Meet Our Team

Our dedicated team of hospitality professionals are equipped to ensure that your stay is an exceptional experience. Our management team is enthusiastic and knowledgeable of the area and will assist you with all your travel needs and suggestions.

Christine Curnow

Managing Owner

Born in Australia, Christine came to Sth Africa almost 40 years ago. She started Chestnut Country Lodge with her business partner back in September 1995 when the property was just a farm house and a shed! Through the years, she has steadily built up the business using her hard working ethic and attention to detail. She loves meeting and hosting the guests whenever possible and over the years has made many friends out of the guests that have visited Chestnut Country Lodge.

Guinevere Davis

Reservations Manager

Guin came to Chestnut some 12 years ago as a young girl wanting to get into hospitality. Her quick wit and easy laughter has made her a hit with the guests over the years. Her loyalty and support to Christine is immeasurable and together they have made a great team in bringing Chestnut Country Lodge to the success it enjoys today.

Philippa Knight

Front of House Manager

Christine and Philippa met some 24 years ago when Philippa was a Reservations Manager for another lodge in the area. Over the years they have stayed in touch and Christine had always remembered the advice Philippa gave her all those years ago about what to expect in being in the hospitality industry. Full circle, Christine, was delighted when Philippa and her husband returned to the Lowveld and was able to join our Management team. Philippa has a quiet and unruffled manner and takes every detail in her stride. We are delighted to haver her join our team.