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Fordoun Hotel & Spa

Fordoun Hotel and Spa offers luxury 5 star accommodation in Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Fordoun combines the attractions of an award winning upmarket boutique hotel and spa with a top class conference, wedding and event destination and a superior restaurant.

Skye Bistro, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, uses only the freshest local produce available and is open seven days a week for hotel guests and visitors in search of excellent cuisine in a tranquil setting.

Fordoun Hotel and Spa has a wide selection of Spa Treatments, Spa Day Packages and Overnight Spa Packages for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Fordoun Spa boasts a team of experts that include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African Healer and highly trained aestheticians

Location

Fordoun is located on Nottingham road, in the rolling grasslands of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where the air is crystal-clear and smog and traffic are echoes of another lifestyle.

Fordoun is situated in the green pastures of a successful Nottingham Road dairy farm, which has a history dating back to the 1800s. The original farm buildings have been painstakingly adapted into the atmospheric and gracious Fordoun Spa, Hotel and Restaurant, in a fusing of state-of-the-art leisure and spa facilities with the timeless tranquillity of by-gone days.

 

Accommodation

The hotel comprises twenty two luxurious, individually appointed suites with 3 categories

Luxury Suites

The luxury rooms have king-size bed, bathroom with bath and shower, under floor heating in the bathroom and bed rooms, tea and coffee making facilities and mini bar area. All rooms have a TV and DVD player.

There is also a double suite with wheelchair access and specially adapted bathroom. Despite its luxurious atmosphere, and emphasis on quality, Fordoun’s rates are surprisingly competitive in relation to similar hydros elsewhere.

Deluxe Dam Facing Suites

These 3 deluxe suites have a view of the lawns and dam. The rooms have king-size bed, dressing room area, bathroom with bath and shower, under floor heating in the bathroom and bedrooms, private balconies, tea and coffee making facilities and mini bar area. All rooms have a TV and DVD player.

Superior Mountain View Suites

These recently added rooms are individual units with majestic views of the Drakensberg. Each unit has a king-size bed, separate lounge area, TV and DVD, gas fireplace, dressing room area, under floor heated bathroom with bath as well as indoor and outdoor showers, private balconies with loungers, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar area, as well as wireless internet.

Fordoun Farm Village 

The new Fordoun Farm Village offers 8 luxurious self-catering chalets provide ample accommodation for 32 guests. 

Although the Farm Village is separate to the original Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, there is a lot of synergy between the two establishments. Adults staying at the Farm Village will have access to the facilities up at the Hotel and this will work both ways. The Farm Village will be family orientated with activities for children being a continuous focus!

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Bioenergy Centre
  • Gymnasium
  • Spinning
  • Kettle bell
  • Skye Bistro Restaurant
  • Conference Centre

Fact File

  1. Fordoun Hotel and Spa offers luxury 5 Star Accommodation in Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, which is at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg.
  2. It is situated in the green pastures of a successful Nottingham Road dairy farm, which has a history dating back to the 1800s.
  3. Accommodation comprises twenty two luxurious, individually appointed suites with 3 categories of accommodation: 14 Luxury Suites; 3 Deluxe Dam Facing Suites; 5 Superior Mountain Facing Suites.
  4. Fordoun Spa boasts a team of experts that include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African Healer and highly trained aestheticians.
  5. Fordoun has a signature range of products, created in conjunction with Dr Elliot Ndlovu, herbalist and ethno botanist, who is a traditional African Healer, Inyanga (medicinal healer) and Sangoma (spiritual healer), and a director of Fordoun Spa.  Fordoun also make use of Dermalogica and Mama Mio.
  6. Fordoun caters for resident guests of the hotel as well as day visitors during the week at the Spa.
  7. Conference facilities cater for up to forty delegates, with quality equipment on hand.
  8. Fordoun is the perfect wedding venue as well as an ideal venue for bridal showers and honeymooners.

