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Lythwood Lodge

Lythwood Lodge
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Address: Farm 37
Lidgetton West
Midlands
KwaZulu Natal

Nestled in the scenic foothills of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain range, you’ll find Lythwood, a 4-Star country hotel right on the Midlands Meander. If you are looking for a relaxing all inclusive weekend away or a short midweek break, away from the maddening crowd, Lythwood is where you will experience true “country rest”.

Lythwood’s magic will leave you spellbound with what it has to offer including large trees, open lawns, beautiful gardens, forests, rolling hills and a rustic chapel. With fresh air and open spaces, Lythwood is the perfect wedding venue to celebrate your wedding with family and friends.

Are you looking for a conference venue where all the delegates will be away from the countless distractions in the city and at the office? A place where they can really connect and build strong relationships. Lythwood is the perfect team building and conference venue.

Luxury country accommodation, just one and a half hours from Durban and five hours from Johannesburg. 

What to expect at Lythwood

Sometimes you just need a break. A change of scenery. A respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Time to clear your head, gain a fresh perspective, recharge. Bond a little with family and friends. Lythwood  – a 4-Star boutique country hotel estate nestled in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Far enough away, for you to feel as if you’ve left it all behind. Close enough for a weekend away or a quick mid-week break.

Tucked away in the middle of farmlands and forest right on the KZN Midlands Meander. A place where you and your loved ones can relax, have fun and make memories. Big trees, open lawns, beautiful gardens. Natural forests and rolling hills. Pastures with cattle grazing lazily. Small game also make an appearance. Fresh air and wide open spaces. Occasionally, we are shrouded in mist, giving you that otherworldly English Countryside feel.

Combine this relaxing country environment with the beautiful boutique hotel bedrooms, our meadow rooms, or our fully equipped family cottages and you have the perfect mix. Warm fireplaces and comfortable lounges to take tea and play board games or simply enjoy a riveting novel while we wait on you hand and foot. And if the mood grabs you, you can lie on your bed and watch whatever takes your fancy on our selection of DSTV channels.

There is something special about the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, waiting for you to discover. Lythwood  is close to golfing, mountain-biking, walking and hiking trails and other family friendly activities. If it’s swinging from the trees at the famous Karkloof Canopy Tours, or fishing for that elusive Trout, we have it all, just a hop-skip and a jump away. Want to go shopping or try out the local cuisine? Lythwood is situated right along the popular KZN Midlands Meander. There are all kinds of special and unique arts, crafts and wares to be discovered.

Lythwood  was the winner of the “Best Hotel Reception in the Coastal Region” and was awarded Silver for “Coastal Boutique Hotel” by ABIA. Lilizela Tourism Awards voted Lythwood a finalist for “Service Excellence”. Lythwood  is also the winner of the KZN ‘Provincial Country House Accommodation’ – Lilizela Tourism Awards 2017/2016/2015.

Here at Lythwood, our Khaya Centre venue can accommodate up to 250 people. But we also have the facilities to set up a smaller, more intimate events if that is what you are looking for. Indoor or outdoor wedding? Our rustic chapel, Bedouin tent or 275-acre estate are yours. Want family and friends close? We have 33 rooms available. Romantic Lythwood in the mystical mountains of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is the ideal setting for that extra special weekend-away wedding. Whether it’s a romantic garden ceremony, a ceremony in a rustic country Chapel or under a Bedouin tent you are dreaming of, we have all the options. Same goes for your reception… under the stars or covered.

Accommodation Options

Lythwood offers a variety of accommodation from family cottages to executive suites, all of which are en-suite and meet top global standards.

Warm fireplaces and comfortable lounges to take tea and play board games; a bar area to watch the game and have a few drinks; or simply enjoy a riveting novel while we wait on you hand and foot. And if the mood grabs you, you can watch whatever takes your fancy on our selection of DStv channels in your suite.

