Testimonials

"Our Perfect Wedding! <3”
 

The entire team at Cranford Country Lodge has been incredible from the moment we viewed the venue right up till the day we drove out as a married couple. We had a few spots lined up for viewing, Cranford was the first and only venue we looked at. The moment we were greeted with the friendliest faces and were taken on a fun adventure around the farm we didn't need to look any further! The venue itself is the perfect combination of fairytale beauty and country farm. Fairylights, chandeliers, huge fireplaces and big trees accompanied by the smell of a farm. The Cranford family bent over backwards to make sure everything was perfect. They were so professional, always available and full of awesome ideas. They made us feel like family. From the beginning planning to the actual wedding day everything was taken care of before I could even ask. The facilities are stunning, the food is delicious, the staff are amazing and the accommodation is awesome! I would highly recommend choosing Cranford Country Lodge over and over again! 

Stayed July 2016, traveled with family

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“Most beautiful wedding at Cranford we could ever have dreamed of”
 

Cranford hosted our beautiful wedding on Saturday and we could not have had a more perfect day. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking with beautifully maintained grounds which made for picture perfect photographs. The efficiency and friendliness of the Cranford staff was outstanding and all of the guests gave huge compliments to the staff, constantly mentioning how they always went out of their way to make everyones stay so pleasant.

A special huge thank you to Viv who was absolutely amazing, friendly, helpful and so efficient. She made the day run so smoothly and we wouldn't have been able to do it without her. Viv and the staff made sure that every small detail was looked at from beginning to end- this was very noticeable and definitely made our wedding planning experience so easy and enjoyable.

The food was beautifully presented and delicious and came in lovely portions, from the the canapés at the lapa to the starters, main course and desserts at the Great Room. Our guests were well looked after the whole weekend and they all had amazing things to say about the accommodation and facilities.

Thank you Cranford for such an amazing experience and for making our day just perfect. We will definitely be back and I know a lot of our guests will be back too.

Stayed November 2016, traveled with friends

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“The place of the great bluegums”
 

We stayed at Cranford for two nights in a self catering cottage - The Dairy. The white roomy cottage was neatly decorated and had a fire place and kitchenette and free wifi. The staff prepared the room while we were away, so when we arrived after dark the lights were already on and everything in its place.
The property was beautiful - lush green grass, roses & picturesque gardens, 3 trout dams & lots of horses.
This is a great place when you need to break away for a while.

Stayed November 2016, traveled as a couple
 
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“Dream Wedding Venue”
 

We celebrated our wedding weekend at Cranford Country Lodge on the weekend of the 26-28 August 2016. Our experience was absolutely fantastic, and we can highly recommend this venue for couples looking for a relaxed, festive atmosphere in a breathtaking setting.

This is not your typical wedding venue - you will leave there feeling as though you are family! From the moment we arrived at Cranford, we were warmly welcomed and made to feel at home. Our wonderful wedding coordinator, Viv, was so enthusiastic and really went above and beyond to make sure our every wish became a reality.

The venue itself is stunning. The stone chapel overlooking the dam perfectly complements the beautiful countryside setting, and the lapa is perfect for hosting a relaxed braai the night before your wedding. There is a choice of two beautiful reception venues, depending on your taste. We chose the Great Room; a venue that allowed us to add our personal touch while still enjoying the simple beauty of the setting. Our 100 guests fit very comfortably, and had more than enough space to dance! Many of our guests were also able to stay in the venue's beautiful quaint cottages. The honeymoon suite, "The Dairy", is a lovely room to stay in - very spacious and neat - and was a perfect area for me and my bridesmaids to get ready in.

We have received so many compliments from guests about the venue, the amazing food, and the lovely atmosphere that Cranford Country Lodge brought to our special day. We couldn't have imagined spending it anywhere else, and we will definitely be back to visit soon!

Stayed August 2016, traveled as a couple

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“Serene Haven”
5 of 5 bubbles
 

We spent a wonderful, restful Monday to Friday at Cranford Country Lodge. It is impossible not to de-stress in their well tended gardens, walking under ornamental cherry trees bursting with blossom. The buildings have a beautiful old world french style farm charm with their wooden doors painted in the perfect duck egg blue or elegant grey. We stayed in The Dairy (which is the Honeymoon Suite) one of the cottages that offer self catering facilities although we opted for the B&B option. Stylishly appointed with a classic country botanical theme. The breakfasts are delicious, we looked forward each morning to the basket of fresh baked scones and they make the perfect properly poached egg! We all slept so peacefully, the bed was huge, super comfortable and with generous, soft blankets. We could see the many picturesque fantastic photo ops for weddings, a gorgeous chapel and luxe lapa on one of the dams. There is a swimming pool for hot summer days and fireplaces for when the nights get chilly. Such warm hospitality from a family run lodge.

Stayed October 2016, traveled with family

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“Unforgettable”

We got married at the Cranford Country Lodge in August this year and we knew as soon as we arrived it was the perfect place for such a special occasion. We live in the UK and had only been to the Cranford for a few hours in 2015 before we decided to get married there - it just felt right.

