February 2021

Seek out the serenity of Singita Castleton

in Lodges and Camps

Seek out the serenity of Singita Castleton

While Singita continues to align its offering with the ever-changing world of luxury ecotourism and refine its forward-thinking approach to conservation, the brand is also steeped in history, and this small family founded-and-built business celebrates its deep roots in the continent while being cognisant of its role and impact on its future.

Set in one of South Africa’s most iconic wilderness areas, Singita Castleton – an exclusive-use family home that was once the private residence of the Bailes family – beautifully embodies how the Singita story has unfolded over the past few decades, as well as its considerable contemporary vision.

It’s a storied space that acknowledges the tranquillity of Castleton’s old-world atmosphere, while surpassing every expectation for the most current interpretations of cutting-edge safari.

Modelled on a traditional farmhouse and striking the perfect balance between complete luxury and comfort, it’s evolved into a gracious and elegant homestead and provides the perfect setting for families or friends to share intimate connections – with each other and nature.

Situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Castleton is located on a privately owned pristine piece of land adjacent to South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park, providing guests with exclusive access to exquisite wildlife-viewing opportunities in an area known for its rich biodiversity and high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings. It sets the scene for a true escape into nature – an immersion into the very aspects that make the wilderness so restorative to the soul – and provides the perfect antidote for the challenges and stresses of the past year.

Stillness and seclusion

With travellers increasingly seeking places of stillness and sanctuary in which to reset body, mind and spirit, exclusive safaris in remote locations have become coveted choices. As the events of 2020 have unfolded, so too has a sense of seclusion risen to the top of the list of must-haves when choosing a holiday destination. Consequently, private spaces such as Singita Castleton are in demand, prompting a closer look by Singita at its exclusive-use villas in order to find ways to set them apart and cater to guests looking for the ultimate get-away-from-it-all experience.

One of the exceptional properties in the Singita Private Villa Collection – a selection of hideaways across the Singita portfolio of properties that offers all the best attributes of lodge luxury with the privacy of a home – Castleton offers six cottages sleeping up to 12, and the exclusive-use homestead is ideal for special occasions, family reunions and small-group gatherings.

As the ultimate lifestyle offering, the home features every conceivable level of comfort – complete with a new wine cellar in the main house, stocked with an impressive collection of premium wines. An additional two wellness massage treatment rooms (single and double) have been added for maximum convenience and leisure – looking out onto the peaceful vista of the garden. To continue your journey of relaxation, a new state-of-the-art yoga pavilion alongside the fitness centre serves as the perfect place to harness inner stillness and centre yourself.

Other elements that add to Castleton’s considerable appeal include an outdoor boma ideal for fireside dinners under the stars and a large swimming pool overlooking the breathtaking landscapes and nearby waterhole, where game regularly gather to drink. There’s also a private tennis court and pavilion, trampoline, Bocce court, and the option to enjoy leisurely cricket games on the lawns.

Guests at Castleton have the benefit of a full staff complement at their disposal, which includes a private Field Guide, chef and host. This attentive team ensures that every preference is catered for, and that your days can be designed with the utmost freedom.

Experience Castleton’s unparalleled privacy for yourself.

By Julia Freemantle

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