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Steynshoop Mountain Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hekpoort B&B and Inns
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We booked Kashan for a two night chill out before returning home following a busy few weeks moving around S Africa - and what a chill out it was. There is little to say about the place, the rooms, the pool and the food that has not already been said. It more than met our expectations. it is a superb place to stay and we would love to return. Adriaan and Paulina took care of us during our stay and could not have been more attentive and helpful, I just hope the owners know what brilliant staff they have. How to choose the best moment? The early morning swim in the divine pool, watching baboons play as we ate breakfast, watching thousands of butterflies pass by, enjoying the lovely food carefully prepared and presented - so difficult except to say that it is the best of the best in terms of hospitality and welcome. Not to be missed if you get the opportunity to book - just do it!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

This is the place to be for a relaxing weekend in a silence mountain area. You can just sit in the garden and enjoy the fantastic views or do the hiking up to the peaks - it takes around 45 minutes and you will feel that you are the only one on the earth. And the animals like monkeys, frogs and birds are very interesting to look, listen to and explore.
I have to mention that this place is so well kept in every detail.
We can really really recommend this for couples who want to relax and come to a quiet place without any disturbing.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gaborone, Botswana
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

Fantastic location on the slopes of the Magaliesberg, and a beautiful property with thatched roof and lovely ambience. Wonderful views. Two nature trails/hikes from the house - we did one, signposting could have been better but great opportunity to visit the top of the range. Staff were friendly and service was good. Only slight criticism was on the food: generally it was good, and nice to see wines being served at a reasonable rate when a lot of places tend to rip you off, but our request for vegetarian - which was met - seemed to be treated as 'weird and exotic' by the staff, and some of the food preparation for the veggies was a 'little too well done'. All in all, great place for a long weekend to escape from the city.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

I attended a work conference at Kashan in January 2012. The conference facilities are great, and the environment is superb for innovative thinking and collaboration.

After a long day of work it is wonderful to relax by the pool, sipping a glass of proudly South
African wine, admiring the Magaliesberg mountain range. Next time I shall take my hiking shoes...

The dining is "masterchef" like, and nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
The rooms are very comfortable and I wanted to take the pillows home with me.

Whether for work or play, this is an upmarket establishment that promotes relaxation and well-being.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 21, 2011

We decided to stay somewhere very near Johannesburg airport for a few days immediately after the 11 hour flight so that we could unwind immediately before heading off to more distant attractions in South Africa. We knew next to nothing about the Magliesberg mountain range area and thought we'd be staying somewhere nice but not really a destination in its own right. Kashan Lodge in particular and the Magliesberg area in general totally exceeded our expectations on every count and is most definitely on our list of places to go back to on our next trip to South Africa.

The lodge has a magnificent setting halfway up a mountain with stunning views up and down. You could spend the whole day just looking at the view and watching the colours change. The accommodation is very comfortable and utterly relaxing. There is loads to see in the area and we particularly liked the nearby elephant and cheetah sanctuary/research centres. The food at Kashan is FANTASTIC and we thought much better than another very well-known hotel nearby. The birdlife totally blew me away and, above all, the people running the place could not have more friendly or welcoming. We only spent three nights there and were very, very sorry to leave and wished we had spent double that time there.

It's definitely on my list for a revisit. A perfect way to start a South African holiday if you're flying to Johannesburg.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Steynshoop Mountain Lodge
Address: Portion 1 of Farm Steynshoop 456JQ, Hekpoort 2800, South Africa (Formerly Kashan Country House)
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Hekpoort
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Hekpoort
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steynshoop Mountain Lodge is a luxury house on a private estate, beautifully situated on an elevated site in the scenic Magaliesberg valley near Hekpoort. It has superb views of the magnificent mountain range, cliffs and bush surroundings of the Magaliesberg Nature Reserve, of which it forms part. The lodge's bedrooms are all en-suite and luxuriously appointed with air-conditioning, DSTV and DVD players. Many of our guests comment that it has a uniquely “Out of Africa” feel. It is an exclusive and intimate guest lodge with understated, elegant interiors. The lodge, an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, falls within a world heritage site. Guests have access to a kilometre of the magnificent mountain range on the estate, for walks and hiking. Arrangements may be made for longer hikes over the adjoining extensive area owned by the Mountain Club of South Africa which includes famous sites such as the Castle Gorge (provided that they are accompanied by a guide from the lodge). The entire estate is situated within the proclaimed Magaliesberg Nature Reserve. It is full of natural bush vegetation, including thousands of wild protea trees, and has extensive natural game including bush buck, nyala, mountain reedbuck, warthogs, baboons, monkeys and leopard. Birdlife is extensive. There are frequent sightings of eagles and vultures from a nearby cliff colony. Jackal and hyena cries, baboon barks and sounds of the surrounding wildlife are prolific. Steynshoop Mountain Lodge provides the ideal break from city life and stress - drift off to the sounds of the African bush and awaken to a chorus of birds. Enjoy a quiet drink and look out for Nyala, bushbuck or mountain reedbuck coming to drink at the game waterhole, overlooked by the gazebo. If you wish to discover totally private tranquillity with superior service Steynshoop Mountain Lodge is a rare find. ... more   less 
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