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Mount Grace Country House & Spa

Magaliesburg, South Africa

The lovely entrance to Mount Grace in Magaliesburg, South Africa
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The Mount Grace Country House & SpaOnly an hour's drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, set high in the Magaliesburg Mountains in 10 acres of exquisite gardens, this gem of country house hotel has been a haven of tranquility and beauty for over 15 years, offering the best of South African rural life. Mount Grace Country House & Spa is ideal for the getaway couple.

The original hotel in the Grace Collection, Mount Grace is the foundation stone of a proud family tradition of hospitality excellence.

Rooms            For images of Mount Grace, click Mount Grace Images
Thatchstone Village
These rooms are closest to the main hotel and they are the original part of the hotel and are therefore older and decorated in a more "country style". They are close to all the amenities and facilities and overlook very pretty garden pathways.

Grace Village
These rooms are on either side of the pool and consist of 4 rooms per unit, two upstairs with thatched roofs and two below. They all have patios with lovely garden views. Their décor is warm and inviting and these rooms feel as if each room has been individually decorated. They are not too far from the main hotel, but tend to offer more privacy than Thatchstone Village.

Mountain Village
Comprises of Upper and Lower Mountain rooms which have recently been re-done to become part of the superior room type with Treetops. They are the most private of all the villages. They have exceptional views of the gardens and in some instances, the surrounding hills and Magliesburg countryside. Each unit is totally separate and consists of a spacious bedroom en suite with a separate shower as well as a sunken bath. All 14 rooms are uniform in décor and are equipped with mini bars, heated towel racks and other amenities. Although a leisurely walk from the hotel, they are favored by many for their privacy.

Treetops Village
latest addition is the ultimate in luxury! Situated a fair distance from the hotel they nestle in a ravine filled with bird life and forestry. Accessible on foot or by golf carts, there are 15 rooms in total, each with a balcony/patio and a living area within the bedroom. The bathrooms are generously proportioned with heated floors and towel racks, a window the length of the bath with wooden blinds, separate shower and many extra luxuries as well as a walk-in dressing room and mini bar. The décor is exquisitely stylish, yet in keeping with the relaxed country feel of the rest of Mount Grace.

Hotel facilities
Gift shop
Hartleys bar and billiard room
Café Complet
Daily newspapers
Monthly classic music concerts
Family Fun
Copperfield Grill - seats 140 guests, buffet style restaurant
The Stoep - seats 35 guests, sophisticated a la carte restaurant

Spa and Wellness Sanctuary

Mount Grace in Magaliesburg includes a Spa and Wellness Sanctuary opened in August 2002. Conceived for the renewal of body, mind and spirit, the Spa complements the unique peace and beauty of Mount Grace and its natural environment, providing a total de-stressing experience.

The Grace offers a range of luxurious health and spa treatments, including hydrotherapy, massage, body wraps, and skin care treatments. Allow the therapists to spend time with you to create an individualized program that ensures total wellness of body, mind and soul.

Book an individual treatment or choose one of our specialized spa packages, ranging in duration from two hours of bliss to seven days of pure indulgence.

The Spa at Mount Grace
The thatch-roofed, natural stone spa complex has been built away from the main hotel in Mountain Village to ensure peace and tranquility. Surrounded by Mount Grace’s magnificent gardens and natural bush, this is truly a destination spa experience.

Hydrotherapy Spa Garden
Take time to enjoy the healing and relaxing benefits of water therapy in the outdoor Hydrotherapy Spa Garden, featuring a heated jacuzzi pool, a refreshing waterfall and the Elixir Liquid Sound Flotation Pool designed for floating.

Spa Café
Located on the veranda, the Spa Café is open during spa hours for refreshments and light meals. Kindly inform the staff in advance if you wish to follow a detoxifying diet.

Dining and Cuisine

For almost two decades, Mount Grace has been known for its generous, country style buffets, epitomized by its famous Sunday lunches which are served in "Copperfield Grill" and outside on the Sundeck.

The Stoep is Mount Grace's newest restaurant. An a la Carte restaurant set in an enclosed portion of the farm style veranda, it is an elegant restaurant that offers an uncompromisingly sophisticated menu, in an intimate atmosphere. The Stoep breathes romance, elegance and consummate care in its every detail, making it the perfect venue for a special occasion.

The Stoep was created to complement the hotel's original restaurant, Copperfield Grill, which will continue to serve its generous, country style buffets, epitomized by its famous Sunday lunches for which Mount Grace has been known for almost two decades.