Planning the wedding from overseas seemed like an overwhelming task but Claire and her wonderful team made it a breeze. Always available to answer questions and accommodate requests even right up to the last minute. Nothing was too much trouble for these guys.

We stayed for the weekend arrived on Friday and left on Sunday and everything was phenomenal from the food to the accommodation and the lovely smiling people that make this place so special.

And on our wedding day they went above and beyond to ensure we had no worries and that everything ran smoothly so we could just enjoy the special time with family and friends. It was a day that I will never forget and I cannot thank the Cranford team enough for making it the day that exceeded all expectations.
 
Stayed August 2016, traveled as a couple
 
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“Awesome wedding weekend :)”
5 of 5 bubbles
 

Our wedding weekend (19-21 Aug) at Cranford was awesome! I highly recommend Cranford Country Lodge to anyone looking for a stunning wedding venue.

The team at Cranford were fantastic, from the time we sent our first enquiry right up until the day after the wedding when we sadly had to say goodbye. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, our emails/queries were answered promptly, and Claire especially was an absolute star providing guidance every step along the way during the planning process, as well as being there on the wedding day making sure that everything was perfect.

The venue is ideal for weddings. It has a gorgeous stone and thatched chapel overlooking a dam, two lovely reception halls, as well as accommodation in a variety of cottages - all on one beautiful country farm property, so most of our guests didnt have any travelling to do on the wedding day.

We had a braai on the Friday night for 55 guests in the beautiful lapa overlooking the dam. Cranford set up everything for us and cleaned up afterwards, and provided warm blankets draped over the chairs as well which was a lovely touch since it got a bit chilly.

Our wedding on the Saturday was perfect <3 . Despite the cold and misty weather, everyone had a wonderful time, and we received feedback from many guests complimenting the beautiful venue, the service from the Cranford staff, and the delicious food which was served at the reception. Claire had checked in with me regularly during the day so I did not have to worry about anything, and the entire day went off so smoothly. We had our reception in The Great Room, which has lovely wooden floors to dance on, a cozy fireplace, and pretty fairylights on the pillars.

I stayed at The Dairy honeymoon suite for the weekend. It is a lovely spacious self catering cottage, and it was the perfect place for my bridesmaids and I to get ready on the wedding morning.

We will definitely be back for another stay at this beautiful venue!

Stayed August 2016, traveled as a couple
 
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“Perfect wedding location!”
 

Our wedding was truly magical at the Cranford Country Lodge on 13 August 2016. A destination weekend wedding in such a beautiful setting was well worth it.

Having to plan a wedding across borders was not an easy task, but knowing that Viv and her team were on top of everything put our minds at ease. We were so impressed with their organisation, willingness and prompt replies to emails.

The day went so smoothly, with Viv attending to the smallest details. Her personal touch made us feel very special. We would recommend this venue and the Cranford team to anyone planning a wedding.

Stayed August 2016, traveled as a couple

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"Wonderful weekend at Cranford"
 
5 of 5 stars
I'm very impressed by this place! The cottages are exquisite, clean and neat. Waking up on a cold winters mornings to farm-sounds and seeing horses when looking out your window is a fantastic stress-reducer. We will definitely return to Cranford, hopefully to stay longer. I have to make a special mention of the staff who catered to our breakfasts in the mornings. They were always smiling, made good conversation and went the extra mile to cater to the whims of our 4-year old. You guys (and girls) are superstars!
 
Stayed July 2016, traveled with family
 
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"Our wedding"
 

We got married at Cranford the past weekend and it was absolutely amazing! Most of our guests stayed on the venue and they loved it. They couldn't stop talking about how beautiful it was. The cottages were so nice and cosy, the food was amazing and just everything was perfect. Thank you to the Cranford team for making our day so special. Whenever I had a question, you always replied so quickly and you were always helpful. We can't thank you enough. This truly is one of the most beautiful places in KZN! We will definitely be back for a visit in the future :)

Stayed May 2016, travelled with family.

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Wedding of my daughter”
 

Wedding weekend at Cranford Country Lodge. From the minute we arrived until we left, it was just totally amazing. The rooms all have stunning views, are tastefully furnished and comfortable. The only down was that there is no fans or aircons in the rooms and it was extremely hot. Breakfast can be booked with your room. The breakfast was standard, but they are prepared to make something extra if you ask. The dinner served with the wedding was beyond amazing. You have to try the Thai butternut soup and white chocolate cheese cake. Absolutely divine. All staff are friendly and helpful. We mainly dealt with Viv, who is a gem to work with. A must visit.

Stayed April 2016, travelled with family
 
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"Amazing wedding at Cranford Country Lodge”
 

My husband and I got married at Cranford on March 5th 2016. We had looked at other venues but the moment my husband saw the tree next to the dam and found out we could be married outside there was no other place to even consider.

From getting all the information to begin planning 13 months before the wedding right up to the wedding day Viv and the team at Cranford were always available to answer questions, provide information or photos or assist us in any way. We are so truly grateful for all your hard word and feel that the day went of wonderfully!

