Food Travel

De Hoek Country Hotel

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Earlier this year during a trip up to Joburg Dylan and I got to escape the chaos of our move and spent a night at De Hoek Country Hotel in Magaliesburg, about an hour away from JHB & PTA.

For ages I had heard people raving about this place (especially about the food!) and finally I got to experience it for myself.

We drove through the entrance, down a long, bushy road and over a bridge and there it was! Crisp, clean buildings and freshly mown lawns. I instantly felt relaxed.

We were greeted by name at our car, and after getting our bags carried to our room we quickly started to unwind by exploring the grounds and settling into our comfortable room.

The rooms have a distinctly homey feel to them yet they’re still very luxurious.

I particularly loved the bay windows. The perfect place for reading, drinking tea and having a nap when your eyes can no longer stay open.

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In the evening we got dressed up for dinner. You have to be a little bit fancy when eating fancy food prepared by Michael Holenstein and his brigade of Chefs. 

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The Verdict: Fresh, delicious and beautifully presented!

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After a good night’s sleep we headed back up to the manor house for breakfast and were greeted by this sweet little breakfast table.

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After breakfast I had to have just one last cup of tea and enjoy the peace before we headed back to the chaos. It truly is one of the most relaxing places i’ve been and i’m already dying to back.

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If you live in Joburg or Pretoria and need an escape not too far from home – this is it!

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  • Reply
    Robyn Swart
    May 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Hey Emma! There is a little place close to De Hoek called “Budmarsh Country Lodge”… It is equally inviting (homely yet luxurious) and one of my favourite weekend getaways… My Husband and I got engaged there and we have tried going back as often as possible… oh, and their dinners and breakfasts are to-die-for!!! Check it out next time you up in Joeys 🙂 It wont disappoint! 🙂 XXX

    • Reply
      May 12, 2015 at 7:50 am

      We shot a wedding there a couple years ago! Super lovely!

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