|Address:||11 Hidcote Road
Welcome to Sycamore Avenue Treehouses - Dinner Bed and Breakfast accommodation - “If we can’t fly with birds we can at least nest with them.”
Eccentric, unique and romantic treehouse D, B&B accommodation on the KwaZulu Natal Midlands Meander.
Our artistically designed Treehouses will inspire and encourage you to relax, unwind and relive your childhood fantasies. Come and enjoy yourself by either soaking in a private spa-bath, warming yourself by a cosy fire or indulging in a glass of wine on the patio whilst watching the sunset over Giants Castle in the Drakensberg.
This is our smallest and quirkiest Treehouse, built onto a tree whose generous branches provide a leafy retreat from the summer sun. Come relax on the high platform in a hammock while catching the sunset views of the Drakensberg. For the cooler times, there is a fireplace inside that supplies warmth and good cheer or simply indulge yourselves in the private spa bath.
This Treehouse is a favourite among our Honeymooners.
This Treehouse sleeps two adults and two children, and has three levels. On the bottom level is a sitting room with fireplace, which also boasts a large wooden chess set. The main bedroom on the third level has a glassed shower in it, and an en-suite bathroom. The second level room has its own bathroom as well. An aerial walkway leads you to your separate, private spa bath in the sky.
A charming Treehouse, which is the only one with a spa bath in the bedroom along side a queen-sized bed. Leading off the main room is the patio deck with hammock chairs to take in views of the Drakensberg and the deck also houses a glassed Iidoor/outdoor shower. The comfortable lounge features a fireplace and funky Nguni cow pictures.
Our well secluded Treehouse, built on two levels into an ancient Sycamore tree. Beautifully hand-sculptured, coloured flowers adorn the walls. There are two decks on which to enjoy sundowners and marvel at the beauty of the sleeping Giant in the Drakensberg. The bedroom has a fireplace, and the glow of the flames will enhance your enjoyment of the queen size bed on the chillier nights. Take in the wonderful views from the complete privacy of your spa bath and shower.
This Treehouse has an equestrian theme. The artful wooden spiral staircase leads into a large room, with comfortable armchairs focusing on a fireplace. The queen-sized bed rests on a raised platform, and a door leads out onto a balcony deck overlooking a paddock, with the Drakensberg in the background. The warm wooden en-suite bathroom has a spa bath and a glassed shower.
Stars and fishes accent this larger Treehouse, which can sleep two couples and two children. A fireplace waits to cast a cheerful glow in the comfortable lounge area, and your hammock awaits you on the covered outside patio. An aerial bridge leads from the main Treehouse to an adjacent tower, that houses both a spa bathroom and a double shower room.
Country Cottage 1
Just off our avenue of Sycamore Trees, our quaint English style country cottages share an enclosed garden, with patio and hammock chairs on the covered veranda. This cottage has an airy lounge with a cozy fireplace, and a single bathroom with a Jacuzzi spa bath. There is one bedroom but the cottage can sleep up to four, with two adults in the main bedroom and two single beds in the lounge.
Country Cottage 2
Just off our avenue of sycamore Trees, our quaint English style country cottages share an enclosed garden, with patio and hammock chairs on the covered stoep. This cottage has a large lounge and a single bathroom. There are two bedrooms, where the master bedroom has a cozy fireplace to enhance the pleasure of the queen-sized bed. The second bedroom has two single beds.
We serve a three course dinner and full English breakfast.
Our guest register at reception pays tribute in almost every entry to wonderful hospitality – and to our legendary food. Florence, our resident (and genius) cook, conjures up the most delightful set meals, from starters to main courses, followed by mouthwatering desserts.
Stay a few days and you will experience a variety of starters - soups such as butternut, mushroom or pea to name but a few, or her rich quiches, stuffed eggs or a host of other delights.
The main course of the day is a set meat-of-the-day - you can anticipate roast lamb, roast chicken, beef curry or a favorite: ox-tail stew
The main dish is accompanied by three prepared vegetables, and usually by roast potatoes and gravy.
We can cater to your requirements if you are diet-restricted, fish, vegetarian or vegan eaters, provided that you give us advance notice when booking.
