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Teddington Farm

Location & Contact Details
Address: Teddington Farm
Swartberg District
Southern Drakensberg
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Contact : Ronel Irvine
Cell : 074-8898861

Teddington Farm is dominated by the imposing Mt. Macdonald (2283m) to the east and the pristine Umzimvubu River forms the boundary to the west. The farm is 1400 ha and offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the region. A get-away from it all experience that will leave you feeling truly rested and recharged. A place you will want to return to, again and again.

Accommodation

There are five (5) self-catering cottages on the farm, which include the main farmhouse, all unique in their own way. All cottages are serviced daily. Three of the cottages (Main, Peach & Stone) are situated next to each other and form a L-shape around a grassed, fenced in communal garden. There is a thatched, communal bar at the bottom of the garden and a seated fire-pit area in the centre for those beautiful, star-lit nights.

Little Stream Cottage
A quaint cottage set below the farmhouse with peaceful views overlooking the farmlands below and the mountain above. This cottage is named after the stream trickling along under the willow trees at the bottom of the front lawn. The cottage has 3 bedrooms in total with double or queen sized beds. One bedroom is situated next to the cottage and has 1 double bed, 1 single and 1 bunk bed (can sleep family of 4). There are no bathroom facilities in this room.

This cottage can sleep a total of 10 persons. Two full bathrooms are provided one with a shower, and a kitchen with small dining room table, and separate lounge with fireplace. The kitchen has an old coal fired stove (aga) which keeps the cottage cosy during the cold winter. An outside braai and a carport are provided. Little Stream is pet friendly (dogs only).

The main Farmhouse Complex consists of 3 cottages (as below), and is best suited to your larger groups (10 - 24 people comfortably on beds). The cottages can, however, be hired out individually (except for Stone Cottage as it has no kitchen at present). The garden, fire pit and boma bar is communal.

Main Farmhouse
The main house is set just off the road at the base of Mt MacDonald, surrounded on one side by a small forest of pine trees. It can sleep up to 12 people - it has 2 double bedrooms with 2 single beds in each (together or apart), and 1 attic room with 4 bunk beds. There is 1 bathroom with bath/shower. The kitchen is open plan leading onto a small dining room and outside onto a wooden deck and the garden.
There is a lodge-type, character filled, thatched bar at the bottom of the grassed, level garden for your use and entertainment, and a fire-pit area in the centre of the garden for spectacular fires on those clear, star-lit nights. Wood is available for sale on the farm.

Peach Cottage
This cottage is situated within the main farmhouse complex and can sleep up to 8 people (4 adults & 4 kids). It contains 2 bedrooms with 4 beds in each (1 with 2 extra single beds, 1 with a double bunk), 2 bathrooms (en-suite) 1/2 1 with shower/bath, open plan kitchen and dining area and a large lounge area. This cottage is separate from the main farmhouse, but makes use of the communal garden area, boma bar and fire pit.

Stone Cottage
This beautiful stone cottage is situated next to the main farmhouse within the main complex and has 2 bedrooms (main upstairs in a beautifully wood crafted attic room). It can sleep 4 people. There is one bathroom with shower and lounge area with fireplace. This cottage does not have a kitchen and makes use of the main farmhouse - generally used as overspill for larger groups / families.

Activities available on the farm:-

  • Hiking & Trail Running (1400 ha. Mt. Macdonald - 2283 m)
  • Fly-fishing - 2ha lake and 6 km river. Lake is only accessible by 4x4. Alternatively a short but steep walk.
  • Game viewing
  • Mountain biking - farm tracks and dirt road network
  • Bird watching - bird list available - over 80 recorded species
  • Vulture restaurant
  • 4X4, Quad & Motorbike trails. Please bring your own bikes and quads. Organised trails up Thule Pass can be arranged - please note, these are subject to availability of guide. (The views from the top are spectacular and some of the destinations can only be reached by motorbike or quad bike.)
  • Working farm - seasonal farming activities
  • Tubing on the river.