Sports and Recreation

3 Swimming pools - conventional, rock pools and heated outdoor pool
Mountain biking
Croquet lawn
Bowling green
Fly fishing
Bird watching and walks
Golf (Pecanwood is about 30min away)
Horse riding, squash and hot air ballooning by arrangement

Volleyball, mountain biking, fly fishing and a host of other activities

Bill Harrops Original Balloon Safaris
Bookings are essential for this unique experience, which is an elegant, eccentric adventure in space and time, hovering at tree top height while you wave to local farmers below. Your pilot will also take you soaring high among the clouds and whilst you drift along slowly, your "720" degree wrap-around panoramic view of the Magalies River Valley will leave you breathless.

Magalies Barbus Haven "Quality Fly Fishing"
The eco-friendly fly-fishing venue. Experience quality fly-fishing in a peaceful and private environment. "Wild" small and large scale yellowfish are abundant in six kilometres of pristine Magalies River. They also offer Bass and Carp in their dam. Situated close to Magalies Village, 45 minutes from JHB and Pretoria. Equipment and experienced guides available.

Pecanwood Golf Estate
The golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, forms the perfect backdrop for the luxurious homes.

Magalies Gliding Club
The club has around 200 members and offers introductory rides to casual visitors and potential new members. Weekday flying can be arranged, including corporate "Team Building" groups.

Microlight Flights
The Davies Aircraft Corporation manufactures, operates and does flying training of Thunderbird Aero planes. It is an exhilarating and rewarding experience to be in control of your own aircraft.

Mount Grace started its life as The Thatchstone Inn in the early thirties and was reputed to have been one of the first country resorts in South Africa. At tariffs of R3.05 per person per day or R17 per person per week (excluding bath) or an extra 50 cents for a bath, The Thatchstone Inn was a very popular resort, especially for honeymooners, many of whom still return to Mount Grace for nostalgic reasons.

From 1977, the hotel embarked on a rather seedy phase of life as The Rockberg Hotel, which was used mainly as a drinking hole and retreat for illicit love affairs. The hotel buildings fell into disrepair, and in 1980 the hotel was closed down by decree of the Liquor board.

In 1981, the property was taken over by a Christian group and operated as a Church camp site known as El Hanan (Hebrew for 'graciousness of God'). One of its shareholders was Chippy Brand, who purchased the property in 1982 and after doing some basic renovations, decided to convert it back to a hotel rather than lose everything in a bottomless pit. He renamed it 'Mount Grace' (literally meaning 'mountain of undeserved favour'). This marked the 'accidental' conception of a Country House Hotel, which would one-day spawn two ultra luxury city hotels, Cape Grace in the Waterfront and The Grace in Rosebank.

Mount Grace was born in 1983, a 3 star country hotel with twenty thatched cottages and one restaurant, becoming an overnight success. Chippy and his wife Cynthia managed the hotel personally, although they had no formal training in the hospitality industry. Chippy remembers Mount Grace as Fawlty Towers in those early years, and soon, what started out as an expensive hobby, became an all consuming vocation for the Brand family, forcing Chippy to sell his engineering business and embrace what he still regards as 'the crazy hospitality business.'

Ten years after starting Mount Grace, Chippy and Cynthia were joined by their two sons, Charles and Stuart, and their son-in-law Peter Moore, with the object of upgrading Mount Grace and exploring potential sites for further Grace Hotels. Mount Grace soon gained a four-star rating and was expanded to a 65 bedroom hotel which thrived as a weekend retreat, conference venue and a home for classical music concerts, one of Chippy's passions. Despite the developments, the raison d'être of the hotel was always to provide a haven of peace and beauty which reflects God's grace.

In the early hours of June 21st 1996, (less than 4 months before the scheduled opening of The Grace in Rosebank), a fire swept through the entire public areas of Mount Grace, destroying the hotel's 2 restaurants, 2 lounges, 2 kitchens, reception, wine cellar and pub. Despite this ill-timed setback, the redesigning and rebuilding process was completed in eight months and Mount Grace emerged from the ashes on Valentine's Day 1997, making it the third Grace hotel to be opened within 18 months.

In October 2000, a further 15 Treetops Village rooms were added (bringing the total number of rooms to 80) as well as a new a la carte restaurant known as 'The Stoep', and a heated pool. In 2001 the luxurious Mountain Village suites were refurbished.

Best Conference Venue in 1999 (Country Hotels Category)
Winner of accommodation Award for "Best Country Hotel in SA 1999"
Best Country Hotel Conference Venue of the year Award 2001
Best Housekeeper of the year for South Africa 2001 as voted by HASA

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