If you have room left, you can try to squeeze in the dessert of the day. This could be any of Florence’s many homemade delights: cheesecake, tipsy tart, apple pie, strawberry flan, milk tart, trifle, tiramisu, Crème brûlée or hot malva pudding and ice-cream. Yum !
In the morning, a full English breakfast is served. A selection of yogurts, fruit and cereals is available to begin with. We then serve a plated main course consisting of eggs prepared to your liking, and sausages, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and beans. Alternatively, try an omelet. To top it off, enjoy some home-baked scones with your filter coffee, tea or fruit juice. After this start, you should have plenty of energy to do some Meandering!
Activities in the Midlands Meander and Drakensberg
Hiking activities in the Drakensberg:
Adventure activities in the area:
Canopy Tour in Karkloof
Game Viewing Safaris:
Weenen Game Reserve
Horse trails in Midlands
Rhino tracking in Midlands
The Midlands Meander:
Arts and Crafts and restaurants
Arts and Culture:
Drakensberg Boys Choir
Basotho Cultural Village
Zulu Cultural Village
Activities in our area:
There are lots of activities available in the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands, the regions that surround Sycamore Avenue. This is a malaria free region of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa and offers much for the adventure seeker as well as plenty for those seeking relaxation. We are about 50km from Giants Castle with hiking trails or leisurely strolls along the contour path to the famous caves and the Bushman Paintings.
This Central Drakensberg Resort “Giants Castle” makes for a great day out.
Visit Kamberg reserve in the Southern Drakensberg just 40 Km away & see the bushman paintings at Game Pass Shelter.
The best trout / fly fishing in the region is available in 7 well stocked dams and 4 km of river. A day permit is available for trout fishing in Kamberg Nature Reserve itself.
The Weenen Game Reserve is about 45km away from us, well known for Rhino, antelope, giraffe and zebra. There are shady wild fig trees with great picnic sites.
The Midlands Meander is well known for its beautiful scenery and arts & crafts outlets. The Midlands Meander also offers great places for a country lunch.
Horse riding in a private game reserve in the Uthukela Biosphere makes for a very different way to view game. These horse safaris bring you within a few meters of giraffe. Most horse rides are three hours but if you would like a full day horse riding safari it can be arranged. Horse riding outride along the Mooi River makes for an easy introduction to horse riding. Its perfect for beginners and children. Horse riding is also available in the Drakensberg Mountains.
For those 4x4 enthusiasts, why not do a trip to the top of the Sani Pass? The views are spectacular but remember bring your passport. A Basutho Cultural Village can be viewed at the top. 20km from Estcourt with its history of the Boer & Zulu Wars. Go with a battlefields guide and let him bring this dramatic history back to life.
Fort Durnford in Estcourt is worth a visit for the Zulu village and famous bird eggs collection.
The Mooi River Country Club is just 7km away where you are able to play golf and bowls. Its a good choice too for lunch and dinner.
River rafting is available on the Tugela River when the rivers are high, leaving early in the morning, includes breakfast and lunch with all equipment required for the river rafting.
If you prefer a quiet time we have a beautiful garden with many kinds of birds that visit every day, and we have 50 acres for you to walk to watch the birds.
Sycamore Ave looks on to the Drakensberg with a view of Giants Castle best viewed with a cocktail while the sun is setting.
Stay a few days and explore this beautiful area of KwaZulu Natal. You won't be sorry.
Take the N3 to Harrismith. Then 10km after the Mooi River Plaza Toll Gate, take the Exit 152 Hidcote off ramp from the N3. Turn right at the stop and travel under the Highway along R103 for about 1 km. Take note as the road starts to bend, and on the right is the white wall entrance with the green sign SYCAMORE AVE. TREEHOUSE.
Take the N3 to PMB. After Estcourt and 10km before Mooi River, take the Exit 152 Hidcote off ramp from the N3. Turn left at the stop and travel along R103 for about 1 km. Take note as the road starts to bend, and on the right is the white wall entrance with the green sign SYCAMORE AVE. TREEHOUSE.
Deg Min & Sec:
S 29° 8’59.55? E 29°59’1.43