About St Ives

St Ives Lodge and Restaurant is situated in the heart of the Lions River Valley in the KZN Midlands. This 140-hectare Family Owned & Managed Estate offers something for everyone. The Estate Boasts A 4 Star Luxury Lodge with Wild Animals Roaming the Grounds & the Picturesque Dams, an Ala Carte Restaurant with Breath Taking Views, Exquisite Cuisine & our very own Award Winning Chef, A BOMA Bar & Restaurant (Both with Kids play areas), A Unique and Elegant Wedding Venue on raised decks overlooking the Lake,  with an In house Wedding Planning Team to assist in making your Every dream a Reality, As well as Conference and Functions Facilities. This amazing Culmination is a Recipe for Great Success and a Place where our Guests can retreat to and call Home. Be sure to visit Soon!

*Other activities include: Fishing, Bird Watching, Braai & Picnic Spots, Kids Pump Track and Mountain Bike Trails- Please inquire with Reception

* Nearby Attractions include: The Nelson Mandela Capture Site, The Karkloof Canopy Tours, Epic Karting and a Large Number of Local Businesses to explore along the Midlands Meander

Our History

Prior to the 1800's the Midlands of Natal was used by the Zulu royal as a hunting reserve which was abundant with elephant and lion. The last lion to be killed in the whole district was shot in a deep gulley on St Ives Hill, and the shooting of this lion resulted in the area, looking down onto the river below, to be called “Lions River”.

The name St Ives originates from the birthplace of John Day, who was born at St Ives, Huntingdonshire in England and purchased the farm from the Boer Settlers in 1862.

The first Durban to Johannesburg railway line ran directly through St Ives and reached Johannesburg in 1893.

St Ives was established as a horse stud in the early 1900's and was a renowned nursery for top thoroughbreds including the horse “Legacy” winner of the July handicap in 1933. ridden by Ernest "Tinker" Lariviere, the betting stood at 13 to 2 and won William Raw, the owner of St Ives at the time 5000 pounds.


“Let No Dissention Arise In Our Beloved Borough Of St Ives and Let No Man Decry The Legacy Of St Ives