Kings Walden was born of great romantic spirit. It was here in the 1930’s that a beautiful young woman stood spellbound at the mountain views and said to the man beside her: “It’s so beautiful I never want to leave”.
“Marry me”, he replied, “and you will never have to”.
And so Billo Tooley, owner of Kings Walden married Elsie Dickson who went on to create our beautiful gardens.
Many, many years later, on the night Elsie died, lightning struck the enormous blue gum tree at the viewpoint. It is still standing today – a symbol of Kings Walden Garden Manor’s magical romantic spirit.
Come and enjoy our incredible mountain views, famous country gardens and luxury accommodation in a century-old heritage home. Kings Walden combines international excellence with African warmth. You’ll be welcomed by the friendly Kings Walden team, led by hotelier Bridget Hilton-Barber, whose family has owned this property since 1904.
Enjoy a glass of wine and a wander the gardens which feature fountains, romantic walkways, secret gardens and seasonal masses of colour. The gardens were started by Elsie Tooley (nee Dickson), our grandmother, in the 1930s and became famous under the incredible talent of our mother Tana Hilton-Barber (nee Tooley).