Kilmorna Manor

Kilmorna Manor

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#1 of 4 guest houses 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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Public wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Wine / champagne
Outdoor furniture
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Fireplace
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Seating area
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Electric blanket
Complimentary toiletries
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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5.0 of 5 stars
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Schoemanskloof 1207 South Africa
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Kruger Mpumalanga Intl Airport
54.5 km
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Johannesburg Intl Airport
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AdamNoelDobson wrote a review Aug 2021
Randburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Response from Laura-ann Keates, Owner at Kilmorna Manor
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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Carel v wrote a review May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Response from Laura-ann Keates, Owner at Kilmorna Manor
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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Exploration827314 wrote a review Jan 2023
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kilmorna Manor guest house was a truly delightful experience. The owners, were incredibly welcoming and hospitable, making sure that our stay was as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The guest house itself was beautifully decorated, full of pictures, books, other treasures and stories, plus all the amenities you would need. What really stood out was the delicious food - we were treated to some truly mouth-watering meals during our stay. Overall, I would highly recommend Kilmorna Manor to anyone looking for a lovely, relaxing getaway in a beautiful setting. And a special shout-out to the owners for their warm hospitality and fantastic cuisine.
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Response from Laura-ann Keates, Owner at Kilmorna Manor
Responded 15 Jan 2023
Wow. What a wonderful review that we truly appreciate. I do hope that we are able to host you again at Kilmorna Manor! Kind regards Laura-ann
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brianoneill2022 wrote a review Dec 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking for a place to celebrate our anniversary.
Browsing through Kilmorna’s website intrigued me.
The rooms are colourful, bold, well-equipped and unique.
I loved the setting as we had spent many lovely week-ends in Scheomanskloof, and Kilmorna Manor is almost on top of the mountain.

We arrived and drank in the splendour of the manor, going from room to room each with tasteful furnishings and decor. The Manor is a Library in itself, something to read no matter your choice.

Laura-ann and Philip were warm, welcoming and generous, giving us free rein of their wonderful estate.
The unique dinner menu gave us another reason to stay at Kilmorna. All our meals were different but delicious.

The signs on the road up the mountain remind you that “it will be worth it”. Indeed it is and we will be back at Kilmorna Manor DV.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Laura-ann Keates, Owner at Kilmorna Manor
Responded 05 Dec 2022
Dear Brian - many thanks for your lovely review and we do hope that we have the opportunity to see you again. Kind regards Laura-ann
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Key wrote a review Oct 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My theory is that you can always tell how good the stay is going to be with what the host puts in the jars in your room .ie the quality of biscuits, sweets, biltong etc
Laura- Ann and Philip have done an exceptional job with the beautiful Manor House as everything is of exceptional quality . The immaculately manicured gardens are a delight to walk in . The highlight for us was the rim flow pool with incredible views . Philip a retired 747 pilot claims to be a reluctant chef - but let me tell you that his food is both exquisite and delicious. Laura pays attention to detail and cares for your every need ! Making it a truly memorable and enjoyable stay . Well done guys - a true 5 star experience
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bianka306 wrote a review Oct 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I really enjoyed my stay at Kilmorna. The hosts are kind and friendly - it almost felt like visiting family. I enjoyed the most marvelous food. The Lowveld is one of South Africa's jewels and I was surrounded by perfect beauty. If you want to spoil your love one with a romantic get- away...this is the place!!!!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Response from Laura-ann Keates, Owner at Kilmorna Manor
Responded 06 Oct 2020
Dear Bianka - Many thanks for your very kind review. I do hope that you have settled in your new home and that you're getting to grips with the big car!!!
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jillymSouthAfrica wrote a review Feb 2022
Stellenbosch, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
How does one capture the essence of Kilmorna Manor? Undisturbed relaxation, discreet elegance and warm hospitality? Cuisine that rivals the best restaurants in Paris? Cool waters in pool with a view? Irish Tudor in an African setting? To Laura-Ann and Philip, we say ' Thank you!' You have created a magical place with its impressive library that sits aloft the vast baronial hall, its bedrooms with four poster beds and fairy tale fireplaces, its rambling gardens and, last but not least, its zebras and antelope which we encountered on our walks around the nature reserve. Thank you, again. You, our hosts, made my husband's birthday a truly memorable occasion.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Response from Laura-ann Keates, Owner at Kilmorna Manor
Responded 09 Mar 2022
Dear Jill. We are speechless as a result of your incredibly gracious review. We are also humbled and thank you for taking the time out to write about your experience. Unfortunately the rot has now set in what with Philip speaking with an appalling French accent and demanding to be called Phileep!!
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Road07807480631 wrote a review Jan 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kilmorna Manor is a unique and wonderful getaway. The house is exquisitely decorated and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Beyond the gardens is a large plot of the natural bush and grasslands which is perfect for hikes. The hosts are very considerate and attentive. The food we had during our stay was excellent. The swimming pool has stunning views of the surrounding vistas.
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Laura-ann Keates, Owner at Kilmorna Manor
Responded 15 Jan 2023
Many, many thanks for your wonderful review. We really appreciate it and hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you again. Kind regards Laura-ann
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Niki Hall-Jones wrote a review Aug 2021
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Laura-ann Keates, Owner at Kilmorna Manor
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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evemav2022 wrote a review Mar 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had two wonderful, peaceful nights at this magical Manor. Laura-Ann & Phillip were the most gracious hosts and made our stay a memorable experience. The lovely trail steeped in nature, the hilltop pool with the magnificent view and the exceptional food were an absolute treat. We look forward to going back.
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Peter B wrote a tip Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom203 contributions67 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only 6 rooms, all are extraordinary."
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Rob B wrote a tip Jun 2016
Mackay, Queensland, Australia36 contributions27 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"They are all good."
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Diane D wrote a tip Jan 2016
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa117 contributions60 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms were great"
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Jeanne C wrote a tip Aug 2015
County Dublin, Ireland1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You don't need a good room with that view."
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putco wrote a tip Oct 2013
Anchorage14 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They are all unique and extra special."
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Kilmorna Manor?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a fireplace, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Kilmorna Manor?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kilmorna Manor?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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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.