Our guests were comfortable in the rooms which all had the essentials. Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was and everyone loved the food provided.

From the photographs we have seen they all look beautiful.

Cranford helped me to be calm on the morning of the wedding, not once did I feel flustered or out of control - I even had 10 mins to sit around and take it all in.

From our family to yours, thank you!

Caroline and Morne, married at Cranford, March 2016

Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple

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“Best Day Ever”
 

Our wedding truly was the best day ever, which would not have been possible without the great Cranford Team. 

Anyone can see that Cranford is a beautiful venue but I have to say that what makes Cranford great is its team. I am so thankful to Claire, Sam, Joe and the rest of the Cranford team for making our day completely stress free...we did not worry about a thing and the day went without a hitch. We had a few unusual requests, which were always met in a professional and accommodating manner. We were not based in KZN, so most of our wedding was planned via e-mail correspondence and Claire ensured that it was smooth sailing. Sam was phenomenal, he did everything with a smile and his goal genuinely was to make sure we had a wonderful day (in which he certainly succeeded).

The food was delicious and the portions were generous, so our guests were happy and able to party through the night. 

A great surprise after our best day ever, was to arrive at breakfast the next morning at our venue which had been completely cleaned up and beautifully rearranged, incorporating our wedding flowers. I so enjoyed this, as we were able to enjoy our flowers in day light, have a bit of quiet time and to reminisce with guests who were also at breakfast. 

We would recommend Cranford to any couple searching for a wedding venue...they know how make sure you have the best day ever!

Sarah and Ross Passmoor, married at Cranford, December 2015.

Stayed December 2015, travelled with family
 
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“Wedding Dream”
 

Our dream come true! Cranford was excellent, from the largest request to the finest detail. All we simply had to do was enjoy our memorable day. Alex, Debbie and co turned our dreams into reality. Thank you Cranford!!!

We travelled most of the Natal Midlands to find our perfect place to get married. We knew Cranford was the right place from inception, the wonderful warm greeting right until a week after our function. 

Genuine and sincere care made our day all that we dreamed of and MORE! From the flowers and reception of "the Great Room" which was so tastefully done, to the very generous plated delicious dinner, our day was the hugest success where our guests are still saying it is "the best wedding they have been to". THANK YOU CRANFORD.

Gina and Peter, married at Cranford, November 2015

Stayed November 2015

 

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“Koen Wedding”
 

Zoe and Myself got married at Cranford. We honestly could not have been any happier. We had a magical weekend. Everything we could of wished for played out. The food was delicious, the staff were friendly and helpful, the grounds were immaculate, accommodation clean, and most importantly we were able to have the biggest celebration without any stress or hassle. Claire was amazing in her organization, Viv with her co-ordination of the accommodation, Debbie and the kitchen for the food, and Samson! What a champion he was. Ourselves and our guests had the biggest party. I would do it all again tomorrow. Thank You Cranford!!!!

Mike and Zoe, married at Cranford, November 2015

Stayed November 2015, travelled with family
 

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Married at Cranford Country Lodge”
 
We visited 58 wedding venues, and although some were beautiful, the affordability for our guests, or the people involved, or the layout of the facility was not good enough. From the moment we drove up the beautiful lane and into Cranford Country Lodge, we both knew that this was definitely the place. We stayed the night surrounded by Appaloosa horses and in the morning we met the Blackburn family, the most humble, accommodating and simply wonderful people to work with, including all the staff and help around the property. Everyone was simply wonderful and took care of all of our needs on the days leading up to our wedding as well as the big day. They can accommodate up to 60 guests if I remember, have a chapel and wedding bell on the property as well as a lapa that overlooks their dam. they also have two venues to choose from with the Barn, and the recently built Great Room. Cranford offers an authentic experience, call it 'farmy' or rustic, the theme and feeling you get is that of beig at home, and not in a hotel, in the middle of a beautiful part of South Africa, the Midlands. You will not find a better, more genuine bunch of people, with such passion for their work and pleasing their guests, a truly magical combination.
 
Nicole and David, married at Cranford, October 2015
 
Stayed October 2015, travelled with family
 

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 “Our amazing wedding”

 

We got married at Cranford on the 19th Sept 2015... from the day we found this venue to the day we left we felt wanted! We were in love with the scenery and warmth of the people . 

It rained the entire weekend of our wedding and through all the challanges we just have the utmost admiration for Alex and her team and how willing and able they were to make our life easier !

Our reception was in The Great Room ...what a beautiful setup for a reception...spacious and cosy !

Nothing was too much effort for Alex and hats off to Viv for all her patience and suggestions in trying to accomodate all our family ...I never waited long for a response and dealing with a lot of service providers Cranford just stood out in the way they handled all our inquiries !

Everyone is so helpfull and our guests are still talking about the food presentation and how big the portions was! Not to mention the welcoming note in every room that was personalised ... that made all the family feel special .

We loved every minute (except for the rain...but we take it as a blessing) at Cranford and would like to thank Alex and her team for every little thing they have done to make our wedding one to remember! We are very grateful !

I would recommend Cranford to each and every bride i deal with in future !

