Before Fairlawns became a boutique hotel in 1997, it was originally a ten-acre family home, owned by the Brenthurst Trust of Oppenheimer fame, sporting stables, a training rink, a cow (just one), geese, dogs, and two teenage children. In 1994 the eastern section bounding on Bowling Ave was sold to developers and the residential estate known as Camelot was built on the site.
An offer from developers for the western section took a bit more soul-searching before being sold as it meant loosing not only an historical cottage, but the lunge rink and grazing, which in effect meant parting with the horses. It was only once the family was left with the remaining three acres and the original homestead that Mr. Thacker decided to realize his dream of having a ‘country hotel’ – albeit in the heart of Sandton, the new CBD of Johannesburg – with world class dining joints.
Dining at Fairlawns’ Amuse Bouche is a culinary delight. The restaurant boasts a sophisticated à la carte menu for the discerning palate, paired with an extensive Wine list. The Amuse-Bouche menu is also available in the privacy of your suite through in-suite dining. Breakfast is served from the restaurant daily.
Manor House Bistro is another delight within Fairlawns. It features more casual, al fresco dining, in a contemporary setting that caters to eclectic tastes. The restaurant is elegant, yet still homely and welcoming, and features some of your favourite café style meals. Partake in a classic high tea, with morning and afternoon tea served daily. You can also indulge in Champagne or sparkling wine served by the glass.
If the Bistro is not what you are looking for, you can also vanish Into the Woods and experience the garden inside a private dining room. Into the Woods offers a memorable experience for up to 12 guests under a chandelier in a recreation of a Birchwood forest.