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Our venue offers customised conference packages to meet your company’s needs

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Blog, Conference venue | 0 comments

At Idle Winds, just 14kms from Fourways, we specialise in delivering a range of comprehensive corporate conference packages designed to meet the needs of both large and small companies and institutions. These include:   The 24-hour conference package – This is suited to overnight and weekend events and includes accommodation in our 58 well-appointed rooms in addition to venue set up, standard conference equipment/multimedia equipment and full catering (meals and snacks). The full-day conference package – This includes use of the venue from 07:30 till 17:00, venue set up, catering (luncheon or buffet as well as snacks) and standard conference equipment/multimedia equipment. The standard half-day package – This includes use of the venue from 07:30 till 17:00, venue set up, standard conference equipment/multimedia equipment and catering (luncheon or buffet as well as snacks).   Experience our tranquil, comfortable conference facilities near Pretoria Our fully-air conditioned conference village is set in tranquil, well-maintained gardens, encouraging an atmosphere of relaxation and stress-free focus. With six modern conference rooms to choose from, including a 400-seat theatre-style venue, we can comfortably accommodate up to 500 people per day.   All our catering is high quality and our luncheons take place in a private function venue of your choice. In addition to conference and seminar facilities, we also offer a range of team building packages which can be utilised separately or in conjunction with your conference package – the ideal way for your team to relax and wind down.   For more information on our conference venue or to visit our facilities in person, please don’t hesitate to contact us today and speak to our friendly, experienced staff.   Back to conference venue near...

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Our extensive venue offers customised function packages for birthdays, awards dinners and more

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Blog, Functions | 0 comments

At Idle Winds, we focus on versatility as well as quality, making us an ideal venue for a wide range of both corporate and private functions. Set in the tranquil countryside, just 14kms from Fourways, we’re a destination which allows you to truly get away from it all without having to travel too far. Our packages, supervised by our dedicated staff and management teams, can be tailored to you or your company’s specifications and include:   Conference and seminar packages: We have six modern conference rooms complete with standard multimedia equipment able to cater to groups of up to 500 people per day. Our conference packages include half day and full day catered conference experiences and comfortable overnight accommodation is available in our 58 on-suite rooms. Wedding packages: Our wedding packages offer a complete service for couples looking for a truly unique and exclusive experience on their wedding day. With a range of large and small ceremony and reception options, including a garden chapel and chandelier-lit hall, our wedding planning team will ensure a magical day for wedding parties of up to 250 people. Team building packages: Our team building packages are fully facilitated and offer a wide range of fun activities to help your team or department relax, enjoy themselves and develop their skills. These activities include quad biking, fire walking, gumboot dancing and much more. Private functions: Whether you are celebrating a landmark birthday or organising a corporate awards evening, we can develop a package that meets your needs. With an award-winning restaurant, a range of different sized function venues and our experienced team, you can achieve a truly memorable experience with minimum hassle.   Start planning your next corporate or private event today Idle Winds is a venue that is all about offering clients exceptional service at every event we hold. If you have wedding, private function or corporate event on your calendar, you are welcome to visit our venue, explore your options and speak to our helpful and friendly staff. Located near Johannesburg, we’re just a short trip from the city – but you’ll feel a world away.   For more information on our venue, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.   Back to function venue near...

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

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Blog, Functions | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Blog, Functions | 0 comments

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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Why winter in the countryside is the perfect time for a wedding!

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

While wedding season in the Highveld is typically in spring and summer, autumn and winter are slowly catching up in popularity – and it’s not difficult to see why! Here are some wedding planning tips from a beautiful countryside wedding venue near Pretoria. The great weather: Weather is often the greatest concern for any couple, but the Highveld has you covered with it’s warm, clear sunny days and star-filled nights. While it might get a little cold in the early morning and late evening, day time weddings are the perfect occasion where you’ll feel comfortable in almost any wedding dress – and indoor receptions can be easily heated to keep all your guests warm and having fun. The scenery: Winter landscapes in this region are dramatic and beautiful, the perfect backdrop for your photos. With a clear, bright blue sky stretching down to pale, golden grasslands, your photographer will have the ideal background to capture your special day. The cost: Wedding costs can get out of control easily, and the best way to bring it back on budget is through the venue. Unfortunately, the best venues cost the most – but not in winter! During the off-season, you can get great discounts and specials that allow you to get the wedding venue you love at the budget you can afford – and that means more to spend on your dress or honeymoon! The themes: Winter time themes are the essence of romance, so having your wedding at this time of year gives you the chance to do something really different. Whether you want a glittering winter wonderland or the romance of roaring fires, winter is the perfect time of year to indulge in these elegant themes. Have the perfect winter wedding at our wedding venue near Pretoria  At Idle Winds, just 14kms from Fourways, we offer our clients a team of professional, experienced event staff to ensure that your day goes off perfectly. With onsite wedding planners, wait staff and chefs, we can assist you with everything from choosing linens and cutlery to setting up and taking down décor on the day. We are also happy to accommodate your own selection of service providers on the day. We also offer you and your wedding guests use of our onsite-accommodation. This consists of 58 double and twin-sized rooms and you also have the option to include a wedding breakfast in your package. If you would like to find out more about our wedding venue, reception and ceremony options as well as the packages we offer, please contact us today. Our wedding planner and team will be happy to assist you and guide you around our beautiful country venue. Back to wedding venue near...

