For the first time ever we have decided to open our historic home to the public.

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.

We offer affordable, family breaks and, because we are just beginning, exclusive use of the 310ha estate, for up to 10 people on a self-catering basis or fully catered.

Keble offers you a wonderful chance to get away in a peaceful retreat with magnificent gardens and superb mountain walks. We have a swimming pool, a clay-pigeon shooting range and old clay tennis court; we also offer Boule and Croquet and a full-sized Billiard table.

Our small, 111-year-old Chapel, St Michael and All Angels, offers an intimate venue for weddings.

We are close to Lesotho and you can use Keble as a base to tour, or to go skiing in the Maloti's.

Three golf-courses lie within easy reach - the 9-hole Clocolan course, reputedly South Africa's 3rd best 9-hole course, where a round with a caddy costs less than R120; and the similarly priced, 18-hole Ladybrand courses, which are just 40kms away.

Mostly, enjoy the peace and beauty of the magnificent estate which was built by the Reverend Algernon Harcourt-Vernon, who became the Anglican Canon of Bloemfontein, and named the estate after Keble College at Oxford University.

Keble has a colourful history and horses from the estate were transported to nearby Modderpoort for the use of the Royal Family during their 1948 South African visit.

Located 13km from Clocolan on the Excelsior road, Keble is close to Lesotho and midway between Ficksburg and Ladybrand. It is easily reached on tar roads from Johannesburg (3 ½ hours) and Durban. (4 hours)

The homestead is reached via a kilometre-long avenue of old oak trees - reputedly from acorns collected in the Sherwood Forest by Harcourt-Vernon. It is set in a manicured English garden and surrounded by an amphitheatre of sandstone mountains.

The house has magnificent original woodwork and panelling and comprises a large, "music room", a separate dining room, a lounge, farmhouse kitchen, bathroom with toilet, a separate toilet and two large Victorian bedrooms. A feature staircase leads upstairs to the, private, owners' bedrooms.

The separate Coach House has two upstairs guest bedrooms, sharing a bathroom; and a third cottage in the garden, with its en-suite bathroom, overlooks an old clay tennis court.

Accommodation comprises:

  • two Victorian bedrooms in the main house, which share a bathroom;
  • two upstairs bedrooms in the Coach House, which share a bathroom;
  • and the en-suite garden suite.

Keble is a working farm, producing wheat and maize. Livestock includes a number of horses and small herds of sheep and cattle.