We stayed one night in early Dec 2013 after transferring from Jo'burg Airport to catch the Rovos Rail to Cape Town the next day.
First impressions were a bit odd the place seemed shut up, we were met eventually and the owner greeted us.
The house is lovely with fantastic furniture and artefacts very colonial. Our room was in the main house and had a wonderful bathroom and separate study and was very big with a balcony facing over the breakfast area. Very romantic.
The main issue we had was that the electricity didn't work for the entire day we were there. We were treated well, the service was good and they could still provide food. But with the no electricity it all seemed a bit surreal.
The food was nice but not exceptional and they did not charge us for all extras and drinks due to the electricity problem. We noted on leaving a standby generator arriving.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ultimate Romantic Getaway. 25 Minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and 5 minutes from the Gautrain Station.The serene beauty of Illyria House has always been an irresistible attraction to all lovers of fine things. Against the backdrop of classical music, fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, and a resident duck family an enchanting colonial lifestyle unfolds. Illyria House is highly appreciated by the discerning traveler for its charm, exquisite cuisine, exclusivity, luxury and unrivalled personalised butler service. We offer intimate soirées by world class musicians. Our Oriental Spa specialises in relaxing massages. Our facilities include a jacuzzi, sauna, heated pool and a cold pool. A wide selection of tours to historical, cultural and wildlife attractions come highly recommended. Personalised shopping is ideal for a last night stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Illyria House Hotel Pretoria