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Catch the Vdubs and T’s Festival at Idle Winds function venue!

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog, Functions | 0 comments

This June, the team at Idle Winds Lodge and Conference Centre is hosting the fun, family-friendly Vdubs and T’s festival for Motorheads SA! This is our third annual VW event and, if the previous years are anything to go by, it’s going to be a wonderful event that brings classic cars, history, friends and food together for a great day out in the countryside.   All the details for the Vdubs and T’s Festival Date: 24th of June 2017 Time: 10h00-16h00 Where: Idle Winds – Plot 68, Doornraandjes, R511 William Nicol (Hartebeespoortdam Road), 0157   What’s on  This event is celebrating the rich history of Volkswagen in South Africa, focussing on the arrival of the iconic moment 45 years ago when the 15 007 034th Beetle left the production line in Wolfsburg, breaking the Ford Model T’s 45-year-old record and making it the most produced single model in the history of the automotive industry! All VWs are welcome at the event, as are all Fords – especially if you have a Model T, Model A or Model N! It’s also open to any other classic cars that want to join in on the fun. There will be lots of food stalls, a market, competitions and lots of prizes for participants! There are also helicopter rides from Capital Air for a truly unique experience. Please also be aware that we are raising money this year for Border Collie Rescue – all you have to do is donate your old bras and R5, and wear your “I went bra-less” sticker with pride. Idle Winds is one of Gauteng’s top function venues near Johannesburg, offering a scenic countryside space and facilities for events, conferences and weddings. For more information on this event, please visit our Facebook page or contact us today. Back to function venue near...

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How to plan a corporate presentation or workshop

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Presentations and workshops are an important part of corporate life, whether you are assisting clients to become familiar with a new product or introducing new concepts to train up your team. Here are some tips for a successful presentation or workshop, from a leading conference venue near Johannesburg. Define your parameters: These events can easily become side-tracked by the way they impact on other areas of business, so it’s important to define the scope of your project and stick within it. Know your audience: This will determine how in-depth it should be, the level of technicality you should use, the focus of the event and the language you should use. For example, clients and vendors will require a different focus to a department training group or C-level executives. Use media: Visual representations, demonstrations and so forth are essential for rounding out your project, keeping people interested and engaged, and giving a comprehensive representation of what you are trying to achieve. Rehearse: As with all things, practice makes perfect, so you need to do a few dry runs alone and with co-presenters. Jot down questions you think your audience is likely to ask, as a co-worker knowledgeable on your topic to review it and give pointers, and make sure your slides and other media are working smoothly. Get the right space: For a presentation or workshop to be successful, it needs to take place in a suitable space. It should be comfortable in any season, have enough space for attendees and the presentation itself, have a suitable AV package and be distraction-free so everyone can focus. A quiet, comfortable conference venue near Johannesburg  Our fully-air conditioned conference village just 14kms from Fourways is set in tranquil, well-maintained gardens, encouraging an atmosphere of relaxation and stress-free focus. With six modern conference rooms to choose from, including a 400-seat theatre-style venue, we can comfortably accommodate up to 500 people per day. All our catering is high quality and our luncheons take place in a private function venue of your choice. In addition to conference and seminar facilities, we also offer a range of team building packages that can be utilised separately or in conjunction with your conference package. For more information on our conference packages or to visit our facilities in person, please don’t hesitate to contact us today and speak to our friendly, experienced staff. Back to conference venue near...

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From expos to venue visits – Here are our essential wedding planning tips!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Wedding venue | 0 comments

Planning a wedding can seem an overwhelming task – but not when you have expert advice on your side! Here are some great tips from the wedding planners at Idle Winds, a romantic country wedding venue near Johannesburg. Picking a date: We’ve all heard stories of couples who have picked the perfect date only to realise it’s on the same day as the Rugby World Cup final, or that a famous marathon will be running past their hotel, cutting off all traffic – so be sure to check your date. A quick run through Google should be enough. Get referrals: You’ve met your photographer and love their work, perfect! Because they do so much work in the industry, they probably know some fantastic florists too or a brilliant band. Don’t be afraid to ask for their recommendations, but be sure to check them out first-hand for yourself before you make a final decision. Be open: The wedding industry is full of creative and unusual ideas, whether you’re a traditional couple or want to really stand out from the crowd. If you aren’t sure quite what you want, wedding expos are a great way to get some inspiration. They’ll showcase everything from different venues and dresses to champagne and cakes. See for yourself: Love a venue you’ve seen online? Go and visit it in person. Seen a dress in a window? Try it on. Want to book the perfect photographer? Try them out for a fun engagement shoot. This will make sure that you are getting exactly what you want, and that the products and services you get are the quality you deserve on your special day. Keep up with your budget: As you plan, get quotes and start spending, keep track of the money in your budget to make sure that you’re not overspending. You might be able to get that incredible dress you want, but you’re going to have to sacrifice somewhere else in order to make it work. Tracking your budget will help you find the wiggle room you need. Visit our exclusive wedding venue 14kms from Fourways today (H2) Our wedding venue, located in beautiful evergreen gardens in the heart of the countryside, offers couples a chance to escape the city for their special day. With professional, experienced staff to assist you with choosing the right wedding package, choosing linens and décor, takedown and set up services and catering your reception, you’ll have complete peace of mind. We also offer you and your wedding guests use of our onsite-accommodation. This consists of 58 well-appointed double and twin-sized rooms and you also have the option to include a wedding breakfast in your package. At Idle Winds, we aim to deliver a fantastic event that fits your needs as well as your budget. To find out more about what we can offer you, please contact us and speak to our wedding planning team today.   Back to wedding venue near...

