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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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Paddocks 6

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Paddocks Six is a brand new home in a new development still in progress. It is situated in the Swartland in Clarens.

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Sleeps: 21 in 2 units/rooms
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Mahem B&B and Self Catering

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Memel

Mahem B&B and Self-catering provides guests with a choice of bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering cottage (sleeps 8) accommodation in Memel in the Free State. Our bed and breakfast accommodation: Mahem B&B is a country-style home named after

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Bruteo House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Parys

Bruteo House, self-catering 4 bedroom house is situated on the Parys Golf and Country Estate, which is 5 km outside the town of Parys on the banks of the Vaal river.

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Sleeps: 2
From R 300,00
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The Loft Room @ Craigrossie

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

The Loft Room @ Craigrossie is a newly renovated space for two people on Craigrossie Game Farm, 8 km outside of Clarens en route to Golden Gate.

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Sleeps: 10
From R 3 500,00
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Neethlings Place

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Neethlings Place is only a stone throw away from the centre of the popular village of Clarens. A solid sandstone construction with a large patio offers magnificent views of the Maluti Mountains. Neethlings Place offers 5 bedrooms, 4 x double beds and 1 wi

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Ridge Rd Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

Ridge Rd Cottage situated 9 km from Clarens offers self catering in 3 bedrooms all luxury en suite with queen size beds. Enclosed garden, 'sinkdam' styled swimming pool and covered patio & braai area makes for a relaxing experience.

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Ronderus Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Memel

Ronderus Guest Farm provides the perfect self catering accommodation for the adventurer near Memel in the Northern and Eastern Free State. This self catering Guest Farm accommodation (Sleeps 11) is situated between Vrede and Memel. Accommodation consists

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The Rose House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Fouriesburg

The Rose House bed and Breakfast is situated on a 580 hectare farm between Fouriesburg and Clarens on the S 325 road.

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Sleeps: 49 in 26 units/rooms
From R 920,00
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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...

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La Poste Apartment

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...

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Sleeps: 13 in 3 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Madrid Farm Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clarens

We have three self-catering cottages in the large garden on the farm "Madrid", which has been in the Mousley family for 144 years. The cottages are close enough to the homestead to be very safe but still out of sight of each other. Also in...

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Sleeps: 28 in 4 units/rooms
From R 950,00
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The Old Country House and Cottage

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Fouriesburg

Come and experience the crisp clean air of the Eastern Free State in the relaxed atmosphere of The Old Country House and Cottage in the heart of Fouriesburg. Spend the evening with friend and family in front of the coal stove and greet the morning sunrise

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Waaidam Resort

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Harrismith

Waaidam Guest Farm is situated in the centre between JHB, DBN and BFN, approximately 9km from the N3, close enough to the main road, yet far enough to get away from the noise of the traffic.

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From R 475,00
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278 on Main

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

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

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Vaal Prive

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vaal Dam

Vaal Prive is a luxury self catering holiday and water sports resort just 1 hour out side of Johannesburg on the banks of the mighty Vaal Dam. Our Villas are made up of luxury 3 bedroom 2 bathroom double story...

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Riverview Country Inn

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Swinburne

Situated in the village of Swinburne, just 1 km of the N3 highway. This is the ideal spot to overnight or spend a few days discovering the back roads of the Drakensberg Highlands.

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From R 670,00
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Riverwalk Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Clarens

All rooms open onto a veranda from a private entrance, with luxurious bathrooms. We proud ourselves with the quality of our furnishings and linen and offer a deluxe hospitality tray in each room, which include sherry, homemade rusks and biscuits...

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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 ...

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Sleeps: 30 in 11 units/rooms
From R 430,00
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Clarens Retreat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Clarens

Clarens Retreat offers superb, three self-catering units in the very heart of this beautiful village. Set in it's large, safe garden, the Retreat enjoys beautiful views into the mountains...

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Sleeps: 22 in 11 units/rooms
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Kestell Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Kestell

Kestell Hotel is a quirky old fashioned country hotel over 100 years old. It is pet friendly and offers 12 bedrooms. Ideal for business travellers and a great weekend getaway.

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