Accommodation for the 5th leg of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series!

This epic national mountain bike series covers 6 provinces in its 7-leg race, allowing competitors and supporters to experience the incredible natural beauty of the South African countryside. At Idle Winds, we’re offering affordable, comfortable accommodation in the area where you can relax, enjoy the views and get ready for one of the biggest mountain biking events in the country! Leg Five of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Location: Van Gaalen Cheese Farm – R560, Skeerpoort, 0232 Date: 29 July 2017 Races: In addition to the full and half marathon distances for serious competitors, there is also a fun race of 20km with an accent of 300m or less on race day and a short 10km kids route that is largely flat and open to children between 3-11 years old. Route characteristics: Located in the Magaliesburg, the competitive marathon and half marathon routes are typical of the area. Expect steep climbs on single tracks, river crossings, ravines, bridges, gorges and great views along the way! Elevation is around 1400m for this event. What else is on: There’s plenty to do in the Hartebeespoort area, so this event makes a great opportunity for a weekend away with family and friends. From great restaurants and craft beer breweries, to hot air balloon trips, water sports and farm stalls, there’s something to suit everyone! Book your accommodation at Idle Winds today! Idle Winds is one of the leading function venues in the area offering comfortable accommodation for the race in our 58 double and twin rooms. All of our rooms are equipped with shower and bathroom facilities, fans for hot day, heaters for cold nights and M-Net television. Set in beautiful gardens and with an on-site restaurant, this is the perfect location from which to experience the Hartebeespoort area. For more information or to book your accommodation, please contact us...

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How to plan the perfect engagement party – A guide from our function venue

Getting engaged is a wonderful life event that deserves to be celebrated, and an engagement party is the perfect way to do it! Here are some tips from our event planning team at Idle Winds, a top function venue near Johannesburg. Hosting: While it’s quite normal for couples to throw their own engagement party, it’s also common for it to be thrown by the parents or friends of the couple – there’s no strict etiquette here, even for the most formal events. Venue: Depending on the size of your budget and of your party, it’s a good idea to rent a function venue for the event. This means less hassle for you as a couple, a unique setting for this special occasion and – importantly – minimal set up and clean up afterwards! After all, you’re going to dive right into planning your wedding, so don’t spend all your energy on the engagement party. Type of event: Pick something that suits you as a couple – you really have a lot more freedom with an engagement party than a wedding, so use it. From sit down dinners and dances to cocktail parties, picnics, brunches and more, almost anything – and any theme – suits an engagement party. Invitations: There is no right size for an engagement party and you’re welcome to invite whoever you want, but a good rule of thumb is to only invite people who you would also plan to invite to the wedding. Hashtag: If you love social media, then you’re going to want to have a wedding hashtag – and your engagement party is the perfect time to launch it! This is a great way of collecting your guests’ insights, photos and impressions of your journey as a couple. Let Idle Winds function venue make your engagement party an event to remember! Near Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as just a 14km trip from Fourways, Idle Winds is a function venue that is central – even though you feel transported to the countryside! With a professional event planning team, a range of beautiful function rooms for events of any size, beautiful gardens and comfortable accommodation onsite, we offer everything you need for the perfect party. For more information about our function venue and facilities, please contact us...

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