REVIEW: St Ives Lodge and Venue, Midlands

How many of you have visited Piggly Wiggly and saw how beautiful St. Ives looked across the road and wished you were staying there?

St Ives Lodge and Venue is situated in the heart of the Lions River Valley in the Midlands. A 140-hectare family run establishment, offering something for everyone.

The lodge sleeps 48 guests with wild animals roaming the grounds. With picturesque dams and views for days – it really is paradise.


Taking a mini road trip to the Midlands is one of my favourite things to do. To be able to just escape the busy city life of Durban.

Arriving at St. Ives Lodge and Venue, we made our way to the reception area to collect our keys. The check in was a breeze, and we were given useful information regarding our stay.

We took a short drive over a big, beautiful dam and arrived at our accommodation for the next 2 nights.

Walking in, I felt like I was right at home. Our accommodation had 2 bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom. There was also a lounge area with a kitchen and a balcony. Perfect for us three!

I spotted a fireplace with wooden logs and immediately started lighting the fire. There’s nothing quite like listening to the fire crackling while sipping a glass of wine.

For dinner we decided to check out the Boma – which is on the same property and only a short drive away.

Once at the Boma, we ordered a pizza and a bottle of wine. We drove back to our accommodation and enjoyed our dinner in the privacy of our own place. It was pure bliss.

We all slept so well that night. It was peaceful and the beds were super comfy, too!
We woke up, feeling energised and ready for a day of exploring the Midlands.

But first, we couldn’t miss the buffet breakfast back at the main lodge.

We visited Netherwood and Blueberry Cafe, where we heard that in their bathrooms you could see the cows grazing on the field while doing your business!

The rest of the day was spent visiting cute antique shops and eating way too much belgian chocolate.

During our second night at St. Ives, it was pouring with rain and storming. The lightning hit one of the water tanks which cut off our water supply. The staff were quick to assist and in no time, we had someone fix the problem.

St Ives is also a popular wedding venue. While sitting in the breakfast area, I couldn’t help but look over the dam and imagine a wedding taking place.

Whether for families, couples or a girlfriend’s getaway – St Ives should be on the top of your list for your next holiday.

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Call: 033 234 4490

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