Award-winning 1800s Berg hotel up for sale

2009-03-03 00:00

One of the Drakensberg’s most famous landmarks, The Nest Hotel, is making an appearance on the market after being successfully run by the present owner for 21 years.

The hotel began life as a farmer’s homestead in the 1800s and it was only in 1933 that it opened its revamped doors as a guest house.

It was voted best South African leisure hotel in 2007 and 2008 at the AA Travel Guides American Express Accommodation Awards.

The hotel building, set in park-like gardens that meander down to the Sterkspruit River, was built by Italian prisoners of war in 1943.

Only three other families have owned the resort during its lifetime, says the owner, whose says his decision to sell the thriving business is “personal”.

He has made two buying options available. The first is for the resort, which comprises the main hotel; 56 single, double and duplex thatched garden chalets; a state-of-the-art conference centre with two executive suites; and outbuildings, utility rooms and staff quarters on approximately 10 hectares of land.

The package deal includes about 41 hectares that are earmarked for the development of another 60 to 80 chalets.

Dave Abraham, principal of Realty 1 International Property Group in the Drakensberg, says the pricing structure is attractive when one considers what the property offers.

“Not only is it situated on prime land that overlooks the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site, but it also offers around 7 600 m2 of building under roof. The infrastructure includes a large, modern, automatic generator …

“There are also two all-weather tennis courts, three championship bowling greens, table tennis, billiards and pool tables, volley ball, a swimming pool, satellite television and numerous other activities … ”

Easily accessible from the R600, The Nest lies within easy travelling distance of the world-famous Drakensberg Boys’ Choir and Ardmore Pottery Studio, the Spioenkop Game Reserve, Bushman rock painting sites and a host of other attractions.

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