Lythwood is close to golfing, mountain biking, walking and hiking trails and other family friendly activities. If it’s swinging from the trees at the famous Karkloof Canopy Tours, or fishing for that elusive Trout, we have it all, just a hop-skip and a jump away.

The various accommodation options that are available at Lythwood are designed to fit various stays and budgets. These include our 6 well appointed Cottages for family stay that have 2 ensuite bedrooms, lounge, dining area and kitchen with outside patio and braai facilities. There are 8 newly refurbished Meadow Rooms. The Main Lodge Rooms are varied and some have private patios / lounge areas and disabled facilities. The Verandah Rooms provide peace and quiet with their own patios. The Honeymoon Suite is very spacious with 2 way shower, patio, dressing area and spa bath. Photographs were taken by Brandon Wyness

Cottages

Newly Refurbished
Open Plan Kitchen
2 Modern Bedrooms En Suite
Modern Appointed En Suites
King or Twin beds on request
Comfortable Lounge
Fully Airconditioned Heating/Cooling
Wood burning fire place
Flat Screen TV
In room safes
Outside patio
Braai Facilities

Meadow Rooms

Newly Refurbished
Comfortable Seating
King or Twin beds on request
Modern Appointed En Suites
Fully Airconditioned Heating/Cooling
Flat Screen TV
In room safes
Outside patio
Tea and Coffee Amenities

Honeymoon Suite

Spacious Honeymoon Suite
Wood Burning Heater
Lounge
Flat Screen TV
In room safe
Private patio
Large 2 way entry shower
Romantic Bath
Bridal Dressing Area
Tea and Coffee Amenities

Lodge Rooms

Disabled rooms on request
Seperate Lounge in selected rooms
King or Twin beds on request
Lounge
Flat Screen TV
In room safe
Private patio in selected rooms
Ensuite with bath and shower
Tea and Coffee Amenities
Fireplaces wood/gas in selected rooms

Verandah Rooms

King or Twin beds on request
Flat Screen TV
In room safe
Private patio
Ensuite with bath and shower
Tea and Coffee Amenities
Fireplaces wood/gas in selected rooms

Lythwood Conferences

Having a great venue, that cooks delicious food, has a spacious conference hall, Bedouin style outdoor tent, break-away rooms and luxury accommodation – for you to host everything from smaller executive strategy sessions, conferences, team-building opportunities (think mountain biking, fishing, and the Karkloof Canopy Tours, amongst others) to larger trade shows and exhibitions – and gives you top-notch service is par for the course. It’s what you expect from an award-winning conference venue.

At Lythwood, you can expect us to get all those details right. When you appoint Lythwood as your conference venue, pick up the phone or email us and you can consider it done.

We’ve laboured long and hard to make sure you don’t have to. You can be sure you’ll have everything at your fingertips to help you plan a successful conference, that meets your objectives.

The Lythwood Conference Venue is situated along the peaceful Kwazulu-Natal Midlands meander. Just one and a half hours from Durban and five hours from Johannesburg. Perfect!

Lythwood Weddings

Your wedding, your big day. You’ve dreamed about how you want your wedding to be, now it’s all happening. You have always wanted a wedding in the country. Out there in the mountains. A place where your special day will be recorded in a series of stunning photos and memories.

Big trees, open lawns, beautiful gardens. Forests and rolling hills. A Rustic Chapel. Fresh air and open spaces. Family and friends close at hand to celebrate with you.

Whether it’s a romantic garden ceremony, a Boho forest ceremony or under a Bedouin Tent you are dreaming of, we have all the options. Same goes for your reception… under the stars or covered. Lythwood – an award-winning KwaZulu-Natal Midlands wedding venue – will give you all of the above, but with two big differences …

Four comprehensive wedding packages, each including various wedding service items relating to your wedding with a single all-in price. Some include things many other venues don’t, like accommodation for your guests, your wedding cake, and more.

