“Situated in Hope Road, the heart of Mountain View, Shepstone Gardens is a part of a unique time in the heritage of Johannesburg. The main house is one of the original Witwatersrand Ridge houses commissioned by the Modderfontein Dynamite Company after the Anglo Boer War, at the turn of the 20th Century. The original house was built from the local quartz [estimated at 350 million years old] by Afrikaans prisoners captured during the Anglo Boer War. Mahatma Ghandi, the Indian civil rights advocate, was himself involved in a dispute between the dynamite company and the prisoners, as he was a close friend of the local architect.

Shepstone Gardens, also informally known as the Secret Garden, is a proud reminder of Johannesburg’s historical past as well as a testament to the aesthetic sensibilities of the artisans, gardeners and stone craftsmen who have dedicated their skills to the construction of this landmark. The property has been privately owned by the Rayner family for almost 35 years now. Bought with the intention of restoring it to its former colonial beauty, all additions have been made in keeping with the style of the original Herbert Baker architecture. It is now an established venue with a sterling reputation that competes with its own historical glory. Being a privately owned venue, Shepstone Gardens gives all its guests a warm welcome and service that is personalized and taken seriously. Here, the priority is to maintain quality relationships and build new ones based on trust. When you visit Shepstone Gardens, you really do feel a part of the family, and can have confidence that you will be taken care of in every aspect.”


Shepstone Gardens is perfect for medium to large wedding celebrations. Located in the heart of Johannesburg at the foot of a mountain, they have a beautiful, elegant and striking glass Marque which can seat roughly 250 guests comfortably, and can accommodate 300-400 guests cocktail style.

For those who would love to have a small and more intimate celebration; Shepstone Gardens also offers a beautiful Tuscan inspired Chapel on-site which is the perfect combination of elegance and beauty, which can fit up to 90 guests to watch you say your vows to one another.


Shepstone Gardens has partnered with some of the best external caterers in the industry. View our caterers page to have a look at some of the fantastic food you could have at your wedding.


Seeped in history at the heart of Johannesburg at the foot of the mountains lies the hidden gem that is Shepstone Gardens. About 22km (20 minutes) drive from OR Thambo International Airport, and roughly 50km from Lanseria International Airport. Your out-of-state guests can easily take a cab from the airport to the hotel, making this a convenient location no matter how far your guests have to travel. And your international guests will love your venue when they hear where it is situated, as the Golden city has so much to offer in entertainment and attractions.


Shepstone Gardens do have their stunning Secret Garden Suite available for the Bride and Groom to stay over in on the night of the wedding with a delicious breakfast on their private verandah the following morning.

For more information on pricing of the Suite, give them a call or email and they can give you more information.


Daniel West is an international award winning wedding photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Specializing in photographing the stories of his couples in a unique and bespoke way

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