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Thatched Rondavels (From R550 /night.)

Sleeps 2 people, 1 Bedroom.

The layout of these three rondavels is identical, with queen ... size beds which are made up by two single beds. Tea or coffee is provided in all rooms. The en-suite bathroom has a bath/shower, washbasin and toilet. Heaters and electric blankets on request.

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Bedroom 1

1 Queen

From R550 /night
Good Breakfast included

Room 10 Zulu (From R550 /night.)

Sleeps 3 people, 1 Bedroom.

Deluxe rondavel with a queen-size bed (or twins) and a ... single bed for a child. En-suite bathroom with a bath, separate shower, washbasin and toilet.Heaters and electric blankets on request.

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Bedroom 1

1 Queen, 1 Single

From R550 /night
Good Breakfast included

Thatched en-suite cottage (From R550 /night.)

Sleeps 4 people, 1 Bedroom.

Cottage with 4 single beds, large en-suite bathroom with shower/bath, ... washbasin and toilet. Heaters and electric blankets on request.

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Bedroom 1

4 Single

From R550 /night
Good Breakfast included

Back to Back Cottage (From R550 /night.)

Sleeps 2 people, 1 Bedroom.

These rooms have queen size beds made up of 2 ... single beds. Bathroom with bathtub/shower combination. Heaters and electric blankets on request.

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Bedroom 1

2 Single

From R550 /night
Good Breakfast included
TV
Breakfast included
Bath towels
Linen
Covid-19 Certified
Swimming Pool
Dining Area
Tea and coffee facilities

Welcome to your home away from home! The Willow Grange Country Hotel, in the Heart of the Majestic Drakensberg. Also, KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields. Furthermore, The Willow Grange Country Hotel is committed to your comfort.

Moreover, situated in the heart of the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Also, located in the Inkosi Langalibele municipal area. Additionally, this area lies amidst the rolling foothills of the Drakensberg, under the shadow of the sleeping giant of the Drakensberg Peak Giant’s Castle.

It embraces the towns of Estcourt, Weenen, Winterton and Bergville, and also, the informal settlements of Cornfields, Thembalihle, Mimosadale and numerous settlements around Weenen, with unspoiled verdant hills of bushveld between these residential areas.

The areas around this hotel was developed as stopover points for ox-wagons.

In Room Facilities:

ACCOMMODATION:
The facilities of the Willow Grange Country Hotel include ten comfortable rondavels. Each of these has en-suite bathrooms.

THATCHED RONDAVELS:
There are three of these rooms:
Firstly, Room 1 BAPEDI
Also, Room 4 SEKWATI.
Finally, Room 7 BASUTO
The layout of these three rondavels are identical, with twin queen size beds which are made up as a double bed, or two single beds. Tea or coffee is provided in all rooms. The en-suite bathroom has a bath/shower, washbasin and toilet. Heaters or Electric blankets are available on request.

ROOM 10 ZULU
This is our large de-lux thatched rondavel. This rondavel, which overlooks the swimming pool, Is larger than the other rondavels also with twin queen size beds made up as a double or two single beds. An extra bed can be brought in. The walk-in dressing room leads into the bathroom with a bath, separate shower, washbasin and toilet. Heater or electric blankets are available on request for those cold winter nights.

THATCHED EN-SUITE ROOMS:
Firstly, Room 2 NDEBELE and Room 3 PONDO.

These two are large adjoining family rooms with up to 4 beds each on request, large en-suite bathroom with shower/bath, washbasin and toilet.

BACK-TO-BACK ROOMS:
Room 5 BANTWANI and Room 6 BAPAI,
Room 8 XHOSA and Room 9 SWAZI.
These rooms have twin queen size beds made up as double beds or single beds with tea or coffee provided. The bathrooms all have a bath/shower, washbasin and toilet. Heaters and electric blankets on request.

The rooms have a maid cleaning service, bathroom amenities, coffee and tea making facilities and a small sitting room area.

