Our Top 8 Winter Wedding Venues in South Africa
1. The Conservatory – Franschhoek
Sleeps – 6
Nestled on the banks of the Kastaiing River, The Conservatory is set amongst vineyards and ancient oaks, presenting an absolute hidden gem for any event of your choice. During winter, all the elements of the season can be appreciated from the inside looking out. Whilst rain pelts down and snow-capped mountains peep through the clouds, guests can relax next to large fireplaces and enjoy the splendour of it all.
2. Diamant Estate – Paarl
Sleeps – 18
A historic wine cellar was beautifully renovated to create the magnificent main venue at Diamant Estate. While the original Cape Dutch style was retained, the architects and designers married tradition with contemporary fittings, such as farm-sourced granite-clad walls, an oversized fireplace, large frameless glass doors and ‘floating’ onyx bar counters, plus the comfort of lounge pockets and under-floor heating.
3. Protea Hotel Hunters Rest – Magaliesburg
Sleeps – 200
Protea Hotel Hunters Rest has recently been renovated to accommodate your perfect wedding. From their sundowners deck overlooking the mountains in their reserve to the newly built chapel surrounded by fire pits to keep your guests warm in winter, to the open-aired boma seating up to 300 pax, a gorgeous new spa set away from the hotel and loads of activities to keep the children busy. This venue caters to everyone’s needs.
4. Kloofzicht Lodge – Muldersdrift
Sleeps – 120
Kloofzicht function venues can accommodate up to 120 guests for a wedding and wedding guests are invited to overnight in one of sixty luxurious suites. Overlooking either fly fishing dams or the lower reaches of the Blaauwbank Spruit, which meanders through the unspoiled Zwartkops gorge. Included in the venue hire is the Bridal dressing room, Honeymoon Suite, Breakfast included for the bridal couple the morning after the wedding and 1st-year anniversary bed and breakfast stay over for the bridal couple.
5. Netherwood – KZN Midlands
Sleeps – 38
Much like the chapel, the design of the venue was based around allowing the surroundings to take center stage. The structure of steel and glass overlooks four inter-leading dams, which become enormous mirrors at sunset. With gas fireplaces throughout the venue, full height frameless glass doors and windows and a parquet dance floor in center of the venue, this is the ideal venue for a creative bride wanting a beautiful, open and inviting space.
6. The Gallery at The FarSide Farm – KZN Midlands
Sleeps – 16
The Gallery is a beautifully appointed venue fashioned from hand-cut sandstone, detailed with Oregon pine and Yellowwood. At each end of the vast hall are magnificent fireplaces embedded in dry-stacked stone. The lighting, curtaining, and decor have been meticulously combined to create a warm and inviting atmosphere throughout. They also offer a full coordination service where they liaise with and manage all suppliers on your behalf.
7. Oaklands Country Manor – Van Reenen, Free State
Sleeps – 34
With sweeping vistas of breathtaking scenery, an enchanting country atmosphere, fine cuisine and a range of venues to choose from, Oaklands Country Manor is the ideal location for an intimate wedding. The venue, in the central Drakensberg, is exclusively reserved for the wedding party. Thus ensuring that no effort is spared in coordinating the day the couple will always remember.
8. Welgelegen Cherry Estate – Clarens, Free State
Sleeps – 60
Welgelegen Weddings & Conferences offer a brand new wedding venue. Situated on a cherry and apple farm in the Eastern Free State between the Witteberge, 40 km from Clarens. The reception hall has a breathtaking view of the dam, overlooking the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho. The venue can host 200 guests with a spacious dance floor and accommodation is available on the farm for 60 guests.
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