The Royal Country Inn in Dundee, KwaZulu Natal, combines the benefits of modern accommodation with an old-world charm. Situated in the heart of the battlefields, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, it is the ideal stopover for weary leisure and business travellers – a home from home with every comfort and amenity – as well as being a convenient base from which to explore the rich history of the surrounding area.
The inn was established in 1886, just four years after the town of Dundee was founded by a Scottish coal miner seeking his fortune and destiny. Together, Dundee and the Royal built on their foundations, growing together and, today, the Royal Country Inn has been restored to its former glory. Proprietors, Danie and Motz Bezuidenhout, bought the Royal in 1999, at a time when the inn appeared more than a touch tired and run-down – a definite ‘fixer-upper’. After years of hard work, creative energy and equal amounts of frustration and joy, the Royal Country Inn stands proudly once again. Danie and Motz have, however, been careful throughout its ongoing restoration not to lose the original charm and historical ambience.
The Royal has a rich history, and this complex past is an integral part of its atmosphere. The collection of memorabilia, historic documents, old photos and artwork, even replicas of the uniforms of both the Anglo-Boer and the Anglo-Zulu Wars provide hours of browsing and enjoyment.
The kitchen produces meals second to none, packed with flavour and wholesome goodness. Dinner at the Royal is not to be missed, in the old-world traditional dining room, complete with colonial ceiling fans and polished wooden floors.
“We are proud of our staff at the Royal – they are friendly, helpful, and pay attention to smaller details that are sometimes overlooked in large, impersonal hotels. They are always willing to go the extra mile to make guests’ stay comfortable and enjoyable.”
The property is situated on four sites in the centre of Dundee – total size 5 967 sqm, of which 2 019 sqm has the potential to be redeveloped as a mixed-use development at the rear of the hotel. The site is adjacent to a private clinic, consulting rooms and chemist, and has potential main street access. Alternatively, it could be developed into more hotel rooms with an outside pool area or as a retirement complex with on-site servicing from the hotel.
The conference facility seats 60 delegates and there is an old-fashioned English pub, dining room, lounge, library and a wonderful enclosed courtyard garden for quiet reflection.
“Our family has restored and developed this grand old lady to its former glory. There is huge potential to develop this project further and to exploit the government and business travel potential of the site in the context of Dundee KZN as the administrative capital of northern Natal.”
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