Weddings

As a wedding venue of choice in the foothills of the Drakensberg, Oaklands Country Manor has sweeping vistas of breath-taking scenery, an enchanting country atmosphere, fine cuisine and a range of venues to choose from.

At Oaklands Country Manor, we specialise in intimate country style weddings, each one personalised to create a uniquely magical day for the couple and their guests.

The ideal location for an intimate celebration!

 

At Oaklands Country Manor, we specialise in intimate country style weddings, each one personalised to create a uniquely magical day for the couple and their guests. The venue is exclusively reserved for the wedding party, ensuring that no effort is spared in coordinating a day the couple will always remember.

 

We can accommodate weddings at any time of year, with October to March being the prime recommended season in the Drakensberg. Both the ceremony and reception can be hosted on the property at one of our stunning venues.

 

 

We would like you to feel comfortable and at home at Oaklands for an enchanted weekend filled with celebration and laughter. We will take the pressure off you and your families by taking care of the finer details, providing you with a beautiful day filled with lasting memories.

 

 

Perfectly situated halfway between Gauteng and Durban, Oaklands has the makings of a unique and spectacular country wedding venue, boasting superb food, breath-taking views, and warm hospitality.

 

Oaklands Country Manor and its surrounding estate in the Van Reenen area are steeped in a rich history that dates back to the years preceding the First Boer War. It has seen a series of devoted owners who enjoyed varying degrees of success as the property served as a game farm, family estate and guest house over the years.

 

 

Oaklands Country Manor is currently run by Lady Caroline Bruce, together with her sisters Kathy Romer-Lee and Annie Barnard, and her brother Simon Tully. The business is thriving under the collective management of these Tully siblings, each of whom brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality and marketing industries – quite literally – to the table. This fun-loving family, who grew up in close-knit communities in Lesotho and then the Eastern Free State, traces its heritage back to Irish fortune-seekers who settled in the Northern Cape during the early diamond-mining days in the area.

 

Passionate about sharing their energy, their environment and the produce of this beautiful farm, the Tully family are committed to creating a collective consciousness that builds hope, security and well being for all.

 

 

The award-winning kitchen is run by well-known chef, Kathy. Hugely passionate about farm to table food, she sources most ingredients from their own garden and from farms in the region. What she doesn’t have she sources locally, maintaining that a symbiotic relationship between land, people and community is the secret to a healthy and happy way of life.

Accommodation is stylish yet homely, reflecting the comfortable countryside lifestyle that the stunning location affords.

 

Each of the beautifully appointed rooms at Oaklands offers guests a perfect sanctuary from which to experience the splendour of the region. Exquisite views of the Oaklands gardens, polo fields and surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from the Bruce and Clifton Rooms, while the Garden Rooms offer a more private and secluded setting.

 

 

Wedding Venues

 

Oaklands is a small country hotel offering guests the unique opportunity of exclusivity for a destination wedding venue. Guests are encouraged to make Oaklands their home-away-from-home during the time spent with family and friends celebrating the joyous occasion of their wedding.

 

We have several beautifully appointed venues available.

 

 

The Acorn Room Deck
This is the perfect venue for a ceremony under the vast African skies, boasting the most beautiful “big country” views of the Tantjiesberg mountains and pristine countryside, with the romance of the polo field and horses as a perfect backdrop to delight the senses.

 

 

The Oaklands Restaurant – up to 60 guests
The ideal venue for smaller more intimate weddings, the “heart” of Oaklands, this warm, character filled venue can accommodate up to 60 guests. The restaurant, veranda’s, bar and lounges are exclusively for the wedding guest’s enjoyment.

 

 

The Oaklands Hotel & Restaurant with Marquees – up to  100 guest
The ideal venue for weddings larger than 60 but smaller than 100, preferring to host the entire weekend and wedding on site.

 

 

 

The Waterfall Stone Barn – up to 150 guests
This classic Free State Stone Barn situated on Waterfall Farm, 4km’s from Oaklands, is ideal for larger weddings of up to 150 guests. Rick & Vicki Dillon, invite you to enjoy their family farm for your special day. The picturesque farm is situated at the foot of the magnificent Nelson’s Kop mountain, a famous landmark of the area. Both the ceremony and the wedding are accommodated on Waterfall Farm. The ceremony in either the “Old Shed” or under the big sky in the veld, and the wedding celebration in the authentic Stone Barn, once the milking shed on Waterfall Farm.

 

For more information, please contact Annie at bookings@oaklands.co.za or call her on 079 529 2314

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