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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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Millpond House Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Clarens

It is a haven of peace and tranquility and only a mere eight minute stroll from the village centre. The rose-filled garden is a mass of colours and fragrances where chickens roam around freely. There are five individually decorated rooms to choose

Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms
From R 300,00
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Clarens Retreat

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Clarens Retreat offers superb, three self-catering units in the very heart of this beautiful village. Set in it's large, safe garden, the Retreat enjoys beautiful views into the mountains...

Sleeps: 30 in 4 units/rooms
From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lakeview on Vaal @ Vaal Delta Waterfront

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Vaal Dam

Vaal Waterfront, penthouses, fully equipped, self-catering accommodation at Deneysville, straddling the Gauteng-Free State border, 60 mins from Jhb, 90 minutes from Pretoria.

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From R 325,00
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La La Nathi Country Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Harrismith

La La Nathi is the ideal stopover choice, situated on the N3 just outside the historic town of Harrismith in the Eastern Free State Highlands. Set in magnificent country surroundings this thatched homestead is a haven of peace for the weary traveler...

St Fort Country House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Clarens

Welcome to St Fort where you will experience Eastern Free State hospitality at its finest. The farm is situated 5kms from picturesque Clarens, on 2,200 Ha of land in a stunning setting surrounded by the foothills of the Maluti Mountains....

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 ...

Sleeps: 7 in 3 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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Acacia Villa Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Kroonstad

Acacia Villa Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable and stylish overnight accommodation situated in Panorama, Kroonstad. We offer two (2) luxury, non-smoking en-suite rooms.

Sleeps: 12 in 5 units/rooms
From R 240,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Korfskop Self Catering Farm House

Guest Farm Accommodation in Kestell

Come and experience the peace and tranquillity of the Eastern Free State, The old sandstone house with its beautiful oregan pine floors was built in 1868. There are 4 available bedrooms and ten guests can be accommodated.

Sleeps: 17 in 8 units/rooms
From R 360,00
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Riverbush Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Parys

Situated on the banks of the Vaalriver. Riverbush Lodge has 8 en-suite stylish rooms (all beds are comfy and of high quality) with TV and coffee/tea facilities, some with small bar....

Sleeps: 69 in 12 units/rooms
From R 750,00
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Mount Everest Game Farm

Guest Farm Accommodation in Harrismith

The Mount Everest game farm covers approximately 1000 hectares and consists of mountains, kloofs and rolling grassland, a perfect setting for the 22+ species of game established on the farm. It is also a working sheepfarm and home to a lively fami...

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Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms
From R 1 000,00
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Brookeside Self Catering

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Brookeside Self-Catering offers two luxurious semi detached and fully equipped one bedroomed self-catering cottages sleeping two adults per cottage. These self-contained units are modern and tastefully decorated, providing an ideal option...

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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.

Sleeps: 74 in 16 units/rooms
From R 500,00
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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...

From R 600,00
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Amaluti

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clarens

Amaluti is simply stunning; a tasteful blend of five star luxury, comfort, elegant decor, space, colour and glorious views to the Maluti Mountains. Its special ambience is both peaceful and relaxing. The open plan design and unique frameless glass...

From R 250,00
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Mt Rouge Guest House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Clarens

DStv is available in all the rooms. The Guest House is located on a 3000m2 stand with a secure steel fence all around for the safety of our guests and their property. Guests have use of the garden where they can relax, let the children play or..

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

From R 300,00
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.

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Sleeps: 28 in 14 units/rooms
From R 506,00
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Patcham Place

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Clarens

Patcham Place offers five cheerful and sunny rooms, each of which has the following features separate entrance, shower en-suite (room 5 has a bath), balcony with a lovely view, quality, comfortable beds, fridge and hospitality tray, TV...

From R 550,00
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The Old Country House and Cottage

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Come and experience the crisp clean air of the Eastern Free State in the relaxed atmosphere of The Old Country House and Cottage in the heart of Fouriesburg. Spend the evening with friend and family in front of the coal stove and greet the morning sunrise

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Sleeps: 16 in 7 units/rooms
From R 525,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Red Mountain House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Clarens

Red Mountain House is situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Clarens. Our accommodation consists of 6 luxury double rooms furnished with turn of the century antiques and one standard room.