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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: 80 in 17 units/rooms
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Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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...

Sleeps: 20 in 5 units/rooms
From R 600,00
Per unit, per night.

Mont Plaisir

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Discover and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the Eastern Free State Mountains, close to the Lesotho border. Mont Plaisir offers luxurious self-catering accommodation...

Sleeps: 40 in 10 units/rooms
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Loch Athlone Overnight Accommodation

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bethlehem

For affordable accommodation in the picturesque town of Bethlehem, our guests have the luxury of being close to town but still have the peace, serenity and affordability of the beautiful Loch Athlone itself.

Daskop

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Ficksburg

Daskop Guest & Game Farm is situated on 700 hectares in a very unique part of South Africa. We are essentially a Venison Farm yet still boast with 14 species of game, birds and lots of flora. The farm is situated just outside Ficksburg in the...

Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms
From R 290,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Rehoboth Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Rehoboth Lodge and Meerkat lodge are self-catering lodges, situated five minutes away from Clarens, on Bethel Estate farm. Rehoboth lodge sleeps 6 guests, Meerkat lodge sleeps 2 guests and has a sleeper couch for 2 children. Both lodges have spectacular v

Sleeps: 49 in 26 units/rooms
From R 530,00
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Shady Pines

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Harrismith

Shady Pines is a beautiful home situated in spacious gardens with full views of Platberg. Seven spacious bedrooms are available plus two self-catering units - all equipped with modern amenities. Home cooked meals and unbound hospitality...

Amaluti

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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...

Sleeps: 24 in 7 units/rooms
From R 300,00
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The Book House Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Harrismith

THE BOOK HOUSE COTTAGE offers you stylish and comfortable accommodation in central Harrismith, a village on the N3, without traffic and rush, and with all luxuries available. All 7 self-catering units have their own entrances.

Sleeps: 16 in 4 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Barbet Country Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

The Barbet Country Cottages are situated on a large farm, 17 km from Clarens along the magnificent Maluti route, a beautiful, scenic drive, including our very own 'God's Window', overlooking the vast Maluti Mountain ranges.

From R 650,00
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Mount Horeb Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

Mt Horeb Manor, an upmarket Bed and Breakfast provides guests with an unforgettable stay in the charming town of Clarens. The guest house is tastefully decorated to offer each guest a luxurious, exclusive and unforgettable stay topped with warm, friendly

Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms
From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Schaapplaats Farm Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Schaapplaats Farm is an old farm dating from 1860 after the Basotho wars. The farmhouse built in 1880 is of sandstone with poplar poles for roof timbers and reeds and thatch for the roof. All other building equipment, for example the...

Sleeps: 33 in 6 units/rooms
From R 570,00
Per unit, per night.

Grace Country Retreat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Memel

Grace Country Retreat is situated in the quaint farming community village Memel, nestled at the foothills of the Maluti mountains in the North Eastern Free State.

Sleeps: 16 in 6 units/rooms
From R 600,00
Per unit, per night.

African Olive Country Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

African Olive Country Estate is situated within walking distance to the breathtaking Vaal River and conveniently close to Parys Town and all establishments along the Kopjieskraal road and the banks of the Vaal Rive.

Arcadia Guesthouse & Restaurant

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kroonstad

Arcadia Guesthouse is located next to the Valsch River, 03 km from town centre and ± hours drive from Johannesburg. Defined by picturesque gardens, quiet and relaxed surroundings, Arcadia will lend a stylish atmosphere to your stay.

From R 375,00
Per person, per night sharing.

De Molen

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

De Molen Farm is situated in the Rooiberge Mountains between Clarens and the Golden Gate National Park, a few hundred metres off the tar road. The farm was established in 1872 and holds a 3 star rating from the South African Tourism Grading ...

Sleeps: 12 in 5 units/rooms
From R 475,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Courtyard Café

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

The Courtyard is situated in the beautiful Free State town of Clarens. We have 4 rooms upstairs above the bakery and café and a self catering cottage.

From R 280,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Jastelle Selfcatering Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bethlehem

Enjoy our warm, farm style hospitality where we are not shy to give! Beautiful, fully equipped cottages and 1 Fully equipped flat available where we can accommodation 17 people in total. All units are self catering...

From R 420,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Peach Orchard Villa

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Peach Orchard Villa (No. 169) is situated in the Clarens Golf and Trout Estate overlooking the picturesque town of Clarens with majestic views of the Maluti and Rooiberg Mountains.

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Sleeps: 16 in 2 units/rooms
From R 475,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Barrister House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Barrister House offers exceptionally well-appointed self catering accommodation in the Clarens Golf Estate, located on the slopes of the Rooiberg, overlooking the majestic Maluti Mountains...

Sleeps: 16 in 2 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Wisteria House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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.