Warmest regards 
Almie & Pierre Nel

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Cranford never disappoints...

We had our dream wedding at Cranford on the 29th of August in the new Great Room. The new room is beautiful and we decided to get married in the garden. Clair was super helpful and assisted me where ever she could. I even forgot my menus behind and she had a back up plan for everything. We really had a blast of a wedding weekend and all our guests commented on how lovely the venue was.

Stayed August 2015, travelled as a couple
 

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A Day to Remember

Cranford country lodge has such a special place in my and my husband's hearts. We could not have asked for a better place with the most stunning views and excellent and friendly staff. Nevermind a bride but I felt like a princess on my special day. The rooms were clean and tidy and the food was AMAZING! I only received complement after complement from our wedding guests. They made me the most beautiful wedding cake and tasted devine! 

Cranford is a wonderful place with loving people. Thank you Cranford for making my and my husband's day a day to remember.

- Melissa and Wessel | Married at Cranford in July 2015
 

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Our Fairytale Wedding

My gorgeous husband and I got married at Cranford Lodge on the 18th of July '15. What an amazing experience! The staff are absolutely wonderful and very helpful. Alex and Sam, you guys are absolute stars. Sam, it was like you were reading our minds, because before we could ask for something, you were already there with it. Alex, your kindness and helpfulness is a breath of fresh air. Thank you for caring about our special day as we did.

The accommodation and food was brilliant!! 5 stars!! Debbie, our guests were blown away by your delicious meals from start (Friday night) to finish (Sunday morning) Thank you so much for all your hard work in the kitchen.

We arrived early on the Friday morning to set up for the wedding that Saturday thinking it was going to be a long day of hard work setting up. When we got there everything was already done!! I was so happy!! Because we could then spend the day with our family and friends, which was the most important part of our wedding for us.

We trusted Cranford Lodge with our wedding and they delivered over and above our expectations. Thank you!

We will definitely be back again and again 

Love...
The Winns

- Desre and Simon Winn | Married at Cranford in July

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Wedding Fever
 
Cranford was the first wedding venue that we visited in the Midlands area. We immediately liked the surroundings and the fact that a large contingent of our families could be accommodated onsite. All the family were hustling together from USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.


A strong selling point and very reasonable wedding package had us sold! Alex and Viv at the front of house with warm and hospitable natures helped seal the deal. Alex, you certainly have a genuine passion and a lovely proper hug!

To my extreme delight, a new venue "The Grand room" was created this year and myself and the bridesmaids booked it even before completion. We could create our own ambience and mood in the new spot.

I had a vision in mind and was allowed to create our Deep in the Mediterranean atmosphere with a touch of Africa. Cranford gave us free-range which was superb!
The day flowed smoothly and the food was enjoyed by all guests with generous portions. The canapés and draped lapa was completely dreamy and well worth it.
The reception at The Grand room was beautifully lit with only fairy lights and candles which was exactly what I had dreamed.

DJ Allen and Claire were friendly and professional at all times and listened to all our personal requests. Lolly who has special needs and dietary requirements was impressed with the personal service and helpful hands. Everyone at the wedding complimented the professionals and quality of service.

I had sparkles in my eyes the entire night! It was magical for myself and Row.
I could not be happier!!!!We were having such a brilliant time that we even extended the party for another hour with ease. Well done Cranford, we can understand why you are booked up almost every weekend! You really are a formidable family team.

Sarah and Rowan | Married at Cranford in July

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Incredible!!!
 

Not sure my words will be able to do this venue justice but I will attempt it:

Short Version:
If you looking for pure A class service and making friends at the same time then look no further. This venue is incredible and the team at Cranford are such amazing people. 

Long Version: 

From the day my wife and I (still need to get used to that.... Wife) anyways... From the first day we met Debbie and the team we knew it was the place we want to get married at. We had no idea that it was going to be as amazing as it was. From the professional attention to detail to organizing all the chaos of bookings, service providers etc. Cranford never dropped the ball once. The venue is literally out of a fairytale and to top it off, they have amazing people managing it. They really do become your friends very quickly. To anyone reading this, do yourself a favor and go to Cranford, I promise you, you wont be disappointed. 

Myself and Cara would like to thank Cranford from the bottom of our hearts for all that they did to literally make our day perfect. If I could do it again I would and I would not change a thing, definitely not change Cranford. 

Lots of Love 

The Galloways

Cara and Craig | Married  in May

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Our beautiful wedding 
 

From our first meeting at Cranford to our departure after our wedding the team were friendly and helpful. For us it really was the perfect day, everything ran very smoothly. It was the second venue that we looked at and were in love with if from the minute we drove in the gate through the avenue of trees and saw the view of the lake behind the chapel.

It was such a treat being the first couple to have our reception in their new venue, The Great Room. 

All the staff were wonderful, but special mention needs to go to Claire, who was quick to reply to all my emails (there were lots!) and was helpful when I wasn't sure of what to do. She was there to welcome us on the Friday before the wedding, checking in on me on the day of our wedding and was running around at our reception ensuring everything ran smoothly. Thank you for making a special trip for my Hunters Gold:)
The next day she was at breakfast too.

