The Manderson Hotel started in October 1996 when Mike and Ingrid Newbold came to South Africa. They are both trained hoteliers with vast international experience. The Manderson began as a Country Retreat with only 4 guest rooms. Since then the business has changed to a three star (from Tourism Grading Council) hotel with 40 rooms including 3 suites, 7 junior suites, 15 deluxe rooms, 15 standard rooms and 3 conference venues.
The Manderson is situated at the base of the forested Amatola Mountains, 7km’s outside of the small town of Stutterheim. Stutterheim is located on the N6, 75km from East London, 100km from Queenstown and 495km from Bloemfontein.
The Manderson has been recipient of numerous awards including winning the country commercial hotel section of the AA Accommodation Awards in 2004, being a finalist for the same award in 2009 and others.
The Manderson belongs to the following organizations
- FEDHASA (South African Hotel Association)
- Border Kei Chamber of Business
- Eastern Cape Tourism Association
- Automobile Association (Quality Assured Associate)
- South African Tourism Association
- Tourism Buffalo City
The Manderson has impeccable rooms, friendly and professional staff, exquisite gardens, delectable food and has still managed to keep prices affordable. The conference venues have become very popular for training, product launches, conferences and meeting because of the quality of the venues and the great conferencing packages.
The conference venues cater for groups of 5–120 delegates. All 3 venues come equipped with digital data projector, flipcharts (flipchart pens & notepads also included), overhead projector, additional electrical outlets, overhead fluorescent & wall lighting, telephone, wireless internet connectivity included in package rates, men’s and ladies' toilet facilities and air conditioning.
The hotel has 40 rooms and can sleep a maximum of 90 people. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite television, wall heaters and electric blankets. Other amenities on the property include swimming pool, pub, restaurant, packed lunches and picnic baskets, baby sitting, baby cots, secure off-road parking and kiddie’s playground. The Manderson is also wheelchair friendly.
The Manderson has hosted many successful conferences and meetings and is an increasingly popular leisure destination. It also boasts great week-end, Easter and holiday specials. The Manderson has also become renowned for the exquisite seasonal gourmet evenings which comprise of a 5 course gourmet meal and carefully selected accompanying wine.