Include a dedicated wedding co-ordinator, to make planning your wedding a breeze!

Prefer something more intimate or a superb reception. The choices are endless.

B-BBEE Certification
We are a Level 1 Contributer please download our certificate here.

Do we serve Halal Food?
Yes. Lythwood serves Halaal certified meals, all you need to do is let us know your specific requirements beforehand.

Award Winning Restaurant

After a long day of meandering or conferencing, unwind in front of an open fire in the bar or on the patio while watching Reedbuck and Duiker frolic on the open lawns. The bar was used in the first Spud movie as John Cleese’s office.

Then move into our restaurant where the Table d’hote menus are drawn up daily by our head chef, Vusi Mkhwanazi. It is seldom that one gets the opportunity these days to relax, slow down and enjoy special company, while enjoying a 5 course dinner. Through redesigning the menu daily, Vusi can ensure the freshest and best quality produce from around the Midlands.

The setting of the restaurant is as varied as the cuisine Vusi offers. The restaurant staff will often take the restaurant outside where dinner can be enjoyed under an ancient oak tree and the twinkling stars of the night sky. The restaurant is always open to guests staying at Lythwood Lodge. Non-residents are welcome to come and enjoy Vusi’s great fare but bookings are essential.

  • Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
  • Tourism Grading - 4 Stars

Directions

From Gauteng (4 hours 40 minutes)
Head on N3 south bound. After the Mooi River toll take Exit 132 “Nottingham Road/Mount West”. Turn right off the off ramp over the highway and proceed for 8km until you reach the stop street at Nottingham Road. Continue straight (passing Michaelhouse after 15km on your right) for approximately 20,5km on the R103 . Turn right onto the private road marked Lidgetton Valley (by the Tsonga Craft Shop) follow the direction signs to Lythwood Lodge approximately 8km, (Please observe the speed limit!)

From Durban (1 hour 25 minutes)
Head on the N3 north bound. Take Exit 107 “Howick North/Tweedie”. Turn left off the off ramp and after 1.2km at T junction turn right onto R103. Follow the R103 for approximately 8.8km turn left onto the private road marked Lidgetton Valley (by the Tsonga Craft Shop) follow the direction signs to Lythwood Lodge approximately 8km, (Please observe the speed limit!)

  • Payment Methods
  • American Express
  • Cash on arrival
  • Diners Club
  • EFT / Bank Transfer
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Languages Spoken At Establishment
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Zulu
  • Bed Configuration
  • Family Cottages (Sleeps 4) x 6
    • Room 1 - king
    • Room 2 - twin
  • Honeymoon Suite (Sleeps 2) x 1
    • Room 1 - king
  • Main Lodge Rooms (Sleeps 4) x 8
    • Room 1 - king
    • Room 2 - twin
  • Meadow Rooms (Sleeps 4) x 8
    • Room 1 - twin, king
  • Verandah rooms (Sleeps 4) x 4
    • Room 1 - queen
    • Room 2 - twin
  • Facilities
  • air conditioner
  • air conditioner (some units)
  • babysitting service
  • bar fridge (some units)
  • bar/cocktail lounge
  • braai/barbeque (some units)
  • conference venue onsite
  • DSTV in communal area
  • DSTV in room - Hotel Package
  • electronic safe
  • fireplace
  • fishing onsite
  • generator
  • hair dryer
  • heaters in unit
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • internet facilities
  • kitchenette (some units)
  • lake onsite
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • linen & towels provided
  • microwave (some units)
  • outdoor pool
  • parking all onsite
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • picnic basket
  • private entrance - outside rooms
  • restaurant onsite
  • serviced
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • television in communal area
  • television in room (non-satellite)
  • wheelchair friendly
  • wi-fi / hotspot
  • Woodburning stoves
  • Special Categories
  • Conference Venue Accommodationdetails
    Accommodates how many people?
    Capacity : 200

