Nestled in the unassuming Kameeldrift-East area of Pretoria is Kievits Kroon; a Cape Dutch style country estate. Awarded Best Luxury Country Hotel in Africa by the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Award it’s theperfect venue for a quick weekend break or holiday getaway.
With its rambling lawns and jacaranda-lined paths, Kievits Kroon is ideal for couples or families looking for pause from what can be gruelling day-to-day demands. A one-stop shop for all things relaxation, Kievits Kroon has, situated on its grounds, a conference centre with all the amenities businesses require for strategy sessions, a luxurious award winning spa for those looking to be pampered in style and various dining options that cater to all tastes. From the Kingsley Carvery, which offers buffet breakfast, lunch and supper, to the signature restaurant Granita presenting gourmet dishes, everyone’s palate will find something to enjoy.
For those not wanting to be holed up indoors and looking for an opportunity to languish in the magnificent spring outdoors with a loved one, gourmet picnic baskets can be ordered for a day out in the sun surrounded by exquisite rose gardens in select spots by the crystal blue pool.
Nestled in the unassuming Kameeldrift-East area of Pretoria is Kievits Kroon; a Cape Dutch style country estate. Awarded Best Luxury Country Hotel in Africa by the 2012 World
Under the leadership of Chef Sammy Mashile, Granita is a cosy restaurant with no more than eight guest tables set spaciously apart, giving an air of intimacy to the dining experience. Our evening was kicked off with our friendly host Jan offering us delicious cocktails on the patio overlooking the pristine gardens before leading us into the restaurant. Weather permitting; it’s the perfect relaxing start to the evening.
We were treated to the “Granita Spring Gourmet Menu” which had us enjoying delectable dishes paired off with select handpicked wines. The line up of starters opened up with a Carpaccio “Amuse Bouche”, a single bite-sized hors d’oeuvre, which was followed by Goats milk cheese crusted with peppercorns and served with preserved pears, apple jellies and red wine reduction, followed by potato soup. These three dishes were served with a delightfully light Iona Sophie T’Blanch Sauvignon Blanc 2011. Next was prawn on baked spinach with vanilla and corn broth accompanied by a sharper and drier 2009 Hartenberg Weisser Riesling. Definitely one for the seasoned palate.
All dishes were enough to tantalise but not too much to fill the stomach, which allowed one to comfortably enjoy the main course. The beef fillet mignon on a potato rosti topped with foie gras, braised oxtail, baby vegetables, and béarnaise and espagnole sauces was cooked to perfection and the Mullineux Kloof Street Rouge 2009 served alongside was smooth bringing out each and every flavour!
Dessert, a classic sachertorte served with delicious homemade pistachio and Amarula ice-cream with a star fruit compote and washed down with a glass of Bizoe Tiny 2010 was the perfect ending to the evening and our waiter Paulus was every bit as friendly and attentive as you would expect at a fine dining setting.
Kievits Kroon has been given the nickname “The Winelands in Gauteng” due to its numerous wine awards and the Cape Dutch style look and feel it has maintained. After much deliberation and preparation they took the next step in establishing themselves and in 2011 they launched theirown wines namely; Grand Rouge and Sauvignon Blanc. One can order and sample these wines, as they are included on the estate’s award-winning wine list.
But there is more to Kievits Kroon than quality accommodation, extensive conference facilities and fine wine and dining. As an organization they are heavily involved and proudly committed to giving back to the community they are located in. One of their notable initiatives is the “Ithutha Art Project – For our children’s future”. This venture focuses on children of school going age from the surrounding communities of the Nokeng Tsa Taemane Municipality. The Leeuwfontein Primary School that caters for the impoverished children of farm workers who live in informal settlements in and around the area has been a primary target of this initiative. With the help of esteemed local artist Zelda Susan, the pupils at Leeuwfontein in Grade six and seven are taught creative art skills and their artwork is then displayed in the VIP, Executive and Spa rooms at Kievits Kroon.
Proceeds from any artwork purchased by guests at Kievits Kroon are ploughed back into the school in a bid to improve their infrastructure.
A drive down to Kievits Kroon (55-minutes from Johannesburg and 10-minutes from Pretoria) is worth one’s while for a much-needed excursion to recharge ones battery in a setting that will relax and inspire you!