Quiet Mountain is an idyllic retreat located west of the Hartebeespoort Dam, only one hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The homestead and adjoining buildings date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, and are set in beautiful, tranquil gardens on over a 100 hectares of indigenous bush, which extends to the top of the ancient Magaliesberg mountain range.
The Magaliesberg is more than 2000 million years old. There is evidence of the development of life from the first plants, creatures and man-apes, through to modern man. The Sterkfontein Caves, situated in The Cradle of Humankind, which have revealed so much about the links between ancient and modern man, are just 20km south of Quiet Mountain.
Guests are assured of comfortable old fashioned, gracious country living at its very best.
"Hosts John and Terence have skillfully created an environment of unique comfort and contentment. They have distilled the essence of South African country style, combining 'platteland' and colonial in a series of evocative and witty interiors of ball-and-claw and axminster, of polished wood and brass, of great beds with fluffy pillows and snowy linen. Outside the red stoeps gleam, the garden blooms and the chickens cluck...." (Laurian Brown, House and Leisure.)
"Quiet Mountain is close enough to town to avert a tedious drive, but far enough for clear luminous night skies and sweet mountain air, it's a haven of 'Luxe, calme et volupte' and we can't wait to go back." ( Rachel Stewart, The Star.)
The food is renowned and is a fusion of local and European tastes. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for. Our Jersey cows provide us with fresh milk, cream butter and yogurt. Free range hens supply us with fresh eggs. All the salad greens and herbs are grown on the farm. Service is friendly, discreet and prompt.
"Service was unobtrusively efficient and discreet, but it was the food that really stood out. This was five star, top of the range cooking. Top marks for extremely rare, handmade meals that invited further over-indulgence with every mouthful."
(Caroline Hurry, Assistant Editor, Habitat.)