Countryside Charm In The City

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It’s not always easy to find the ideal conference venue, particularly in the heart of the city. Exchanging the hustle and bustle of the city for some scenic serenity in the countryside is often just what conference delegates want, but logistically it is not always possible. Check out these venues that may be just down the road from you.

Casa Lee Country Lodge, Pretoria

In Donkerhoek, Pretoria, Casa Lee offers a unique conference facility and training centre on the doorstep of the city that aims to create an environment conducive to creative thinking. It is easily accessible from the highway and facilities include a multi-purpose hall that can accommodate up to 220 delegates, as well as a smaller facility for more intimate gatherings. Another fully equipped conference room can accommodate up to 70 delegates, along with a host of breakaway rooms and 11 on-site rooms for accommodation. A boma, open deck, swimming pool, and BMX and mountain bike trails complete this charming venue.

Le Souvenir, Klerksdorp

Situated only two kilometres north of Klerksdorp in North West, Le Souvenir is inspired by the French countryside and offers an airstrip for those wanting to fly in. Its earthy ambience offers real hospitality and the perfect atmosphere for a peaceful conference. The banqueting hall with majestic chandeliers can comfortably seat up to 400 guests and can be configured in a variety of styles. Several lounges with fireplaces offer cosy corners in winter for workshops, launches or can serve as breakaway rooms.

Suikerbossie, Hout Bay

Considered one of Hout Bay’s hidden jewels, the Suikerbossie conference venue boasts magnificent views overlooking the valley of Hout Bay, with Chapman’s Peak below. Flanked on the west by Llandudno beach, with Table Mountain as a further backdrop, this is tranquillity in the heart of the city. The venue has a kosher kitchen and is also halaal friendly, and offers a fully licenced bar. Conference facilities can accommodate a large number of guests in a variety of seating styles, and includes a data projector, screen, flip charts/paper/pens, conference pads, mints and iced lemon water for events.

Morrells, Johannesburg

Morrells is ideal for product launches and lavish gala dinners with several venues on offer, along with a piano room and cigar lounge with classic décor and landscaping reminiscent of Provence in France. The Upper Conference Room can accommodate up to 110 delegates, as can several of the other facilities. With its open rafters, crystal chandeliers and views over the estate, it’s easy to feel that you have been transported out of the city. Dropdown screens and a ceiling-mounted projector, surround-sound system, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as flipchart and pens are provided, and several breakaway rooms are available.

Lombardy Boutique Hotel, Pretoria

In Lynwood, this unique function centre can accommodate anywhere from 25 to 200 delegates depending on seating style. Nestled among tranquil gardens, water features and majestic trees, there are also 20 luxurious suites for accommodation.

Durban Country Club, Durban

Established in 1922, Durban Country Club not only has a proud history but is also home to a large variety of birdlife, mongooses and rare trees. Renowned for its classic Cape Dutch architecture and beautiful setting overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Club has been the venue of choice for many important celebrations and offers a variety of venues that can accommodate any number of delegates. The Athlone Room is a firm favourite, with its neutral tones, and can seat up to 100 people. The Belvedere & Ball Room is the largest of the function rooms, accommodating up to 250 people.

Makaranga, Durban

This 12-hectare property in Kloof is renowned for its lush gardens, which offer peace and quiet only a stone’s throw from Durban’s city centre. Two boardrooms can host small conferences or meetings of up to 12 delegates, while two bigger venues, which can either be combined or used separately, can accommodate up to 160 delegates in total. The garden also lends itself to great events, making the ideal setting for teambuilding.

The Johannesburg Country Club

Situated across two locations in Johannesburg’s suburbs of Auckland Park and Woodmead (close to the CBD and Sandton respectively), the Johannesburg Country Club brings the luxury of the country to City of Gold. Conferencing facilities are available at both premises and can be configured and grouped to suit events of any size. The club’s various facilities offer classic elegance in peaceful garden settings.

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Bewitched by the magic of France, Melissa Jane Cook is an intrepid explorer. A lover of traversing the globe, she eagerly absorbs different cultures and laps up the magnificent oceanic experiences. Wooed by words and writers alike, her penchant for facials, chocolate, owls and bugs, is surpassed only by her fascination with the stage aglow in lights or bookshelves that heave with stories, where characters invite her along on their marvellous journeys.

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