Nigel Smith: “We decided to share our home with people wanting the privacy of a house to themselves.”
It began with an off-the-cuff remark on a holiday visit to some close friends in White River. “I wonder if that piece of land is for sale?” Five years later Nigel had built a fantastic house with no real plan as to what he wanted to do with it. As much as he and his wife love South Africa and White River in particular, they aren’t yet ready to entirely swop the hustle and bustle of their London lives for the tranquil, peaceful life of White River.
So in the meantime they have decided to share their beautiful home with those wanting to visit the lovely town of White River and stay in luxurious style. Hansie and Karin manage the house for the Smiths and live just next door, close enough to be on call if the need arises, but far enough away to allow guests to enjoy their stay in the privacy and tranquility of a home away from home.
Twenty kilometers from Nelspruit and an easy 30 minutes’ drive to the world famous Kruger National Park, Avocado Grove is ideally situated to be a base from which to explore the beautiful Lowveld surrounding White River.
The house is fully furnished with all the modern-comforts required to make a stay in Mpumalanga an enjoyable one.
Built on what was previously an avocado orchard, several of the original trees remain, creating a cool, shady spot from which to enjoy hot, sunny days. The grounds are richly treed – young avocado, lemon, lime, mango, grapefruit and guava trees are fruitful reminders of White River’s origins as a fruit farming area. Guests are invited to pick ripe produce off the trees during their stay, a real treat for city dwellers and visitors from cooler climbs.
A variety of indigenous trees have been planted specifically to attract abundant bird life to the gardens, which are a birder’s delight.