Enjoy laid-back country elegance at Oliver’s

Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge

Nestled in a valley, surrounded by farmlands and the rolling hills synonymous with the Mpumalanga Lowveld, is Oliver’s.

The Boutique Hotel is situated on the secure White River Country Estate and is ideally located for those wanting to get the most from their Mpumalanga holiday. The area is well-known, not only for its superb temperate sub-tropical climate but also for its many scenic and adventurous attractions.

At Oliver’s, you will be spoilt with personalised attention to detail in all aspects – from the stylish and unique architecture and décor to the consummate personal service and warm friendly atmosphere.

Expect to be spoiled by their professionally-trained and friendly staff; treat your taste buds to award-winning cuisine and world-class wines and enjoy this amazing place.

Accommodation at Oliver’s

At Oliver’s each of the 14 en-suite rooms are individually furnished and decorated, with all expected amenities, and offer either balconies or patios with views over the golf course and beautiful gardens.

The Luxury Rooms and Executive Suites also each have a fireplace with a cosy seating area in front. Each room category has a Family option.

If you opt for the Exclusive Standard Rooms, you will find either King-size or Twin beds in each bedroom. These sleep two people and have en-suite bathrooms with separate showers and baths, heated towel rails, luxury bathroom amenities, TV’s with DStv, safes, telephone, a minibar with snacks, air-conditioner, heater, coffee/tea facility, hairdryer and bathrobes.

Oliver’s Luxury Rooms, which can sleep three, are in an adjacent building by the pool. These feature a bedroom with a spacious verandah on the ground floor with access to both the garden and pool. Inside, you will find individually furnished rooms with cosy seating areas in front of fireplaces and private patios as well as King-size beds or Twin beds on request.

The bedrooms are en-suite with separate showers and baths, heated towel rails, luxury bathroom amenities, TVs with DStv, safes, telephone, a minibar with snacks, air-conditioner, heater, coffee/tea facility and hairdryers.

There are two spacious Executive Suites, which are situated on the first floor adjacent to the main building. These include a spacious balcony with garden and golf course views, as well as the luxury amenities found in the above suites and can accommodate a third adult or two children below the age of 12 years.

Families or groups will be happy to know that there is a luxury Family House option, which is a four-bedroom unit that can sleep eight people. Two of the bedrooms come with King-size beds while the remaining two have Queen-size beds. Of the four bedrooms, two are en-suite with the other two sharing a bathroom.

The unit also has an open-plan lounge, dining room and kitchenette that opens on to a large private verandah. There are two undercover parking bays.

Smaller families or groups can also opt for the Family Cottage. It features two bedrooms with Queen beds with en-suite bathrooms with shower only. There is also a lounge with fireplace, seating area, kitchen and a private verandah in addition to the other room amenities.

Facilities at Oliver’s

Oliver’s Restaurant is a Lowveld institution, with locals and visitors from all over the world returning again and again for their award-winning gourmet cuisine that has a distinct continental influence. The seasonal a-la-carte menu is served with only the finest South African wines from the well-stocked wine cellar. The cellar can also be used for private, romantic dinners.

There is a Wellness and Beauty Clinic on-site with five full-time professional Therapists. Treatments include Massages, Facials, Manicures and Pedicures. They do also offer treatments packages.

The Hotel is family-friendly and has a lovely indoor and outdoor kiddies’ play area and a dedicated kiddies menu.

If you are planning a wedding, Oliver’s is the ideal wedding venue. They can cater for up to 100 guests. You will love their custom-made packages.

They are also able to cater for small conferences and offer custom packages to suit your needs.

Guests may also enjoy all the facilities of the White River Country Club, which include golf, tennis and squash.

White River, Mpumalanga activities

Oliver’s is a place to unwind in a peaceful and tranquil setting, to explore the greater Lowveld. Whilst they do not have on-site safari, they have key partners and can help you arrange full day/ half day Kruger National Park Safari’s.

The White River Golf Course is on their doorstep. Guests can walk across from Oliver’s to the course and they are also able to assist guests in booking at the famous Leopard Creek Golf Course.

Reviews from Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge guests

“Enjoyed a night at Oliver’s always a great place to visit on the way to or from Kruger Park. The food is always good and the atmosphere is always relaxing and the staff friendly. Look forward to our next visit but White River is a long way from the UK at present,” wrote fostersandy on their TripAdvisor page.

Miriam Lenehan added; “We were so impressed with our luxury room we thought we’d been upgraded to an executive suite. So spacious, airy and with our own veranda overlooking the golf course and pool we were DELIGHTED with the stay. Friendly helpful staff and amazing range and quality in the restaurant – we wished we had stayed longer. The underfloor heating and the complimentary sherry daily are just extra icing on the cake!!! Terrific.”

“We loved Oliver’s. Dene was fantastic with our handling our booking and the subsequent requests. Nozizwe and her team made us feel most welcomed. Oliver’s is surrounded by some great cafes at the Bagdad and some fantastic fine dining restaurant. We will definitely stay at Oliver’s as it was a sanctuary in the hot Mpumalanga weather,” said ng0vender.

Oliver’s is located at Pine Lake Drive, White River, in Mpumalanga. For bookings, call +27 (0) 13 750 0479 or email res@olivers.co.za or visit olivers.co.za.  Alternatively, you can do your bookings online HERE. Here is their location on Google Maps. Also follow them on Facebook HERE.


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