View of Kings Grant The St Isidor Mill The Millstones & Winnower The Chapel Gardens The Courtyard at night The Restaurant Fishing at the Brickfield Dam The Kings Room Butterfly Gardens 2 Lavender Gardens 1 Interior of the chapel The St Isidor Chapel View of the Brickfield
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Experience the charm and ambience of King`s Grant Country Retreat, the historic mission station now tastefully restored and refurbished as an enchanting country retreat.

Nestled in the heart of the St Isidor valley and surrounded by the lush farmlands and bird-inhabited waters of Ixopo, King`s Grant Country Retreat extends a warm welcome to guests and invites them to take the opportunity to relax and unwind in its unique atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Dating back to 1891 when it was built by the German Trappist monks, guests are now accommodated in the cluster of ancient red brick buildings which invoke the memory of days gone by and are surrounded by rose-filled gardens plus a small stream that wanders through indigenous gardens.

King`s Grant Country Retreat offers 13 individually decorated en-suite guestrooms, 3 of which have self-catering facilities, with private patios, DSTV bouquet, tea trays, heaters & fans plus free Wi-Fi hotspots. With the quaint St Isidor Chapel and spacious Tuscan-style Banqueting hall, it is the ideal venue for a romantic and intimate wedding. The Conference Centre which is housed in the St Isidor Mill can host up to 60 delegates, as well as smaller groups, with two breakaway rooms and a spacious lounge. Other facilities include the St Isidor Mill Museum, and a cosy, country-style restaurant.

Kings Grant Country Retreat also has three pet-friendly guestrooms - arrangements to be made.

Accommodation at King`s Grant Country Retreat:
All guestrooms are non-smoking and are equipped with DSTV Bouquet, tea trays, heaters/Fans, Electric blankets and have a private patio overlooking the gardens. Please note that we are able to convert all the twin beds into king size beds.

Single Rooms
Arum Room Small Single room, en-suite bathroom with shower over bath
Monks Room Small Single room, en-suite bathroom with bath only

Standard Room - Small
Rose Room -twin beds, en-suite shower over bath

Standard Rooms
Clivia Cottage - twin beds, en-suite shower, kitchenette with table top stove, microwave and bar fridge
Hermitage 1 - Twin beds, en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, microwave & bar fridge

Superior Rooms
Butterfly Gardens 2 - twin beds, en-suite shower and bath
Butterfly Gardens 3 - Separate bedroom - Queen bed, Separate bathroom with bath & shower, Lounge/Fireplace, king day bed
Hermitage 2 - Twin beds, en-suite bath & shower
Hermitage 3 - Twin beds, en-suite bath & shower, Fireplace
Kings Room - Queen bed, en-suite bathroom with Victorian bath

Superior Suites
Lavender Gardens 1 - Twin beds & fireplace in bedroom, separate kitchen with table-top stove, microwave & bar fridge, separate bathroom with bath & shower
Lavender Gardens 2 - Lounge with fireplace, sleeper couch & open plan kitchen with table-top stove, microwave & bar fridge , Twin beds & single day bed in bedroom, en-suite bathroom with bath & shower


On-site activities are exploring the history of Kings Grant and the Maize Mill - one of the few in the country that are still operational and Blacksmith workshop.

The 1200 ha estate offers bird-watching with over 200 species recorded, walks, fishing on two dams, canoeing at Brickfield dam or bring own mountain bikes.

Local activities to enjoy are the Patons Country Express a narrow-gauge steam train, mountain biking trails and bird-watching for species such the rare Cape Parrots and Blue Swallows.

Health and Climate:

Malaria free with warm to hot summers and cool, frosty winters. Autumn offers the best weather whilst spring can tend to be drizzly.

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Pets only by Arrangement
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Cots available
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Xhosa / Zulu
Hiking / Walking Trails

Cancellation Policy:

- 0 to 7 Days prior to arrival, forfeit 100% of total deposit
- 7 to 14 Days prior to arrival, forfeit 75% of total deposit
- 14 to 21 Days prior to arrival, forfeit 50% of total deposit
- 21 to 28 Days prior to arrival, forfeit 25% of total deposit

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  • Accommodation Type: Self-Catering