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Critchley Hackle Lodge

Location:  Dullstroom
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If you're planning a vacation that calls for the perfect balance of relaxation, fun and excitement, why not journey to the heart of one of South Africa's favourite destinations and make Critchley Hackle your first stop. From spa delights and a little self-pampering, to taking an adventure into the great outdoors, when you stay at Critchley Hackle it's all right here on your doorstep. Conveniently situated on the outskirts of Dullstroom's slow-brewed bustle, you can enjoy a flutter in the village shops and markets, or just as easily head out to discover the thrill and excitement of the Mpumalanga Highlands. Everything from trailblazing to taking it easy... Critchley caters for an exciting variety of things to do for individuals and groups, young and old.




Critchley Hackle offers a choice of accommodation options, from Deluxe Suites, Lakeside Superior, Lakeside Tower and Cottages, all built in natural sandstone and capturing the rustic charm of turn-of-the-century architecture. Surrounded by country gardens, Critchley's private lake forms the ideal centrepiece for views from most of the lodges and brings fly fishing virtually to your front door. A total of 23 lodges cater for 58 guests and are conveniently priced to suite couples, families and groups.


Cottages: Four Garden Cottages are set slightly back from the lakeside and surrounded by country gardens. Each cottage is uniquely themed and range from two-sleeper to four-sleeper units, en-suite bathrooms, bedroom and living areas all offer fireplaces to ensure a warm and cosy stay. Ideal for families and groups who prefer sharing.


Lakeside Tower: Situated along the north western lake frontage, the Tower comprises three separate rooms which are adjoined by a common entrance. Each room offers two-sleeper, en-suite bathroom, bedroom and living areas. A private veranda frontage allows access to the lake side. Fireplaces and uniquely decorated rooms offer ideal lodging for couples or groups who prefer to stay in close proximity.


Lakeside Superior: Situated on the western lake frontage, our Lakeside Superior rooms all cater to guests sleeping two, with en-suite bathroom, living and bedroom area. Uninterrupted lake views with a private veranda frontage onto the grassy banks, each room is decoratively themed in its own unique style, with a fireplace to ensure a warm and cosy stay.


Lakeside Superior Suites: Nestled on the water's edge, the Deluxe Suites cater perfectly for larger groups and families. Sleeping 4, the Suite offers all the comfort and convenience of separate sleeping and living areas, one downstairs main bedroom with en-suite bathroom and one bedroom upstairs. Private veranda frontage leading directly onto the lakeside giving spectacular views.




The Critchley Restaurant combines contemporary cuisine with a few traditional favorites and is set on the water's edge overlooking Critchley's private lake, ensuring that guests enjoy a warm and tranquil dining atmosphere - the perfect place to enjoy some of Dullstroom's finest gastronomic fair with friends and family.   A sumptuous assortment of fusion cuisine, as well as a few of  traditional favourite dishes awaits you. The menu caters to lovers of fine dining, whatever you're in the mood for. With a rustic country garden ambience and overlooking Critchley's own private lake, you'll find the atmosphere warm and inviting - the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing sundowner and some bubbly conversation. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open to hotel guests and day visitors so booking is essential.


Whether you're the single malt, dry red or sparkling-glass-of-bubbly kind of adventurer, no sunset would be complete without a visit to Critchley's famous Damn Bar - the perfect curtain call to another great day in Dullstroom. Icons from yesteryear adorn the walls and the decor exudes an elegant yet home-from-home charm that makes for the perfect rendezvous with friends and family.


Leisure Activities


With so much to do and see in the Mpumalanga Highlands, Critchley Hackle is perfectly situated to offer the more adventurous guests and visitors an exciting bouquet of thrills and spills to make your trip unforgettable. Whether you choose to relax, unwind and rejuvenate your body and mind; hit the trail into the mountains by hike, bike or horseback; you're into shopping, arts or trying the out-of-the-ordinary cool things to do, there is a range of exciting adventure packages waiting for you to explore.


As one of Dullstroom's premier fly fishing destinations, Critchley Hackle offers an exhilarating fishing experience for the novice and specialist alike, with the added convenience of being situated directly upon the water's edge. Critchley's own private lake caters to resident guests only and whilst offering both a challenging and adrenalin-packed fishing experience the close proximity to your lodging ensures a safe and relaxing experience for any young budding fisherman in the family or group.