Netherwood Farm, South Africa
Netherwood Farm Wedding Venue in Nottingham Road is a contemporary wedding venue located on a working Angus Stud farm in Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands.
The design and layout was focused around keeping the structures as quiet as possible - to allow the natural beauty of the surrounding area to speak for itself. Glass, steel and natural stone form the shell - with details in vintage sleepers. Both the Chapel and the Venue have frameless glass stacking doors that allow the outdoors to pour in, and opens up the structures to 360 degree views of the peaceful surroundings.
With sweeping views of the surrounding farm valleys, dams and across to the Drakensberg, Netherwood offers a unique combination of contemporary design, in the countryside.
Netherwood Farm, South Africa
Netherwood Farm, South Africa
Glass and Sunset
From the chapel, one strolls down a path through a natural forest - which terminates in an age-old pine, marking the entrance to the triple volume wings.
Much like the chapel, the design of the venue was based around allowing the surroundings to take centre stage. The structure of steel and glass overlooks four inter-leading dams, which become enormous mirrors at sunset.
The contemporary interior keeps to our philosophy of simplicity. The positioning of voile curtains allows for for a fluid transition from a boisterous 250 guest wedding, through to an intimate 100 guest event.
The literally, rock solid, bar can cater to any party as it serves both inside and outside. Pre-drinks on the lawn in front of the bar, overlooking the tiered dams, is the perfect setting for guests to take in the surroundings.
Useful information :
approximately 100 guest layout
approximately 150 guest layout
approximately 200 guest layout
banquet style layout
Netherwood Venue is fitted with the following features:
Gas fireplaces throughout
Full height frameless glass doors and windows
Parquet dance floor in centre of venue
Double sided (interior and exterior) rock bar
Fully fitted catering kitchen
2 ladies and 1 gents bathrooms
Netherwood also provides the following :
250 white tiffany chairs
Rectangular trestle tables
White table cloths and serviettes
Crockery, cultery and glassware
Fully stocked bar
Podiums for speeches
All our facilities are strictly non-smoking.
For more information or a full stock list, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The general curiosity of the renovation of the chapel led to the decision to develop the idea of a contemporary wedding venue - for the modern bride and groom.
What was key in the development, was the desire to create a space that was intrinsically beautiful. The environment, the materials, and basic structure needed to become the strength - to achieve simple grace, not covered-up-and-coloured- in beauty.
Since we wanted to maintain the feeling that you are on a farm in the country, but with an extra touch of class, we opted for a traditional farmshed steel structure. We then filled it in with glass, stone and sleeper wood.
Netherwood chapel is unique. For as plain a reason as : simplicity.
The honest glass, steel and stone structure frames the change of the rolling hills from fresh green to warm yellow. It sits on a natural rock outcrop, where worn-in pine trees act as csurtains, gently filtering the setting sun.
The chapel is an unusually contemporary design, catering to the discerning client. It can open completely on both sides for a 360 degree view of the ever-changing landscape.
We believe that every service is a rare and precious rite of passage.
For this reason, we do not take on more than one service per weekend.
130 pax on restored pews
Space for additional seating on end of aisles takes it to approximately 190 pax
Doors fold open for larger weddings to extend the seating area onto the lawns
The chandelier in the entrance is a flight of bronze African Cliff Swallows, with each individual swallow being commissioned to local sculptor Michael Mawdsley.
Swallows were often the subject of sailor’s tattoos, marking their fore-arms with this symbol of returning home, and returning to love.
Most bird books will also tell you that swallows pair up for life.
Netherwood Chapel was once an honest little structure at the top of a hill - only visited by pigeons. It was decided in 2009, after 20 years of its creation, to capture that honesty, and make available the breathtaking views that the chapel offers.
The old decrepit walls were removed, and replaced with steel and glass wings. With the availability of all sorts of unusual finds from the farm, the strength of the architecture could be balanced with the warmth of history.
What was important to both the design and process, was to maintain the simplicity of the structure and to allow the winsome beauty of the view in. The construction was truly a labour of love, and we hope that this, in some small way, reflects on your ceremony, and your future.
Lidgett’s Grant Lodge
Lidgett’s Grant Lodge is the original farmhouse on Netherwood Farm.
it now functions exclusively as a self-catering house for the use of weddings and functions.
Please note: rooms are not available individually as the house is exclusively for the use of the bride and groom.
6 en suite bedrooms (2 pax each)
1 family room en suite (4 pax)
2 bedrooms (2pax each) with shared bathroom
Sleeps maximum of 20
Fully equipped kitchen
Full dstv in tv room
Fireplaces in bar and main lounge
Central courtyard with braai
Open verandah overlooking paddocks
A short walk from the trout fishing dams
A short walk from the wedding venue and chapel
Some important items to remember :
Check in is from 2pm
Check out no later than 12pm
Please bring your own fishing equipment
Please bring your own swimming / fishing towels
Matches / torch for braai facilities
All rooms are non-smoking - courtyard and verandahs are designated smoking areas
Click here for a map of the property
Click here for a layout of the house