About Nut Grove Manor
Nut Grove Manor is located on a 2.3 hectare farm on the outskirts of White River in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The original farm house was built in 1924 and bears testimony to the area’s colonial history. The surrounding nut plantations and pasture create a charming country setting, although the property is conveniently close to shopping centres and quality amenities.
In 1904, at the end of the Anglo-Boer war, the government of Lord Milner decided to establish an irrigation farming scheme for unemployed British soldiers returning from the war. This scheme was not very successful and by 1911 only one farmer remained on this development. In 1916 five local men made a successful offer on the failed settlement and founded White River Estates. Nut Grove Manor’s original house was built in 1924 on what was then called Victoria Farm as the home of the White River Estates manager.
The name White River refers to the colour of the water in the nearby river which has a milky appearance caused by the high presence of kaolin. The town, which has a population of about 16 000, is located about 20 km from Mbombela, the capital of Mpumalanga province. The farms surrounding the town are well known for the tropical fruit, vegetables, flowers and timber they produce.
White River’s altitude is 857 m above sea level, which makes its climate more temperate than that of Nelspruit. In fact, the climate is said to be one of the best in South Africa – neither excessively hot in summer when the rainfall is at its highest, nor overly cold during the sunny winters.
The name of this province of South Africa means East or literally “the place where the sun rises”. It lies north of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. In the north it borders on Limpopo, to the west Gauteng, to the southwest the Free State and to the south KwaZulu-Natal. The capital is Nelspruit (recently renamed to Mbombela).