Our standard rooms have beautiful Californian oak furnishings, views of the gardens, and are available with either twin or double beds, showers or baths.
Our history begins in the 1800s
This beloved ‘old lady’ of a hotel has buildings that date back to the 1800s. In 1989, after being left neglected and in a derelict state, she was lovingly and painstakingly brought back to her former glory by passionate hoteliers, Karen and Gion Poltera. Envisioning a family-run and family-friendly hotel, they put their hearts and souls into making Fern Hill the success it is today. Now in the hands of their children, Fern Hill continues to grow and develop every year, with extra care taken in ensuring the grand old lady moves with the times without forsaking her old-fashioned graces.
Throughout the extensive buildings, guests can find glimpses into the past and striking contrasts where contemporary meets quaint country charm. For those guests interested in the older parts of the hotel, booking the Signal Box for a private dining experience is a must. The old railroad train signal box is one of the oldest buildings on the property, with the long-gone train tracks once running where the hotel’s buffet section now stands. Throughout the main hotel building, there are numerous, hidden snippets of history to be found.
Fern Hill Hotel is home to more than 40 staff members, as well as numerous Hotel School students. Everyone that makes up the Fern Hill team puts service excellence above all else and we wear our superior service standards as a mark of distinction. Our Fern Hill family looks forward to welcoming yours so we can prove that we truly do strive for the ultimate in service excellence.
Stephanie (née Poltera) and Miklos Szecsei joined the team. Read more
Mik started as a lecturer at the training college. Having studied a BA Hons from Rhodes University as well as Post Graduate Certificate in Education from UNISA, he has worked hard to constantly improve the level of training and quality of course work. He is now a director in charge of both the accounts division and the training college here at Fern Hill Hotel.
Alex Poltera joined the team and fit the final puzzle piece of the family run business. Read more
Our beautifully-appointed luxury rooms have supremely comfortable four-poster beds or twin beds, a sitting area, balcony overlooking the rose gardens, and a walk-in rain shower.
These spacious suites provide the ideal setting for you and your family to relax and unwind - with two bedrooms, a family lounge, large bathrooms, baths to bathe the children, showers, and camp cots. All family suites have balconies with views of the gardens.
Our spacious suites comprise of king or four-poster beds, a sitting area, views of the gardens, modern bathrooms with both showers and baths, and tastefully decorated with bespoke artwork.
We live close to Fern Hill but had never been. What a find! The carvery lunch was fresh and delicious, with a wide range of options. Our whole family loved it. But the best asset is the staff. We were treated to the best form of hospitality from every staff member. They honestly could not do enough to make a special family lunch truly enjoyable.
We had the Sunday buffet lunch on 22 October 2017. The day was special as we celebrated the 80th birthday of my partner, Barbara. The occasion was arranged by her daughter Leanne.
The hotel went out of their way to make the lunch a very special and memorable one. It was the buffet lunch which is always outstanding and great value for money.
The staff are always so polite and attentive and a special thanks is due to Rose who took great care of us all. Once again, thank you to the hotel for making the day a very special one.
Was invited to be part of the Midlands Literary Festival Horwick 2017 at this fine establishment. The grounds are well kept and all the buildings in excellent condition. We provided with a good lunch which consisted of tomato soup, vegetable to chicken lasagna, followed by fruit salad and cheese cake. The service we received was friendly and efficient.Free Wifi available. A most enjoyable visit.