Thank you to Viv with all the accommodation and for being there on the day of our wedding and Penny and Kirsten for showing everyone to their rooms.

Samson thank you for always being so full of smiles and helping us with setting up our venue, for helping friends that checked in late and then even remembering their names when you were serving them dinner at our wedding, they were very touched. You were there during both breakfasts too and made a lasting impression with lots of our guests with your impeccable service. 

Thank you to the kitchen fairies. The food was delicious and plentiful! People are still raving about the white chocolate cheesecake. 

We stayed in The Dairy which is a lovely big room. A few of our other guests did comment that the "quaint" accommodation may need a refresh and updating. 

One of their recommended suppliers is The Flower Shed for flowers and décor. Kim and Jenny are phenomenal. I didn't worry once. Their enthusiasm is fantastic and they brought our fairy tale wedding to life. Book them early:)

Denbeigh and Paul | Married in May

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 Perfect Wedding Day

We booked the venue based on photos and recommendations. When I saw the venue 3 weeks before our wedding, I couldnt be happier!! and then meeting the lovely staff (Viv & Claire!) just made the whole wedding planning a pleasure. They were friendly and ready to help / answer questions to make the day OUR special day! 

The venue is simply stunning and captures the beauty and atmosphere of the midlands! 

We had just the most magical wedding and all our guests commented on the great venue, beautiful accommodation and good food which all made for a fantastic weekend!!

Thank you so much Cranford!
xx

Loiuse and Heinrich| Married in April

 

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The best and most beautiful wedding venue
 
We would like to thank the team at Cranford Country Lodge for making our wedding unforgettable, stress- free and absolutely seamless.


It was amazing how many guests complimented us on our choice of venue, how amazing the food was, the relaxed feeling of the venue and further, how great the accommodation was. 

Cranford became a villa, filled with our family and friends, where everything was taken care of, and we could leave our stress behind.

Thank you once again for an absolutely amazing experience. You have certainly exceeded our expectations and we will be forever grateful to Cranford for helping us create perfect "forever memories "

Alex and Everett Koopman | Married in May

 

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The most amazing, wonderful Midlands wedding experience!
 

Wow! What an amazing team, venue and setting these guys have! We were so thrilled with our special day and it was everything we could have wanted and more. From the first time we made contact with Cranford through to the day of our ceremony we were so unbelievably happy with the way we were looked after. It was such an amazing event and even to this day we still have friends and family commenting about it.

The team were always helpful, courteous and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everything runs smoothly and as you would like.

We will definitely be visiting Cranford again and will for sure be hoping to attend a wedding up there sometime soon.

Brad and Tracy | Married in March 2015
 

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If I could get married again, just for the fun of it (obviously to the same person) I would choose Cranford everytime
 

If you could get married a few times in your life, just for the absolute fun of it, and obviously to the same person....I would choose Cranford lodge and the amazing Cranford team every time....a few words spring to mind when I think of the Crandord family...warmth, smiles, relaxed, attention to detail, helpful. Cranford is a beautiful majestic place where you can have lots of fun with family and friends.

A MASSIVE Thank you from the New Mr and Mrs Roses................

Dear Alex and your Amazing Super Team, 


I want to say a massive big super-duper thank you to you and your team for everything you did for Anton and I. Not just for your hard work on the day but the months and days leading up to our wedding. Seriously I don’t know how I would have coped without you. Nothing ever seemed a hassle for you. When I forgot the table numbers, and to print the name boards you guys were there. Always happy to help and just make a plan. Thank you for always greeting everyone with a warm and welcoming smile, even to my most rowdy of buddies. The pre-dinner in the new Grand Room was so beautifully prepared. The Guest couldn’t believe there was an equally exquisite reception room waiting for us on the wedding day. Your attention to detail, from the itinerary in every room to the personally named drawings of kids, made everyone feel that much more at home. You guys out did yourselves and I really don’t think we would have enjoyed ourselves half as much if it wasn’t for the Cranford team! I wish I could do it all over again….and again and again….obviously every time to the same person.

We will definitely be visiting again soon…..and at the very least for our first wedding anniversary.

Please see the attached photos of your amazing Cranford gardens. The picture of the light trickling through the majestic oak tree leaves, while we said our vows, will stay in my mind forever.

Thank you Cranford.

Mr and Mrs Rose

Susan and Anton | Married in March 2015

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Fairytale wedding venue

Dear Debbie, Claire, Viv and the Cranford team.

I do not think words could ever express our gratitude for everything you did to make our wedding everything we ever dreamed of, and more! No detail was forgotten and you all far exceeded our expectations. From our first walk through your lodge, to the planning phase, to the collection of the last few things after the wedding, you guys were great! Everything that Cranford had a hand in ran so smoothly. 

The accommodation was handled so well. Even the bookings for some of our difficult guests were dealt with smoothly and so professionally. 

