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Wed
28
Jun
Fordoun … minimal carbon footprint …..

A buzz word used currently in media is your carbon footprint … and how to keep it to a minimum. Following this Fordoun believes in valuing our lifestyle by trying to live ‘greener’. One of the goals of Fordoun is that all processes form part of a sustainable natural cycle. Part of this process is…

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Sat
24
Jun
Fordoun … firebreaks have started ….

Andrew and the Fordoun Farm team have started burning the fire breaks on Fordoun …..      

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Fri
16
Jun
Fordoun … fire and fish

Forefront on a midlands farmers mind at the beginning of winter is the security of lives, land, and infrastructure. The frosts of winter have made the already dry grass, brittle and highly combustible, it has forced any remaining nutrients out of the stems and back into the roots.The highveld sourveldt lives up to its name…

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Wed
7
Jun
Meet Gladys ….

Gladys has been part of the Fordoun team for well over all 50 years… working in the gardens, cleaning the rooms … wherever she is needed. And a smiley ier, happy ier, keen to please lady you will never meet. If delight was a tangible force, it would hit you in the gut and double…

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Wed
31
May
Fordoun …. simply fabulous at any time of the year …

Some say we are in the height of Autumn, some think winter has hit us with a bang ….. regardless… Fordoun is beautiful during this time of the year. The avenue of Pin Oak trees as you drive off the public road is shedding its leaves at an accelerated rate. Rushing into winter. But this…

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Fri
26
May
Conserving Natural Beauty

In 2001 the KZNCF (KZN Crane Foundation) moved its head quarters to the Usher Conservation Centre outside Nottingham Road. This land had been generously donated by several concerned farming families from the area towards sustainable environmental projects. One of the substantial donations to this project was bequeathed by Lady Nora Usher and subsequently donated by…

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Tue
16
May
Following on …. Looking onwards and upwards

Following on from last week’s information: the ladies’ morning with guest speaker Lisa Bobbert to help raise funds for Aspens church mission to India, was a massive success. They managed to raise over R13 000. The community really pulled together and made this all possible. But, of course, it was the beautiful venue that made…

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Wed
10
May
Fordoun and surrounds … a symbiotic relationship

When you google a symbiotic relationship, it is divided into three different types. Following on from this, Fordoun has a mutual symbiotic relationship with the local community. Both parties benefit from the relationship.  And both parties are very happy with the relationship. The first example of these symbiotic relationships are the Fresh Fordoun Farm eggs…

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Tue
2
May
Autumn is a time to rest and recuperate … up-coming events at Fordoun …

According to SANBI (National Biodiversity Institute) March to May are the official months of Autumn in the Natal midlands.  Autumn is a time to recuperate. It is when the midlands change their colors to the deep reds, yellows and browns.  All various shades and colors. The avenue as you enter Fordoun is an array of…

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Tue
25
Apr
Joberg2C ….

have a look at what chef baked for the tea table for the J2C Clifton Notties stop …. it was donated to local Clifton Prtep School ….  

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Tue
25
Apr
The pride and pampered of Fordoun …

Fordoun Farm has many varied enterprises. New to the farm are the 150 layer hens. Living “the life”, in their luxurious double story, shade cloth, coop. The eggs are collected each morning, and used in Skye Restaurant. No Carbon foot print here! Any children staying on the farm are welcome to join in the egg…

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Tue
18
Apr
Leave your thoughts behind ….

Total relaxation is just, a session in the floatation tank at the Fordoun Spa, away. The floatation tank (old dairy silo has been up scaled) at Fordoun is room temperature salt water and once your session begins the only outside stimuli you will have is the star light roof and the relaxing music that is…

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Sat
8
Apr
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Wed
5
Apr
Fordoun … country cordiality since 1850

For Fordoun farm hospitality is second nature … they have been doing it since 1850. Fordoun was first registered in the early 1850 by Mr. William Taylor, after his land grant was successful. He named the land Fordoun, after his private parish in his native area Kindcardineshire in Scotland. William came out to Natal on…

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Tue
28
Mar
Land of Legends …

Ten years ago, a group of Kwa Zulu Natal’s top boutique hotels formed the Land Of Legends. The aim of LOL is to celebrate the history, tradition and culture of our country, with a long-standing records in the upliftment of local people and the preservation of the environment as major criteria. Those accepted in the…

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Wed
22
Mar
Elliot at Fordoun …

Elliot Ndlovu has met many people in his life. Amongst those, he has met Queen Elizabeth, former president Tabo Mbeki, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and has had hotel room services through out the world but, he practices uBuntu. He gives all people the equal amount of respect, attention and energy. No one person is treated as…

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Tue
14
Mar
Get the local flavor…

At Fordoun you get the whole experience ….. Fordoun has always supported local artists. At the moment they are show casing two local artist showing their works in the Hotel reception. Sarah Richards is a local ceramicist who lives in the Balgowan area and is of international fame. She has executed many commissions including Fish…

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Wed
8
Mar
Fordoun for the fit ….

