- Idyllic country retreat on beautiful estate
- Flexible, private accommodation
- Self-catering options
- Hiking, fishing, spa treatments
Stonecutters Lodge is a secluded hillside retreat in the stunning Mpumalanga Highlands region of north eastern South Africa. Nestled within a 63-hectare estate between the settlements of Dullstroom and Lydenberg, this rural property offers relaxation and tranquillity in a beautiful location. With accommodation ranging from romantic studio cottages to a three-bedroom house, the lodge offers self-catering options and activities including hiking, fly-fishing, and spa treatments. Stonecutters will appeal to travellers seeking space, privacy, and panoramic views, well off the beaten track.
The main manor house has a communal lounge and bar, and a restaurant serving generous buffet breakfasts and romantic candle-lit three course evening meals. There is a tranquil terrace overlooking lily ponds for alfresco dining on summer days. For private dining, indulgent breakfast baskets and gourmet barbeque baskets can be delivered to your accommodation upon request.
Activities include exploring the expansive estate and its numerous hiking trails or fly-fishing at one of two well-stocked trout dams or by the river which winds through the estate. A visit to the charming village of nearby Dullstroom, which boasts whiskey tasting sessions and craft beer, along with numerous restaurants is a must. Back at Stonecutters, indulge in a beauty treatment or massage, or just kick back and enjoy the breath-taking views.
There are several accommodation options. The Cobbles Studios comprise six self-catering units each accommodating two guests in king beds with ensuite bathrooms, with alfresco private decks equipped with gas barbeques. In contrast, Stone Cottage is ideal for families or groups, and comprises a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, a second bathroom, and a spacious lounge area which can accommodate up to three children. The property has airy vaulted ceilings, an open fire and a well-equipped kitchen. Outside, there are two private patios boasting superb views of the surrounding countryside and a barbeque. The largest property is Trout House, an attractive two-floor stone unit which sleeps up to seven guests in three bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. This house has a smart kitchen area, and an airy open-plan lounge with a fireplace. Outdoors there’s a thatched ‘boma’ with a barbeque for outdoor dining and lovely views across the estates’ trout dams.
Children of all ages are welcome, and the wide-open spaces of the estate are there to be explored and enjoyed by all age groups. Stone Cottage and Trout House are both great options for families, although given the property's remote location and nearby waterways, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant supervision.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019