Rates

(Valid 1 February 2016 – 31 January 2017)

Room Type

Sharing Rate
Midweek Sun – Thurs (excludes school and public holidays)

Single Rate
Midweek Sun – Thurs (excludes school and public holidays) 

Sharing Rate
Weekend Fri – Sat, School Holidays and Public Holidays

Single Rate
Weekend Fri – Sat, School Holidays and Public Holidays

Luxury

R 970

R 1,250

R 1,400

R 1,820

Deluxe

R 1,250

R 1,500

R 1,550

R 2,000

Superior

R 1,950

R 2,450

R 1,950

R 2,450

 

Please Note:
* Rates are inclusive of VAT, breakfast and free use of the pools, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym and floatation pool at the spa
* Double rates are per person sharing
* No pets
* 1% Tourism Levy is charged to the final bill
* Children are not permitted in the Spa
* Children are not permitted in Skye Restaurant after 18h30

DEPOSITS:
A 50% deposit is required within 48 hours of booking. The deposit may be paid either by credit card or by deposit into our bank account. In the event of non-payment of a deposit, the hotel reserves the right to cancel any reservation without notice or liability to the client.

CANCELLATIONS:
Non Arrival: No Refund
Less than 2 weeks’ notice: No Refund
2 weeks or more notice: 100% Refund

EARLY DEPARTURE FEE:
50% of daily rate

NB. Groups booking more than 8 rooms need to stay for a minimum of 2 nights on a weekend.

*Rates subject to change without notification*

Why we LOVE it

  1. The tranquility of the setting in the green pastures of a successful Nottingham Road dairy farm, which has a history dating back to the 1800s.
  2. An award winning spa that boasts a team of experts that include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, highly trained aestheticians and very unique to spa’s -  a traditional African Healer
  3. Fordoun signature range of products, created in conjunction with Dr Elliot Ndlovu, herbalist and ethnobotanist, who is a traditional African Healer and Inyanga, and a director of Fordoun Spa.

FAQ's

What products does the spa use?

Fordoun has a signature range of products, created in conjunction with Dr Elliot Ndlovu, herbalist and ethno botanist, who is a traditional African Healer, Inyanga (medicinal healer) and Sangoma (spiritual healer). Fordoun also make use of Dermalogica and Mama Mio.

What does Fordoun Spa offer?

The spa features internationally acclaimed treatments such as the rasul, (a Turkish steam and clay treatment room), a saline Floatation pool, indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, vichy shower, hydrotherapy room, and a couples’ treatment suite with hydrotherapy bath.

The team of experts include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African Healer and highly trained aestheticians.

Please email us with any questions you may have – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

News

May June 2016 Newsletter Fordoun

 

Click here to read Fordoun's May/June 2016 newsletter in full

 

Topics in this issue include:

Developing Our Talent

Fordoun founder, Jon Bates, speaks at the KZN leg of the Cape Legends Inter-Hotel Challenge held at the Protea Hotel Edwad in May.

World Whiskey Day

The word whiskey is translated from Uisge beatha or usquebaugh in Gaelic meaning "water of life". The third Saturday in May is World Whiskey Day, and is a global celebration of this globally popular beverage.

Celebrating Dads

On the third Sunday in June we celebrate Father’s Day...a time of hand-drawn cards, after-shave and socks! The origins of Father's Day are not even a hundred years old, and are thanks to the hard work of Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. The idea of a Father's Day celebration came to Sonora as she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. She wondered why there was not a day to respect and acknowledge the role of fathers.

Man Flu Exists!

Because this is the month of Father’s Day, here is a story especially for men: man-flu might just be real! ‘Man flu’ is a colloquial term based on the idea that men suffer from a more severe form of flu than women.

Where Our Food Comes From

Food production is a mammoth industry in South Africa, but one that is largely ‘behind the scenes’.

 

Conference and Events

The Fordoun conference centre in Nottingham Road is situated in the heart of the exquisite KwaZulu-Natal Midlands yet conveniently accessed from the N3 highway that links Johannesburg and Durban.

The conference centre caters for up to forty delegates, with quality equipment on hand and all the resources and facilities of the Fordoun Spa and Skye Restaurant nearby. The spacious, high-ceilinged main conference room lends itself to use for numerous other events and functions.

