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Fern Hill Hotel has a reputation as one leading privately owned Hotels in South Africa.  The owners, Gion and Karen Poltera, have an established reputation as restaurateurs and hoteliers.  Gion is a graduate of Lausanne Hotel School and Karen is a graduate of the Cordon Bleu School in Sandton.

Delicious international cuisine in the Snooty Fox Restaurant.  Fern Hill `s comfortable, elegant en - suite rooms will invite you back again and again.  Relax in the Amarula Sunset Bar whilst viewing sporting events on the big screen.

Fern Hill is the gateway to the Midlands Meander, a scenic route of arts and crafts, tea gardens and country pubs.  An hour from The Natal Drakensberg, the Barrier of Spears is rich in Bushman Heritage.

History was made near Fern Hill in 1962 when President Mandela was arrested here.  In 1996 he was given the Freedom of Howick at a banquet held in his honour.  Now we are close to the incredible Mandela Monument, which is definitely worth a visit.

Sporting facilities include swimming and tennis.  A round of Golf at the nearby Boschhoek or a day sailing at Midmar Dam are additional entertainment options.  Canopy tours can be arranged in the breath-taking tree tops of Karkloof.

The Fern Hill Theatre is the perfect conference, wedding reception, dinner and dance or party venue, seating up to 250 people.

Whether you visit, wine, dine or book in for the night, we`ll ensure you a comfortable and warm welcome.


Minutes away from some of the routes biggest attractions (including the new Mandela Monument and Midmar Dam) Fern Hill Hotel is an ideal accommodation choice for anyone visiting the area. Perfectly situated for an adventure into the Midlands Meander!

Rooms and Units Available:

With 25 spacious rooms, suites and luxurious accommodation to choose from, Fern Hill Hotel  meets the individual needs of every guest. Whether travelling for business or leisure, a family group or solo, each room is magnificently designed to provide the utmost comfort and style at your home away from home.

Family Suites

Our largest suites for Families, and features three double beds and a single bed, meaning up to seven people can share this spacious environment. This suite is equipped with two bathrooms (one en-suite in the master bedroom), an extra-large lounge, balcony, three air-conditioning units, and DSTV. This suite is also ideal for a bride and her bridesmaids, offering enough space to get ready in a suite with multiple photo ops.

Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 7 Adults

Luxury Rooms

Featuring modern bathrooms with walk-in showers and floating sinks, the Luxury Suites are designed with guest sophistication in mind.  Relax on your own private balcony. All modern amenities are covered, including DSTV, wireless fibre Internet connectivity, air-conditioning, and flatscreen televisons.

Amount of similar units: 4
Sleeps 2 Adults

Standard Rooms

Luxury Double Room Suite has a comfortable queen size or twin bed, a sitting area, separate desk and bathroom with walk-in rain dance shower or a bath and shower and modern art and neutral colors.  The rooms come with full amenities;  Flat Screen televisions, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar and complimentary coffee and tea facilities.

Amount of similar units: 17
Sleeps 2 Adults


Elegant rooms with views of the gardens.  Fern Hill Hotel’s flagship accommodation options are the Garden Suite and The Mandela Suite.  Each suite is equipped with all the luxuries expected of a modern suite, including wireless fiber Internet connectivity, DSTV, flatscreen televisions, and air-conditioning.

Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Pets only by Arrangement
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Tourism Information Desk
Xhosa / Zulu
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations effected from 30 days or less before date of arrival will attract a charge of 100% of the total fee.


Fern Hill Hotel is the gateway to the Midlands Meander, an hour from Durban International Airport and the Drakensburg Mountains. Set in the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa. Fern Hill Hotel is situated just off the N3 highway and has two sets of offramps within 3 kilometeres. Take the Tweedie/Howick turnoff from Johannesburg and The Midmar/Howick turnoff from Durban. Follow the signs from the turnoffs to the Hotel.

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