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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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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...

Sleeps: 6
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Arrarat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Arrarat is a newly built property situated in the stunning, Clarens Golf and Trout Estate, completed 2nd June 2016. The self-catering unit accommodates up to six guests with unobstructed views overlooking the golf course, fishing lake and Clarens.

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Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms

96 on Bree Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Heilbron

This newly renovated Four Star Guest House is situated in the Northern Freestate, on the Riemland Route (the Riemland, once known for the large numbers of game that roamed the plains in the 1800's).

Sleeps: 2

Ou Kliphuis

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Charming self-catering flatlet attached to one of the oldest houses in Clarens, probably about 100 years old.

Sleeps: 6
From R 2 000,00
Per unit, per night.

398 Vaal de Grace Golf Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

398 Vaal de Grace Golf Estate is a three-bedroom riverfront self-catering villa ideally situated on the secure Vaal de Grace Golf Estate just 2 km outside Parys on the R59 towards Vredefort.

Graded:
From R 425,00
Per person, per night sharing.

La La Nathi Country Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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...

Sleeps: 4
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Iona Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

This cottage is set on its own erf in the Swartland of Clarens. Surrounded by mountains, Horeb is visible to the east of Iona.

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From R 430,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Amohela ho Spitskop Country Retreat & Conservancy

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clocolan

Amohela ho Spitskop nestled in a valley between the villages of Ficksburg and Clocolan.The 5 self catering cottages are spacious and comfortably furnished, big couches, huge open fires, fully equipped kitchens and have weber braais on the deck-with-a-view

From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Sediba Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

The Lodges are spacious, well appointed, fully serviced and offer home from home comfort. The view from all the windows and doors is stunning and both Lodges are within a few metres of a well stocked trout dam. The 'Rooiberge' mountain range and ...

From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Zoutspruit Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kroonstad

LODGE with Zoutspruit B&B-Kroonstad. Northern Free State Owner operated and managed accommodation. You are our 1st priority. Your clever choice for crisp clean, safe, affordable, secure accommodation on a working farm.

Sleeps: 19 in 5 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Fat Mulberry

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Set in the tranquil farmland of the Eastern Free State, The Fat Mulberry offers luxurious self-catering accommodation with breath-taking views of the Maloti Mountains.

Sleeps: 16 in 2 units/rooms

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.

Sleeps: 47 in 10 units/rooms

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: 16 in 6 units/rooms

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.

From R 800,00
Per person, per night sharing.

278 on Main

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

Welcome to 278 0n Main. Luxury accommodation right in the center of the picturesque village of Clarens in the Eastern Freestate. Close enough to all Restaurants, Galleries and Shops to be able to park your car and forget it but secluded enough for...

Ash River Lodge B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

Commanding spectacular views of Mount Horeb & the Maluti's and a sandstone's throw from around 20+ restaurants, Ash River Lodge B&B offers accommodation for 22 guests.

From R 2 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Rolo House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

Rolo House is a luxurious self catering lodge located on the Parys Golf and Country estate - a mere hour's drive from Johannesburg.

Buckland Downs Ranch

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Harrismith

Two separate units close together supply accommodation to 15 people. The five-bed house consists of one bathroom, open plan kitchen/lounge with open fireplace to counteract the Free State cold and to supply a touch of old-fashioned romance. The ...

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Malutizicht Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Ficksburg

The lodge, nestled below massive sandstone cliffs, consists of a beautifully renovated double storey English Cottage with four charming en suite bedrooms and a majestic, renovated sandstone farmhouse with 5 comfortable en-suite bedrooms and huge ...

Sleeps: 2
From R 1 150,00
Per unit, per night.

The Loft

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

There are two loft style apartments for two in the heart of Clarens. Views across the Clarens roof-tops to the mountains beyond. Private patio overlooks charming courtyard. Walking distance to restaurants, galleries, shops and village square...