The Hills Are Alive at Brahman Hills

Perhaps the most famous hotel in Nottingham Road, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, is the aptly named Nottingham Road Hotel (or “Notties” to the locals). Built in the 1890s, it has long been a favoured watering hole, and also lures ghost hunters, keen to catch a glimpse of its resident lady spectre. On the other side of the N3 highway, though, visitors can find a different kind of ghost – or more accurately, no ghost at all, because the original – and a little lacklustre – Windmills Hotel (landmarked on the mind map of many travellers by the large windmill that stands outside it) has long since disappeared, to be replaced by Brahman Hills, a wedding, spa and holiday destination that is alive with things to do and see. 

Located in the lovely Blue Crane Nature Reserve in the foothills of the Drakensberg, overnight guests of the hotel (usually there for weddings, conferences or to break a journey to or from the coast) are always promised lovely views. Now, however, with the addition of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom cottages on the estate, Brahman Hills has become a holiday destination in its own right –  perfect for families, groups of friends and couples looking for a romantic getaway.

All of the cottages come beautifully furnished and kitted out with everything you could possibly need should you opt for the self-catering option, otherwise you can choose to really take a hands-off approach and dine at the hotel during your stay. Irrespective of the option you choose, the cottages are serviced daily so at least you can take a break from cleaning the kitchen if you choose to use it.

Best of all, the cottages each open out onto the estate, which just begs to be explored with its undulating hills, and animal inhabitants to seek out, including zebra, antelope and those eponymous Brahman cattle.

Another sensory experience definitely worth seeking out is a trip tothe beautiful Brahman Hills Spa. Porthole windows on its top floor flood the mani-pedi room with light and give you the sense that you are aboard a luxurious yacht bobbing on a sea of lavender on one side and green grass on the other. You even have to walk across a gang plank to enter it! On the ground floor, the nautical theme continues with the relaxing sound of water running through a series of soothing water features. This – along with the talented hands of one of the resident massage therapists – will have you dozing off in no time.

The only way to possibly top this is by strolling home to your cottage, and after having an afternoon snooze – or perhaps heading out to explore the Midlands Meander – popping a bottle of bubbly and sinking into your very own private Jacuzzi, while toasting the setting sun.

Brahman Hills Book Club Specials: 

If you’re looking for something a little different from your usual Book Club get-together, then why not take advantage of Brahman Hills’ Book Club specials?

  • For six people sharing a three-bedroom cottage– R10,260 per night valid to 30th September 2018, and R10,470 per night from 1st October to 13th December. The package includes:
    • One night’s accommodation
    • Three-course dinner at either 89 on Copper or Brahman Cafe
    • Breakfast
    • Beverage voucher valued at R600
    • Spa voucher at R650 per person, plus a 15% discount off all further spa treatments
  • For eight people sharing a four-bedroom cottage– R13,680 per night valid to 30th September, and at R13,960 per night from 1st October to 13th December. The package includes:
    • One night’s accommodation
    • Three-course dinner at either 89 on Copper or Brahman Cafe
    • Breakfast
    • Beverage voucher valued at R800
    • Spa voucher at R650 per person, plus a 15% discount off all further spa treatments

For more information, visit www.brahmanhills.co.za