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“Delightful dining experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of De Hoek Country Hotel

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De Hoek Country Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Magaliesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Centurion, South Africa
1 review
“Delightful dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

If ever you are looking to experience something different and awesome this is the best place to have a very special and delicious lunch. The service was excellent the attention to detail was asstounding and the food, well the food was absolutely delightful! I will recommend anyone to take the drive out to Magalies and to go to be swept away in the country style. The ambience: So stylish and sophisticated but at the same time warm and welcoming. Really great. Thanks to all the staff for their great service.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jolanda J
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

We spent two nights at a conference at this superb gem of a hotel. It has a beautiful tanquil setting and with only 20 rooms the service is outstanding. The attentive staff made our stay totally fabulous. The dinners were, long and leisurely and delicious, however people are in conference all day, the dinners were a little too long and leisurely as delegates were tired and wanted to get back to their rooms before the early start the next day. If you looking for activities, there are very few namely archery. It is well stocked with interesting books and magazines. The rooms are very nice and had everything I could ask for. I do think that the decor may need updating if compared to other similar hotels in the area. Gardens beautifully maintained. I would recommend this for a small conference or week-end getaway anytime.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank YasminaJohannesburg
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

Yesterday my wife surprised me with a birthday lunch at De Hoek where we were joined by close friends and had an excellent lunch in the garden.

From being warmly greeted on arrival and the welcoming complimentary cocktails, through to a short but well-balanced table d’ôte menu and very attentive service it was a memorable meal.

The food was good – with small, tasty and well-presented portions and with discrete but attentive service.

Definitely a “go back to” and highly recommended as a close country retreat for Jo’burgers who would like a little bit of opulence now and again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank alan j
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

The hotel is classy and tranquil. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and are kept in great condition. The staff are on top form - always attentive, friendly and professional, and the food is superb. The conferencing facilities are also top-notch.

From check-in to checkout, its always a great experience for a business conference or a romantic weekend away.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Antony S
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Lanseria, South Africa
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60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

My wife spoiled me for fathers day and took me out for lunch to De Hoek Country House situated at the foothills of the Magaliesburg Mountains. This is a side of the Magliesburg I had never visited and I must say I will return and definitely consider De Hoek as a place to stay. The winding roads leading to De Hoek are very picturesque and one gets the feeling that you are truly in the mountains without the overplayed touristy vibe. The restaurant is superb with huge wooden gables and has a distinctly Swiss charisma with heavy wooden furniture and luxury finishes all round. My only criticism is that the giant fireplace didn't have a crackling log fire as the day was particularly chilly which meant we had to dine with our jackets on.

The table d'hote menu allowed one a sumptuous choice of cold appetisers, soup or warm hors d'ouevres, followed by a lemon sorbet, a choice of entrees including fillet, roast pork belly an line fish which is rounded off by a choice of desert trios. The wines on offer are extensive and some of South Africa's rare award winners can be found there, albeit at a bit of a premium.

On arrival we were offered a welcome drink and both opted for Glühwein which was prepared perfectly and warmed us up nicely - not to mention adding to the Swiss Ski Lodge atmosphere. Both my wife and I had the veal parmigiano risotto as an hors d' oevre and it was simply sublime! After our lemon sorbet had cleared the palate we both chose the herb encrusted fillét with mash and rattartoulie which was cooked to perfection. For desert, my wife chose the trio of creme brûlées of which she only enjoyed the classic vanilla & caramel, but then again she is not a desert person, I can attest the other two, coffee and passion fruit, were just as delicious. I selected the trio of baked puddings which consisted of bread and butter pudding, Malva pudding and a chocolate brownie with ice cream, all of which were fantastic and sweetly rounded off this gourmet meal.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Swissfly
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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94 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

My team and I spent 2 days and 1 night at De Hoek last week. It's a great place for a small conference. I believe that there are around 20 rooms, so unless you are sharing with your colleagues, 20 would be the max for an overnight conference.

The conference room was nice and big, and in a beautiful setting. The tea and coffee / waters / snacks etc provided were all of a good standard, and the staff were very helpful and dedicated in making our stay as perfect as possible.

We had a great set menu for dinner, which was beautifully cooked. I really enjoyed the cheese souffle especially!

The rooms are all very nicely decorated, in a classic, homely style. They are spacious, and have comfortable beds. I would have liked to spend more time relaxing in the room!

Check the directions before driving to de Hoek - i relied on my GPS which took me on a rather roundabout way. The directions provided by De Hoek are much better!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SH27380
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South Africa
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2012

My husband and I enjoy the odd escape to the countryside combined with a touch of luxury! This place does it all for us, from the peaceful babble of the river, the wind in the abundant tall trees, interesting menu, great wines & comfortable suites. The staff are friendly and service is excellent. Book a picnic down by the river if you arrive at lunch time, take running shoes and run around the area or simply a good book to read while lying by the pool. We listened to a series of talks on the iPad and found this setting to be ideal for discussion & affirmation, so enjoyable! We'll definitely be back for our 5th visit soon!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Tryscorer
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Additional Information about De Hoek Country Hotel

Property: De Hoek Country Hotel
Address: Portion 7 | Zeekoehoek, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Magaliesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Magaliesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — De Hoek Country Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A well known five star property situated just outside of Magaliesburg, approximately an hour from Johannesburg. This magnificent hotel boasts cuisine extraordinaire, freshly prepared for you by Swiss-trained Master Chef and co-owner, Michael Holenstein. On-site activities include archery, mountain rambles, lawn croquet, boule and swimming. De Hoek is the epitome of what an escape to a country house should be. Great location, excellent food, and serene surroundings. ... more   less 
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