Dullstroom is anything but Dull, There is something for everyone to do! Here are a few options.. Have fun 😊
Things for families, groups and littlies:
Arts and Crafts
Creative fun for the whole family! Includes anything from making mosaics to painting @ iCreate 082 451 0509
A range of art classes and furniture restoration workshops @ Anything But Dull 083 309 8140
Horse riding @ Walkersons 082 442 9766
Dave Curtis will take anyone from baby to biltong, and tailor rides accordingly. Contact him to book your rides.
Spend the day at one of the most scenic country estates in the country. There are two restaurants and an array of activities including an indoor swimming pool, fishing, hiking, cycling, horse-riding, tours of the “state of the art” trout hatchery. For the adrenaline junkies – abseiling, a zipline, and a trapeze jump. Do note that most activities and tours must be booked well in advance, are only available on certain days, and each is charged separately. Reception: Tel: 078 2931403 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bird of Prey Centre – Kruisfontein Turnoff 082 899 4108
A “must see” when visiting Dullstroom. Children love the bird of prey shows and there is a children’s fishing pond, a small “zoo” of rescued and rehabilitated small wildlife, and of course all the birds in their aviaries.
Verloren Valei Nature Reserve – Birds & Wildlife
This protected nature reserve is roughly 13km outside Dullstroom. It is one of few places in the country to where three of the world’s endangered cranes breed. You will also see a variety of other bird species.
Venture out on your own. There is a small entrance fee or arrange a guided tour. Guided tour by appointment only call, 072 423 7205
The Dullstroom Heritage Museum 072 651 0092
Get to know the history of our very interesting little town.
Dullstroom On The Dam
The perfect venue for a family picnic, a spot of fishing and for the adventurous a hike up the Suikerboschkop Mountain. Friendly dogs welcome on a lead.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
We have two venues that offer Clay Pigeon shooting. @ Field & Stream, 9km down the Tonteldoos road, open Saturdays, all other days by bookings only, 083 443 4567 (Greg) / 078 950 6301 (Kevin)
@ Lake Heron, 8,5km down the Machadodorp road, open every day, bookings essential, 082 781 0242 (Frank) 072 411 7576
Whisky and Gin Tasting
Pop in to Auldstone House where the tasting experience is combined with very interesting facts about the various spirits. Contact Eve on 082 600 5388 check she wants us to use this number.
In the Cherry Grove centre will treat you to a wine and gin tasting experience. Phone 079 495 3502
Beer tasting @ Anvil Ale (Number … on our map) 073 168 6603
Craft beer brewed on site, free tastings, light meals, in a lovely garden setting. There is also freshly roasted coffee from Africa to Central America! Roast and ground to perfection on the premises.
Take a drive down to Tonteldoos
Tonteldoos is a charming little farmers village. Take the gravel road passed Dunkeld for 20kms. Local pub Highside Tavern 082 867 4347, The Cat & The Cow, restaurant 082 867 4347, The Barn restaurant 013 254 0702. Paintball, bookings essential 072 2462231
Things for adventurous & outdoor lovers:
For tackle sales and hire:
Mavungana – Main Rd. 013 254-0270;
Village Angler – Next door to Poacher. 013 254-0045.
Vaid’s Blue Shop – Slachtersnek St. 013 254-0173.
Where to Fish
Dullstroom Town Dams 061 762 3209
Both Town Dams are open to members of the public – the lower dam is strictly a catch and release trophy dam, please note there is a daily fee payable. Access to the dams is through the Caravan park gate.
Mavungana Flyfishing 013 254-0270
Still water & river fishing. Guiding & instruction. Day fishing can be arranged at the following dams, Hacker’s Haven, Jurassic Pond and c&r trophy day waters, Bird of Prey Centre. River fishing on 2kms of the upper Crocodile River.
Day fishing outings are on offer, with the assistance of a Mavungana guide.
Elandskloof Trout Dams 013 254-0136
Fishing in 10 dams: Rod fee includes 2 trout. Camping, chalets, pool available. 9km towards Belfast, left to Machadodorp and travel for 5km.
Dunkeld Country Estate 078 293 1403
Fishing available in 13 Trout Dams. Fishing permits available @ Dunkeld Reception.
