Highgrove House Country Hotel, Restaurant, Spa and Farm – Proudly Privately South African Owned.
Highgrove House, situated on a 64 hectare farm, combines distinctive accommodation in Mpumalanga along with gourmet cuisine and a hideaway pastoral setting offering sweeping views over the Mpumalanga Lowveld valley. As the guest list for accommodation is limited to just sixteen people, personal service is assured.
The original Colonial Farmstead was constructed some time around the turn of the century and was renovated and revamped in 1990, when the exquisite accommodation suites were constructed, and was opened as a five star country hotel in 1991. The renovations have retained the character of the era whilst ensuring that today's discriminating guests luxuriate in modern comforts, with total privacy and personal service. Aged Jacaranda trees provide an enchanting entrance avenue. Fine collection of antiques and Persian carpets adorns the reception rooms, warmed by crackling fires when winter’s chill sets in.
Kathy Russell purchased Highgrove House in 2008 after spending one night. She fell in love with the avenue of Jacaranda trees, the surrounding forests married to the English Colonial ambience and great food. Highgrove House is situated on a 64 hectare farm that produces Avocados, Macadamia Nuts and Raw honey. Being a city girl from Johannesburg, Kathy traded in her high heels for gum boots as she ventured into farming territory unknown. She learned about the importance of bees and became a bee-keeper in order to maintain a healthy balance in the Highgrove environment as well as produce her own honey. The outdoor activities make an interesting juxtaposition to the luxurious environment of the Hotel itself. Having had a background in wedding and event planning, she has a natural flair for hospitality and luxury. Kathy has also used her knowledge of beauty therapy having studied and qualified with an international certificate, to open the spa at Highgrove.