Welcome to Firgrove
A Classic & Elegant Venue
Firgrove is a beautiful Celtic stone chapel located in a beautiful garden with breathtaking views. This picturesque chapel has a hand painted Irish blessing which adorns the archway. Each window portrays decorated stained glass flowers of South Africa.A traditionally designed Celtic stone chapel set on the hills of Alverstone, its perfect position creates a charming and quaint country feeling. The antique bells of Firgrove chapel can be heard near and far as they welcome you. The church with its wooden pews accommodates up to 70 seated guests for weddings, christenings, memorials or blessings. Feel the love and warmth of this community that built the church with its hand made stained glass windows showcasing indigenous flowers and messages from local patrons.
Our Celtic stone chapel and the stunning gardens are perfectly suited for the party of your life. Set on the hills of Alverstone, its perfect position creates a charming and quaint country feeling. We offer unbeatable package deals as well as fully customized and personalized wedding arrangements.
Imagine your business event in a beautiful and unique setting just five minutes from Durban in the hills of Alverstone. Our conferencing and meeting facilities offer all you need. Enjoy fine food during your breaks and use our splendid garden to relax and unwind. Our conference package deals are unbeatable.
Once Shirley and Mike Morgan made the decision to build a church on their property, the project became a community effort to which the entire Alverstone contributed. The design was based on a Celtic church Mike attended as a child in Ireland.Shirley describes the incredible community interest shown by the community in the idea of the church as a groundswell and something Alverstone seemed to need.Building materials like river boulders, timber and roof slate, were all sourced from the area, with Mike supervising every step of the way. Two treasured items carry special significance. “There’s an old tradition in Ireland, that if the clapper falls out of a bell, the person who returns it owns the bell. We were at the Salmons who, during the course of the evening, said, “We have a bell. Been here for 23 years. It would be nice in your chapel”. And nothing further was said. I had a look, gave the clapper a pull…and the rest is history.
The other item was an Irush tub trap, one of many different carts owned by Sally McCall. Mike had first seen it when he moved to the area and had asked her for first option if she ever thought of selling it. Dewald Botha – neighbour and friend – created the stained glass windows and his wife, Bettie, helped with indigenous flower designs for the windows. The project grew as somebody asked if they could commemorate a window. Word spread and soon all 15 windows were sponsored. Each person contributed a little verse, poem or significant wording to be engraved on their window.The inaugural ‘service’ was a carol service on the evening of 22 December 2000. Today, Firgrove is the perfect choice for a secluded, country wedding in the picturesque setting of the Thousand Hills.