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Schoemanskloof 1207 South Africa
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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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Updated 21/03/14 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/03/14 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Schoemanskloof
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Kilmorna Manor is a unique, one of a kind home, that was designed and built by an eccentric Irishman in 1978, who decided that he wanted to have the best of both worlds: his deep love of the Lowveld Bush coupled with the gracious lifestyle of an English country squire. The result is one of the most unique homes to be found in Mpumalanga. A Tudor mansion of magnificent proportions set on a 208-hectare, malaria-free, nature reserve high up against the escarpment of Schoemanskloof. Kilmorna Manor Guesthouse and Private Nature Reserve occupies 208 hectares in the Schoemanskloof, a deep valley through which the Crocodile River flows down the escarpment from its source on the Highveld plateau to the sub-tropical Lowveld. Schoemanskloof is thus in a transition zone, with elements of both the Highveld and the Lowveld, and this has resulted in a rich diversity of plants, birds, invertebrates and other life forms. On the steeper slopes above and around the manor - at an elevation between 1300 and 1500 meters - the habitat is evergreen Afromontane Forest. Annual rainfall is between 1000 and 1250 mm per year and mist is a regular feature, sometimes lingering for days. This mist provides essential moisture for the escarpment forests that are sometimes referred to as 'mist-belt' or 'cloud' forests. Kilmorna Manor is a never to be forgotten experience. Surrounded by unspoiled bush, Kilmorna Manor is home to a wide variety of plant life from ancient gnarled trees to endangered cycads as well as fields of magnificent indigenous wild flowers. Sightings of soaring crowned eagles to darting brown hooded kingfishers abound. Take a gentle stroll through the grasslands, or for the more adventurous, a walk up mountain paths for the most spectacular view of the Schoemanskloof Valley. And for those who just want to relax - enjoy a sundowner on the deck of the rim flow pool and watch the zebra and waterbuck graze a few meters away. Kilmorna Manor has six gracious en-suite bedrooms, each leading out onto the lush sub-tropical garden, which is home to a wide variety of bird life, including the elusive Narina Trogon. Knysna and purple crested turacos grace the gardens as well as sunbirds that can be seen darting through the trees and aloes which line the stream flowing through the garden. Kilmorna Manor is well situated for day expeditions in and around Mpumalanga including Kaapsehoop, Dullstroom and The Kruger National Park.
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AdamNoelDobson wrote a review Aug 2021
Randburg, South Africa85 contributions68 helpful votes
This was our second trip to Kilmorna and I think this was even better than the first. The establishment remains faithful to the ideal of a luxury guest house. Beyond the magnificence of the isolated and calming location, every aspect of our experience was second to none. The sheer comfort of the house and the rooms remains unchanged, and the unspoken invitation to sit and while away the day pulls strongly. The marked difference this time round was the change in the quality of the meals. They were great before but Phillip's dedication to his craft shows and there is a genuine pride in what was offered. Every meal was delicious, generous and thoughtful. There are not many places that offer genuine excellence like Kilmorna and, now that we have found it, we're not sure we want to take a risk anywhere else. Laura-Ann and Phillip have something special in this hideaway in Mpumalanga and I am already looking forward to the next visit.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Responded 17 Aug 2021
Dear Adam. It was a delight to welcome you and Toby once again at Kilmorna Manor. Philip hopes that he did not encourage a few extra kgs with his generous helpings! We are extremely grateful and humbled by your excellent review. Thank you. Laura-ann
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Niki Hall-Jones wrote a review Aug 2021
Cape Town, South Africa5 contributions1 helpful vote
Luxury, for me, is about the small things. A decanter of sherry and a little bowl of nuts & biltong in your room at the end of the day. A fireplace. Fragrant foam bath. Silence. Stars. Delicious food. Gracious, warm hosting. A comfortable bed and beautiful bed linen. Kilmorna Manor absolutely ticks every single box for me and I loved my stay.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Responded 17 Aug 2021
Dear Niki. Many thanks for your wonderful review. We loved having you and I do hope that your stay with us helped a tiny bit in giving you renewed energy in the important and emotionally draining work that you do. Jackets should be with you soon!! Kind regards Laura-ann
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Carel v wrote a review May 2021
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We stayed for one night at the wonderful Kilmorna Manor during the first week of May 2021. Our hostess Laura-Ann has excellent people skills and Philip is an excellent Chef. Their warm hospitality is genuine and most welcoming. Kilmorna Manor is filled with atmosphere and the love and passion of Philip and Laura-Ann. Our room was very beautiful and the attention to detail remarkable. On the road to the Manor we saw three Zebras and Impalas and the next morning we saw a Kudu from the stunning swimming pool area. Thank you Philip and Laura-Ann. Without any hesitation we recommend and praise Kilmorna Manor as one of the finest in South Africa. Warm regards from Carel and Francois.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Responded 17 Aug 2021
Dear Carel & Francois. Many thanks for your most kind review. We look forward to your next stay with us and hopefully for a bit longer this time! Kind regards Laura-ann
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Riekie Faul wrote a review Apr 2021
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
Laura-Ann & Phillip were excellent hosts. The facilities were superb and the views were breathtakingly beautiful from the pool!!! The house has such charm and the food was excellent. We will definitely be back!!!!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 13 Apr 2021
Many thanks for your kind words Riekie and we certainly look forward to hosting you and the gang once again! Kindest regards Laura-ann
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James P wrote a review Mar 2021
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa19 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed with my family at Kilmorna Manor in Feb 2021. Phillip and Laura-ann looked after us wonderfully. The house has loads of character and the bedrooms very comfortable. The paths Phillip has created in the woods make for some superb walks. The pool & deck were also lovely. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Laura-ann Keates, Owner at Kilmorna Manor
Responded 11 Mar 2021
Dear James - it was wonderful having you and your family stay with us - 12 years after your first visit! Thank you for your very kind review and we look forward to hosting you again. Kind regards Laura-ann
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kilmorna Manor
What are some of the property amenities at Kilmorna Manor?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Kilmorna Manor?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kilmorna Manor?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kilmorna Manor?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Kilmorna Manor accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.