Golf @ Highland Gate (087 808 6570)
Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate offers a magnificent 18-hole Ernie Els signature golf course, rated in the top 21 in South Africa. The course is open to public and has a clubhouse with restaurant and bar, lounge areas and a pro-shop. Booking is essential: Call 087 808 6570 or email: email@example.com
Watson Wheels Bicycle Hire, Repairs and Maintenance 0837447061
Hire of bicycles, as well as repairs. The owner Callen Watson is an experienced mountain bike rider and technician in Dullstroom that can give guidance on trails. He also conducts cycling clinics on request.
Routes you can do on your own
Here are the overviews of a few routes. For the full routes visit the Dullstroom Accommodation website, http://dullstroom.co.za/mountain-biking/ or pop into the Zest office for a printout.
Tonteldoos – De Berg Ring Road:
75 km in total, predominantly dirt road plus a portion of tar, quite a few hectic climbs – NOT FOR THE UNFIT. This route takes you past Tonteldoos, onto the R577, the Nederhorst road and the railway service road.
Short: 43 km in total, predominantly on dirt road with 5km of tar included. This route can be done clockwise (hardcore) or anti-clockwise (wannabe). The route takes you on the R540 (short distance) and then onto the Kruisfontein Road and back to the R540.
Dullstroom to Tonteldoos & back:
A total of 46 km on dirt road with very little traffic. There are a few climbs.
Kruisfontein / Machadodorp Ring Road:
33km in total on predominantly dirt road with 11km of tar. This route takes you on the R540, Machadodorp gravel road, Valyspruit gravel, Kruisfontein tar road and back onto the R540.
14km gravel road. This route is ideal of the beginners or not so fit. It follows the railway service road, up to the De Berg turnoff and back again.
De Berg Rd & back:
42 km of predominantly dirt road. This route takes you along the railway service road and then the De Berg gravel road, returning via the same route.
Elandskloof, Winnaarspoort & Kloppenheim:
76 km in total predominantly on dirt road with 12 km of tar. Breath taking and breath taking views! This route will take you on the R540, Machadodorp gravel road and a number of smaller gravel roads.
Parkrun & Walks
Weekly Parkrun @ Dullstroom on the dam
Dullstroom Parkrun is a free and is a 5km timed walk or run. It happens every Saturday, starting at 8am @ the Dullstroon Town dam. Please note you must register beforehand www.parkrun.co.za.
Hike up the mountain, accessed from Dullstroom on the dam and just follow the trail. Free of charge.
Health and Beauty
Dullstroom Altitude Training Centre Gym 061 299 0311
Dullstroom’s gym offers most disciplines, including free weights, aerobics, v-core and circuits.
Open: Mondays-Fridays:06h00 – 8h00 and 17h00 – 19h00. Closed Weekends and Public Holidays
Trevor Conn Hair Studio @ Cherry Grove Centre 074 700 9000
Trevor is a well known name in the industry and has worked with some of the biggest names in the beauty industry. Open Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Maset Hair Salon 079 488 9780
In The Source Centre
The Highland Rose Country House and Spa 083 700 9749
Discover a spa environment that will renew, rejuvenate and replenish your body, mind and spirit.
Walkersons Spa 013 253-7000
Located at Walkersons Hotel and is a timeless place of peace and tranquillity, embraced by nature and is the ultimate escape for pure self-indulgence – a feast for your soul and senses.
Secure Living With A Country View
Located within our little village of Dullstroom, Critchley Common Estate is a well-known and established residential estate. It has 34 houses with a small “English village” feel – the architectural style includes pointed stonework, timber pane windows and red corrugated roofs.
We currently have a very well located four bedroom, two bathroom house on the market. It features an open plan living area with fireplace in the lounge and double doors out onto the open veranda that overlooks the Crocodile River and Suikerboschkop Mountain – this is the ideal place to relax. The garden is low maintenance and extends out onto the common area, making it appear much larger. For the full details on this property click here.
The estate also has a beautiful pond, home to a collection of ducks. Access into Critchley Common is well controlled, and the current levies are reasonable at approximately R680 per month.
Generate An Income
This Estate is very popular with weekend / holiday rentals, read more about letting here.
Written by: Haideé Potgieter – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group, 013 254 0219, firstname.lastname@example.org
COUNTRY LIVING OPTIONS IN ESTATES NEAR DULLSTROOM
With Country Estates ranging in size between 500 and 1000 hectares, you can have the sense of space that comes with living on a farm without the headaches of the upkeep. The levies usually cover maintenance of the roads, dams, grounds, the stocking of the dams with trout, the security, the firebreaks and fire control in winter.
They generally offer extensive fishing waters, the opportunity of many hours of walking, cycling and bird watching.
