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This is South Africa’s leading country house hotel (third year in a row)

With hundreds of country house hotels to choose from in South Africa, The Manor House at Fancourt has emerged as the best of the bunch in the World Travel Awards 2020 - for the third year in a row.

Situated along South Africa’s famed Garden Route, the 5-star establishment was once home to British engineer Henry Fancourt White.

The hotel is built in the traditional Cotswold style but with a modern touch. Boasting 18-suite boutique hotel rooms, the hotel has retained all its stately charm, with original features and an air of historic importance – dating back to the 1850s. 

Reacting to the news, Fancourt sales and marketing director Peter Dros said the 2020 World Travel Awards accolade is a real reflection of the Manor House’s commitment to outstanding service. “A visit to The Manor House is an experience, and this award means a lot to the team who pride themselves on creating the perfect stay,” he said.

“A visit to The Manor House is an experience”

Five other hotels that vied for this prestigious honour include the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, De Hoek Country Hotel, Grande Roche Hotel, Hartford House, Kurland Hotel and The Cellars-Hohenort.

World Travel Awards 2020 program reported record traffic visitor and public voter engagement despite COVID-19

Awards founder Graham Cooke

Graham Cooke, founder of the World Travel Awards, said despite the ongoing challenge placed by the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism and hospitality industry in 2020, this year’s awards programme reported record visitor traffic and engagement from the public voter.

“This shows that as the global recovery begins, the appetite for tourism has never been as keen and this offers hope and much-needed encouragement to us all,” added Cooke. 

Fancourt’s hotel manager Jayne Barlow (World Travel Awards 2018)

Due to current COVID-19 global travel protocols, the traditional winner’s gala ceremony cannot go ahead as planned.

Instead, winners have been invited to unite virtually as World Travel Awards launches its inaugural Africa Winners Day on Monday, November 9.

Coming right in time of the official reopening of international borders in South Africa in the beginning of October, the gathering will provide the platform to showcase the very best of Africa’s travel and tourism sector to the world, along with with tools to help the winners capitalise on their World Travel Awards 2020 victory.

*For the latest brand focused South African news and exclusive travel updates, make sure to visit the NOWinSA/travel page daily!

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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