City getaway a royal treat to remember

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

Excess might harm you the saying goes, yet a little indulgence now and then is good for you.

City folk often wrongly assume that when rest and relaxation are needed, getting out of the city is the only way to achieve this.

But Joburgers need not look far because the city also boasts hideaways that are perfect for lazy weekend retreats.

One of these hideaways is Modjadji House in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, where visitors can indulge in and perfect the art of doing absolutely nothing.

The guest house is named after the legendary rain queen of Limpopo, Queen Modjadji. The exterior of the guesthouse resembles her majestic origins, which don't quite fit in the concrete jungle.

Cycads feature prominently in the lush garden that gives so much character to the guest house. These plants are some of the oldest in the world and reign supreme in the land of the rain queen.

The garden dominates one's stay at the guesthouse and makes one feel enchanted. It is almost as if one is in a different world.

This will not make visitors feel that they are in a dull, rural place because the house has enough modern features to make any city person feel at home.

The four-star house boasts six en-suite bedrooms, a conference facility, a pool and cocktail area.

It is the perfect setting for small intimate parties and weddings.

Visitors can soak up the sun in the garden by the pool before the winter chill bites, and beautiful sunsets and sundowners can be enjoyed from the balconies of all the rooms.

The delicious food at Modjadji House is colourful and freshly prepared and must be relished.

It is prepared and served by staff who go out of their way to cater for your every need and to ensure that your stay is something to remember.