de Kuilen Country House - 5 star luxury



de Kuilen Country House - a beautiful place to stay!


An Evocation of 18th Century Cape Dutch elegance and hospitality - a stone's throw away from Sandton's business and shopping districts.

 inutes away from Sandton City, and even less from Fourways Mall, lies an unexpectedly beautiful recreation of an 18th century Cape Dutch homestead in an “island” of green tranquility, even in winter.  Set in 3 acres of countryside, and lovingly filled with treasured family heirlooms and magnificent antiques, it is a place of peace and pampering.

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de Kuilen combines the warmth and graciousness of traditional Cape Dutch hospitality with all modern comforts in one of Johannesburg’s most convenient northern suburbs – perfectly positioned for a peaceful setting and a spacious venue for relaxation. Your hosts offer you a warm welcome with security, privacy and tranquility. 

The Main Drawing room

The lavish breakfast - 
De Kuilen's special feature

Guests may choose from our large and charmingly appointed cottages: Birdsong Cottage, Pomegranate Cottage, and Arum Lily Cottage - all self-contained and tranquil, set in their own gardens, fragrant with roses and herbs. You may also choose to have breakfast served on your own private garden verandah, or in the rose-filled courtyard of the main house. For other meals you may wish to take advantage of the excellent self-catering facilities.  Perhaps indulge yourself with a memorable gourmet dinner, provencal in feeling, preceded by conversation by the fire in Winter, and in Summer, drinks in an alfresco ambience. 

Have a refreshing swim in our immaculate pool surrounded by beautiful gardens. All our rooms are air conditioned to provide refreshment after a day in the summer sun.


Beautiful swimming pool

On-site pampering to help
you to relax and de-stress


The Spa at de Kuilen
No need to travel to get some pampering - our Spa offers a range of packages catering to your needs, from relaxing massages to Couples Spa Treats to Bridal showers, Kitchen Tea pamper packages for groups or Corporate Stress release - there's a treat for every requirement right here in the tranquil surroundings of your room or in the conservatory
Click here for details and prices

"A visit to De Kuilen is sensually intoxicating, the ideal accommodation for the vacationer seeking a blend of both bucolic and urban worlds. It is equally suitable for the business traveller who seeks a quiet refuge from the stresses of a hectic schedule at the end of the work day. "
- Chris Endemann from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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An Evocation of 18th Century Cape Dutch elegance and hospitality.

All cottages accommodate two guests but some can be made inter-leading.  All have private entrances and offer you a holiday you will remember for the beauty of your surroundings and the calm, courteous, caring hospitality.

Environmentally aware and eco-friendly

All the food served is sourced from local food markets. In winter our warm and cosy fireplaces are fully stocked with our own sustainable wood supply. 14 solar panels provide the venue with continuous power and helps us to contribute to our eco-friendly ethos.

de Kuilen is a romantically beautiful wedding venue and honeymoon destination, too.....

“Best kept secret in Jhb”
5 of 5 stars
Date of review: Sep 4, 2010  Taken from Trip Advisor, visit the review here
This has truly been my favourite place to stay at in Jhb. Amazing environment - real old world charm. Fantastic breakfast and the hosts organised an exquisite lunch in the garden. I left here feeling truly refreshed and looked after. I would recommend it both for business executives who want a place of serenity after a busy day and for couples just needing a place to breathe. Exceeded all my expectations. What a find!
E Rumboll, Cape Town South Africa

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Especially for Golfers

Whether you are looking for a weekend of unrivalled golf, playing some of the finest locations in South Africa or simply the experience of a South African course, de Kuilen is perfectly located to get to a variety of the best clubs all within half an hour's drive. The Bryanston Country Club, Dainfern Golf Club and The Johannesburg Country Club are 3 of the 5-star courses just around the corner from de Kuilen.  We will happily book your tee-off time and arrange transport there and back on your behalf. If you have not played in Johannesburg before, you will be amazed at the quality of the courses and the value for money. We can book a day or a week's worth of golf for you, and pay deposits where required!