Day conference rates as well as fully inclusive conference package rate (Sunday to Thursday) are available. Accommodation – up to 22 rooms (sleeps 44 people)

Spa

Fordoun Spa is in the heart of Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander and boasts a team of experts that include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African Healer and highly trained aestheticians.

The spa features internationally acclaimed treatments such as the rasul, (a Turkish steam and clay treatment room), a saline Floatation pool, indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, vichy shower, hydrotherapy room, and a couples’ treatment suite with hydrotherapy bath.

Products:
Part of the holistic relevance of everything at Fordoun has led to the development of the Fordoun signature range of products, created in conjunction with Dr Elliot Ndlovu, herbalist and ethno botanist, who is a traditional African Healer and Inyanga, and a director of Fordoun Spa. Under his guidance, a number of products have been carefully created from indigenous traditional healing plants, especially for Fordoun. The range includes soaps, shower gels, massage oils, bath salts, creams and sprays, based on the theme of the seven Chakras and the seven colours of the rainbow. A luxury Eau de Toilette range, Ma’Ndlovu for women and BabaNdlovu for men, has been designed for both the local and export markets.

Fordoun also make use of Dermalogica and Mama Mio, which work well with the Ndlovu range and compliment the natural, South African range, Africology.

View Fordoun’s Treatments and Packages

Eco & Community

Fordoun Environmental and Social Programs

The Crane Foundation

Aim:
To reverse the trend towards extinction of the Wattled Crane in South Africa.

A few years ago Fordoun donated 150 hectares of natural veld and wetland to the KZN Crane Foundation. At the same time two of our neighbours also donated land to make up some 450 hectares of land which is now a registered Reserve.

The purpose of the donations was to create in perpetuity an area which will remain natural and undisturbed as a sanctuary for Wattled Crane and for Oribi Antelope – both of which are critically endangered. The sanctuary is named the Bill Barnes Crane and Oribi Nature Reserve. In early 2009 a decision was taken for the site to include a Wattled Crane isolation -rearing facility and roosting pens at the Bill Barnes Crane and Oribi Nature Reserve (BBCONR). The Wattled Crane Recovery Programme is a member of the IUCN Re -introduction Specialist Group and is branded by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Management of the program is provided by the Johannesburg Zoo in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust 's South African Crane Working Group, the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB) and the Ezemvelo KwaZulu - Natal Wildlife.

Wattled Cranes lay two eggs, but only raise one chick. Field officers remove one egg from a nest and transport it to be incubated and hatched. From this point the chick is only exposed to a foster parent who has a 'crane' uniform. The foster parent walks daily with the chick or chicks in wetlands and open veld, teaching them eat invertebrates, seeds and bulbs, until such time as they have learnt to fly and can be introduced into a wild floater flock. WATTLES ARE TOTALLY WETLAND DEPENDANT. PRESERVATION OF WATTLES - PRESERVES WATER - PRESERVES SOCIETY

Indigenous Healing Plants

Because many plants used in traditional medicine are simply gathered from the wild, some are becoming rare and endangered. It is essential that there is a change from traditional wild harvesting to sustainable agricultural production. 

Fordoun has a garden with over 130 varieties and we have put selected suitable plants into agricultural production on the farm.

The first of these trials, with plants like Hypoxis (African Potato), Leonotis Leonorus (Wild Dagga), Artemesia Afra, Mentha Longifolia (Wild Spearmint) and Helichrysum Splendidum, have been promising and already we are using extracts in our Ndlovu range of products.

Already we have products being produced at Fordoun which have key ingredients grown here. From soaps, shower gels, shampoos and hand and body lotions in the rooms, through to Spa products like oils, room and body sprays, body butter and body cream, lip balm and bath salts. The Ndlovu range of products is manufactured by a subsidiary company in which Elliot Ndlovu is a significant shareholder.

It is our goal to have up to 30 hectares in production by 2012 and the plant materials should have viable commercial yields for water based extracts, essential oils and teas.

