Emoyeni in Zulu means “up in the air” and is very appropriate with sweeping panoramic views over Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, extending all the way to the Magaliesburg. The Estate offers discerning guests the opportunity to soak up the views and enjoy functions in this extraordinary venue, whilst delighting in cuisine prepared by the well known and very talented chef Nicky Gibbs.
This Edwardian-era masterpiece was built by architects Leck and Emley in 1905 for the Honorable Henry Hull, who became the Minister of Finance in the first Union Government. The house was used to host lavish parties for the Rand Lords of the Day and although changing hands several times over the next few decades, remained the most glittering social milieus of Johannesburg society. The drawing room rang to a wide range of music as the quadrilles gave way to the waltzes and two-steps of the sounds of ragtime.
Now the rooms are singing to a new beat, as Gibbs uses her superb talent to dazzle Emoyeni’s previous and new clientele, both corporate and leisure as they soak up the splendour of the English Renaissance. With a multitude of functional rooms such as the Billiard Room, Drawing Room, The Parlour and the Great Chamber, the house is perfect for hosting weddings, conferences, gala dinners, award functions, product launches, shoots and press conferences with a difference.
Chef Nicky Gibbs has an impressive resume, with her experience originating mostly from six years of cooking on the QE2 and the Crystal Cruises luxury ships – and another six years cooking for a range of world renowned celebrities. Gibbs has served the likes of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Madonna and has also raked in several awards! Gibbs has made her mark at several high profile hotels and restaurants in the past such as Melrose Arch and The Westcliff Hotel and is now taking Emoyeni to new heights!