Area Information:

ESTCOURT -
Estcourt central business district is a busy hub of commercial activity with many chain retail stores as well as local businesses doing a roaring trade. The council have provided ample parking for shoppers and the biggest bonus is that there are no parking metres in town. Another bonus for shoppers is the fact that the Uthuke!a District Council has provided a small army of guards to safeguard the business people of Inkosi Langalibele and their valuable customers. These security guards have ensured that criminals are scarce and so shoppers can browse around town safe in the knowledge that they are well protected. The Council has welcomed the arrival of the guards in town and the local police statistics reveal that crime in the CBD has dropped significantly since they were introduced.

Situated in the Drakensview residential area is the small Hillside shopping complex, which has a supermarket and various other stores, for the convenience of those who prefer to stay out of the centre of town. It also has plenty of parking with security guards on hand, night and day.

HISTORY:
In February 1948, the Governor of the Cape, Sir Harry Smith authorised the establishment of a military post on the Bushman’s River. This was largely due to complaints from the settlers of cattle raids by the Bushman. In fact, a small force under a Captain Campbell had already established a military post on the banks of the river just below the present fort.

The Settlement, still known as Bushman’s River Drift, was boosted in 1850 with an influx of Byrne Settlers and the name was changed to Estcourt to honour Thomas Henry Sutton Estcourt who had played a significant role in the Byrne Emigration Scheme.

Willow Grange Country Hotel activities: Fort Durnford
Fort Durnford: Source: Drakensberg Experience

Fort Durnford was constructed as a frontier post after alarm caused by the Langalibalele Rebellion in 1873. Major Antony Durnford of the Colonial Engineers selected the site and possibly also designed it Certainly his signature is on the plans. Today the Fort is the home of the Estcourt Museum.

By the end of 1885, the railway from the coast had reached Estcourt and it helped convey an influx of treasure-seekers the following year responding to reports of gold being found in the area. ‘Gold at Estcourt’ read a headline in the Natal Witness of October 16, 1886. But there was no gold to be found and the dreams of fortune faded.

THE SOUTH AFRICAN OR ANGLO BOER WAR
The Boers surrounded Estcourt at the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War In October 1899. This led to the battle of Willowgrange. It was fought to the south of Estcourt and marked the furthest foray by the Boers into Natal. As the war progressed, many thousands of British soldiers began to arrive and were temporarily encamped at Estcourt It was during a reconnaissance towards Colenso on an armoured train that led to the capture of Winston Churchill, a young correspondent for the Morning Post. He later escaped from Pretoria and returned to Natal via Mozan1bique. He came back to Estcourt to cover the Siege and Relief of Ladysmith.

Estcourt proclamation as a township took place in 1905. By 1914 the town qualified to become a Borough and R.M. Drummond was elected the town’s first mayor. The Borough Council continued to operate until the fom1ation of the Estcourt/Wembezi Transitional Local Council. Made up of Forty members sworn in on February 19, 1995. Dawood Vahed was elected mayor. Elections were held in 1996. This led to a reduction in the number of councillors only 12.

Furthermore, the municipalities of uMThezi and Imbazama were later merged to become Inkosi Langalibele Local Municipality.

MORE ABOUT FORT DURNFORD
The Fort strategically placed on an eminence above the old military post at the drift represents a substantially rectangular structure of local sandstone, with walls two feet thick rising approximately thirty feet. Also, there are two square towers, one to the South East and one to the North West. Additionally, there are heavily barred windows throughout and numerous loopholes. The original windows had a design of heavy iron shutters turning on hinges spiked to the walls, for closure when not manned.

inside the building, a stone-paved hall gives entry to the body of the Fort, with guard, barrack and storerooms. Off a side passage, originally closed by a grille and probably used for prisoners. Additionally, there are doors to a vaulted powder-magazine and offices.

Other items of interest include an underground tank beneath the floor of one of the rooms and in the ground floor of the North-West Tower the remains of a pit from which two “secret” tunnels allegedly lead. One tunnel heads north-west towards the military post at the drift and one north· east exiting from the hillside. This would have been useful for bringing in supplies or alternatively providing a means of escape.

Today the fort is the home of the Estcourt Museum. It also houses an amazing collection of bird’s eggs donated by Godfrey Symons.

OTHER ESTCOURT ATTRACTIONS:
BLOUKRANS MEMORIAL(1938)
Many Voortrekker families were killed here following the murder of Piet Relief by the Zulus in February 1838. There is a memorial on the site.