Claire, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you. Claire, I will forever remember your ability to calm and reassure me, which is something that every bride needs!!! You really are a bride whisperer. Your bubbly personality and your attention to detail and advice for the day was invaluable, which I truly appreciate. 

The day ran so smoothly which is due to the professional manner that the Cranford team adopt. The waitresses and barmen were so friendly and got the food out so quickly. 

Debbie, the food was amazing. We had so many comments on how divine it was. Craig even ate his veggies ;)

The suppliers which you recommended were brilliant, other than the make-up hiccup. Matt Masson is a brilliant photographer and we are really looking forward to seeing his photos. Allan McCabe (DJ) was great and made sure that everyone had a great time. And Ian Turnbull, the bagpiper, was also a pleasure!

The venue grounds are something fairytales are made of, but the Cranford Country Lodge team is where the true magic happens, turning dream weddings into reality. Thank you for making our fairytale wedding happen.

Kirsty and Craig| Married in March

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Hi Claire,

Firstly I would like to say thank you for giving us the perfect venue for Kylie’s wedding. It went off very well and everyone seems to have enjoyed it.

The service held in front of the dam was absolutely beautiful and I don’t know how you did it, but getting the mist to come down at the right moment was brilliant!!! What a fantastic afternoon.

 Thank you, to you and all your staff!!!!

Malcolm- December 2014

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Thank you so much to the Cranford team for an absolutely beautiful wedding venue and wonderful service throughout! It really meant a lot to us to have such a relaxed, yet professional atmosphere, and so many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the venue, the food and the service. Credit must go to Alex and her team who assisted in the planning and execution of our wedding with the utmost professionalism. Alex worked with our various service providers (DJ, photographer, Florist etc) such that we, on our wedding weekend, could focus on our family and friends and enjoy an amazing, stress free experience.

It truly would not have been the same without the family run Cranford team and we will always remember our special day at Cranford.

The newly weds
Tenille & Michael Aitken

October 2014

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“The perfect wedding venue”

We decided on Cranford country lodge for our wedding this November 2014 due to it's beautiful scenery as well as warm & cosy, rustic barn, magical chapel etc. Decoration of the venue was so simple due to it being so gorgeous already. During the ceremony we looked out on the lake and horses on the hill while saying our vows. We took the prettiest wedding photos by the lake. We loved the huge honey moon suite as it was not only beautifully decorated and fully equipped but the space made it easy for bridesmaids, flower girl and myself to get ready for the big day, while family members could relax in the lounge and help themselves in the kitchen while they wait. Getting the venue ready was a breeze, due to the helpful staff. During the reception the service from the staff was prompt and excellent, and they were extremely friendly and helpful at all times. A big thank you to Claire and the staff members who made our wedding day a day we'll never forget.

Lots of love

Natasha & Darryn Anderson

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Dear Alex and the Cranford Team!

So now that the dust of the wedding has settled and we are settling back into the normality of JHB life, I can finally sit down and type a long overdue Thank You!

I am not even sure where to start to be honest. From start to finish our entire wedding, under the guidance and support of you Alex, was absolutely seamless and stress free. A day that was beyond magical and one we would relive over and again!

The suppliers you recommended where a perfect match. From a simple mood board a wedding beyond Alex or my imagination was created. The Flower Shed ladies, produced the most amazing flowers I have ever seen, absolutely taking my breathe away. On the Sunday, the left over flowers were taken to an Old Age home and money raised for their charity – not a single flower went to waste! Something that we did not expect but touched our hearts immensely.

The Cranford Team under the guidance of Tenson and Sam were phenomenal. On every visit we made to Cranford whilst planning the wedding they were so incredibly inviting and friendly and this was no exception on the wedding weekend. From our arrival on Thursday to our departure on Monday, us and our guests were given your undivided attention and all expectations met with a smile. Alex and I cannot fault a thing. The food was incredible / the set up perfect but most of all the energy with which everything was handled was amazing.

Alex – I do not even know where to start on how to say thank you to you. When we first arrived in Cranford over a year and a half ago, this wedding seemed like a faraway dream, only on paper, but with you we were able to bring the whole thing to life. You were an amazing co-ordinator who captured the very essence of what we were after from our wedding. Thank you for all your hard work and input – we are incredibly grateful to have met you and your team and shared our day at Cranford. We would not have wished for anything more.

So from Alex and myself – THANK YOU. We shall be seeing you all soon for our first wedding anniversary!

 Lots of Love Alex and Camrin

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Dear Viv & the Cranford Team,


Keegan and I would just like to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to stay at your beautiful lodge we had an amazing time! We were truly spoilt and blessed, thank you so so much! We can't wait to come back to your little piece of heaven!

Kind regards,
Megan & Keegan

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Dear Cranford team, just a thank you for all your help in making my sister's wedding a success yesterday. You are all fantastic. Appreciate your effort in helping things run so smoothly. Keep rocking! Best wishes to you all.

Sharl Els

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Hi Cranford team.

Thank you and well done for making Kelly and Jono's wedding day so awesome!

