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Hartbeespoort Dam Guest House


Choose the Best Hartbeespoort Dam Guest House & Hotel Accommodation

At Villa Paradiso, we offer you more than just another Hartbeespoort Dam guest house. We’re a prestigious hotel, estate and conference centre located at the foot of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountain Range. With 60 well-appointed rooms, a conference facility that can accommodate up to 180 delegates at a time, and free full English breakfasts included in all our accommodation, we certainly cater to the needs of corporations, business travellers and discerning holidaymakers.

Understanding the history of Hartbeespoort Dam, will provide you with insight to the popularity of the region for tourism, company functions in Gauteng, weddings, adventure activities, and weekend break-away stays at Villa Paradiso. We thus share a bit of information about the dam’s history below.

Where it all Started

Well over a century ago General Hendrik Schoeman, owner of the farm Hartbeespoort, decided to build a dam to the benefit of the farming community in its surrounds. His dream was realised when the dam wall construction in the Crocodile River (not to be confused with the Crocodile River of Mpumalanga) commenced in the late 1890s. It would be the largest dam in South Africa. The dam was originally named Sophia after Hendrik’s wife, but a name change would later take place to the Hartbeespoort Dam which we know today.

It wasn’t a cheap dam at the time, although in today’s terms it would be considered the price of a small farm dam. The problems started when a decision was made after the Anglo-Boer War to relocate the dam wall to snugly fit between two mountains.  August Karlson was the engineer at the time, but financial problems caused a delay in the construction and its building only started in 1918.

To the construction team’s dismay, torrential rains in 1921 completely washed the dam away and Karlson was so frustrated that he resigned. With nobody to complete the dam wall, the council had to search for a new engineer. They eventually hired an engineer by the name of F.W. Scott who led the team that would complete the dam wall. A bridge was built on top of the dam wall. It is almost a must to at least drive over the dam wall once during your visit to the Hartbeespoort region.  With over 249 000 cement bags used in the building of this unique dam wall, one has to applaud all the people involved in creating the water mass that is such a popular leisure spot today.

What we Offer

With well-appointed bedrooms, stunning venues for hosting conferences, banqueting rooms and a romantic wedding chapel, Villa Paradiso most certainly offers more than the average Hartbeespoort Dam guest house facilities. We have an outdoor boma, warm and welcoming breakfast room and our well-known à la carte restaurant, where we offer Sunday Lunch Buffet with an extensive range of cuisine. Our restaurant furthermore offers fine dining at its best and should you wish to just relax, you will delight in our lush gardens.

Offering four-star accommodation near the dam’s water edge at the end of a lake, unlike any other guest house, our hotel provides a welcoming retreat from the normal city rush. Our sparkling pool offers a place of socialising and with several rooms having their own balconies offering stunning views of the mountains or the dam, guests have everything that they could want for a dream, weekend break-away guest house.

Each room has selected DStv channels, air-conditioning, and tea and coffee making facilities. We offer a snack menu throughout the day and guests can also enjoy cocktails or sundowners at the Fire Fly. WiFi is available throughout the hotel and estate.

Guests have a choice of three accommodation styles. The Travellers Delight rooms are well-suited for family holidaymakers and guests requiring overnight accommodation on their way to another destination. The units are exceptionally comfortable with their twin beds and en-suite bathrooms, as well as open patios leading onto the garden. The Double Economy units are superbly furnished and offer loads of space with twin beds, en-suite bathrooms and the option of open patio or balcony. The Executive Suite units are for discerning travellers and business professionals wanting the extra luxuries, such as private lounge or champagne breakfast, large open plan living area, twin jet bath and deluxe queen size bed.

Don’t settle for just any Hartbeespoort Dam guest house when you can stay at Villa Paradiso, where we are just as committed to long-term quality as the teams that worked together to build the dam wall.