PLEASE NOTE: THE ACCOMMODATION AND RESTAURANT WILL BE CLOSED FOR UPGRADE FROM MARCH 2017 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The Dragon’s Den will remain open and fully functional.
Situated 7 kms from Bulawayo city centre in the suburb of Hillside
Originally built as a private home the Nesbitt Castle offers ten suites and has an excellent restaurant and a number of internal areas in which to relax. It also has lovely gardens and an external bar area with seating.
The building of the ‘Castle’ commenced in 1910 and was the project and dream of the eccentric Theodore Albert Edward Holdengarde. He and his understanding wife Maude lived with their family in their medieval inspired home which became known as the ‘Holdengarde Castle’. Much to Maude’s chagrin, when the ‘castle’ was first built, Theodore, as his eccentricity dictated, refused to have electricity, piped water or a telephone. Maude Holdengarde secreted away her housekeeping money and eventually had electricity installed when Theodore was away at a conference in South Africa. Running water, flush toilets and a telephone were only installed after Thomas’ death in 1948.
Many Zimbabweans and indeed many Bulawayo residents did not know that the Holdengarde ‘castle’ home even existed and it was only after it was converted from a private residence and transformed into the Nesbitt Castle Hotel in 1990 that many people became aware of it.
Since that time the Nesbitt Castle has built up an enviable reputation for its quirky uniqueness, quality and comfort and the awards it has won over the years are testament to its success and standing as a boutique hotel.
The Nesbitt Castle has ten suites and is situated in beautifully maintained gardens. The lounges and corridors of the Nesbitt Castle are decorated by a very interesting assortment of artefacts, Gothic curiosities and antiques which combine both African and Scottish themes.
The suites are all of a different design and individually decorated, some having four poster beds.
Downstairs is a small but cozy bar and outside on the terrace is a more informal area where the Dragon’s Den is situated. Located by the pool , this is an open bar and cocktail area which has plenty of seating and from where meals are also served. It is a very picturesque setting and is very popular with guests and locals alike and is a great place to sit and enjoy a sun-downer in the evenings. The Dragon’s Den also serves delicious kebabs straight off the grill.
Upstairs in the main building is the award wining Coach House Restaurant which features a set table d’hôte menu, The restaurant offers fine dining and accommodates approximately thirty diners.
The Nesbitt Castle has a lovely, well established garden with plenty of lawn and a number of shade trees. The large garden is often utilised for a variety functions including weddings.
“A beautiful place to stay with a lovely team of staff that are willing to help you in any way they can. A castle to be seen where you are treated like ROYALTY!! Will definitely be going back the next time I’m in Bulawayo.”
“Firstly, we were welcomed in an incredible way and the place beat my expectations by far. It is the most adorable place I have ever been to. The vintage look with a contemporary touch makes the view exceptional. Not to mention the food which is beyond unique yet tasty. I loved every moment…”
“Excellent place with a totally unique ambience. We were there overnight. The experience was excellent. The experience from making the booking to checking in and checking out was a truly Royal experience”.
“Service was excellent, 100%. Staff very professional and very helpful. The room was so clean and comfortable. I could live at Nesbitt. Breakfast was on point. I would recommend it to everyone as I got the best service. …”