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Kings Walden

Kings Walden

Kings Walden Garden Manor is a boutique hotel in Limpopo Province near the South African town of Tzaneen. Set in the lush Agatha Hills, this grand home was previously the residence of the well-known South African Hilton-Barber family and was part of a vast productive estate. The family photographs still hang on the walls, and the history of the estate is captured in the pages of a book by Bridget Hilton-Barber called Garden of my Ancestors.

The manor was resurrected from its near ruin state by Steven Jacobs and his wife, Sophie Minette. The couple have since returned to their home in Belgium, leaving the hotel in the capable hands of Billy and Minette McKechnie. The McKechnie’s come to Kings Walden fresh from successful stints at a 5-star lodge in Botswana and a stylish eatery in Cape Town. Their enthusiasm and talent have taken the hotel and its menu to new heights.

Kings Walden is beautifully decorated and furnished with sharp contemporary touches that manage to celebrate the house’s splendorous past. The gardens are large and well established, and the swimming pool beckons at the end of a warm day.

Guest accommodation is in six luxury rooms, each offering extra-length king size beds, fireplace, sitting area, and spacious showers and baths. Each room opens to the gardens so the gentle breezes make the rooms ever more pleasant. All the rooms sleep two adults except room #3, which sleeps three.

Meals at Kings Walden show a deft touch. Billy McKechnie combines delicious ingredients from around the world with the freshest, local, organic produce. Whether it is breakfast or a delicious candle-lit dinner, Billy will keep your taste-buds hopping with his unique creations and excellent selection of South African wines.

Kings Walden is the perfect stop-over on the way to the iconic Kruger National Park. Also in the area is the Palace of the Modjadji, the Rain Queen of the indigenous peoples. The Giant Baobab tree on Sunland Farm is also worth visiting (although the pub cut into the center of the tree is nothing special).

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