AUGUSTINIAN CHAPEL(1929)
The Chapel can be found at the end of Victoria Street in Estcourt Town. Estcourt became the cradle of the Augustinian Order· in Natal in 1891.

BRYNBELLA-WI LLOWGRANGE
The site of the southernmost battle of the Anglo· Boer War, some lOkm from Estcourt on the old Estcourt/Mooi River road.

CHIEVELY MILITARY CEMETARY
In this cemetery, set among the trees, Freddy, the son of Lord Roberts, lies buried.

ST. MATTHEWS ANGLICAN CHURCH
The first part of the Church was built in 1882. In 1959 the Nave was doubled in length

and the Tower was built as a memorial to those who had fallen in the war.

OLD CIVIC BUILDINGS
Originally built as the agricultural hall, this is now the home for the Bushman’s River Tourism Association.

THE FIRST GOVERNMENT SCHOOL Built circa 1886. The first scholars were admitted on 2 August 1886. It is located in
Alexandra Street in Estcourt, and is now known as The Estcourt Secondary School.

Property Facilities:

THE FACILITIES OF THE WILLOW GRANGE HOTEL -
ACCOMMODATION:
The facilities of the Willow Grange Country Hotel include ten comfortable rondavels. Each of these has en-suite bathrooms.

THATCHED RONDAVELS:
There are three of these rooms:
Firstly, Room 1 BAPEDI
Also, Room 4 SEKWATI.
Finally, Room 7 BASUTO
The layout of these three rondavels is identical, with twin queen size beds which are made up as a double bed, or two single beds. Tea or coffee is provided in all rooms. The en-suite bathroom has a bath/shower, washbasin and toilet. Heaters or Electric blankets are available on request.

ROOM 10 ZULU:
This is our large de-lux thatched rondavel. This rondavel, which overlooks the swimming pool, Is larger than the other rondavels also with twin queen size beds made up as a double or two single beds. An extra bed can be brought in. The walk-in dressing room leads into the bathroom with a bath, separate shower, washbasin and toilet. Heater or electric blankets are available on request for those cold winter nights.

THATCHED EN-SUITE ROOMS:
Firstly, Room 2 NDEBELE and Room 3 PONDO.

These two are large adjoining family rooms with up to 4 beds each on request, large en-suite bathroom with shower/bath, washbasin and toilet.

BACK-TO-BACK ROOMS:
Room 5 BANTWANI and Room 6 BAPAI,
Room 8 XHOSA and Room 9 SWAZI.
These rooms have twin queen size beds made up as double beds or single beds with tea or coffee provided. The bathrooms all have a bath/shower, washbasin and toilet. Heaters and electric blankets on request.

Willow Grange Country Hotel Facilities: Dining Room.

OTHER FACILITIES:
This hotel has a sparkling pool. Moreover, a substantial dining room and pub that reflects the history of the area. Furthermore, it flows out into a significant outside veranda area, with stunning views of the bushveld of the region. Sufficient braai facilities are also provided.

The sizeable veranda of the Willow Grange Hotel.
Additionally, Willow Grange has two conference venues, which are also ideal for weddings.
This venue also has three dams, which offer excellent fishing.

Attractions:

On-Site Activities:

There are many Willow Grange activities for you to enjoy. The following is a list of Willow Grange activities:-

Safe kiddies playground;
Swimming pool;
Tennis court;
Outdoor sports on the front lawn;
Willow Grange activities include walks to the river;
Additionally, a TV Lounge;
Moreover, a bonfire area outside;
Fishing;
Quad Bike trails are an exciting way of exploring more of the property. (bring own quads); and
There is abundant bird life for enthusiastic bird watchers, who will also enjoy the peace and quiet of country living.

Off-site activities:

Willow Grange activities embrace soaring with the eagles on a cushion of warm air in a glider or a white-water rafting adrenaline rush, or alternately a sedate picnic and a snooze on a rug next to a meandering river.

