Rosemary Hill Thomas

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Rosemary Hill is a family estate located in Pretoria East. The farm is a popular Pretoria Wedding venue known for its beautiful views, spectacular accommodation options, and fresh organic food,

There are 33 km of trails for biking, hiking, and walking. The property also has a restaurant and coffee shop. It’s one of the best day trips from Johannesburg and a great option for a workcation!

The business values social responsibility and sustainability. Rosemary Hills understand the concept of moving from expensive to experiential living with their focus on farm life experience, fresh organic food, and finding space to breathe. work with local businesses, and reuse all containers from their kitchen to the gardens.

Creating Farmstays at Rosemary Hill

Farmstay at Rosemary Hill

In this week’s episode, Managing Director,  Thomas Franken joins us to chat about architectural experiments, the difficulties of running a hospitality business during a pandemic, and perseverance and running a business for 14  years.

Listen to the full episode on the UNPACK Podcast

  • What made you decide to create Farmstays at Rosemary Hills? Was there a particular moment that sealed the decision for you?
  • In a few words, how would you define your design process – philosophy?
  • The world is now slowly realizing the seriousness of climate change. What is your take on sustainable practice in architecture today?
  • You worked as a business manager for different organizations before RH. Which skills that you learned along your way proved the most helpful for starting your own business?

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Things to know before Staying at Rosemary Hill

Rosemary Hill Farm Location

The farm address is 257 R964, Pretoria. You drive east on the N4 as if you’re travelling to Witbank (eMalahleni), pass the Solomon Mahlangu offramp (previously known as Hans Strydom), and take the next offramp (exit 18) towards Boschkop/Donkerhoek. 

There is a toll gate (costs R13) before you turn right and continue onto the dirt road (R964) for just over 1km. The estate is on the right-hand side.

Rosemary Hill Accommodation Price

The cost of staying at Rosemary Hill in 2021 ranges from R795 to R5000. This depends on the room you choose, the number of guests, and the season. The popular cabin prices are R1650+ and can host 2 guests while dorms host up to 22 guests.

Please visit their website: for updated pricing!

When can I arrive/leave?

Check-in at 14h00 and check-out at 10h00.

Is breakfast inclusive?

Yes, guests receive a complimentary meal voucher for breakfast, and the rooms have complimentary tea, coffee, and milk. The food is amazing and affordable. I’ve driven there countless times for just food and views!

Can I visit Rosemary Hill without sleeping there?

Yes, day visitors are welcome at Rosemary Hill. There is so much to do from walking, hiking, and cycling trails. The farm is family-friendly and kids can see rabbits, donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, guinea fowl, and a herd of Nguni cattle.

Images: Rosemary Hill (Facebook)

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