Castello Di Monte

Castello di Monte has a hilltop location in an exclusive suburb of Pretoria. The warm orange colours, terracotta tiles and sunny terraces of this grand guest house are built in the style of a 16th century Tuscany villa. Outside the landscaped gardens are planted with lavender bushes and mature olive trees, adding to the feel of an Italian village.

Indeed, staying at Castello di Monte you’ll hardly notice that you’re in the middle of South Africa’s capital city. Days start with breakfast on the rooftop terrace overlooking the surrounding hills and the peaceful grounds have a lovely outdoor swimming area. There’s also a sauna and steam room, and when you’re ready to explore Pretoria, simply ask the staff to arrange a car and driver.

The staff at Castello di Monte are extremely welcoming and helpful, and since this boutique hotel has just 9 suites you’re guaranteed personalised service. There’s even a choice of 7 intimate dining areas – each with a frescoed ceiling, fireplace and terrace – so it’s easy to arrange a quiet corner for a romantic three-course dinner for two. A fantastic option for a few nights before or after a journey aboard the Blue Train.

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