From the Groom's family

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Dearest Alex, Debbie and Cranford team

Please accept our apologies for sending this so late… This year has been one huge roller coaster ride:) Now that things have settled down i can gather the words to express how thankful Dale and I are for everything you did for our wedding day on the 1 June. From the beautiful venue to the helpful staff to the pop-ins by Alex the day was everything we had dreamt of….not forgetting the out of this world food. (We are still getting compliments from guests about the incredible food)

We fell in love with Cranford from the moment we drove in and we knew immediately that that would be the place we start our life together… This was not because of the incredible chapel or country barn but the warmth and love we felt from you. We felt like we were home:)

We will definitely be back:)

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year:)

With all our love
Clare and Dale Brooks

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Cranford Family

Thank you very much for the hospitality you offered us at your establishment. We had a very pleasant stay and enjoyed every moment.

Thank you…
From: Phil, Sindie & Mo

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On behalf of us all – A BIG THANK YOU!!

You and your team efforts were amazing, everyone was delighted and the wedding was wonderful…..many many thanks for all your efforts.

Every aspect was noticed and appreciated….

Once again THANK YOU!

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My daughter Charene Cross and Calvin Thompson got married at Cranford on the 14th of December 2013. Cranford is amazing!!!
The Staff, Tenson, Sam, Claire, Robin, Abongile, and all the other amazing staff of Cranford were fantastic. Thank you for everything, the love and attention to detail. Words cannot express our gratitude for giving our daughter the most amazing special day.

Brides, look no further, if you want a Amazing, caring, loving, attention to detail day, book at Cranford

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Dear Alex, Debbie, Robyn, Claire, Katie, Abongile, Sam and Tenson

Thank you so much for making our day magical.  Just can’t believe how fast if flew by.

Everything was so well organised and went very smoothly and this is down to the Cranford team.  We are very very happy with the service.  We also received many compliments from our guests about the venue – so thank you!

A family friend who had a catering business for over 25 years even remarked how flawless the food was!

Everything was perfect, the suppliers delivered as promised and all of our guests had an amazing stay.

Robyn was exceptional, from arranging groomsmen shirts to be ironed, walking each and every guest to their rooms on the Friday and being so cheerful and helpful.

All of you were just so happy and helpful, and everyone attending was so relaxed and joyful.

The wedding environment was exactly what we wanted, and we both had the best time ever.(despite the rain)

Not to dampen the mood, only to provide constructive feedback, the salt and pepper shakers on the tables looked a bit out of place, as they were Robertson’s branded plastic cellars opposed to silver or ceramic. Definitely not a show stopper, and maybe something we missed with Jenny/Kim.

We hope to see you all in the future and won’t hesitate to recommend Cranford to other couples.

Many thanks,

Ryan & Michele

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Dear Debbie, Abongile and all the Staff

We would sincerely like to express our gratitude for the excellent manner and all the extras that we were treated to. Every staff member that we dealt with were 5star and so accommodating. Certainly cannot express in words just how special and wonderful we felt and were treated.

You are all amazing and thank you for making this special occassion even more special.

Sending you all a very blessed and Happy Christmas and wishing you a tremendous 2014.
With King Regards
Sonja, Mervyn and family

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Jono and I want to thank the whole Cranford team from the bottom of our hearts, we had the most wonderful day and, if there were any hiccups, we were blissfully unaware of them! All of our guests commented on the beautiful location, great food and helpful staff.

A special mention must be made of Alex and Claire who, in the months leading up to the wedding, helped me find vendors and accommodated my frequently changing mind!

Kind regards

Sue

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Dear “Cranford Team”

Thank YOU very much for the wonderful service on our wedding weekend. We had a blast and everything went off very smoothly.

Rayno and I are very grateful to the entire Cranford staff for their professionalism and willingness to help. It was a very fun, relaxed and friendly wedding – just what we wanted.

I will certainly recommend your venue to other couples.

Kind regards

Kerry & Rayno Egner

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Dear Alex, Debbie and Richard

We wanted to write and thank you for making our wedding day so beautiful. Everything went so smoothly- the food was fantastic! what has also been so great is that we had the pleasure of meeting you, we cannot express how much easier the planning process was knowing that three such fantastic people were on top of it all! we really hope that we see you again and wish you all the best of luck Alex in motherhood- you will be wonderful.
love
Laura and Neil

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Dear Alex, Debbie, Sam and the rest of the team at Cranford

We can’t believe that it’s just over 2 months since our big day!  We can’t thank you enough for everything that you did to make sure that everything went smoothly on the best day of our lives.  When I started wedding venue hunting in 2012, Cranford was the last venue we visited.  From the moment my Mom, Dad, my sister and I arrived I knew that it was exactly what we were after.  I returned to London shortly after that and told Jared that I had found the perfect venue.  Jared only saw the venue for the first time 2 days before the wedding but he immediately loved it too!  I thought that planning a wedding from the UK was going to be hard work but Alex was fantastic in getting back to me so quickly with my hundred and one queries and requests.  We managed to do all our communication and planning by email alone until I got home to SA which I think is pretty amazing.