Wagendrift Dam
WAGENDRIFT DAM
Things to do :

Water Skiing on Wagendrift Dam;
White water rafting on either the Bushmans River or the Thukela River;
Canoeing, kayaking, river board rafting;
Horse riding and horse trails;
Abseiling off nearby crags or the impressive Wagendrift Dam wall;
Game viewing – both day and night game drive;
Hunting – both plains and wing shooting;
Hiking trails – in the mountains, on game reserves and ranches;
Fishing – excellent trout and bass fishing on both rivers and dams;
Bird watching;
Mountain biking
4 X 4 trails and training courses
Picnic and braai facilities

Visit Zulu cultural villages and traditional healers, Umtshezi’s own traditional medicine nursery, theInkomfe Project, is a must-see in this category.
Buy local crafts and curios
Lastly, ” revisit the Anglo Boer War” and see the battlefields at Willow Grange, stop by at the site of the armoured train incident in Frere which led to the capture of Sir Winston Churchill, pay your respects at the Chievely Military Cemetary and the Clouston Memorial. No historical tou1 is complete without the experience of Fort Dumford Museum, a stately Fort built to defend the British against the might of the Zulu Nation and the San.
SOCIAL AND SPORTS CLUB
The Estcourt Golf Club – golf and squash;
Estcourt Athletics Club – running, walking and cycling;
Bushmans Country Club – cricket, rugby, darts;
Mathamo Polo Club – Polo and Polocrosse;
The Estcourt Angling Club;
Estcourt Aero Club – Light Aircraft, gliding flips and gliding tuition; and
Bowling Club.
NATURAL EXPERIENCES
WEENEN GAME RESERVE
A microcosm of the real African Bushveld experience lies Just 25kms from the town of Estcourt. This game reserve covers 5 000 ha of pristine bushveld and offers camping facilities as well as a cottage on a waterhole. Boasting rhino, giraffe and a wide variety of buck species, the visitor can also see over 250 types of birds.

MOOR PARK
This reserve is situated on the banks of the Bushman’s River and offers the day visitor a tranquil resting spot, to picnic and swim in the river. Popular for its rapids, tubing enthusiasts have much fun shooting down tl1e watercourse.

WAGENDRIFT DAM
A hub of activity over summer weekends and holiday periods, Wagendrift Dam is the place Estcourtonians go-to for fishing, water-skiing and boating. With the warmth of the sun on your skin, the cry of the fish eagle overhead and your toes in the cool, clear water, many agree that life can’t get much better than this. This dam offers great campsites for camping enthusiasts and a youth centre for large educational groups.

DRAKENSBERG
Some 30-minute drive will take you to the nearby Drakensberg, the nearest valley’s being Giant’s Castle, Injasuthi and the Cathkin and Champagne Valleys.

PIETERMARITZBURG
The new Liberty Mall at Pietermaritzburg, an hour away, offers all the trendiest shops, restaurants and cinemas too.

ESTCOURT
Estcourt central business district is a busy hub of commercial activity with many chain retail stores as well as local businesses doing a roaring trade. The council have provided ample parking for shoppers and the biggest bonus is that there are no parking metres in town’ Another bonus for shoppers is the fact that the Uthuke!a District Council has provided a small army of guards to safeguard the business people of Inkosi Langalibele and their valuable customers. These security guards have ensured that criminals are scarce and so shoppers can browse around town safe in the knowledge that they are well protected. The Council has welcomed the arrival of the guards in town and the local police statistics reveal that crime in the CBD has dropped significantly since they were introduced.

Situated in the Drakensview residential area is the small Hillside shopping complex, which has a supermarket and various other stores, for the convenience of those who prefer to stay out of the centre of town. It also has plenty of parking with security guards on hand, night and day.

HISTORY
In February 1948, the Governor of the Cape, Sir Harry Smith authorised the ‘establishment of a military post on the Bushman’s River, This was largely due to complaints from the settlers of cattle raids by the Bushman. In fact, a small force under a Captain Campbell had already established a military post on the banks of the river just below the present fort.

The Settlement, still known as Bushman’s River Drift, was boosted in 1850 with an influx of Byrne Settlers and the name was changed to Estcourt to honour Thomas Henry Sutton Estcourt who had played a significant role in the Byrne Emigration Scheme.

Willow Grange Country Hotel activities : Fort Durnford
Fort Durnford: Source: Drakensberg Experience

Fort Durnford was constructed as a frontier post after alarm caused by the Langalibalele Rebellion in 1873. Major Antony Durnford of the Colonial Engineers selected the site and possibly also designed it Certainly his signature is on the plans. Today the Fort is the home of the Estcourt Museum.

