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The coolest place to stay in Mpumalanga.

Caroline Hurry, Saturday Star.

"Rissington has been a beacon of excellence in the revived country inn genre for some time now ... Guests return year after year, seduced by the deep verandahs, en-suite bathrooms – we quaffed champagne every night in our Victorian ball-and-claw – and private outside showers. Like staying at the home of a rich and well-travelled uncle, we felt completely cosseted within Rissington’s comfortable confines."

Peter Frost, Getaway.

"The Inn is the kind of place you hope to find on a trip like ours – happy, relaxed with good chefs and evenings full of excellent wine and wit. It was so comfortable – huge rooms and lots of space to breathe outside."

Mike Mills, Classic Feel.

"What I like about Rissington is its lack of fussiness. You can really kick off your shoes and relax… you get all the essential comforts and excellent food you need without all the extra luxuries you pay a fortune for. Consequently prices are reasonable."

Jayne Morgan, Up Front (British Airways In-flight Magazine).

"The best…. Rissington Inn, haven of fine food and luxurious, but sensibly-priced accommodation."

Pat Kossuth, Country Life.

"Chris Harvie supervises the fine cuisine…. Superlative, imaginative meals. Personally recommended."

Bridget Hilton-Barber, Sawubona, SAA’s In-flight magazine.

"The coolest place to stay in Mpumalanga."

Tanya Kovarsky, Food & Home.

"Arriving here is like coming home, though in this case home has great service, 5-star food and the comforts of a hotel…Chris says 30% of his local and international guests return. We’ve already booked our next stay."

Bikes and Babes - Bike SA magazine.

"The best was the outside shower, designed in such a way that you can see out and no-one can see in. I could have stayed another week."

Mike Crewe-Brown, Air Tales.

“All we wanted was a good meal and a good night’s rest. Rissington Inn was the ideal choice, offering all this and more”.

Janet Wilhelm, Sunday Times (South Africa).

“The Ivory room at Rissington is not so much a room with a view, but a room that becomes the view. The bedroom flows out onto a covered verandah and then on down to a grove of mango trees. The bathroom becomes an outside shower, an irresistible invitation…. while being entertained by a raucous pair of purple-crested loeries”

The Guardian (London).

"Driving in on day visits (to the Kruger) for the day is another option. Rissington Inn is a fantastic base. The thatched homestead, overlooking a pretty valley has 14 comfortable rooms, the welcome’s warm and the cuisine’s unfaultable."

Andrew Unsworth, SA Sunday Times.

"Dinner, from a really impressive menu and an even more impressive (and award-winning) wine list, is when you feel like it and breakfast ... is the usual over-indulgence of fruit, cereals, eggs and great breads."

Iwanowski’s Guide.

"Ruhig gelegenes, legeres Haus zum Wohlfühlen, nette Zimmer….sehr gutes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis."

Gwynne Conlyn, SAfm.

"Chris Harvie at Rissington Inn is the most charming and erudite host and serves wonderful meals in great comfort"

Harald Grapentin, Diversions.

“Rissington has that indefinable something that draws you back again and again… It is all done with a deceptive ease and elegance that makes it look so simple. There are no stuffy conventions here. You don’t have to struggle into smart clothes to enjoy dinner - come casual, sit back and enjoy”.

Carol Lazar, Saturday Star.

“At Rissington, Chris Harvie has created a very personal hideaway from the strains and stresses of urban life. He has not compromised on standards or quality but has resolutely set his prices at a level which is affordable to any traveller”.

Linda Stafford, Condé Nast House and Garden.

"Something completely different: Rissington Inn, the relaxed, let-your-hair-down creation of Chris Harvie. ... Harvie, an amusing chatterbox, has taken the formality out of the retreat experience in keeping with the wild ambience of his property."

Justin Fox, Getaway

"The Inn feels like home. Guests relax in the lounge, browse through the bookshelves… I found one gentleman fast asleep (mouth agape in a bout of blissful snoring) and slowly being devoured by a comfy chair."

Getaway's 101 Great Weekends

"The bar's fun, the food's excellent, the rooms are enormous and he's the happiest host you could want."

Pippa De Bruin, Getaway

“The best country-style guest lodge in the Lowveld. This gorgeous thatched homestead has long been a favourite and it is thrilling to see how the grande dame keeps evolving.”

Ici et d’Ailleurs

“ … le Rissington est installé au coeur d’un parc tranquille et verdoyant … histoire de se reposer en plein air après une longue journée de safari … service particulièrement chaleureux.”

Janine Stephen, High Life magazine

“Rissington Inn is the real deal. Informal, homey, stylish. And with a real Innkeeper!”

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