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

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!

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

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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Start planning your business year-end function today

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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Sumptuous Sunday lunches in the countryside

South Africans love their Sunday lunches – after all, it’s the perfect time for family and friends to get together and share a delicious meal and great company. Idle Winds, a function venue near Johannesburg, is the perfect setting for this great tradition, with its views of the countryside, award-winning restaurant and relaxed atmosphere. Specialising in international cuisine, our chef and kitchen staff prepare a beautiful Sunday menu each week for your enjoyment. Our menu changes through the year and features a selection of game and seafood as well as expertly prepared traditional meat and vegetarian options – all with generous portion sizes. Along with our famed desert buffet, we also have an extensive wine selection, including some interesting vintages that wine buffs are sure to appreciate. With our scenic countryside location just an easy 14 km drive from Fourways, we’re close to Pretoria, Sandton and Johannesburg – although you’ll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city! Visit the Idle Winds restaurant for a relaxing day out Idle Winds is set in the scenic Aloe Valley Meander, an area close to Hartebeespoort Dam that is features plenty of markets, spas, events and opportunities to go hiking, trail running and mountain biking. This makes it the perfect place for a day out or a weekend away, especially for families and couples. So, for your next Sunday lunch, why not try something a little different and get away to the countryside at Idle Winds? To find out more about our restaurant’s offering or our function venue, please contact us today. Back to function venue near...

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