By the end of 1885, the railway from the coast had reached Estcourt and it helped convey an influx of treasure-seekers the following year responding to reports of gold being found in the area. ‘Gold at Estcourt’ read a headline in the Natal Witness of October 16, 1886. But there was no gold to be found and the dreams of fortune faded.

THE SOUTH AFRICAN OR ANGLO BOER WAR
The Boers surrounded Estcourt at the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War In October 1899. This led to the battle of Willowgrange. It was fought to the south of Estcourt and marked the furthest foray by the Boers into Natal. As the war progressed, many thousands of British soldiers began to arrive and were temporarily encamped at Estcourt It was during a reconnaissance towards Colenso on an armoured train that led to the capture of Winston Churchill, a young correspondent for the Morning Post. He later escaped from Pretoria and returned to Natal via Mozan1bique. He came back to Estcourt to cover the Siege and Relief of Ladysmith.

Estcourt proclamation as a township took place in 1905. By 1914 the town qualified to become a Borough and R.M. Drummond was elected the town’s first mayor. The Borough Council continued to operate until the fom1ation of the Estcourt/Wembezi Transitional Local Council. Made up of Forty members sworn in on February 19, 1995. Dawood Vahed was elected mayor. Elections were held in 1996. This led to a reduction in the number of councillors only 12.

Furthermore, the municipalities of uMThezi and Imbazama were later merged to become Inkosi Langalibele Local Municipality.

MORE ABOUT FORT DURNFORD
The Fort strategically placed on an eminence above the old military post at the drift represents a substantially rectangular structure of local sandstone, with walls two feet thick rising approximately thirty feet. Also, there are two square towers, one to the South East and one to the North West. Additionally, there are heavily barred windows throughout and numerous loopholes. The original windows had a design of heavy iron shutters turning on hinges spiked to the walls, for closure when not manned.

inside the building, a stone-paved hall gives entry to the body of the Fort, with guard, barrack and storerooms. Off a side passage, originally closed by a grille and probably used for prisoners. Additionally, there are doors to a vaulted powder-magazine and offices.

Other items of interest include an underground tank beneath the floor of one of the rooms and in the ground floor of the North-West Tower the remains of a pit from which two “secret” tunnels allegedly lead. One tunnel heads north-west towards the military post at the drift and one north· east exiting from the hillside. This would have been useful for bringing in supplies or alternatively providing a means of escape.

Today the fort is the home of the Estcourt Museum. It also houses an amazing collection of bird’s eggs donated by Godfrey Symons.

OTHER ESTCOURT ATTRACTIONS:
BLOUKRANS MEMORIAL(1938)
Many Voortrekker families were killed here following the murder of Piet Relief by the Zulus in February 1838. There is a memorial on the site.

AUGUSTINIAN CHAPEL(1929)
The Chapel can be found at the end of Victoria Street in Estcourt Town. Estcourt became the cradle of the Augustinian Order· in Natal in 1891.

BRYNBELLA-WI LLOWGRANGE
The site of the southernmost battle of the Anglo· Boer War, some lOkm from Estcourt on the old Estcourt/Mooi River road.

CHIEVELY MILITARY CEMETARY
In this cemetery, set among the trees, Freddy, the son of Lord Roberts, lies buried.

ST. MATTHEWS ANGLICAN CHURCH
The first part of the Church was built in 1882. In 1959 the Nave was doubled in length

and the Tower was built as a memorial to those who had fallen in the war.

OLD CIVIC BUILDINGS
Originally built as the agricultural hall, this is now the home for the Bushman’s River Tourism Association.

THE FIRST GOVERNMENT SCHOOL Built circa 1886. The first scholars were admitted on 2 August 1886. It is located in
Alexandra Street in Estcourt, and is now known as The Estcourt Secondary School.

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Johannes mthombeni
28 December 2019

They are very good and understanding place very clean food top notch humble service workers are respectful

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Estcourt Reviews

Imran Haffejee
07 February 2019

Quiet town

Okay. 3 out of 5
mishell radebe
16 October 2018

Beautiful landscape, clean and friendly helpful community. We visited the HLUBE annual pilgrimage.

Superb. 5 out of 5