nt’s Nest is where it all began. Lying in a natural amphitheatre the original homestead, with its wide verandahs, has a classic, relaxed, African atmosphere. A wide variety of game frequents the waterhole in front of the bush home where horses and dogs abound. Tessa, who grew up in Kenya, brought a stylish warmth to the colonial house using classic furniture fashioned from local fabrics, timber and stone.
The six luxurious en-suite bedrooms accommodate a maximum of twelve guests. There is a 15 meter swimming pool in the garden, ideal for those needing some exercise or for purely cooling off after an active day. This is great for kids as it’s heated all year. Extensive lawns with indigenous plants surround the pool and there is a wonderful thatched chill-out spot with vast sofa beds where you can relax during the heat of the day.
Ant’s Nest consists of a main house where the upper floor features a stunning honeymoon suite with an adjoining twin bedroom, a large sitting, dining, living room and verandah. The downstairs of the main house also has of a double and a twin bedroom with comfortable library, dining room and verandah. There are two additional privately appointed bedrooms away from the main house each with a double and single bed, their own large verandah and comfortable furniture. All bedrooms are en-suite and equipped with necessary amenities. There is a fascinating curio shop.
Ant’s Nest offers a real home from home experience. Guests arrive as guests and leave as friends. There are no set wake up times or strict itineraries, you can do what you want when you want. We are able to offer up to three different activities at any given time either in the morning or in the afternoon.
Ant has the good fortune of having his office in the bush, running and managing the reserves, although he still finds time for guiding. Tess is responsible for the business side of things but much enjoys spending time with visitors. Our managers and guides have all worked with horses most of their lives. They are closely assisted by our team and all work together to ensure that tour stay with us is a memorable one.
These are two cosy bedrooms located downstairs in the original farmhouse. The double room has a four poster bed and en-suite bathroom, with doors opening up onto a private verandah area with outside seating. Located just next door is a twin room (which can be converted to a double), also with en-suite bathroom. These rooms are connected by a passage to a public sitting/library area with open fireplace, perfect for relaxing on those chilly evenings, and an indoor dining and bar area.
This is a charming double room, built in the traditionally African circular form with high thatched roof, set to one side of the main house. The outside verandah offers a private seating area, leading into the bedroom with rustic four poster bed, perfect for couples wanting to enjoy a romantic escape. The room also contains a four poster day bed, suitable for a child sharing with parents. Leading off the bedroom is an en-suite bathroom. There is also a mini bar with tea and coffee making facilities.
Upstairs in the main house is a luxury suite, perfect for families. The master bedroom features an extra king-size four poster bed with a large window overlooking the gardens and bush beyond. This leads through to an exceptionally spacious bathroom and dressing area with bath and waterfall shower.
Located beside this is an en-suite twin (which can be converted to a double), ideal for two children travelling with their parents. An additional ¾ four poster bed is located just outside this bedroom, for a third child. There is a spacious sitting area with comfortable sofas and a large fireplace, alongside a dining area and full mini-bar with tea and coffee making facilities. This opens up on to a large verandah with shady seating area.
This is a beautifully spacious and light upstairs room, set to one side of the main house, with an extra-king-size four poster bed. There is a large verandah overlooking the bush, perfect for relaxing with a cold drink from the mini-bar and a good book. The en-suite bathroom has a bath and separate shower. The dimensions of this room easily allow for beds to be added for two children sharing with their parents. You also have full amenities and tea and coffee making facilities in this room.