Ashtonvale Guest Farm
A quality, affordable holiday for the whole family with old- world hospitality. Hill family owned and run for four generations offering comfortable accommodation. Arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.
Originally built as a Church of England Mission in 1884, Ashtonvale is situated 1,538m above sea level between the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Ashtonvale is a working farm with three magnificent waterfalls on the Lurane River the original small family chapel has recently been restored. A quality, affordable holiday for the whole family with old world hospitality. Hill family owned and run for four generations offering comfortable full board accommodation in en-suite rondavels and cottages. A B&B option is also available and one self-catering cottage sleeping eight people.
The peaceful, mountainous surroundings and three delicious home-cooked meals a day will enable you to relish being away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.
Young children can enjoy interacting with farm animals and learn to milk a cow. A pony ride is arranged daily for them. They have a small playground (with their own tractor) and a tuck-shop with sweets and cool drinks.
Older children are safe to explore the farm on their own or with their newly made friends. A cricket match on the front lawn is a common sight on a late summer afternoon.
Our sparkling blue swimming pool with paddling pool has the most spectacular views, an ideal spot to play with the kids or enjoy sundowners in the evening. We are not liquor licensed so please bring your own. Fridges are available on the main verandah. A tea/coffee station is available 24 hours.
Most evenings, after dinner, we gather in the lounge (in winter around a roaring log fire) to play bingo, vegetable derby or similar family games or you might rather meet with friends in the 'Randy Rooster' to share a drink, play snooker or darts or just simply chat and listen to music.
- Hiking trails to our own three waterfalls
- Bowling Green
- Tennis Count
- Pony Rides
- Mountain Bike Trail (your own bike)
- TV Lounge with DSTV
- Indoor Games (darts, table tennis, snooker & pool)
- Swimming Pool with paddling pool
- Motorbike and Quad Bike Friendly
- Child friendly
- Cots, high chairs and baby sitting service available on request
- Children enjoy interacting with farm animals
- Mountain views
- Fenced swimming pool with paddling pool
A heart warming experience for all family members, young and old.
One self catering cottage sleeping ten/twelve people. With accommodation for between 75-80 people Ashtonvale is an ideal venue for family gatherings, church outings, sports clubs, wedding receptions, educational excursions for school groups and mini conferences. We can experience four seasons in a day so please bring suitable clothing and good working shoes.
Arrive as a Guest and Leave as a Friend.
Other activities and places of interest in the district
- Birding Trail in the Marutswa Indigenous Forest
- Hiking up Mahwaqa Mountain
- Paragliding and Hang gliding
- Historic Yellowwood Church
- Bass & Trout Fishing
- Sani Pass Tours (35km)
- Golf - Underberg (35km)
- Paton Express Narrow Gauge Steam Train (45km)
- Cheese Factory (40km)
Congratulations on your engagement! We wish you an exciting few months as you plan your dream wedding. It would be our pleasure if you chose our unique venue with our traditional country living hospitality for your special day.
Our old stone and thatch barn with its unique charm, fairy lights and bonfires can, without too much effort, be transformed into your fairy-tale wedding. It can seat approximately 120 - 140 guests. We are not licensed which means you may supply your own drinks; without having to pay inflated bar charges or corkage you will be able to spend more of your budget on cherished memories that last a lifetime. To hire the venue for the weekend will be R3 500.00 if the catering is done by Ashtonvale Guest Farm. If outside caterers are used this fee will be R8 500.00 for the day.
While you are having photographs taken on the farm, drinks and starters can be served on the lawn under the giant pin oak. Over-night guests also
have easy access to their accommodation units. We can provide minted and fruit flavoured water, tea and coffee. Drinks or juices may be served with our platters of savoury snacks consisting of sausage rolls, mini meatballs, samoosas, buffalo wings, sandwiches, crudit's, chicken nuggets with sweet chilli sauce, cheese/dips and biscuits.
Ashtonvales beautiful child friendly surroundings can accommodate between 75 and 80 guests making us the perfect venue for your weekend of wedding celebrations with the people you love. We strive to make sure every guest feel at home. Bed & Breakfast is only R330.00 per adult. Special rates for children.
- Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
- Birdlife South Africa - Birder Friendly
- babysitting service
- bowls (less than 5km)
- conference venue onsite
- DSTV in communal area
- fishing (less than 3km)
- horse riding onsite
- lock-up safe
- nature trail (less than 2km)
- outdoor pool
- parking all onsite
- rock art (less than 20km)
- tea / coffee making facilities
- television in communal area
- tennis court onsite
GPS Co-ordinates :
S 29" 49.887
E 29" 46.698
Where to find us:
Situated in the foothills between the Southern Drakensberg and the KwaZulu
Natal Midlands. Turn off the N3 onto the R617 (Exit 99). Signposted Howick South
/ Underberg, and Southern Drakensberg. Pass through Boston then Bulwer. We are
2km after the village of Bulwer when travelling towards Underberg. We are only
180km from Durban. We are on the main route between Johannesburg and the Wild
Coast. Johannesburg (560km), Umtata (350km) and East London (590km) from Bulwer.
If you need to break your journey we are an ideal stop over.