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Set in the hills of Pretoria, the administrative seat of South Africa's government and a city known for its intense purple jacaranda tree blossoms,  Castello di Monte offers 16th century Tuscan splendour, something you will immediately notice as you drive through rustic copper gates to reach the dramatic staircase, silk curtains and chandeliers of this luxurious guesthouse. Castello di Monte offers an idyllic and peaceful escape while still being close enough to access the city and the Rovos Rail station with ease.

Set off into the city centre of Pretoria for its shops, museums and galleries or head to nearby Johannesburg and Soweto to experience the rich drama of these two great historic cities. For something a little less adventurous, tee off with a round of golf on either of two nearby courses, catch up with some reading in the garden, have a swim in the pool, or relax in the sauna or steam shower.

Castello di Monte is an ideal stopover for Rovos passengers or those who wish to explore the astonishing Cradle of Humankind, which explores the origins of humankind.


  • Situated in the rolling hills of Pretoria
  • Secret hideaway of Tuscan splendour
  • Tucked away in olive trees and an established garden
  • Lovely views and central location for Rovos Rail and OR Tambo International Airport
  • Ideal stopover before or after a rail journey


  • High tea on offer
  • Day tours


Classic Room

Castello di Monte offers nine individually decorated rooms that include a Presidential Suite (complete with fireplace and 4-poster bed), a Honeymoon Suite (with hand-painted murals) and seven bedrooms. These Classic Rooms each feature air conditioning, satellite TV, underfloor heating, Internet facilities and an en suite bathroom.

Honeymoon Suite

The Honeymoon Suite includes the same features as the Classic Rooms with the added amenities of an oval spa bath, double vanities, a separate shower and a 4-poster bed. Spacious in its design, the Presidential Suite includes the standard amenities of all the rooms with the added features of a DVD player, separate shower room, walk-in closet and a fireplace.


Castello di Monte offers a sauna, steam shower and outdoor swimming pool set in a garden with a view of Pretoria's characteristic hillocks.

There is an outdoor giant chess set for those wanting an intellectual challenge and plenty of comfortable nooks and crannies to settle down with a book and an iced drink.


The resident chef at Castello di Monte will prepare all your meals, which can be savoured under a beautiful painted ceiling that was inspired by the Sistine Chapel. Formal or informal, your meals are always freshly prepared and delicious. Alternatively, share a bottle of Chianti and a freshly baked focaccia in the Italian courtyard.

General facilities

  • Sauna & steam room
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Room service
  • Beauty or wellness therapist
  • Computer facilities
  • Secure Parking
  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-fi available


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Dates Board Price
2022-01-01 — 2022-12-31 Bed & Breakfast $150

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Castello di Monte

David Contorno

"Both Rovos and the Castello Di Monte were fabulous"

Andrea May

"The Castello Di Monte was a beautiful establishment. The staff were efficient and friendly."

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