Rosemary Hill is situated on beautiful farmland just 10 minutes from Pretoria East (45 minutes from Sandton & OR Tambo). Our coffee shop is open on Monday to Thursday from 08h00 to 17h00 with a limited menu and on Fridays from 08h00 to 14h00 with a limited menu. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays we are open from 07h00 to 14h00 when we serve delicious breakfasts, freshly baked scones, cakes and light meals.
Rosemary Hill is a family-run business and works in close co-operation with the The Waldorf School, which was started in Pretoria in 1972 and moved to the farm in 1978. There are currently 240 learners from The Kindergarten to grade 9, of which 65 are boarders and 130 make use of one of the school’s eight school buses commuting from Pretoria, Centurion and Bronkhorstspruit.
We have been practicing organic farming here for almost 35 years, and during this time have planted over 30,000 trees and shrubs. We currently grow African Potato, Sutherlandia, Rosemary, Lavender, Artemisia, Lippia, Spearmint, Eucalyptus and various other plants from which we distill essential oils. Other crops include pecan nuts and vegetables. Our nursery sells a variety of shrubs, herbs, flowers and trees.
Our fun and safe award-winning trails are open seven days a week from 6am to 6pm. It takes riders and runners on a scenic 33km route across the farm, with quite a few unique obstacles and challenges. We offer secure parking, toilet facilities and a coffee shop with food and refreshments for after the run/ride.
Rosemary Hill is one of the very few establishments in Gauteng that offers an authentic Morning or Afternoon Tea (or High Tea) experience. High Tea treats are freshly prepared for your enjoyment and presented on elevated tiers with beautiful freshly picked herbs and flowers from our gardens.
We offer various options for hosting events – from gourmet picnics, mountain bike parties and little girl birthday parties to conferences, year end functions and Christenings.
Our farm weddings are one of a kind. We are able to customise your wedding and provide a truly memorable experience. Our meals are delicious as everything is freshly prepared. Couples also get two full days to set up their wedding!
Our Guest House can sleep 12 people and we are in the process of renovating one of the farm houses that will be fully self-catering and will be able to accommodate another 8 guests.
Another unique attraction is our beautiful maze which we planted over Easter weekend (2011). The maze is 80m in diameter and is made up of over 2000 trees, herbs and shrubs. It is a “multi-purpose” maze: Firstly a beautiful garden and then also a venue for open-air concerts, wedding ceremonies, art exhibitions etc.
The latest addition to our farm comes in the form of a new tenant, Acrobranch. We are so excited to partner with them on offering treetop adventures to day visitors. They do the activity side and we do the catering side – a perfect match. Think team building days, bachelor parties, children’s parties and just a fun day out for friends!
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE: Although check in time is at 14:00 we aim to have the room ready as soon as possible. We kindly ask that the room is vacated at 10:00. Please hand in your room keys at the coffee shop before you leave.
BREAKFAST: If you are a wedding guest, please join us for a delicious full buffet breakfast, set up on the patio outside the guest rooms at a time pre-arranged by the Bride and Groom. If you booked privately, we keep a breakfast table for you at the coffee shop every day from 08:00 to 09:00. Breakfast vouchers are placed on your bed, please bring this along to the coffee shop and hand it to your waiter to redeem your free meal and beverage. Coffee shop menus are conveniently placed on the server in your room.
CHARGING STATION: You will find a 2.1A USB plug in your room to conveniently charge your electronics.
COMPLIMENTARY: You are welcome to take the 500ml bottled water, biscuits, rusks, shower gel, shampoo and body lotion. However, anything else taken will be charged for.
IN SUMMER: Ceiling fans (remote operated) and mosquito repellent is provided. Please keep windows and doors closed to ensure the mosquito repellent works effectively.
IN WINTER: Extra blankets, warm water bottles and panel heaters are provided. Please keep doors and windows closed to ensure the room heats up properly.
POWER FAILURES: In the event of a general power failure, please be patient. We have a generator that automatically starts up after 20 to 30 seconds.
REFRESHMENT STATION: A wooden box, with goodies for you to enjoy in your room, can be found on your server. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff members for extra sachets of coffee, tea, sugar and creamer. Please make use of the glass bottle with water for filling your kettle, as it contains less lime scale. Be careful with the lid of the kettle as it is ceramic - you need to turn the lid to open and secure it. Although the tap water is safe to drink, you can also enjoy the complimentary bottles of mineral water.
PARKING: Please park in designated areas and refrain from blocking the road or driving on lawns.
SMOKING: Please respect other guests and restrict smoking to outdoor areas. Ashtrays are provided on the patio.
TAKING A SHOWER: Please use water sparingly. Our water comes from boreholes - there may be an inconsistency in water pressure at times. Each room is equipped with a gas geyser, so hot water should be in constant supply.
Rosemary Hill Activities:
ACROBRANCH: We are pleased to announce that Acrobranch will be launching a new adventure park on our premises. Rosemary Hill will also be opening a pop-up coffee shop adjacent to the Acrobranch site while we finalise the plans for a new restaurant and event venue that will enhance our service offering and complement the exciting activities provided by Acrobranch on that part of the property. Watch this space!
ANIMALS: Although this is not a Big 5 country, you are visiting us on a farm and you might come across wild rabbits, donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, guinea fowls and a herd of Nguni cattle.
COFFEE SHOP: Breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed on the patio in the Summer or inside next to the warm fireplace in Winter. No reservation required, service is on a first come first serve basis. Trading hours: Monday to Thursday: 08h00 to 16h00 (limited menu) and Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 07h00 to 14h00 (full menu).
FARM SHOP: We launched our very own range of hand wash, body wash, hand & body lotion, fragrant soaps, shampoo, conditioner, linen mist, insect repellent and room spray - all manufactured with essential oils distilled right here on the farm and available for purchase in the coffee shop. We also have homemade baked goods and sweet treats available like fudge, brownies, biscuits, rusks and fresh bread.
MAZE: Take a stroll through our beautiful formal garden. Situated next to our wooden Barn, the Maze is 80m in diameter and is made up of over 2km of pathways and over 2000 trees, herbs and shrubs! Summer, Winter, Autumn or Spring – the Maze always looks beautiful! A lovely garden but also a venue for open-air concerts, weddings, christenings, art exhibitions etc.
THE WALDORF SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN: We share the farm with a private school and hostel on the premises, so you might hear children laughing and playing!
TRAILS: Enjoy an overdose of fresh air and country views! Rosemary Hill Farm trails provide a great day out for mountain bikers, trail runners & hikers. It takes you on a scenic route across the farm, with quite a few unique cycling obstacles and challenges. The trails meander through our working farm with bits of forest, dams and even some old ruins to explore. Our trails are all very well marked and beautifully maintained. Don’t forget to take along a bottle of water, sunscreen and a hat! We have a selection of mountain bikes for toddlers to adults available for rent; rentals include a helmet and trail pass. Maps are sold separately. Please enquire at the coffee shop. We also have sheep, a herd of nguni cattle and numerous small wild animals on the farm. Please remember, this is a working farm which means equipment, tractors, bakkies and people are going about their daily work, please take care and ensure that your children are supervised at all times.
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