Fordoun for the fitness fanatics … get your sweat on Do not worry that you will have too much down time at Fordoun Hotel and Spa. There is plenty on offer to keep your heart pumping, if that is your wish. You could start the day with a trail run along the tracks through the…

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Tue
28
Feb
Autumn at Fordoun …

The midlands in the autumn … Crisp mornings followed by warm days, beautiful sunsets and cool nights. This is the midlands in the autumn. The leaves are starting to turn into their autumn golds and cover the roads in a carpet of leaves. Mist rolls in during late evening and encloses the midlands in its…

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Thu
23
Feb
Rain down on us ….

There is no such thing as bad weather … only bad gear … We have had over 5 days of rain at Fordoun. 100 ml in 5 days. Lovely, glorious, life giving, soaking rain. Penetrating the thirsty ground, filling up the water table, running off the lands and into the dams. Thank you, thank you….

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Wed
15
Feb
Fordoun … for the family …

Fordoun …focusing on the family … Fordoun farm village offers 8 luxurious self catering cottages built around our “village green” cricket oval, and alongside our productive and beautifully laid out vegetable garden. The primary reason for creating the farm village, was to tap into the niche Agri Tourism market and offer a chance for families…

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Fri
10
Feb
Chef …

He just goes by the name “chef”. No need to waste unnecessary words. He gets things done … just like in his kitchen. Chef takes care of all the foodie needs at Fordoun. The muffins, biscuits and ice tea in the spa through to the three course meals in the Skye Bistro. He gets up…

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Tue
7
Feb
February, the month of love ….

We have all heard again and again that February is the month of love, and I hope you have booked somewhere special to take that special someone but spare a thought for the poor singles in South Korea. They wait two whole months to make sure they are not on someone’s valentines list. Then on…

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Sun
5
Feb
February at Fordoun …

Welcome to February at Fordoun … Sylvia has been working on Fordoun Farm for 61 years. She used to help in the dairy with herd health management and fertility, when Fordoun was a working farm, but now she works in the hotel in house keeping. Here, she is arranging the fresh flowers to welcome the…

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Thu
2
Feb
FLOTATION TANKS: THE NEXT BIG THING IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS?

Flotation tanks (also known as Sensory Deprivation tanks) have certainly become a growing trend within the Health and Beauty industry for many reasons: ·         Detoxifying benefits ·         Healing properties ·         Relaxation and rejuvenation Flotation tanks contain a high level of Epsom salt solution – a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate that has many…

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Thu
2
Feb
Christmas around the world

The traditional western Christmas includes decorated Christmas trees, the giving of presents, and feasts of turkey, mince pies and Christmas cake. However, Christmas celebrations around the world vary, depending on the culture, history and geographical location of the country. Probably one of the most dramatic Christmas celebrations occurs amongst the tribes of New Guinea, who…

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Thu
2
Feb
Chocolate!

Easter is a time when even people who do not consider themselves “choco-holics” can usually be tempted to savour the delicious sweetness of chocolate, hidden within a glossy Easter egg wrapping. But as we melt the soft chocolate on our tongues, how many of us realise that this treat has a history dating back over…

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Thu
2
Feb
THE ART OF RELAXING: Yoga and other tips

“Yoga, a philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realise its distinction from them and attain liberation.” – Merriam Webster; Dictionary    Yoga has become a fast-growing and popular form of physical activity for many nowadays. With fast-paced lifestyles characterising the lives of many…

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Thu
2
Feb
THE TOP 3 BENEFITS OF EXERCISE FOR YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL

“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” – Willhelm von Humbodlt It is a well-known fact that exercise is said to be great for overall health; mentally, physically and emotionally. With this in mind, we have identified 3 useful benefits of exercise that we…

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Thu
2
Feb
VISIT THE MIDLANDS AND INDULGE IN ALL THE CUISINE ON OFFER

So, most of us take a holiday to relax both mind and body. At Fordoun Hotel and Spa we offer you a range of luxurious treatments and rooms to enjoy. When you’re feeling the itch to explore the Midlands futher, consider the following… We all have our weakness when we’re on diet…whether your indulgence is…

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