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Kings Grant Country Retreat Guest House accommodation in Ixopo Kwazulu Natal
Lying in the soft farmlands of Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, King s Grant will host you in their large guesthouse or self-catering accommodation. We specialize as a wedding venue with a spacious Tuscan-style banqueting hall, quaint St. Isidor Chapel and enchanting honeymoon suite. King s Grant facilities include the St. Isidor Conference Centre and Lounge, the St. Isidor Mill Museum and a cosy, country-style restaurant.
Experience the charm and ambience of King’s Grant, the historically enriched country retreat that has been authentically restored into a unique, tasteful and well-facilitated establishment
For over one hundred years King’s Grant was run by the resident Mariannhill Monks as the St Isidor Mission and Millworks. Originally built by German Trappist Monks in 1891, the ancient red brick buildings have been restored and converted into an enchanting country guesthouse with Bed & Breakfast as well as self-catering accommodation.
King’s Grant facilities include the St. Isidor Conference Centre, Museum and a quaint chapel, perfect for an intimate wedding or the renewing of one’s vows. The original dairy buildings and courtyard have been transformed into a beautiful Banqueting Hall and licensed restaurant where one can enjoy a magical evening of fine wine and dining surrounded by flower-filled gardens and romantic candlelight. King’s Grant is nestled in the valley of the St Isidor Estate and is surrounded by lush farmlands, dams, bushveld and wetlands. The varying habitats play host to extensive birdlife and invite you to explore their diverse beauty. The estate also boasts a number of other historical sites such as the solitary Brickfield, Murchison House, the original homestead of Dick King’s daughter and a little dam built by Italian prisoners of war.
AccommodationThe original living quarters of the monks and nuns have been stylishly restored and converted into eleven comfortable individually decorated B & B guestrooms, plus two fully equipped self-catering suites, accommodating up to 26 guests. All guestrooms have M-Net T.V, tea trays, heaters/fans and private patio’s that open onto gardens where guests are invited to relax, unwind and catch a glimpse of the past.
The King’s Room is our luxurious bridal suite. Originally the monk’s lounge, this spacious suite is sumptuously decorated in rich tones and boasts a romantic Victorian bathroom and private patio overlooking the lavender gardens.
- The St Isidor Museum
Explore the historic Maize Mill and the ‘Blacksmith’s Workshop’. Conducted tours are offered for groups of 10+ where one can experience the vintage British andGerman machinery at work – bookings essential.
- The Gardens
The St Isidor Chapel, complete with the original stained glass windows and a Bavarian Bell dating back to 1876, tower over the tranquil ‘Cloister Gardens’ with their borders of white roses, irises and lavender hedges. Tantalize your senses with a stroll around the lavender and herb gardens with their exquisite scents or relax on the edge of the small pond and stream that has been landscaped with indigenous splendour.
- Excellent Bird Viewing
For keen birders, King’s Grant is a certified birder-friendly establishment and boasts abundant birdlife and nature walks on the estate. The dams and wetlands, bushveld, grass and farmlands provide a rich variety of habitats attracting over 200 different species of birds, including fish eagles, crowned cranes and the rare and endangered blue swallow.
- Water Activities
The large (50 ha) dam plus two smaller dams offer bass fishing. For the more energetic, King’s Grant has three Canadian Canoes for hire. Alternatively, bring your own kayaks or sailing boats and enjoy a relaxing day in the fresh country air.
We encourage our guests to explore the estate and offer a number of walks and mountain biking routes with breathtaking views and hidden estate attractions.
- The Artist
The artists paradise! Due to the historic red brick buildings and the unique character and atmosphere, King’s Grant offers a truly visual experience that will undoubtedly excite and inspire every artist. We house a well-lit art studio and encourage our guests to bring their own equipment and materials for an enchanting art retreat.
- Picnics and Sundowners
Gourmet picnic baskets and Sundowners can be arranged for those wanting to expand on their outdoor experience. Sites such as the secluded ‘Brickfield Valley’, home to the old Brickwork buildings and the tranquil dam which nestles amongst the reeds, the viewpoint from ‘Schreiber’s Hill’ as well as ‘Schreiber’s Dam’ – built by Italian prisoners of war, all make for an unforgettable and scenic experience.
- The Restaurant
The original dairy buildings, including the milking parlour, hayloft and towering maize silo, have a distinct Tuscan flavour to them and have been tastefully restored and converted whilst retaining their architectural heritage. They now house the Restaurant and Banquetting Hall that open onto a courtyard of flower filled gardens that surround a tinkling fountain. Enjoy delicious country cuisine – cream teas or lunches. Fine wine and dining in our licensed restaurant - bookings essential.
- The Paton Express – an amazing train journey on a vintage ‘Garrett’ Steam train along narrow gauge rails to Carisbrooke – immortalized by Alan Paton’s book ‘Cry the Beloved Country’. Trips every Sunday. Order a delicious King’s Grant picnic basket to enjoy on your ride.
- ‘Eshayamoya’ Steam Train - experience the nostalgia of a bygone era aboard a luxurious broad gauge steam train and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Creighton area.
- Wild Water Rafting on the mighty Umkomazi River – bookings essential
- Button Birding Tours to catch a glimpse of the rare Cape Parrot or Blue Swallow
- Highover – an eco-estate on the Umkomazi River with over 2000ha of spectacular
- Forest, bushveld and grasslands. Fishing, tree trails, birding, rafting, game spotting. Day visitors welcome.
- Qunu Falls – enjoy a lunch or tea and take a walk to the falls. Magnificent views over the Umkomazi Valleys.
- Golf at the Ixopo Golf Club – 10 minutes drive from King’s Grant. Creighton and Richmond Golf Clubs are 30 minutes drive and the Underberg and Selbourne Course(on the South Coast) are both just over one hour’s drive away.
- Mat Louwrens Art Studio – original landscapes, seascapes, wildlife in oils, watercolours and unique Gemsand paintings
- Visit the ‘Weaving School’ situated in the beautiful buildings of the Centecow Mission which is considered to be ‘the jewel’ of all the ‘outstations’ established by Mariannhill Monastry
DirectionsDIRECTIONS FROM NORTH OF PIETERMARITZBURG: N3 SOUTH – Coming from Johannesburg, bypass Pietermaritzburg and take the MARKET ROAD OFFRAMP (last one into Pmb), continue along this road past the first set of robots and glide left onto CB Downes Rd. Continue to robot intersection with Murray Rd, turn right onto Murray Rd and travel along it until it joins with the R56 to Richmond/Ixopo. Turn left onto the R56 and travel along this road for approx. 84.6 km where you will reach the crossroads at the intersection with the R612. Turn left onto the R612 and continue to turnoff for King’s Grant.
DIRECTIONS FROM SOUTH OF PIETERMARITZBURG: N3 NORTH – Coming from Durban towards Pietermaritzburg, take the R56 off-ramp for Ixopo/Richmond near Camperdown. Travel along this road for approx. 11 km until it intersects with the R56. Turn left onto the R56 and continue until you reach the crossroads outside Ixopo. Turn left onto the R612, and continue to turnoff for King’s Grant.
DIRECTIONS SOUTH ALONG THE N2 FROM DURBAN: N2 SOUTH – Travel along this freeway from Durban until you get to the R612 off ramp at Park Rynie. Turn right across the bridge onto the R612 and continue along this road for 80 km (total distance ex Park Rynie to Ixopo is 83 km). Approximately 3 km before it intersects with the R56 outside Ixopo, start looking out for the turnoff on the right to King’s Grant. We do have signs up as well. Travel along this dirt road until you reach the turnoff for King’s Grant.