The Marianhill Monastery

The Marianhill Monastery

The Marianhill Monastery was established in 1885, after a long search for suitable land, by Father Francis Pfanner, an Austrian monk. The first Catholic missionaries to arrive in Durban found that there were already groups of traders with strong protestant ties established in the area. After struggling to find suitable land in the growing town, they stationed themselves in the hills surrounding Durban, from where they Later went on to establish many missions in the province.

Soon the community totaled 285 monks, and held the status of the largest Trappist settlement in the world. The Marianhill monastery was built in the Romanesque Revival style. The complex, in the "valley of the monks" is located near Pinetown, and now includes the monastery, church, campanile, workshops and museum, a repository, sisters' convent with vestment department, the Jabulani Self Help Centre, St Francis College and St Joseph's Cathedral. The Monastery Retreat House, which looks across the valley of the Umhlatuzana River to the hills beyond, is open to both religious and lay people seeking spiritual guidance, enrichment and renewal.

Other places of interest within the Marianhill Monastery include:

  • St Mary's Hospital - three hundred beds, a maternity section, operating theatre, out patient's clinic and nurses training centre
  • St Vincent Children's Home
  • The Gatehouse, Monastery vegetable garden, a blacksmith's forge and carpentry shop
  • Tea garden, arts and crafts shop
  • The Sacred Heart Chapel
  • The Fontane Guest House

Accommodation Near The Marianhill Monastery

Apricot Sky B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pinetown

1.3km North of The Marianhill Monastery

Apricot Sky offers a warm welcome, excellent service and a relaxing atmosphere. Unwind after a busy day in the tranquil garden,then enjoy the comfort of our up-market suites

Manor Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pinetown

1.7km South of The Marianhill Monastery

Manor lodge has become one of the most popular destinations for business travelers when visiting Pinetown. This owner managed lodge offers well-appointed, tastefully decorated rooms

Pinetown Lala Land

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pinetown

1.8km North West of The Marianhill Monastery

Pinetown Lala Land , is situated in the afluent suburb of Manors in Pinetown. It has 7 bedrooms all en suite with private entrance. All rooms have television with selected DSTV channels, airconditioner , free wireless internet. The rooms are well equip

La Familia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pinetown

2.6km North of The Marianhill Monastery

La Familia Guest House is without a doubt, the number one choice of business travelers when they come to Pinetown. We cater mainly for the corporate market, and to meet their requirements.

Park Lane B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kloof, Durban

2.6km North West of The Marianhill Monastery

Park Lane Bed & Breakfast is very centrally situated in the picturesque village of Kloof, 25km from Durban, high above the heat and humidity, yet within easy reach of all amenities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Sleeps: 14 in 6 units/rooms

Southey House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kloof, Durban

2.9km North West of The Marianhill Monastery

Southey House is conveniently situated in the leafy suburb of Kloof, close to the M13 and near to Thomas More School. It has breathtaking views over Durban and the ocean beyond. Guests can relax in the tastefully furnished guest lounge, on the expansive

African-Queen Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Cowies Hill

3.0km East of The Marianhill Monastery

Our B&B has four double rooms, two of these rooms (suite 3 and suite 4) share a TV lounge and fully equipped kitchen. The lounge also has a bed in it so if a family or friends hire these two rooms (which each have their own bathrooms), they can ...

Sleeps: 8

18 Pioneer Kloof

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kloof, Durban

3.2km North West of The Marianhill Monastery

An Elegant Colonial Estate set on 3 acres of manicured lawns and garden Built in 1900. Beautifully appointed Pub in the theme of the era.

Villa Valencia

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pinetown

3.4km East of The Marianhill Monastery

Villa Valencia is a Spanish style house, 5 rooms en-suite (bath or shower). Double or twin beds. Each room has a television, ceiling fan, heater. Private outside entrance to each room and BBQ facilities with patio and balconies. Daily breakfast ...

Sleeps: 7 in 4 units/rooms

Croeso

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kloof, Durban

3.5km North West of The Marianhill Monastery

Two luxuriously appointed en-suite bedrooms each with their own entrance... the deluxe suite offers the ultimate with a spa bath. Each room has every possible comfort with celing fans, heaters, hospitality tray, soft percale linen, heated ...