KZN gem: A quirk around every corner at Crystal Barn


KZN gem: A quirk around every corner at Crystal Barn

Fort Nottingham plays host to a country hotel with great food, charming decor and gorgeous rooms

Candice Botha

Crystal Barn ( in Fort Nottingham, KZN Midlands, is a gem – pretty, sparkly and a real find. It’s a wedding venue and hotel which happens to have a very good restaurant, too. 

The vibe is a charming clash of styles and colours with a strong vintage feel. Saris are embedded in the concrete floors, crystal chandeliers hang from high ceilings, and stained glass, turned timber, enamel signs, antique paintings and collections of odds and ends are displayed on every available surface. Far from being cluttered, the effect is cosy and inviting and there are plenty of fascinating items to point out, examine and speculate about.

Our gorgeous suite was the perfect spot to relax for the afternoon after a walk beside the dam, which is surrounded by lawns and towering trees, got our appetites going. ..

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