View links to golf courses:
Bryanston Country Club
Johannesburg Country Club (Woodmead)
Dainfern Country Club

Roaring fireplaces in

Facilities for Small Conferences

We offer our exquisite venue for small, special conferences -  roaring log fires in every room in winter, gourmet food prepared by a French-trained chef, a wonderful escape within 20 minutes of Sandton City. The 3-acre garden is filled with the sound of birds and splashing fountains, scented by 1000 red roses and immaculate green lawns, with charming traditional architecture and 6 luxury suites at this 5 star graded Guest house, on the edge of Sandton in Fourways.

Testimonial for our Conference venue:
When I was tasked to find a venue to host our company’s annual strategy planning session, I had a number of issues to consider:
- We needed a suitably located venue as during the two day event we had invited a number of 
   our clients and suppliers to join us for various sessions 
- The venue needed to be able to accommodate our staff complement in elegant comfort 
- I wanted to provide a scenic and tranquil environment where the guests would be able to 
  relax, while having few interruptions during the meetings 
- We needed top class catering for all meals but in particular for the finale dinner, hosting both 
   clients and our staff members’ partners 

We didn’t anticipate, but found through the unique touches offered by your gracious hosting, a place of exceptional attention to detail and refinement; so much so that quite a few of us stayed on after the conference and have subsequently wanted to book your venue for other functions.

All at Morgan Paull had a fabulous stay and would like to thank you once again for hosting our 2005 Conference.

Kind regards
Jemma Fitz Henry

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African Frog carving

Authentic African Artwork - collectibles, resources and guides

At de Kuilen you will discover some beautiful, authentic African art on display - beautiful pieces for your appreciation, collected over the years from different regions in Africa. We have a collection of reference books, photographic journals and artworks available for our guests to peruse and enjoy. Shopping tours can be arranged, with advice and info on the best places to acquire some of your own authentic African art.



  • On site Spa facilities The highlight of any stay at de Kuilen must be the four-course gourmet dinner.

  • CHILDREN ARE WELCOME in all the cottages and inter-leading cottages, where your own private dining table is available. We cater for children of all ages at a reduced rate up to 9 years old.

  • ON-SITE: BEAUTICIAN trained in slimming treatments, facials, aromatherapy and massage: in your suite by appointment.  Swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

  • Immaculate swimming pool: "Beat the heat" in our beautiful pool and cool down with a chilled cocktail.

  • Air conditioning in all suites.

  • NEARBY: Malls and shopping centers, award winning restaurants, fitness center with indoor pool, golf courses and driving ranges, horse riding, and complimentary gym passes.

  • Small conferences: our establishment is the perfect venue for your small conference or meeting - only 20 minutes from Sandton, but with a far-from-it-all atmosphere.

  • Satellite TV, video/C.D. player, digital bedroom safe, hairdryer, fluffy white towelling gowns and slippers - no disturbances.

  • Kettle, hospitality tray, coffee machine, microwave available for each suite. ‘Starter’ provisions (on request), selection of teas and coffees, and Belgian chocolates. There is a mini-bar fridge in each suite, fresh fruit and flowers in abundance.

  • Self-catering: Arum Lily and Birdsong Cottages have full kitchens if required.

  • Free Wi-Fi access in all suites.

  • Laundry and pressing service.

  • Car and shoe cleaning. Dry Cleaning drop-off and collect.

  • Safe covered parking on the property with excellent security.

  • Airport transfers and car hire arranged.

  • Reductions made for long stays where possible.

  • On parle francais ici. Some of us also speak German.


A large part of the romantic attraction
of de Kuilen is the spacious, beautiful garden.....

Rose season at de Kuilen

de Kuilen is currently undergoing an annual
renewal for it's 5 star grading by the
Tourism Grading Council of South Africa


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Tel: +27 (0) 11 462-4670    Fax:+27 (0) 11 462-6819   Mobile:+27 (0) 83 769-2960 


 26 Glenluce Drive, Douglasdale, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Last Updated: November 25, 2015 


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