The bed can only be
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Molly Staats, Marketing at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 25 Oct 2020
Dear Robert, Thank-you for kindly sharing your Fordoun experience and for your kind compliments. We are thrilled you enjoyed your first anniversary with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes and stay safe, Richard Bates and the Fordoun team
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AnnieAllYearTravels wrote a review Oct 2020
Sandton, South Africa154 contributions12 helpful votes
We frequent the midlands and have hotel hopped all the luxury establishments. Over the past 5 years it is now clear we have a winner! The reception is fast efficient and professional. My family found the herbal turmeric welcome drink interesting but I loved the special taste. The rooms are extremely spacious and very very clean and hygienic. Generous amounts of soap and bubble bath and bath salt as well as sanitizer are placed all over. The rooms are tastefully decorated with stories of historical moments of the area. Beautiful gardens and water features and a magical sized spa. You can visit a highly qualified herb doctor who has even been to the Oscar's!!! The dinner was delicious with generous portions and the salmon and risotto is something I will have again. A la carte
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Richard Bates, General Manager at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 19 Oct 2020
Hi Mrs Malan Its not often I get a mention so you made my day with your wonderful review. Will share your feedback with the staff and its really special to know that we are ticking the correct boxes. Warm regards Richard
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lannan961835 wrote a review Sep 2020
1 contribution
The ambiance is tranquil. The property's gardens are amazing, beautiful trees & water features. The restaurant serves delicious meals. Highly recommended. Staff polite & friendly. A great place to unwind. The spa very professional
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Molly Staats, Marketing at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 25 Sep 2020
Dear Ian, Thank-you for your amazing, kind feedback and support. We are so happy you got to unwind and enjoy our offerings. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and stay safe! Warm regards, The Fordoun team
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Adrian W wrote a review Aug 2020
11 contributions
An absolute pleasure -Richard your staff are amazing Quality food and service Pity no wine Thank you so much for a great stay worth every cent and the Spa was awesome Sally enjoyed the very minute Thanks again Will be back soon for a weekend break
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Molly Staats, Marketing at Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Responded 27 Aug 2020
Dear Adrian, Thank-you so much for your kind support and amazing feedback and so glad you had a wonderful time with us. We so appreciate it. We are so sorry Lockdown protocols didn't allow any wine at the time but happy to report that wine is currently flowing as the new season looms. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Stay safe and sending warm regards from all at Fordoun, Molly
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US$127 - US$222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalNottingham Road
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