Situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountains is Quiet Mountain Country House. Just an hour’s drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg this is the perfect getaway for a peaceful break. You will enter the property through a garden door and step into a space with perfectly manicured gardens and delightful statues.
The word quiet rings true as there is very little noise to distract you. My parents, sister and I spent the Easter weekend revelling in the bliss of this establishment. The house is over 100 years’ old and features a lounge, reading room, dining rooms and adjoining bedrooms. My parents are in a room away from the main house and they have a separate lounge area. John and Terence, the owners of Quiet Mountain, are a delightful couple. While we were there Terence had his family spending time in the house that is available to stay in if you have children. John is a feeder and is there for both breakfast and dinner, taking orders and providing a lot of wit along the way.
Kerry and I share room number 1 which is adjacent to the dining room. We are really isolated with a private patio to sit on and enjoy morning coffee. Our room features two single beds and chairs, tables and plenty of lamps. Our bathroom is huge, with a bath that I take advantage of. We have a shower as well and the room has plenty of light filtering in. All the furniture is in keeping with the age of Quiet Mountain and the art work is really something to take in.
Expect to eat a lot of healthy and beautifully prepared food. The rate is all-inclusive of dinner, bed and breakfast and our first dinner starts with soup. Each night the soup course differs and is followed by a fresh garden salad. The leaves are picked just before dinner time from the vegetable garden close to the swimming pool. We are offered a choice of main courses and these too are not repeated while we are there. Dessert changes each night and I do not resist. Breakfast starts off with a bowl of fresh fruit served with home-made yoghurt and locally sourced honey. There is a buffet selection of cereals which is followed by a hot breakfast. Each morning we are offered something new to try. Pastries are placed on the table and also change each morning.
There is no kettle in the room but all you need to do is call house keeping and your choice of tea or coffee will be brought to you. This applies to drinks which you can order anytime of the day. There is a call button at the pool and in the games room and we use this to order lunch on our second day. Lunch is a choice of a garden salad, baked potatoes and toasted sandwiches. Pre-dinner drinks are served in the lounge and there is a good selection of South African wines to choose from. They keep a herd of jersey cows for milk and make their own butter which you can buy to take home with you.
Things to do
If you are into walking then this place is ideal. You can go up to the top of the mountain and do some bird watching along the way. There are many nooks and crannies to spend alone time and my sister managed to do her yoga on the deck over the duck pond. You can play croquet, snooker, darts or make use of the decks of cards and board games provided for you. I spend time on the pool deck chairs reading my own book, but had I not brought enough reading material with me I could have chosen something from their extensive library. My exercise for the weekend was a swimming session on the first day and a good walk the day after that.
Rates and contact details
These vary from room to room from R1150 per person sharing to R1500. The farmhouse has its own private swimming pool and will cost R1500 per person per night. Contact them on +27 14 576 1258
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