4 Mpumalanga Torburnlea
This ‘grand old lady’, as owner Andrew Hall likes to call her, has been in his family since 1890. Built by his great grandparents Hugh and Grace Hall as their farm homestead, it sits on the outskirts of Nelspruit in the Lowveld in the old village of Mataffin. The house has been lovingly restored to its original glory, but has all the comforts of a five-star B&B. Each of the four bedrooms now has a bathroom en suite and is cosy and welcoming. Illustrious guests have included Percy Fitzpatrick (of Jock of the Bushveld fame) and Prime Minister Jan Smuts. I loved hearing stories from long ago and Andrew is a tour operator and history buff. The veranda has a stunning view over the farm and down to Nelspruit, and the library is a cosy place to curl up in front of a fire with the friendly cat, and listen to Andrew’s stories. Grace Hall named the house Torburnlea to remind her of her beloved Scottish hills, streams and valleys, and described it as a place of rest for weary travellers. Something which is still true today.