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October 12, 2011

Woodridge Country Hotel and Spa

Woodridge Country Hotel and Spa is located in beautiful gardens, situated in an 89 ha Nature Reserve, on the rolling hills of Balgowan. This is the heart of the KZN Midlands.

Quiet elegance, heartfelt hospitality, excellent cuisine and service are enhanced by the on-site Spa and diverse activities in the area. This highly sought after wedding, conference and leisure venue is completely unique.

The hotel is situated 1.5 hours from Durban and King Shaka Airport and 4 hours from Gauteng and Oliver Tambo Airport. By air you can also access the hotel from Oribi Airport in Pietermaritzburg.

Restaurants and Cuisine:
Isibaya: – a la Carte Restaurant Our menu is inspired by the riches of the African continent. Isibaya is open daily for dinner, lunch and breakfast.
Umlilo: A truly outdoor African eating extravaganza within the Nature Reserve. Food is prepared on open fires including various options such as a traditional SA Braai, Potjies and other exciting options.

Woodridge T O U C H Spa
Take refuge from the stresses of modern day life at our T O U C H Spa. A tranquil environment conducive to relaxation and indulgence.

T O U C H Spa has an enticing Spa menu for Men and Ladies, utilizing the relaxing benefits of blissful treatments that leave you feeling fabulously indulged and totally de-stressed.

Woodridge Country Hotel and Spa offers tailored Conference packages are offered to meet your individual needs. Packages include the facilitation and organisation of team building activities on or off site.

Our facilities cater for between 60 – 120 delegates and full internet facilities are available in the Conference Room.

Woodridge Country Hotel offers a choice of 3 venues for weddings, all tastefully themed and decorated.

Other facilities on site include:
– boma in the nature reserve,
– picturesque chapel,
– 10 seater jucuzzi,
– eco spring water swimming pools,
– trampoline,
– soap beauty products shop – products are made onsite in the old French tradition.
– soap making courses by prior arrangement.

Beautiful gardens and stunning views, provide the backdrop for the comfortable and varied accommodation.
Choose from 10 deluxe rooms with Spring Water pools, 5 Garden Cottages or 15 Forest Suites.
All rooms have on suite bathrooms, with separate bath and shower.
All rooms are equipped with heaters, hairdryers, TV’s ( with selected DSTV channels), electric blankets, homemade eco-friendly bath and beauty products as well as tea and coffee making facilities.Good cell phone reception available from all the rooms and internet connectivity in the main hotel.


Ideal for complete relaxation, good food, tranquil Spa treatments, walks in the Nature Reserve – Unwind and revitalise.
Close to 3 Top Golf courses, Canopy Tours, Battlefield Tours and the exciting Midlands Meander.

Weather and Health

Come prepared – we recommend for all seasons, that you bring a warm jacket and some warm clothing, a swimming costume, a rain coat or umbrella, comfortable walking shoes and a track suit for the Spa.
Dress code for breakfast and lunch is casual and for dinner smart casual is perfect.
We are in a malaria free area and there are no health warnings for this area at any time of the year.

Winter days are normally warm and sunny getting cold in the evenings and early mornings.
Spring is a beautiful season – full of blossoms and warm to hot beautiful blue sky days. Rain can occur.
Summer days can be hot with clear blue skies but the weather can change suddenly and become wet and cold.
Autumn is magnificent as the Plain trees, Liquid Ambers and Oaks turn to stunning autumn colours. Warm days are normal with evenings being chilly.

Contact Person: Cheryl or Charmaine


Coming from Durban you will take the N3 to Johannesburg:
Travel past Pietermaritzburg. Travel to the Howick/ Tweedie off Ramp and turn right at the top of the off ramp.
Proceed to the R103 and at the T-Junction turn right and travel for +_ 25 kms into the heart of the Midlands. As you approach Balgowan, follow the signs to Michaelhouse School and Woodridge Country Hotel. Your will cross a railway bridge as head towards the large school gates. Just before the gates turn left and please follow the Hotel signs.
You will travel along the railway line heading back towards Durban for a very short distance and will see the hotel entrance on your right. Head up the hill to reception.

Coming from Gauteng – take the N3 to Durban:
Come through the Mooi River Toll Gate you will travel for another +- 5 kms. Look out for and take the Nottingham Road Off ramp. At the top of the off ramp turn right to Nottingham Road.
Travel for +_ 5 kms through the village – keep left – do not go under the railway bridge. Travel another 8 kms and you will see the Michaelhouse School buildings on your right.
Follow the signs to Michaelhouse School and Woodridge Hotel. At the railway bridge turn right as if heading for the main gates of the school. Just before the gates turn left and follow the signs to the hotel.

The hotel is situated in the heart of the Midlands Meander Arts and Crafts Route – an excellent base from which to explore. Well situated close to numerous Top KZN Schools and only 1 Km from Michaelhouse School.

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