While there is something incredibly satisfying about an all-inclusive hotel stay, there is much to be said for a more exclusive self-catered weekend away with friends or family. Self-catering accommodation in Dullstroom is certainly not in short supply – with many farms and estates offering guesthouses, quaint cottages, and homely cabins. Providing you with the perfect travel-inspiration for the first little bit of 2018, here we detail everything you need to know about self-catering in Dullstroom.
Where to Stay
In addition to 24 luxury suites at the main hotel, Walkersons Hotel & Spa also features 6 stunning self-catering cottages scattered around the expansive estate. These stylish units combine the sought-after independence and privacy of self-catering with 5 star amenities and furnishings.
If you looking for picturesque, hill-top views, brilliant outdoor facilities, and a spacious entertainment area, then choose the Waterfall House, or the Riverview Cottage. The latest addition to the Walkersons Hotel & Spa portfolio, Waterfall House features 5 luxury bedrooms, each with their own en suite bathroom. The glorious 10-seater dining table and the cosy outdoor fire pit are highlights of this particular unit. As the name suggests, Riverview Cottage is perched on a lush slope overlooking a small river which winds its way through the estate. Accommodating 8 guests in 4 en suite bedrooms, it has two storeys and a beautifully furnished lounge complete with a freestanding wood fireplace.
The closest self-catering units to the hotel, Hansel and Gretel Cottage each consist of two spacious en suite bedrooms and an open-plan dining room, lounge and kitchen. At the other end of the distance spectrum, the Canyon Cottage is the perfect place to unwind in tranquil solitude. Situated at the edge of a small dam, this homely spot accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 large bedrooms. Undoubtedly the best feature of the Canyon Cottage is a private picnic spot overlooking a waterfall, just a short walk away.
Last, but not least, is the Hillside Cottage, which features 3 bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen and lounge and an atmospheric open-air Boma.
Where to Eat
While guests of Walkersons’ self-catering cottages are free to make use of the hotel’s different restaurants, holidaymakers will more than likely want to venture into town to enjoy the thriving culinary scene. For a hearty pub-style meal in a cosy setting, head to Duck & Trout Restaurant, the Old Transvaal Inn, The Poacher, of the Dullstroom Inn. For a more sophisticated dining experience, opt for the Art of Food, Dunkeld Restaurant, or The Mayfly. And if you’re on the lookout for a kid-friendly eatery, then choose from The Coachman Restaurant, Harrie’s Pancakes, or Pickles & Things.
A cut above the rest, a meal at Mrs Simpson’s is a must when visiting Dullstroom. Boasting eclectic decor, excellent cuisine and an easy-going ambience, it’s no wonder Mrs Simpson’s was voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the country.
What to Do
While a weekend in the sleepy hamlet of Dullstroom conjures up visions of laid-back nights beside a roaring fireplace, and long walks in the countryside, there are many exciting things to do in and around town. Try your hand at fly-fishing, set out for an afternoon of horse-back riding along wooded pathways, rent a mountain bike and explore the Walkersons estate, or visit the Dullstroom Birds of Prey Centre. These are just some of the activities available in Dullstroom; for more ideas about what to do while you’re in the area, keep scrolling through the Walkersons Hotel & Spa blog.