The Royal Country Inn in Dundee combines the benefits of modern accommodation with an old-world charm. Situated in the heart of the battlefields, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, it is the ideal stopover for weary travellers – a home-from-home with every comfort and amenity – as well as a convenient base from which to explore the rich history of the surrounding area.
This inn was established in 1886, just four years after the town of Dundee was founded by a Scottish coal miner seeking his fortune and destiny. Together, Dundee and the Royal built on their foundations, growing together, and today, the Royal Country Inn stands proudly restored to its former glory.
Proprietors, Daniel and Motz Bezuidenhout, bought the Royal in 1999, at a time when the inn appeared more than a touch tired and run-down, a definite “fixer-upper”. After years of hard work, creative energy and equal amounts of frustration and joy – the Royal Country Inn stands proud once again. Daniel and Motz have, however, been careful throughout its ongoing restoration not to lose the original charm and historical ambience.
The Royal has a rich history – it even burnt down once – and this complex past is an integral part of its atmosphere. The collection of memorabilia, historical documents, old photos and artwork, even replicas of the uniforms of both the Anglo-Boer and the Anglo-Zulu Wars provides hours of browsing and enjoyment.
The kitchen (Motz’ department) produces meals second to none – packed with flavour and wholesome goodness – dinner at the Royal is not to be missed.
We are proud of our staff at the Royal – they are friendly, helpful, and pay attention to smaller details sometimes overlooked in large, impersonal hotels. They are always willing to go the extra mile to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
Daniel, Motz and their staff extend an invitation to come and sample the wares at the Royal Country Inn!