Defying the conventional, a place where excellence is the standard and expectations are to be exceeded as a matter of course.
Written by Ilené Slabber
Sleeping in a barn has never been more pleasant! It’s time to discover a place that’s hidden from Johannesburg’s hustle and bustle – a place that will not only restore you energy, but also bring back you zest for life.
People living in cities more often have the desire to get away from the rush. To break away from the everyday city life and to recharge somewhere quiet, where tranquillity is in abundance – if only for a weekend. Unfortunately visiting most of those destinations require quite some travelling. And who wants to spend even more time in the car after a week’s traffic jams, right? Gauteng, your weekend destination of pure bliss awaits… and it’s closer than you think!
Located on the grounds of the exclusive and very secure 230 acre Waterfall Country Equestrian Estate (a mere 30 minutes’ drive form OR Tambo International Airport and only 10 minutes north of the Sandton CBD), lies Tintswalo Waterfall – a boutique hotel with spectacular views across the pristine fields, the estate dams and the distant Magaliesburg Mountains.
Inside the thick, stone-clad wall of this barn-styled yet chic establishment, are 16 spacious and beautifully appointed suites, all elegantly rounded off with custom designed furnishings. All rooms are individually decorated to the colours and characteristics of specific horse breeds, offering en-suite bathrooms and quaint balconies with views of the Estate dam or polo fields. One simply cannot help but to get lost between all the supreme luxuries, such as under-floor heating, heated towel rails, opulent king size beds under fine linen, and marble floors, to name but a few. Service is, of course, nothing short of outstanding, and the same goes to say the cuisine. Start the day with a delectable breakfast while overlooking the polo field. Dinner focuses on quality, as the Freedom Restaurant’s state-of-the-art kitchen staff offers fresh and innovative 5-stardishes, elegantly prepared and reflecting, modern and international influences. Guests can dine indoors or out on the lovely terrace. There is also a well-stocked wine cellar.
Johannesburg and its surrounds offers various cultural experiences that are readily available to the public. Highly recommended is a tour to Soweto, for a visit to the Regina Mundi Church, Sharpeville Memorial Site, or to drive past former president Nelson Mandela’s home. Those who feel a bit more adventurous can take a scenic drive to the nearby Cradle of Mankind, or visit the underground Sterkfontein Caves beneath the surround Magaliesburg mountains.
Should you prefer to stay at the hotel, you are more than welcome to make use of the full gymnasium on the estate, or simply be completely revitalised at the indulgent Waterfall Spa. Other facilities and activities Tintswalo at Waterfall has to offer, include a swimming pool, squash court, walking trails, elegant bar, lounge with fireplace and so much more.
Due to its location and beautiful surrounds, Tintswalo at Waterfall is a popular venue for weddings, corporate events, meetings, conferences, and the boardroom facilities cater for groups of up to 45 people. For the ultimate luxurious and intimate country experience with the finest cuisine and facilities, find your way to Tintswalo at Waterfall boutique hotel – you will soon realise that you have finally found your soothing out-