Some estates offer the benefit of a hotel or club house, all this within easy reach of Dullstroom, for when you may want to venture in for a meal or shopping.
Walkersons Private Estate
Only 114 stands on 800 hectares, with a total of 40 completed houses;
Stands ranging in size from 1100sqm to 1ha and priced from R540,000;
Current levies are R3990 per month;
Located 10km from Dullstroom, tar road all the way;
4km of river frontage together with 14 dams;
5 star hotel, spa and tarred airstrip.
Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate
Highlight of the Estate is the 18 hole, championship Ernie Els signature golf course
455 stands on 700 hectares, with a total of 25 completed houses;
Stands ranging in size from 770sqm to 1900sqm and priced from R295,000;
Current levies are R1580 per month;
Located 14km from Dullstroom on tar roads;
Dams, both Kareekraal and Valyspruit rivers and various waterfalls;
Magnificent Clubhouse offering meals.
Dullstroom Country Estate
85 stands on 550 hectares, with a total of 15 completed houses;
Stands sizes are 1 hectare each and priced from R248,000;
Current levies are R2230 per month;
Located 18km (15km tar and the balance gravel) from Dullstroom;
9 trout dams;
Game fenced and fully stocked with Eland, Zebra amongst others.
Teal and Trout
40 stands on 1020 hectares, with a total of 15 completed houses;
Stands sizes are 1 hectare each and priced from R95,000;
Current levies are R3560 per month;
Located approx. 8kms off the N4, close to Machadodorp and 28km from Dullstroom;
18 dams and 6 weirs.
If you would like any additional info give us a call on 013 254 0219 or email email@example.com
Great Lock Up & Go With Income Potential
Oak Lane Estate, one of a kind in Dullstroom!
Oak Lane Estate is certainly one of the most well-known and established residential developments in Dullstroom. It is the only waterfront residential estate in Dullstroom, with direct access to the Grootsuikerboschkop Nature Reserve and the two Dullstroom Town Dams. It is located on the north-eastern edge of town but is a short walk to the centre of the village, where all the restaurants, pubs and shops are situated. The estate has 24-hours security and controlled access.
Oaklane is also very popular in the weekend rental market. Visitors just love the location, and the fact that you can still walk to the village. Venues in Oaklane easily rent on average for approximately R 500 per person per night. The town has a comprehensive infrastructure in place to take care of the marketing and bookings of accommodation venues, payment of these invoices, key collection, as well as small businesses that offer housekeeping and gardening services – making the rental option very possible.
About the house…
This particular house was built in 2005. The current owners gave the interior of the house a complete make-over a year ago. The kitchen was completely replaced, as were the floor tiles. A closed combustion fireplace was also added, and both bathrooms were extensively renovated. Shutters were fitted to all the doors and windows, providing a high level of security. All the finishes are now of a very high standard.
The house features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the main bedroom is en suite. The bedrooms have plush new carpets and built-in cupboards. The kitchen has granite tops and a Bosch oven that has never been used! A special feature of the house is the lovely sunroom to the front, with sliding folding doors on three sides that opens the room up to a small enclosed garden (small pets are welcome!). There is a double garage with motorised doors and a lockable storeroom.
In short, this is the ideal lock-up-and-go, with trout fishing and walks up the Suikerboschkop mountain right on the doorstep. To view all the detail and photos of this property click here.
This property is currently on the market with Zest at R 1 650 000-00 (Sole mandate).
Written by: Del-Monté – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group, 013 254 0219, firstname.lastname@example.org
BE INSPIRED – CHECK OUT THIS FIXER-UPPER HOME
Simple, yet so effective!
I always feel that a picture says so much more. Have a look at the before and after pictures below.
The lounge area
The kitchen area
The main bedroom
En Suite Bathroom
The second bedroom
TIPS FROM THE EXPERT………….
Here are some tips from the owner of this property.
“Herewith my 5 cents worth on renovating a home:
For me a home is a living creature that needs love and attention like any other living being. I always look at a home with respect and always try to see its full potential, instead of looking at the negative points about it. Of course, when buying a home you need to be sure of the positives and negatives to ensure your investment is safe.
