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Northern & Eastern Free State

The Northern and Eastern regions of the Free State are bordered in the East by the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and the Lesotho border, and in the North by the Vaal River. In the far east of the region on the Lesotho border and nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains is the 11600 hectare Golden Gate Highlands National Park. While some national parks are noted for their wildlife, the Golden Gate is one of those noted for its natural beauty, and takes its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the majestic sandstone cliffs of the park.


Just to the North of the Golden Gate is the small town of Bethlehem, whose biblical name means "house of bread", an appropriate name for the town that is at the heart of the country's wheat growing region. In fact the whole of the Northern and Eastern Freestate is a most important agricultural area, producing a great percentage of South Africa's maize and wheat.

The small town of Deneysville was proclaimed in 1939 and its existence is a direct result of the construction of the Vaal Dam, completed in 1938. The 32000 hectare Vaal Dam is the main source of water for the Witwatersrand and the village owes its early reputation on it being the southernmost terminal for BOAC's flying boat service from Britain to South Africa during the second world war. Deneysville is a main venue for water sports enthusiasts, housing four yacht clubs, boat chandlers and boat building and repairs.

Right on the border between the Northern and Eastern Free State and Kwazulu-Natal is situated the charming little country town of Harrismith. Established in 1849 on the banks of the Wilge River, Harrismith gets its name from Sir Harry Smith who was a govenor of what is now known as the Free State. Harrismith is easily recognized when traveling through the region by the large flat topped mountain, the Platberg, which sits just behind the town. The town is the last before making the long climb up the Van Reenen's Pass where the N3 highway cuts through the Drakensberg. There are many reminders of the Anglo-Boer wars in the area.

In the extreme South of the Northern and Eastern region and situated on the Highlands scenic route that follows the Lesotho border lies the small town of Hobhouse. The town is on the banks of the Leeu River and is named after the Anglo-Boer War concentration camp heroine, Emily Hobhouse. This suffragette was so appalled at the conditions in the concentration camps that she started a nursing and welfare service amongst the Boer women. She was so dedicated to her new calling that she called off her wedding -her wedding veil can still be seen on display in Bloemfontein.

A little to the North of Hobhouse is the thriving little agricultural town of Ladybrand, founded in 1867. Ladybrand sits at the base of the Platberg ridge and is an important administrative town in the wheat and sunflower belt of the Freestate. There are many fine examples of sandstone architecture in the town, which lies just a few kilometers from the Caledon Bridge, the main border post between South Africa and Lesotho.

One of the most important towns of the Northern and Eastern Region of the Freestate is Kroonstad which, according to legend, has the distinction of being one of few towns anywhere to be named after a horse, Kroon, which belonged to the prominent Boer leader Sarel Cilliers. Kroonstad is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful towns of the Free State, and is an important centre for the production of maize, wheat, meat, sunflowers, dairy products and wool.

 

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Sleeps: 4 in 3 units/rooms
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Mahem Country Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Memel

Mahem is nestled in a beautifully park-like one acre landscaped garden in Memel. Up-market luxury accommodation comprising 5 stylish and cozy bedrooms all en-suite bathrooms.Rooms are all individually decorated and separate from the main building.

From R 325,00
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Tuscana Villa

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Kroonstad

Offering a peaceful getaway to guests visiting the town of Kroonstad, Tuscana Villa Guest House provides comfortable accommodation to corporate or leisure travellers in Wilgenhof, Kroonstad.

Sleeps: 20 in 9 units/rooms
From R 375,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lamon Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Kroonstad

Lamon Guesthouse is an up-market guesthouse in Kroonstad, Northern Free State. We cater for all types of stays, whether it being for business, events, tourists or conferences...

Sleeps: 24 in 2 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per unit, per night.

Aqua View Riverside Guesthouse

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Parys

Aqua View Riverside Self Catering Guesthouse is nestled in the heart of Parys directly on the Vaal River and next to the entrance of the Parys Golf Course.

Sleeps: 32 in 16 units/rooms
From R 490,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Casa Romana B&B

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Ladybrand

Casa Romana is perfectly situated on the main route through the heart of the beautiful Eastern Free State town Ladybrand, and offers upmarket accommodation and facilities. We have 16 individually decorated bedrooms, all with en-suit bathrooms...

