A charming family-run resort in the Central Drakensberg’s Champagne Valley area of KwaZulu-Natal will be auctioned this month as a going concern. Originally opened as a guest house in 1933, what is today The Nest was built 10 years later with the help of Italian prisoners of war. “The unpretentious ‘olde-worlde charm’ of the hotel persists today, as various owners over the years have improved and upgraded without disturbing the true heritage of the Drakensberg,” said Norman Raad, CEO of Broll Auctions and Sales who will auction the property.
The Nest has built up a loyal following of guests who return on an annual basis for its country-style food, spectacular natural beauty with views of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains, and activities for the whole family.
The sale of the 45-hectre property includes 6,500m² under roof, including 56 bedrooms in differing formats including garden rondavels and double-storey garden units. There is also a swimming pool, tennis court and bowls on championship greens.
The hotel, which can house a maximum of 137 guests, is a popular wedding and conferencing destination and is a year-round destination with adventure activities aplenty, from quad biking to archery, hiking to trail running, mountain biking to canopy tours, hot air ballooning and more. The Battle of Spionkop between the Boers and the British took place nearby, and the well-preserved site can be visited to this day.
“For those who are less active, The Nest also has a spa offering massages and beauty treatments,” said Raad. “The Nest Hotel is a special place in the Valley, steeped in history, and a hub for adventure and nature lovers.”
The hotel will be auctioned at noon on November 22 at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.