    The following apply
    Exclusive / preferred service providers on call
    Restroom accessible
    Kitchen accessible
    Audio – visual equipment (request details)
    Food / beverage facilities for catering purposes
    Crockery and cutlery available for hire
    Catering done in-house
    Designated parking area
    Sufficient parking space
    Fully staffed (cleaning, servers etc.)
    Internet connection
    Wireless internet connection
    Air conditioning
    Good lighting that can be operated independently
    Liquor license
    Bar on-site
    A purpose-built and dedicated back entrance available for equipment loading and offloading
    Wheelchair friendly
    A specified area for coaches and buses to stop to allow delegates and guests to embark and disembark safely
    Dedicated storage space that can safely store event materials and equipment overnight
    Individual lockable storage available for storage of more valuable items
  • Fresh-Water Fishing Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Fishing equipment for hire
    Can bring own fishing equipment
    Boat available for use
    Boat available for hire
    Can bring own boat (no petrol motors)
    Catch and release
    Catch and keep
    Limited number of fish per day allowed
    Fly fishing
  • Pet Friendly Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Small dogs
    Big dogs
    Dogs have to be on lead whilst outside
    Kennels provided
    Kennels must be used
    Other animals on the property
    Horse stables – bedding provided
    Horse stables – bedding not provided
    Horse paddocks
    Grooms available
    Arena
    Parking area for horse box / float
  • Quad/4x4/Bike Trails Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Bring your own bicycle
    Bicycles to hire
    Bicycle set trails
    Bicycle - free to explore
    Bring your own quad bike
    Quad bikes to hire
    Quad bike set trails
    Quad bikes – free to explore
    Bring your own off-road motorcycle
    Off-road motorcycles to hire
    Off-road motorcycle set trails
    Off-road motorcycle – free to explore
    4x4 vehicle set trails
    4x4 vehicle – free to explore
  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodationdetails
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
    Yes
  • Star Graded Accommodation
  • Wedding Venue Accommodationdetails
    Capacity Information
    Overnight accommodation for how many people? : 66
    Max people allowed at the venue? : 250

    The following apply
    Reception area
    Chapel
    Area for wedding ceremony
    Undercover area for signing the register
    Fully catered
    Couple must provide own catering
    In house events coordinator (compulsory)
    In house events coordinator (not compulsory)
    Liquor license
    Fully stocked bar
    Cutlery and crockery rental
    Cleaning / serving staff
    Bridal suite
    Honeymoon suite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Accommodationdetails
    For every 25 parking bays, at least one should be 3500mm wide
    Number of bays : 4

    The following apply
    Ramps provided in close proximity to stairs
    Textured surfaces, such as roughened finishes, on all ramps, stairways and main circulation paths
    Route surface firm and even – surface should be hard with no gravel or cobble type finishes
    Clear unobstructed routes provided throughout the facility
    All areas well and evenly lit
    Door handles in the area located at a height of between 120cm – 80cm
    Signage displaying the international symbol of accessibility at the accessible pickup/drop-off point
    Fixed slip-resistant floor surface. Wooden floors, tiles or close pile carpet no higher than 13mm
    Re-positioning of furniture, and other obstructions in the room to meet guest requirements
    At registration any guest with a functional limitation [or any guest requesting such facility] is highlighted in the system, so that in the event of an emergency, special procedures can be taken to locate and evacuate these guests
    Floors should be level. If a difference in level is unavoidable this should not exceed a 1.3cm difference
    Floor surfaces at wheelchair areas should be level, stable, firm and slip-resistant. Carpet or carpet tile used on the floors must be securely attached, and be of a low pile type (1.3cm thick or less) with a firm pad
    Hand rails in the bathrooms
    Stable seating area in the bath / shower
    A minimum unobstructed space of 90cm x 120cm in front of doors
    Yes
    Size of all door openings, when measured in the 90-degree open position is a minimum of 76cm wide
    Yes
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