MacFarlanes Country Retreat

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Harrismith

MacFarlanes' picturesque setting on the bank of a large lake allows idyllic days of birding (120 species), bass fishing and canoeing. It also offers imaginative opportunities for mountain biking, long walks and climbs, as well as berry picking in sea

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room

Mount Olive Stables

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Swinburne

This luxurious self-catering cottage sleeps 5 people, has gas lighting and a large cosy fireplace making it an ideal retreat for those who want to get away from it all. This working stud farm is available for walks, fishing and bird watching ...

Keble Estate - Self Catering

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clocolan

Keble Estate is a self Catering Chalet we offer five double bedrooms - one of which has a bathroom en suite - in our original 1872 sandstone manor house, located- at Clocolan in a scenic and still undiscovered part of the eastern Free State

Sleeps: 45 in 4 units/rooms
From R 150,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Deelfontein

Guest Farm Accommodation in Vredefort

Nestled between two high ridges in the heart of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, Deelfontein self catering bush lodges offers activities ranging from hiking and mountain biking to birdwatching and stargazing.

Sleeps: 39 in 8 units/rooms
From R 150,00
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Lesoba Guest Farm and Hiking Trail

Guest Farm Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Lesoba is situated in the eastern Free State between Clarens and Fouriesburg, 350km from Johannesburg and 260km from Bloemfontein. Lesoba offers a tranquil, revitalizing getaway, ideal for hikers as well as nature and outdoor enthusiasts...

Sleeps: 45 in 10 units/rooms

Camelroc Guest Farm

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Fouriesburg

Camelroc sits between the two Caledon rivers, close to Caledonspoort border post. Its a good base from which to explore Eastern Free State as well as Lesotho. 6 chalets sleeps 8, 6, 2. Hikers Cabin sleeps 16 Main home has three rooms sleeps 6.

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 350,00
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Applegate Lodge

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clarens

Nestled between the Lesotho mountains and the Golden Gate reserve in the picturesque town of Clarens, Applegate Lodge is your quintessential highlands home away from home. Whether you are seeking a wild adventure, quality time away from it all, or someth

Sleeps: 28 in 13 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Bella Rosa Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Ficksburg

Bella Rosa Guest House set in the heart of Ficksburg provides the ideal overnight and/or long term travellers resting place for business and leisure guests. With 12 en-suite rooms each tastefully, individually, uniquely and exquisitely decorated...

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Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms
From R 800,00
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San Rock Guest House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clarens

Situated in the charming, picturesque village of Clarens in the Eastern Free State, San Rock self catering Guest House sets the standard for superior accommodation. Set within 3000sq metre garden with spectacular mountain views.

Hoogland Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Bethlehem

Each of the 7 comfortable en-suite bedrooms has a private entrance, under carpet heating, TV with M-Net, fridge and tea and coffee facilities. One self catering unit available. Fully equiped with jetmaster, electric stove, microwave, fridge and ...

From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Dennebosch Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Senekal

Dennebosch Guesthouse has a quiet, relaxed atmosphere with 2 tastefully furnished double rooms with en-suite shower or bath. We are located in Senekal, conveniently situated on the N5 route from Cape Town to Durban.

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 3 000,00
Per unit, per night.

Waterford House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clarens

The charming artistic village of Clarens, situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and just 3 hours by car from Johannesburg, is the picturesque location for The Clarens Golf and Trout Estate, which features an 18-hole golf course. There are

Sleeps: 74 in 16 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Parys

2023 million years ago a meteorite struck planet earth formed the Vredefort Dome. This impact has left a beauty out of destruction that is utterly breathtaking, historically fascinating and rich in a unique and diverse micro-ecosystem of fauna and...

Wisteria House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Parys

Wisteria self catering house, built in 1896 is the second oldest house in Parys. Recently renovated to it's original glory, this beautiful Free State architectural home nestles under a canopy of age old trees.

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 4 400,00
Per unit, per night.

Lily Grace

Groups - Self Catering Accommodation in Parys

Lily Grace offers comfortable self- catering accommodation in a newly renovated home, situated on the Vaal de Grace Golf Estate in Parys, merely an hour's drive from Johannesburg.