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Top Billing explores Limpopo and visits Kings Walden Garden Manor

Top Billing visits Kings Walden Garden Manor
Top Billing explores Limpopo and visits Kings Walden Garden Manor

Up the garden path in Tzaneen, at a boutique hotel on a hilltop in Limpopo, Jonathan hears a tale of love, jealousy and the night that lightning struck and fate turned! 

Love is still in the air and has been since the 1930’s when a couple met and as their romance blossomed, so did the story of a famous landmark of Lowveld hospitality.

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Greater Tzaneen is a large, sub-tropical garden of fruit plantations. For visitors, one of the jewels in its crown may well be Kings Walden Garden Manor. Once a vast agricultural estate, today it’s a boutique hotel owned and run by Billy and Minette McKechnie.

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Image credit: facebook.com/kingswaldengardenmanor

The pond tells its own story. Originally, it was a grass tennis court when the manor was built in 1904 by Bill Tooley and his first wife. After she passed away from malaria, he married a younger woman named Elsie, who despised the tennis court as a reminder of Bill’s first wife. So, she turned it into a garden pond.

Top Billing features Kings Walden Garden Manor in Limpopo
Image credit: facebook.com/kingswaldengardenmanor

The McKechnies have managed hotels as far as The Okavango and if you want adventure, golf, water sports or hiking – they’ll point out opportunities in every direction. But staying at this garden manor is about the peace and quiet. It’s the African version of zen – and the art of fine dining.

Once you’ve taken a trip up the Old Coach Road to this garden manor, leaving after just one night will prove difficult. Which may be why more and more wedding and birthday parties book in for the weekend – or even longer.


Contacts:

Kings Walden Garden Manor
www.kingswalden.co.za


Address:  Old Coach Road, Agatha

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