By setting up an agricultural and manufacturing business, we aim to influence and teach rural communities of the entrepreneurial opportunities which exist for future sustainable propagation of traditional healing plants. It is of note that the 'Muthi ' industry in South Africa alone is estimated to be valued at at least Rands 2,7 Billion per annum. Without sustainable agriculture and protection, many plants will become extinct.

Hlanganani School

Hlanganani is the Zulu word for putting together and it is the name given to the Esiphetweni Sendiza Primary and Pre-Primary school near to Fordoun. The school was formed by the joining together of the Fordoun Farm School and the Easingwold School on the property owned by the late Peter Brown. 

Hlanganani is an ongoing passion of Fordoun and the enthusiastic pupils and staff have impressed many of our guests. 

It is such a pleasure to see the Headmaster, Henry Ngcobo and the Deputy, Dumisani Mculwane setting such a high standard to their staff and pupils. These teachers are truly dedicated to bringing out the best in learners during the important formative years. At Hlanganani one finds manners, discipline and enthusiasm which greatly enthuse one for the future of South Africa. 

We work closely with the Michaelhouse Community Partnership Trust in assisting the school with extras which would normally be beyond the budget of a rural government school. 

Last year the Trust assisted with the supply and delivery of water to the school via new piping, taps and valves from the valley below the school. The library and computer centre were equipped with a computer projector and screen. 

There has been much appreciated support from Bay Farm Tours, LTA Grinnaker, Mount West Garage, Stonehaven Lodge, Save Cash and Carry, Northmec and Alison Lee Foundation. 

We have made it our goal to donate to the school a minimum of 10 desk top computers and screens during 2010. As a start we have purchased 3 of these and we have been promised additional funding contributions from guests who visited from the UK late last year.

Energy and Eco Policies

Running Water

Fordoun has 5 separate channels of running water creating ambient features around the historic buildings. All the water is circulated through a series of sealed channels and pipes from the lake and returned underground to the same body of water.

The channels host a large population of fresh water minnows which breed in idyllic conditions and provide a constant source of feed for the trout in the lake.

Grey Water

All grey water at Fordoun is returned to the earth via a vast and complex system of soak-aways which are sited below the soil of the large expanses of lawns and gardens.

Energy

By installing Solar energy, the Spa at Fordoun has reduced from 8 geysers to 2. The main heated pool runs on a separate Solar heating system. 

Of the 17 guest bathrooms, 6 are water boiler heated and 3 are solar assisted. Cost comparisons are underway to establish the most viable energy savings between the two systems.

The restaurant and communal areas are Solar assisted. All in all, since 2009, Fordoun has reduced reliance on Eskom power by 50%.

 

CLICK HERE to view or download the full Environmental and Social Programs document

Weddings

56ffbce4f3555 1459600612With panoramic views of the Drakensberg, in a tranquil country setting the feeling of romance is almost tangible.  Easily accessible from both Durban and Gauteng, Fordoun has all the makings of a spectacular wedding venue, boasting superb facilities, accommodation and activities to ensure an unforgettable, stress free wedding experience.

Our stunning new venue and chapel are ideal for an elegant stylish country wedding accommodating up to 200 guests.   The newly renovated barn situated at the Fordoun Farm Village with breathtaking views of the majestic Drakensburg Mountains, is equipped with a kitchen, reception, a serving area, lounge, two bars, a dance area, stage fireplace and toilets.

The venue hire fee includes tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, glassware, table setting and preparation of hall according to your choice, co-ordinator on your wedding day, waiters, ice, barmen and the bridal suite for one night.

56ffbce243522 1459600610The venue hire fee does not include catering, decor, flowers, alcohol, DJ and photographers, guest accommodation (there is space for 44 guests in the Hotel and 30 guests in the Self-Catering Chalets).

With the hotel being able to offer superb cuisine, magnificent garden and interior settings for wedding photographs, a comprehensive menu of spa offerings and facilities, and exclusive accommodation in individually appointed roomsand self-catering chalets, we are able to ensure that your magical event runs like clockwork. We are also the ideal venue for bridal showers and honeymooners.

For more information about our Wedding Venue, please send us an enquiry or contact us on 033 266-6217