My advice when transforming a home to its former glory AND better is as follows:
- Look over the current bad condition of the house. I have never bought a perfect home, as my taste is different to the previous owners;
- Find ways to put your own stamp on it or to bring your own character into the new home;
- A coat of fresh paint is always the best way to start;
- Invest in the small things that will make the biggest difference – good light fittings, good curtain rails;
- I believe in custom made curtains – let’s face it all windows are different, and I have never understood how a standard shop bought curtain can be used on any window. Window dressings are the most important aspect of a home for me;
- You do not have to make use of the most expensive items to renew your home – I make use of existing bathroom fittings and kitchen cupboards to safe costs, unless it is really beyond repair;
- Beds and bedding is also an important part of dressing a home – nothing worse than a mix match bed with saggy pillows. Dress your beds to complement the décor of your home;
- Gardens do not need to be filled with expensive plants. Rather keep it neat, spend money on watering what you have, a green and groomed lawn ends a home perfectly.
If you are not sure – get advice from a friend or an expert, more than one opinion is always worth it.”
After reading theses tips, I am feeling very inspired. If you are considering a fixer-upper, big or small, now is the time to get started.
If you are interested in finding your very own fixer-upper, give me a call on 073 1884 306
Written by: Haideé Potgieter – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group, 013 254 0219, email@example.com
Why buy a holiday home at the BEACH you only visit once a year?
Buy a DULLSTROOM home and enjoy FREQUENT weekends away AND get an income on the weekends you’re not here.
1800 beds in a 30 kms radius including Millstream time share, Dunkeld holiday club timeshare, Walkersons Hotel and privately owned cottages and houses, which are rented out over weekends 85% occupancy over weekends. Additional weekday bookings over long weekends, half terms and school holidays.
The golf course has brought in additional weekday bookings. All these visitors create a great opportunities to own a property and generate an income, read this article for a few stats and info on the practical side.
Infrastructurer in place for the booking process – Dullstroom Accommodation and Dullstroom Reservations are the two reservation offices. They have full time staff answering hundreds of inquiries every day. They send clients all the suitable options, get payments and send the venue owner the income, less commission at month end.
There are several small businesses in place that offer cleaning and gardening services and manage maintenance issues.
Venues charge between R 200 and R 850 p.p.p.n depending on many factors:
- The location, either in town or on a farm;
- The quality of the furnishings and linen;
- Setting and views;
- Availability of fishing waters on site;
- Distance from Dullstroom and accessibility i.e on a gravel road;
- The “extras” that are offered – chocs, teas & coffees, “honesty bar” etc…….
Contact Zest for more info 013 254 0219, firstname.lastname@example.org
This unique little village is an easy two and a half hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Leave work at 5 on a Friday and be here for a candlelight dinner in front of a roaring fire…..
Why is Dullstroom so unique?
Because it has retained all the characteristics of a village with a mere 500 permanent residents, no rush hours, quaint shops and safe to walk in the evenings. But come the weekends, there are approximately 1500 visitors, who come to enjoy the wonderful countryside, restaurants, fishing, cycling and walks. All these visitors create a great opportunities to own a property and generate an income, read this article for a few stats and info on the practical side.
Just some of the amazing features of Dullstroom
- The natural beauty of the town and surrounding area must come first, with pristine rivers, dams and amazing views;
- There is a wide variety of excellent restaurants to choose from (one of which has been acknowledged as being in the top 100 restaurants in the country);
- The Whisky Bar, which stocks the second widest range of whiskies in the world. Their whisky and gin tastings are not only fun but informative as well;
- Anvil Ale specialises in brewing European style ales and recently won ‘African Brewer of the Year’;
- The Ernie Els Golf Course at Highland Gate is amongst the top 21 in the country. The Vodacom Origins of Golf Tournament (part of the Sunshine Tour) was held here in August this year;
- There are a host of cycling tracks available, from 10 kms to 70 kms;
- The Ashburton National MTB Cycling challenge attracts approx. 2000 cyclist every year;
Dullstroom has become a very popular high altitude training venue for European athletes, with approx. 100 athletes visiting every year, from November through to February;
- Dullstroom now has a ‘‘parkrun” at the town dam, recently opened by Bruce Fordyce, and it is the highest altitude parkrun in the world;
- Other interesting national events include the sheep dog trials and the S.A. Showing Championships at Dunkeld Equestrian Centre;
- The unique Bird of Prey Centre offers flying displays twice every day;
- About eight to ten festivals are held annually from music and fishing to art;
- Live music most weekends in one or other of the restaurants;
- There are country markets at least twice a month on Saturdays that offer local arts, crafts, culinary delights, plants and various other goodies.
Contact Zest for more info 013 254 0219, email@example.com
Selling your home? There are things you can do to help make this happen quickly!
Here are a few easy steps:
Take a step back and try see your home from an outsider’s eyes!