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Start planning your business year-end function today

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Functions, Year-end Functions | 0 comments

Spring has arrived and it’s time to start preparing for the summer holidays, which means planning your company party and booking the ideal year-end function venue while it’s still available! Here are some tips from Idle Winds, our leading function venue and restaurant, just 14kms from Fourways. Start today: For many businesses, the end of the year is a very busy time – so trying to plan a year-end function and keep on top of work can be an impossible task. Start your planning process as early as possible in the spring so that it’s easy and stress-free. Compare venues: Venues book up quickly for this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you should go with the first one you see. Get quotes from at least three different venues to make sure that you’re getting value for your money. Be sure to compare their services, location and ability to host your group. Know your food requirements: Is someone in your company a vegan or vegetarian? What about anyone with religious or allergy-based dietary requirements? Your venue needs to be able to cater to all members of your group with ease, making sure that there are tasty options for everyone! Activities: If paintball is more your company’s style than a sit-down dinner, why not choose a venue that has teambuilding facilities? This is a fun and relaxing way for your group to blow off some steam, enjoy the summer sun and bond with one another. Make a date: There’s a lot happening at the end of the year and various staff members may be booking early holidays or are being invited to year-end functions held by clients and partners, so it’s important to make sure you send out invites as soon as you’ve booked your venue. This will also help you make final decisions on catering, décor, gifts and activities early. Let our function venue deliver a year-end function you won’t forget  Our friendly, experienced staff are ready and waiting to assist you in planning and hosting a memorable year-end function. In addition to a variety of function spaces, including an award-winning restaurant, we also offer overnight accommodation, conferencing space and teambuilding packages. For more information about our services, function rooms and venue, please contact us today. Back to year-end function venue near...

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A timeline to help plan your wedding

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Wedding Accommodation, Wedding venue | 0 comments

Planning a wedding is an exciting time, but it’s also a big job! Here’s a timeline and wedding planning tips from our wedding planning team at our country wedding venue near Pretoria to help you stay on track and keep your wedding plans running smoothly. One year before your wedding  Think about the type of wedding you want to have Draw up a budget Pick a wedding date and time of day Start looking for the perfect wedding venue Hire a wedding planner if you need one 8-10 months before your wedding  Invite friends and family to be part of your wedding party Shop for and order your wedding dress Decide on the type of entertainment you want – a string quartet? DJ? – and book them Start interviewing and booking your professional team – photographer, videographer, florist and so forth If you need to rent furniture and tents for your ceremony or reception, start looking now. Decide who will be your marriage official and book them 6-8 months before your wedding  Decide on your wedding invitations and order them Choose your wedding rings and order them – it’s especially important to do this early if you want them custom engraved Renew or get your passports if you are planning an overseas honeymoon Decide on what type of honeymoon you want and book it Decide on what type of cake you want Choose your bridesmaid’s outfits and purchase/book them 3 months before your wedding  Order your wedding cake Mail your invitations Write your vows Book your stylist and makeup artist – trials are a great idea! Start dance lessons 1 month before your wedding  Confirm with your marriage official what documents you will need for the day If you are getting a prenuptial contract, speak to a qualified lawyer and finalise the document Have a final fitting for your gown Confirm with all your vendors that they have the correct details for the day Contact guests for outstanding RSVPS and confirm with your venue The last two weeks before your wedding  Groom’s haircut Final fitting for groom and groomsmen Plan out the order of your ceremony Collect and make favours for wedding guests Book car rental company, if needed The day before your wedding  Have a wedding rehearsal Have the event of your dreams at our countryside wedding venue near Pretoria At Idle Winds, just 14kms from Fourways, we offer our clients a team of professional, experienced event staff to ensure that your day goes off perfectly. With onsite wedding planners, wait staff and chefs, we can assist you with everything from choosing linens and cutlery to setting up and taking down décor on the day. We are also happy to accommodate your own selection of service providers on the day. We also offer you and your wedding guests use of our onsite-accommodation. This consists of 58 comfortable double and twin-sized rooms and you also have the option to include a wedding breakfast in your package. If you would like to find out more about our wedding venue, reception and ceremony options as well as the packages we offer, please contact us today. Our wedding planner and team will be happy to assist you and guide you around our beautiful country venue. Back to wedding venue near...

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