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Welgelegen Manor

Country Houses / Boutique Hotels - 8 Suites
TGCSA 5 Star
Conference venue
Children 12+
Free WiFi
Weddings & banquets
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Only an hour from Joburg and you’re stepping into a bygone era. The historical manor house and eight suites exude that English old-world charm, but with today’s luxury and comfort. You can’t help feeling like the lord and lady of the manor. Fancy a game of croquet or lawn tennis anyone?

Renee, Consultant. Reader. Adventurer. Surfer

ABOUT Welgelegen Manor

Set in Cosmos countryside and tranquil farmlands an hour south of Johannesburg, lies the magnificent Welgelegen Manor, built by South Africa’s iconic architect, Sir Herbert Baker in 1912. Steeped in romance and history, Welgelegen recalls the legendary Groote Schuur Estate in the Cape on which the design was based. Welgelegen Manor has been magnificently restored to its former glory and offers the perfect getaway for a country house weekend. Combining 19th century old-world charm with modern hotel luxury and an inspired example of the Arts and Crafts movement. Beautiful teak doors, marble and granite floors, gleaming woodwork and brasswork are testament to the craftsmen of a bygone era.

A sense of peace and tranquillity greets you on arrival, echoing through the reception rooms to the more than spacious suites. Staying true to its English residential style, the eight suites fuse contemporary comfort with the timeless glamour and heritage associated with this historical property. Each suite offers exceptional grace and comfort with views over the landscaped terraces, pool or rose gardens.

Country life is synonymous with good food and the resident chef conjures up daily treats from breakfast to dinner. Savour an English country afternoon tea. Enjoy the abundant birdlife in the extensive surrounds, relax with a book in the rose gardens or at the pool, and play a game of lawn tennis or croquet.

Challenge your partner to pool, billiards or snooker in the Billiard Room, or cards and board games in the library or games room. For movie buffs there is a dedicated ‘theatre’ with wide-screen. And for the more active there are country walks, archery and a well-maintained grass strip for fly-in visits. Welgelegen lends itself to special occasions and exclusive board meetings. Ideal wedding venue.

TGCSA 5-Star Country House | Children 12+ welcome | Weddings | Conferences | Complimentary WiFi

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Manor House Suite
Sleeps 2
3 Units
From R 2,550.00 p/p sharing Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
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Carriage House Suite
Sleeps 2
2 Units
From R 1,950.00 p/p sharing Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
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Garden Suite
Sleeps 2
3 Units
From R 2,350.00 p/p sharing Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
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Check in & check-out times

Check-in: 14:00

Check-out: 11:00

Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.


Cape style charme
30 Oct 2014

"A very warm welcome to a beautiful house. Spacious and comfortable rooms set in a lovely garden. Very good diner and great hospitality. To be recommended."

Anonymous from Germany
Welgelegen Manor
18 Apr 2012

"Excellent and opulent place to rest - we stayed here before and after our flight from the UK. Amelia was especially accomodating and the Manor itself was stunning. The food in the evening was beautiful and the staff were remarkably flexible with our requests. A thoroughly enjoyable stay"

Dan Peake from United Kingdom
Guest feedback about Welgelegen Manor
07 Nov 2011

"We spent the weekend at Welgelegen Manor near Balfour. Beautiful place. Food wonderful. Rooms out of this world. Amelia,the hostess very friendly"

Guest feedback about Welgelegen Manor
07 Nov 2011

"Stayed at Welgelegen Manor, Balfour this weekend. Beautiful place, wonderful food. All bedrooms very big. Fantastic bathrooms. Amelia and all staff excellent. "


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From Johannesburg

  • Take the N3 towards Durban.
  • When you get to Heidelberg - take Exit 59 - Heidelberg South off-ramp - R23 - towards Standerton.
  • At the top of the off-ramp, turn left.
  • Continue for about 23,5 km - until you see the turn-off sign for Balfour - R51 (third Balfour sign), turn left.
  • Continue until you get to a stop street (DJ motors will be across from you) - turn right.
  • At the following stop street - you will get to a sign saying "Nigel/Devon" - turn left.
  • Go over the bridge, after the bridge, turn left.
  • The road will then make a turn to the right (if you go straight you will go to the railway station) - 1,6 km on your right hand side - you will get to a gravel road, turn right - you will see the gates of Welgelegen Manor in front of you.

GPS coordinates :

S26° 38.298’ E28° 35.650’