Thank you for making the Friday when we were setting up such a breeze.  While we were frantically setting up the tables and the décor it was great to have everyone pop in and see how we were getting on and if we needed help with anything.  Those cups of coffee and tea with the delicious homemade biscuits Sam brought us were life savers!

Alex and Debbie, thank you for the hugs and reassurance just before I walked down the aisle, you definitely took some of my butterflies away.  After our photos were done and we walked into the reception and all the candles on the tables and around the room were lit I remember thinking “this is exactly how I pictured it”.  You had made sure that all our finishing touches were not forgotten about.  The food was unbelievably good, and so many people said that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding (we totally agree on that one.)  One of the guests actually asked me if I had eaten all my fillet and if not could he have it! Unfortunately for him, I had J.

We felt that no task is too big for you.  Never once in the run up to the wedding day did anyone ever say “no, we can’t do that”.  Everything was done with the greatest of joy.  We felt so much love and warmth from everyone at Cranford and we left with the happiest of hearts and the best memories we could have ever hoped for.  Thank you so, so much to every single one of you.  We’d love to return to the beautiful honeymoon suite soon for a night or two!

Lots of love, Jared & Samantha Sanford

xoxo

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Dear Alex, Abongile and Team

Thank you so much for the care, attention to detail and professionalism with which you took care of David and I ahead of, and during, our wedding. Things seemed to go without a hitch and Sam in particular was such a help to all of us. I am sorry I could not tell him so before we left.

Thank you for making our day so special and for looking after our guests so well. Cranford has to be one of the most beautiful venues in the country and we were so lucky to be able to make use of it.

Below are two photos which we have received so far. If the rest have any particularly good shots of Cranford for marketing purposes, I will forward these to you.

Thank you once again

Ann and David

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Wedding for the Heimes / Hugo family

Greetings to you,
Our family attended the wedding ceremony at Cranford the past Saturday. We would like to congratulate the management and staff of Cranford Lodge for a function well organised and the food was excellent.
Please pass our thanks on to the staff.
Regards,

ERIC & ENA LOUBSER
(Parents of the groom)

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Dearest Cranford Team,

Wow, how do I even begin to express our gratitude and happiness with all that you did to make our wedding dreams come true. Living in London, I was always nervous to book a venue that I hadn’t seen. So I asked for recommendations via a Facebook status – “Cranford Cranford Cranford”. My best friend suggested your venue as soon as Paul put the bling on my finger! I even had some suppliers suggesting Cranford when I told them the ‘vision’ for my wedding. My parents and best friends then did further research and visited a ton of venues in the area – but Cranford came out top, EVERY time!! And how right they were!

But it’s more than just the beauty of Cranford that impressed us – every email I sent was answered promptly and with an exceptionally high level of professionalism. I felt very much part of all the planning, despite being half way across the world. Paul and I follow a very trick diet – no problem for Cranford, our food was super delicious!! They even catered for our Vegan guests, Veggie guests and the meat eaters said the could slice through the fillet steak with a butter knife.

From the day we arrived at the venue, no favour was too big! Dear Sam even helped us sort out some meat for our UK guests who arrived on Friday night for a pre-wedding braai, after missing the Howick shops opening times. Breakfast was served to my army of bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding, so all we had to do was keep warm and get pampered. At the reception itself, every guest was served their meal of choice, without even having to say what they ordered. Our million and one candles had already been lit when we entered the venue. The fireplaces were lit, and our guests sooooo happy!!! What more could we have asked for??

The staff at Cranford were amazing – special mention to Sam, Tensen, Esmeralda, and Abongile – who catered to my ever whim and need, with a smile on their faces. I was even given a lovely gift when I arrived at the venue  and of course, Alex, Richard and Debbie made our stay a their family run venue an absolute treat!! Esmeralda, Debbie and Alex all took the time to come and visit me on the morning of the wedding, to make sure I was ok, and if I needed anything.

We have received a million compliments from guests who also stayed at Cranford, as well as guests who came for the wedding. All of them were thoroughly impressed, and some of my friends who are future brides to be are now set on their venue of choice.

Thank you for going the extra mile and for your ‘no favour is too big’ approach to weddings and guests.

We are very much looking forward to staying with you when we are next in South Africa.

All our love,

Paul and Natalie Harvey

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Hi there. I Just wished to thank the staff & team at Cranford Country Lodge for their hard work & great team effort this weekend. I attended Michael & Melissa Wedding on the 3rd Aug & was really impressed with the table settings, level of service & how smoothly everything ran. I work in the Hospitality Industry & I would like to commend the high level of service that I saw exhibited on Saturday.
Thank you very much for making my stay at your venue an absolute delight!
Tess

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Dear Alex, Sam and the entire Team…

Here’s to each and every one of you, you have all managed to make our wedding day absolutely beautiful.

Looking back at our wedding day, everything ran smoothly and looked absolutely stunning.

Your catering was of exceptional quality and undoubtedly exceeded my expectations… the canapés, the starters, the mains and our new-found dessert was lovely. I am glad to report just about every guest complimented on our choice (with thanks to you of course) . And let’s not forget that surprise dessert you left in our room – thanks!

We are more than happy w