Just 40km west of Johannesburg, at the very edge of popular World Heritage Site, The Cradle of Humankind, is a home as unique as the ancient corner of Africa it's situated in. Set in a security estate with magnificent views to the north and west, The Warehouse is part mid-century factory, part African farmhouse. This unique self-catering/B&B house is much more than a place to stay. It's an experience you'll never forget.
The Warehouse is a creative tribute to industrial development of the 20th Century. From its retro radio and kitchen appliance collections to its themed bedrooms telling the stories of automotive, railroad and space travel, the house is steeped in wonderful success stories of the last 100 years.
In Room Facilities:
The Warehouse is a large loft structure with lots of open spaces. There are 2 full bedrooms with balconies and bathrooms en-suite upstairs and part of the downstairs living area closes to create an enormous 3rd bedroom called "Old Johnny's Workshop", which has a full bathroom and shower en-suite.
The lower story is an enormous open-plan space, built to resemble a refurbished factory. It houses a state of the art kitchen, complete with Nespresso machine, gas stove and every other modern convenience. Large shuttered doors open onto the patio, beautiful indigenous gardens and lap pool. There is a gas Weber for al fresco entertaining and an outdoor table that seats 14.
Beds are of hotel quality, linen is percale, towels are fluffy. Attention has been given to the smallest of details.There is even a punching bag and boxing gloves on the upper balcony, for guests who'd like to work off stress at the end of a corporate day.
Built on a stony outcrop overlooking the neighbouring farm, The Warehouse offers sightings of blesbuck, springbuck, ostrich and a wide variety of birds.
Much of the large loft space was built using recycled material. Every corner was planned to optimise the breathtaking views of the Highveld in all its splendour. On a clear day, you'll be able to see all the way to the Magaliesberg ridge.
Blesbuck, springbuck, Nguni cattle, sheep and a feisty female ostrich roam the adjacent farm. Combined with abundant bird life and spectacular sunsets, they provide the perfect African backdrop for a stay you'll never forget.
Time spent on The Warehouse's stoep can be very good for the soul. Outdoor furniture includes a hand-crafted dining table that seats up to 12, as well as comfortable patio furniture and a hammock that has a reputation for lulling even the most tightly-wound to sleep. The Weber BBQ has a clever spot right next to the kitchen, with a serving window for passing food and crockery from the kitchen to the al fresco dining area.
You'll go far to beat the view over the 12 metre pool, indigenous proteas and undulating hills.
A team of scientists and researchers, led by Wits University professor Lee Berger, believe they’ve unearthed a new species of human relative in the world’s richest hominin fossil site, the Cradle of Humankind.
The new species, Homo naledi is named after the chamber in which it was discovered, deep in the Rising Star caves. The remote underground room has been dubbed the Dinaledi Chamber (“Chamber of Stars” in SeSotho) and has given up a treasure trove of fossilized hominin remains.
The Rising Star Expedition has already removed parts of 15 individuals from the chamber, but researchers believe they’re only just scratching the surface and that there may be hundreds or even thousands more fossilized remains waiting to be unearthed.