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.
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!