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A farm style country retreat under thatch with country cottage decor set in 100 acres of wooded countryside in the Drakensberg foothills. Built of stone in 1850 as a coach house and also used during the Boer war (1900) as barracks for British troops, one is reminded of a world that has slipped by.

Set in a picturesque English country garden with a dam and park-like surroundings, what could be more peaceful than just sitting and watching the ever-changing view of the mountains, maybe bird watching, fishing or cooling off in the crystal clear pool after a day’s conferencing?

The interiors of Sandford’s main building are filled with old furniture and memorabilia. In The residents exclusive pub (renowned as the best and cosiest in the Berg), soak in the timeless atmosphere. Dinner is enjoyed in candlelit ambiance, attentive service and memorable cuisine prepared with care so as to seduce both the eye and taste buds. An extensive choice of South Africa’s best wines is at hand. A host of recreational facilities are on offer, such as swimming, volleyball, badminton, pool table, darts, table tennis and walks on the property. There are over one hundred and eighty species of birds to spot as well as canoeing and Florida Bass in the lake.

The Drakensberg area is one of the premier conferencing areas in South Africa. Sandford is situated in the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg, close to the famous ‘Amphitheatre ‘ and Royal National Park, where spectacular views and beautiful walks can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Close by is the Spioenkop game Reserve, where because of its unique size, good game viewing is possible all year round. Next to the game reserve is the well-known battlefield of Spioenkop and a little further on the historic siege of Ladysmith. Only three and a half hours from Johannesburg and two and a half from Durban, Sandford is ideally situated for that Unforgettable productive and stress-free conference, meeting or teambuilding getaway.


Sandford Park Country Hotel’s convenient location is one of its many unique features. Situated conveniently off the N3, a mere 2 ½ hours from Durban and 3 ½ hours from Johannesburg, this timeless Country-style hotel is ideal for meetings, seminars, conferences and team-building breakaways. Tarred roads and a stress-free drive to Sandford is how you will begin your experience with us.


Breakaway from the hustle and bustle of city-life to this serene jewel in the Berg, but still have all your creature-comforts at hand. Our 24 Executive bedrooms boast:

Spacious bedroom area
Tea/coffee making facilities
OVHD, M-net and Sports Channel.
Carefully designed spacious bathrooms with separate bath and shower
Private patios
Uninterrupted Mountain Views

For those who want to experience Sandford Park Country Hotel in the traditional way, we also boast 26 Country Thatch Rooms ‘rondawel-style’:

Spacious bedroom area
Tea/coffee making facilities
OVHD, M-net and Sports Channel.
Victorian-style bathrooms with bath and shower combinations
Selected bedrooms with fire-places (on request)
Room configurations from doubles to family rooms
Every bedroom is uniquely designed
Thatched roofs
Garden and dam views


Sandford offers 2 PRIVATE Conference Venues:


Size: Length: 11m
Width: 4.5m
Height: 3m

Seating: 20pax U-shape
20pax Boardroom
20pax Schoolroom
30pax Cinema

Fully air-conditioned


Size: Length: 10m
Width: 9m
Height: 3.5m

Seating: 35pax U-shape
30pax Boardroom
50pax Schoolroom
80pax Cinema

Fully air-conditioned
Rose-garden setting
Beautiful Mountain views – overlooking our dam


“Productive and stress-free” is the name of the game at Sandford Park Country Hotel. While we know you would need the most productive seminar, conference or meeting, we also know exactly how to promote relaxation for all delegates.

Activities on the property include:

Swimming pool
Volley Ball
Basket Ball
Mountain Biking
Dam – Boating and Bass-fishing
Nature walks
Games room with Table Tennis, Pool Table, Darts and Games
Board games available in our lounge and bar area
Helicopter Flights (by arrangement)
Hot Air Ballooning (by arrangement)

The following Specialised Team Building is available on-site and/or nearby. Sandford works hand-in hand with Fish Eye (Durban), Four Rivers Adventures (Near Cathedral Peak), & All Out Adventures (Northern Berg):

Quad Biking
Obstacle Courses
Zip Line
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Ball Sports
Puzzles and Memory Games
White Water Rafting
Treasure Hunts
Mountain Boarding
Survivor Adventure Challenges
And much more

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