Whispering Pines Country Estate
At the end of June, Irina; Sarah and I packed up our bags and made our way to Magaliesburg to spend the weekend. We spent two blissful nights at the Whispering Pines Country Estate, which is a 4-star rated lodge about one and a half hours out of Pretoria.
Apon arrival, you are warmly greeted by the staff and offered some sherry to warm up. Not being a sherry fan, I was kindly offered a glass of wine which was highly appreciated as there had been major traffic on our way there. I already felt relaxed and was so looking forward to our weekend there.
One of the great things about Whispering Pines is that if you’re staying in one of the cottages, you can choose the option of having dinner included in your rate which allows you to be treated to a 3-course meal of warm, hearty food. The Potatoe and Leek soup was an absolute favourite in our books! Plus, dinner is served in the restaurant with a gorgeous fireplace so you’re nice and warm while indulging in delicious meals.
The girls and I were totally spoilt in that we each got a cottage to ourselves. It was so fabulous. We each stayed in one of the Deluxe Cottages which includes the following:
Queensize extra length bed
Air conditioning & ceiling fans
A wood burning fireplace
Tea and coffee facility
There is also the Executive Cottages which boast a beautiful outdoor shower, as well as the Hilltop House which can sleep up to 11 people! I’m thinking – girls weekend!
While you are having dinner, you can request that your fire is lit during turndown service which makes a big difference. Believe me, it gets pretty chilly at night! My only suggestion to the lodge is to update the TV’s in the rooms. This being said as you know how much I love watching TV. I have recommended it to the management and they are on it, which is great!
What To Do At Whispering Pines
I’d highly recommend staying for a weekend if you are keen for some peace and quiet. It is a very relaxing environment and you actually don’t feel the need to leave the estate. On the premises, there are different walking trails; a swing bridge over a gorge; as well as an absolutely beautiful newly built spa called The Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary is such a tranquil space. You definitely have to book for a back massage, it was so blissful!
Another thing that tops my list of things to do is to have a picnic! The staff sets up the most beautiful layout for you with such delicious treats in the basket. Sitting under the big trees, enjoying the winter sun might even lead you to have a quick nap while you are relaxing there.
The slogan for Whispering Pines is “Tranquility Found” and it was right at the end of my weekend that I truly came to appreciate it. I honestly left feeling so relaxed. I actually wish we could’ve spent one more night there as it was so good for my soul.
The food; the service; the small details that go into making your stay as comfortable as possible, really go a long way in my books. Everyone is so friendly and I could totally dive into those divine breakfasts every day!
I also really enjoyed the fact that they are trying to use as much of their own resources as possible. While we were there, they were busy putting in a new vegetable garden – yay!
If you’re looking for tranquillity, pop over to their website to make a booking 😉