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Dullstroom Accommodation- just reach for the Stars!

Posted by Madelien Haasbroek on Sep 10, 2016 7:13:12 PM

graded accommodation dullstroom, lydenburg

Prior to 2002 South Africa had no formal grading body. Diamond grading, Portfolio Collection grading and others had come forward with systems that did not take off and did more harm than good by imbuing any grading system with skepticism in the minds of travelers within South Africa. The South African Grading association was thus faced with an uphill battle to win the hearts and minds of both the establishment owners who were to pay for the privilege of being graded and the guests who were trying to evaluate the suitability of venues. But slowly the benchmarking criteria were standardized and management processes and systems were refined. This culminated in 2008 in a major overhaul of the entire Grading Council criteria and operating system and this has resulted in world class standards that we as South Africans can be extremely proud of.

Most worthwhile establishments are now Star Graded and it has become the norm that any potential guest considering a venue that is not graded, will question why this is the case. The aim of the grading system is to ensure that guests are assured of certain standards when booking accommodation and that South Africa can maintain its international competitiveness as a tourist destination. We need to show that we can be world leaders in terms of quality assurance.

When visiting Dullstroom or Lydenburg -consider a SA tourism graded establishment. It does not matter whether you choose a 1 star establishment or 5 stars- at least you know what you can expect and what you would be paying for. There is sure to be a graded establishment in the area you wish to visit.

graded accommodation in Dullstroom

dullstroom graded accommodation Stonecutters Lodge between Dullstroom and Lydenburg has just undergone an annual grading evaluation. We remain right at the top of the 4 Star evaluation for the 14th successive year. We value the stringent criteria of the assessor – bring it on!

We can thus assure our guests of a quality stay at our beautiful lodge - quality of the guest accommodation and the dining experience, quality of our state of the art boardroom, quality as a fly-fishing venue and last but not least, we pride ourselves on the quality of the service we give to our valued guests!



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Dullstroom- spoiled for choice when it comes to food & drinks

Posted by Madelien Haasbroek on Jan 27, 2011 1:33:00 PM

Most guests staying at Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom take the opportunity of further exploring the scenic day trips in the area or head for the quaint tourist attraction that is the village of Dullstroom. There are many eateries, pubs and restaurants and we recommend the following:


As you approach Dullstroom from the Stonecutters /Lydenburg side there is a new micro- brewery in the village, The Anvil, which is situated at the first 4-way stop on the right. The owners bring a welcome new ‘draught’ to Dullstroom, along with German sausage platters and tipsy cake to die for!

Turn 1st right into Teding van Berkhout St and on the right hand side the historic Dullstroom Inn provides pub lunches. Further up the road on the left you will find Fibs Restaurant and Mrs Simpsons Restaurant on the right –hand side. Patrons are always assured of a warm welcome by hosts Brian and Stephen and guests find great food and a quirky ambiance. Open for dinner.

Back on the main road, on the right hand side a good lunch-time destination would be Pickles and Things, with fireplace, covered patio and imaginative menu featuring gourmet burgers or wraps and heartier fare such as lamb shanks or trout. They are also open for dinner on Fri and Sat nights. Enjoy coffee from all over the world from the Coffee Roastery located inside this restaurant.

Next door is Harries Pancakes, a treat for the whole family and not to be missed!

Across the road, screened by a colourful rose garden is Rose Cottage with large umbrellas shading a garden terrace and offering an extensive day-time menu.

Old Transvaal Inn, Dullstroom

Further up the road on the left is The Old Transvaal Inn which has a reliable day-time restaurant but is justifiably renowned for their home-made old fashioned sweet shop.



As you proceed through town, on the left is The Mayfly which is a contemporary and  popular restaurant along the lines of a Sports Bar with all-day TV sports coverage. They have a large menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner options and they offer good value for money. The crisp battered Calamari is excellent!  

On the right hand side in the Auldstone Building where a visit to Wild about Whisky is a treat. Over 500 whiskies are available and a whisky tasting is a must.  Wine & coffee is also served.

Tucked away in the piazza of Cherry Grove, behind Zest Properties, is Legendz Cafe. The European ambiance of the piazza complete with tinkling fountain is continued into the restaurant which has a deli providing gourmet cheeses, cold meats and pickles. A great place for Illi coffee, breakfast or lunch!

On your way out, pop into Zest Properties for the best selection of Real Estate in Dullstroom.

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