- Replace anything that is broken, the small things can make a huge difference, that wonky light fitting that you have been meaning to fix… now is the time. A fresh coat of paint does wonders and updating aspects that are very outdated;
- However, it is important not to make improvements or introduce colours that are extremely specific to a certain taste. Not everyone wants a home gym or built-in bar. It is best to stay neutral and make improvements that will appeal to the greatest number of people.
Make your home a blank canvas
When it comes to decorating – as far as possible strive to offer “a blank canvas” that a potential buyer can imagine their own style and taste being imposed – less is more.
- De cluttering is a very important aspect of this. Apart from anything else it does make a room/house appear to be more spacious.
- Again, focus on a neutral decorating style – leaves the focus on what’s important – the home’s features.
You are paying your estate agent, let them do their job.
Leave the site visit to the agent. As far as possible get away from the house while an agent is showing a potential buyer, even if this means simply staying in the garden.
Here is why:
- A buyer often feels awkward if the owner is in the house and may rush the visit rather than taking time to consider the details of the rooms and the house generally;
- Buyers can feel that they are unable to ask the agent what may be construed as awkward questions in front of the owner;
- They feel it inappropriate to discuss the faults of the house and possible remedies.
- Buyers want to imagine themselves living in a home; this isn’t easy if they are constantly confronted with the seller.
Try to take the emotion out of the sale. Inevitably a home holds significant memories and associations. This can colour your view a bit;
- Try not to take offense when suggestions are made as to how to “improve” the appeal of the house on a more general basis;
- Be objective if you receive criticism from potential buyers (via the agent feedback) and consider whether there is merit in the comments.
Last but not least, price your home correctly! Pricing your home incorrectly can be disastrous… Your home won’t sell as quickly as it should, buyers will come in at a much lower price, causing disappointment, just to name a few issues. Get a CMA (current market analysis) from your agent.
A CMA will give you an unbiased view as to the true market value of your property. It will include all the facts relating to comparable products that have sold or are on the market. It should have the following info: a geographical analysis, a comparable property analysis, an age analysis of how long these properties have been on the market and unique aspects pertaining to your property.
Contact us if you are selling in the Dullstroom area.
There is so much to love about Millstream Estate …….
Now you may be asking ‘where have I seen that name before?’ You see it every time you travel to Dullstroom. The Millstream turnoff can be found on the left, approximately 3km before entering our village.
So, what is there to love about Millstream?
Since trout fly fishing is big in Dullstroom, being able to fish throughout the year and in 22 different waters must be top of the list!
The outdoors, with an abundance of bird life, wild flowers, several nature walks and horse riding.
For the active bunch or those feeling guilty after enjoying a chocolate shot from the chocolate shop, the squash and tennis courts will always help.
The communal lounge with TV for when the rugby is on.
The children’s play room, solar heated indoor pool and jungle gym.
Let’s not forget the accommodation!! Each charming 10 sleeper cottage features a luxury kitchen, open plan lounge with fireplace and deck overlooking the Estate and dams.
There is something for everyone and if you need to explore even further, a trip to our beautiful Dullstroom village should do the trick.
Make use of this opportunity to invest in a week timeshare in a 10- sleeper cottage.
We currently have various weeks available from R25,000.
For more information click here or call me 073 1884 306
Written by: Haideé Potgieter – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group
Highland Gate Golf Estate hosted The Vodacom Origins of Golf Tournament for the first time from 27 – 29 July. The tournament saw 96 of South Africa’s best professional golfers battle it out for the total prize money of R 750 000. The field also included players from Chile, Portugal, England and Italy. Even SA Open Champion Brandon Stone flew back to SA immediately after the British, to compete in this event
Long time pro Wallie Coetzee from Jeffreysbay took the early lead, but struggled in the tough windy conditions on the afternoon of the second. Seasoned pro and all-round nice guy Dougie McGuigan took the lead and held onto it through the final round, despite an excellent fight back effort by Brandon Stone, who had to be contend with 2nd place.
I attended the tournament the whole week, and was privileged enough to spend time with some of the pro’s and their caddies, and their comments were like a chorus – fantastic golf course and facilities. All of them were very impressed with the Ernie Els design, whilst I am sure other silently cursed the Big Easy, after missing the cut for the final round on Friday
We have stands available from as little as 295k. Just call me on 082 8955 933.
Written by Del-Monte Roberts, Property Professional at Zest Properties in Dullstroom. Although an avid golfer himself, he will not be featuring in any pro tournaments soon…..