Fordoun Spa Hotel

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Fordoun, situated in the rolling hills of Nottingham Road in the KZN Midlands, was created and is managed with the goal that every guest should leave feeling uplifted, positive and relieved of stress.
This award winning Spa and Boutique Hotel was converted from an old farmyard and dairy, were as a Destination Spa, the underlying philosophy is that Fordoun focuses on positive energy and the enjoyment of life. Allowing guests the opportunity to make choices for themselves, in an environment that embraces what Africa offers them in a personal and intimate setting.

Fordoun’s Fine dining Restaurant, Skye Bistro, is spearheaded by Chef Lorenzo Giliomee. He utilizes Fresh local produce and vegetables from the property’s own heirloom Garden and Farm Village. Coupling the ingredients with imagination and different flavors ensures that the guest’s culinary experience is a delightful event.
New to Fordoun is the Farm Village, which was built with the purpose of tapping into the Agri Tourism, family leisure, conferencing and wedding market. The magnificent venue boasts panoramic views of the Drakensberg Mountains, in a tranquil country setting. Its an environment where the feeling of relaxation and romance is almost palpable. Nine luxurious self-catering chalets provide ample accommodation for thirty guests. The Multi Functional Venue, is a state of the art facility that can hold of to 250 people, that combines a visually breathtaking spectacle while at the same time offering practicality and convenience to the guest.

A glance at the guest comments book tells the story.“I could not have believed that 5 minutes from the N3 I would find utter peace and tranquility, as if I was in another world. From the staff to the ambiance, everything works towards helping one to ‘chill out’,” wrote one recent guest.

The farm dates back to the 1800s and has been in the Bates family since the late 1940s, when Sir George and Lady Usher moved from England to their new home, where they established a thriving dairy farm. The picturesque hotel and spa were constructed from the farm’s original dairy and farmyard buildings, some of which date back to the late 1880s and were the homestead of settler William Taylor. The stonework and yellow wood beams have been carefully preserved and incorporated into the modern buildings, and the spectacular floatation tank was once a grain silo. In the grounds there is an ancient oak tree, which is said to have offered shade to the coffin of the Prince Imperial, Eugene Napoleon, who was killed before the battle of Ulundi in 1879, bringing to an end the Napoleonic dynasty.

Another fascinating character at Fordoun is Traditional Doctor Elliot Ndlovu, traditional healer (he is both an Inyanga or medicinal healer and Sangoma or spiritual healer), herbalist and ethnobotanist, who has a longstanding relationship with Fordoun’s founder, Jon Bates. Together they have developed a range of products made from indigenous plants traditionally used by sangomas for healing. The products, made for both men and women, are Fordoun’s signature range. Dr Ndlovu, who has a herbal garden at Fordoun and continues to operate as a traditional healer in the area, also consults and advises spa guests.
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