Three Trees at Spioenkop – or Three Tree Hill Lodge – is set against the stunning backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains and overlooks the famous battlefield at Spioenkop. It’s a first rate owner managed lodge.
Built on the site of the former British military headquarters, Three Trees has integrated its colonial heritage to fine effect, using materials such as local light wood and corrugated iron. The open-plan communal area – very comfortably furnished for afternoon reading/drinks and socialising – leads out onto an expansive veranda and contains an open log-fire. There is a swimming pool set beneath an Acacia tree and surrounded by a broad deck, as well as a lounge in which to enjoy a drink before going into the communal dining-room for dinner with the hosts and other guests. Please note, separate dining can be requested.
Food & service
The food and service command a sparkling reputation, with returning guests praising the phenomenal standard of care. Breakfasts are buffet style and lunches are served on both the viewing deck and the jaunty veranda. Dinners are a set menu affair, with three delicious farm-style courses; these are followed by a choice of liquors served under the stars.
Three Trees has six twin cottages, each very spacious and furnished in the same welcoming, clean and unfussy style as the shared areas. 3/4 twin beds are standard, but doubles can be provided upon request. There is also a larger family suite offering ideal accommodation for a family of up to 5, with a large veranda, as well as walk-in closets and a full arsenal of books and games. Finally there is Churchills, a standalone villa with two en-suite double bedrooms, a generously-proportioned open plan kitchen, a private pool overlooked by a large deck and outdoor self-catering facilities. This makes it an ideal facility for honeymooners, those travelling with teenagers, or even two couples.
Walks can be undertaken through the surrounding hills and there are numerous opportunities for horse trail riding, birding, wildlife walks and rhino-tracking.