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MacFarlanes Country Retreat Self Catering Accommodation In Harrismith

Warm hospitality and a beautiful countryside await our guests and their pets if they arrive at MacFarlanes. Its picturesque setting on the bank of a large lake allows idyllic days of birding (120 species), bass fishing and canoeing. It also offers imaginative opportunities for mountain biking and long walks and climbs, and the discovery of some small game sighting gems. The latter abounds on the farm. All this allows for de-stressing in utmost tranquillity and peace, and the renewal of family ties that will forever be fondly remembered. A huge antique dining table is the ideal setting for such bonding.

An otter family splashing in the water, mountain reedbuck wandering down to water occasionally and fish eagles calling reminds one why Africa is so special. Whilst the hunting and mating calls of jackal, and the nocturnal sounds of birds make the campfire (traditional lapa) experience under our stunningly clear sky unforgettable.

The man made lake (15 ha or 30 rugby fields of water) provide several recreational options. No charge for either fishing or the use of canoes, but please bring own life jackets. A proper bass-dinghy powered by battery can be hired on site.

The cottage has two comfortable en-suite double-bed bedrooms and two upper decks with four single beds each, all with beautiful views. A sleeper couch in the lounge area provides an extra double size bed. A cosy lounge area with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and the mentioned dining room table that was brought out by the garrison that was stationed in Harrismith after the Boer War.

Linen, extra blankets, and towels are provided, as well as electric blankets for our famous winter nights. Please bring own towels for recreational purposes. Lapa presents several braai options, including kettle braai. DSTV Commercial provided. Servicing is available by prior arrangement (and an additional fee).

MacFarlanes is situated 37 kilometres from Harrismith via the R74, turnoff is opposite Sterkfontein dam (14 km dirt road). It is also 21 kilometres from Swinburne (all dirt). The escarpment is within easy reach, as is Sterkfontein dam and the Berg area.


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Features:
Boat / marine slipway onsite
Braai / barbecue - onsite
Canoeing onsite
DSTV in room
Fireplace
Fishing onsite
Hunting (less than 30km)
Kitchen (fully equipped)
Lake onsite
Microwave in unit
Nature trail onsite
Parking all onsite
Pets allowed by prior arrangement
Tea / coffee making facilities

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R 700 for a single person staying over
R 900 per night for a couple
R1200 for 3 persons
R 1400 per night for 4 person, every person above that add R 320 pppn
Min 2 night bookings
Children under 2 years no charge
From 2 to 12 year 50% of the per person rate.
Long weekends min three nights at min of R 1400 (4 adults) per night
Easter min 4 nights at R 2040 (6 adults)
Between 22 December and 3 January, same as Easter
Groups of 8 and larger 15 % discount.
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