Facilities available on farm:-

  • Self-catering cottages, serviced.
  • Picnic site with thatched boma, braai facilities and field toilet on the Umzimvubu River.
  • TV in the main farmhouse. For DSTV bring your own smart card.
  • Cell phone - All networks.
    - Thatched bar in main farmhouse complex with built in fire place.
    - Seated fire-pit area in main garden.
    - Undercover parking for vehicles at main farmhouse cottages and Little Stream cottages.
    - Braai facilities at cottages.

Activities and Attractions
The Mt. Macdonald region of the farm is perfect for hiking with scenic half and full day routes to explore. Situated half way up the mountain on the Macdonald plateaux is a dam "Loch Macdonald", which has been stocked with rainbow trout and provides a most spectacular and secluded fly-fishing venue.

The mountain is home to numerous wildlife including a herd of Blesbok, family groups of Mountain Reedbuck, Grey Rhebok, Zebra and smaller species such as Baboon, Black Backed Jackal and Lynx. You could also be lucky enough to spot the extremely rare and protected Oribi. Birds often spotted include the Cape Vulture, Black Eagle and Lammergeyer. The view from the top of Mt. Macdonald is truly breath taking and well worth the hike.

As one descends the mountain the terrain becomes gentler towards the Umzimvubu River ("River of the Hippopotamus" in the local Xhosa language). You are close to the source of this pristine river and the chilled water is home to the Cape Clawless Otter, which can sometimes be seen munching crabs or chasing shy river trout. These trout provide a challenge for fly fisherman, as they are difficult to catch in their natural habitat.

Kingston Camp on the banks of the river overlooks a small 'beach' and a long, deep pool. This is the ideal venue for a picnic, braai and swim. It has a thatched boma, braai facility and 'field toilet'. For adventure, tubing over the rapids after a summer thunderstorm will get the adrenaline going. Down-stream the river flows lazily into a floodplain where a natural wetland occurs. This wetland, fed by "Little Stream", is the natural habitat of various wetland birds, ducks and geese.

The Reedbuck will often be encountered here hiding up in dense thickets of grass and reeds. In winter the majestic Eland are lured down off the high berg by the sweet pasture grasses and maize planted on the farm. A close encounter with these huge antelope leaves one feeling privileged and insignificant.

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  • Payment Methods
  • Sorry, Credit cards not accepted
  • Facilities
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • canoeing (less than 5km)
  • fireplace
  • fishing (less than 3km)
  • fishing onsite
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • lake onsite
  • microwave in unit
  • nature trail onsite
  • parking all onsite
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • Special Categories
  • Fresh-Water Fishing Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Fishing equipment for hire
    Can bring own fishing equipment
    Boat available for use
    Boat available for hire
    Can bring own boat (no petrol motors)
    Catch and release
    Catch and keep
    Limited number of fish per day allowed
    Fly fishing
  • Guest Farm Accommodationdetails
    Is your establishment on a working farm?
    Yes
  • Pet Friendly Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Small dogs
    Big dogs
    Dogs have to be on lead whilst outside
    Kennels provided
    Kennels must be used
    Other animals on the property
    Horse stables – bedding provided
    Horse stables – bedding not provided
    Horse paddocks
    Grooms available
    Arena
    Parking area for horse box / float
  • Quad/4x4/Bike Trails Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Bring your own bicycle
    Bicycles to hire
    Bicycle set trails
    Bicycle - free to explore
    Bring your own quad bike
    Quad bikes to hire
    Quad bike set trails
    Quad bikes – free to explore
    Bring your own off-road motorcycle
    Off-road motorcycles to hire
    Off-road motorcycle set trails
    Off-road motorcycle – free to explore
    4x4 vehicle set trails
    4x4 vehicle – free to explore
  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodationdetails
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
    Yes
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