Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend post (Part 2)

Once we'd left Grant's aunt in Howick, we took the scenic route along the Midlands Meander.  We'd booked an overnight stay at Rawdon's Hotel.

Rawdons Hotel was built in 1956 by David Rawdon and was taken over by the Attwood family in 1967. The current owners, Don and Wendy Attwood, have handed the hotel over to their daughter Susan and husband, Peter Dean.  Rawdons is 4700ft above sea level, enjoys an excellent climate and is situated among some of the best farming areas and horse studs in South Africa. 

Rawdons Hotel is a welcome retreat for tourists and weekenders offering splendid a la carte, Table d’Hote and pub menus. The comfortable rooms are decorated with antiques that the family have collected over the years and one can choose from a number of suites including a romantic honeymoon hideaway. A top fly fishing destination, Rawdons boasts seven stocked dams on the 200 ha estate. The hotel also offers lawn tennis and quiet walking trails around the property for those not interested in fishing. A thriving independent brewery delights visitors with a range of naturally brewed ales and lagers of outstanding quality. pub, “The Boar” where, in winter, the fire crackles with warm welcoming hospitality.

 An olde-world hotel in the heart of the Natal Midlands
The view from our bedroom window 
The interior of the hotel was filled with beautiful antiques

It was refreshing to see an old-fashioned lounge with a reading area instead of an Internet Cafe corner
 A  beautifully carved fireplace caught my eye
We headed for the cozy pub for coffee and cake!

 Afterwards we walked along the lake and of course, I took photos of the birds. Above is a yellow-billed duck
My only photo of a Little Grebe in SA was of its back end!
A pair of Egyptian Geese on the jetty across the lake
 Red-knobbed Coot on a nest
That evening Rina and I dressed in our bling for dinner

I can't remember what I had for dinner, but the dessert was delicious! 

Today we're off to Home Affairs in Bethlehem to collect our new Identity Cards. When we return, I hope to start packing for our return to Tanzania.

Until then, you all have a wonderful weekend. 


  1. the place looks beautiful, but i'd probably remember that dessert, too!

  2. I liked the yellow-billed duck.

    I'll take the dessert too. Usually I skip it, but that looks fab.

  3. Hi Jo it's great to hear your news. That is a splendid hotel. The furnishings are wonderful and the view from your bedroom is marvellous. You will be sorry to leave S.A.. I hope the comment situation got sorted. I did check the last few posts and there are comments on them all. Have a great weekend.

  4. I was thoroughly enthralled with Rawdons until I saw desert. Is that Malva Pudding? Drool

  5. i love all the indoor photos. wow what a beautiful hotel. and you and your friend look great all dressed up.. the dessert has me drooling.. can't wait for you to get back home and post on the pups.

  6. I love that hotel inside and out! Furnished so beautifully. You sure know how to pick the right place for an overnight.

  7. Hi Jo
    This hotel looks fabulous!
    Africa always lived my remote dreams......but one day this will come true! And when that day comes, I will certainly remember your tips!

    Have a nice week Jo

    <°)))< Bia


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