Old Halliwell is an historical stone landmark dating back to 1830’s when the first structure was built as a fortified wagon stop leading into the wild interior and our chapel was a Smithy where carriages were repaired and horses shod.

Today Old Halliwell is a 4 star hotel set on 250 acres of rolling lawns and forest overlooking the magnificent Karkloof Valley and incorporates the “Old Halliwell Rest Home for Horses”. The peace and tranquility of Old Halliwell where the air is clean and the water is pure, will take you far away from the hustle and bustle of city life and help you experience the charms of a bygone era, but with all the modern conveniences.

We have both the largest and one of the smallest wedding venues in the Midlands so we can tailor make packages to suit all tastes and budgets and create an intimate venue for your special day.

We are also able to change the main venue size to suit the wedding reception requirements – number of guests, size of dance floor, buffet set up, lounge areas, photo booths etc.

Our wedding packages allow for all contingencies, so if a garden ceremony is what you want but the weather turns foul on the day we can use the chapel, if canopies and Pimms were to be served at the poolside gazebo we can switch to the hotel dining room if available or the cosy pub. We plan our prices around your needs and allow for changes relating to weather at no additional cost.

Remember that we are a well established 4 star boutique hotel so we have all the usual facilities such as accommodation, restaurant, bar, smoking lounge, swimming pool etc and therefore can cater for all your before and after wedding requirements and with 17 years of wedding experience you’ll be in excellent hands.

Services included by Old Halliwell for your Wedding:

  • Option of garden or chapel for your ceremony
    Use of pool area & gazebo
  • Use of the Main venue
  • Extensive menu options to suit all budgets
    Standard crockery, cutlery, glasses, tables with white/cream/black/silver or white & gold table cloths and matching linen napkins and standard ancona chairs with white covers
    4 x Cocktail tables and cloths at pool for juice/canopies
  • Buffet display, portioning of wedding cake & cruet sets
  • Account or cash bar in the Main Venue, barmen for 8 hours, waiters for 8 hours
  • Complimentary honeymoon suite for the bridal couple – subject to availability
  • Use of the Bridal day suite for you and your bridesmaids to get ready
  • Old Halliwell’s gardens & views provide wonderful photo opportunities
  • Use of chapel’s benches, lectern, carpet for the aisle
  • Special packages for large weddings of 150 or more, Mid week specials and self catering options

We have a list of highly experienced professionals all eager to help you with the following:
Planning & co ordination, Wedding cake, Music, including DJ’s, Musicians or bands, Minister, Chaplin or Marriage Officers, Flower arrangements and bouquets, Draping, fairy lights and décor, Hair & make up & Photography and videographer.
However should you have your own preferred supplier you are welcome to use them.

From small intimate gatherings to extravagant celebrations of 300 guests or more, Old Halliwell has the package just for you.

Garden Ceremony’s: 250 acres of lawn, forest & paddocks with great views of the Karkloof valley, garden ceremonies prove to be extremely popular. However as they are weather dependent, we do have the chapel or poolside gazebo as a standby. There is no extra set up charge should you wish to use the garden

The Chapel: Can be used for the ceremony and can seat 120 guests with standing room for another 30 guests.
Main Venue: This high roofed light and airy insulated building with a clear 450 square meters of wooden floor space, has it’s own kitchen, bar, ample toilets, heated if required and can be partitioned off to cater from 45 to 320 guests depending on your requirements. The hall has draped areas and windows with fairy lights built into the ceiling, variable lighting to create the right effects as the reception progresses and excellent acoustics. The standard décor in both the chapel and Main venue is certainly adequate, however provision is made for the easy addition of more elaborate draping, bunting, lighting etc.

The Chapel, gazebo or hotel dining room can also be used for receptions of 45 or less and budgeted accordingly.


Old Halliwell has large, comfortable guest rooms, all leading in from the garden with open fireplaces and private verandahs overlooking the Karkloof Valley.

We have a total of 14 rooms, which will sleep up to 32 guests although extra beds may be added and some rooms do sleep 4 and our Valley suits have spa baths. All of our room rates include breakfast.
There is also a number of other accommodation establishments within a short drive of Old Halliwell.
Baby sitters are available upon request.


Conveniently situated just 4kms from the N3, at the Lions River off ramp, Exit 114.
Or tarred road access from Howick 12 kms.

4 ½ hours from Johannesburg Gauteng.

1 hour from Durban.

30 minutes from Pietermaritzburg.

10 minutes from Howick & Midmar Dam.


Breakages Deposit

A R1,500.00 deposit is required and held to cover any breakages & damage to linen, property etc this is refunded or part there of 14 days after wedding date.


Payment Terms

To secure your booking date for the venue we require R9,000.00 which is a non-refundable deposit. It is advisable to secure your venue date early.
Confirmation of final number of guests, balance of venue and other related costs including the breakages deposit of R1,500.00 is to be paid no later than 21 days prior to wedding date. This is critical to the smooth running of the wedding. Late or delayed payments are not allowed.


It is advisable to book accommodation for you or your guests at the same time as booking the venue or soon thereafter.
Please note that rooms will not be held until the accommodation deposit is received.
To secure your accommodation a 50% deposit is required and normal cancellation terms apply.

We accept all major credit cards except American Express and Diners Club.

Full and final settlement of account (accommodation, bar tab, etc) to be paid on departure

Contact Details

For any further information please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website
Telephone: 033 330 2602 : Cell: 071 942 4130/ 082 510 6366
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