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                    [post_content] => Situated on top of the hill in the Dargle valley, between green paddocks and an enormous indigenous forest, Old Kilgobbin is the perfect haven for those wanting to escape from the hectic pace and pressures of city life. The main cottage, Gobbins' Cottage, is a spacious double storey two bedroom home with a large open plan kitchen and a cosy lounge with underfloor heating for those chilly Dargle winters. The kitchen is well equipped with large fridge, oven and hob, microwave and there is a cupboard filled with spices, olive oil, teas, coffees and cookies. The veggie garden is right outside the back door, and you can collect eggs if your egg- finding skills are good (if not, bring your own!!). Climb the wooden stairs, past the Victorian style bathroom (shower and slipper bath), to the large bedroom that has 2 queen extra length beds, complete with down duvets and electric blankets, loads of antiques and a great sense of tranquility. The Cubbyhole, the little second bedroom, has a luxury bunkbed smothered in patchwork quilts and down duvets. The cool back veranda, nestled beside the veggie garden and old plum trees, offers a perfect spot to store your muddy gumboots . The front veranda is perfect for late breakfasts, lazy lunches, late afternoon G&Ts, and has a forest view to lift your eyes beyond all life's deadlines.

A second cottage, the Chicken Coop, is a quaint Victorian style building with stained glass windows and has 2 single beds, a bathroom with shower, a cooking nook (complete with fridge, convection microwave and gas hob), and a closed- in wood and iron veranda that is the cosy lounge and breakfast area. The beds are high and comfortable, layered with down duvets and rose quilts, and as you lounge in the sun streaming through the veranda windows, you can watch the chickens wandering across the lawn towards the veggie garden.

Take a walk on this 450 hectare farm and you may see reedbuck grazing on the ryegrass fields ,the endangered oribi antelope blending into the hayfields , samango monkeys nibbling on nutgrass at the forest edge, and the shy duiker peeping out of his rocky home near the skinny dip dam. If you arrive home in the moonlight, the pesky porcupine may shake his quills at you and have you running for the cottage door! And of course you will see paddocks full of beautiful black horses because this is the home of Kilgobbin Friesian stud and HorsePlay.

Discount available if both cottages are booked by one party.
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                    [post_content] => Lemonwood is in the heart of the peaceful Dargle valley and conservancy area in the Natal Midlands. We are conveniently situated for the crafts of the Midlands Meander, access to the many schools in the area and day trips to the Drakensberg. For those in need of a less active stay, just relax by the pool, take in the spectacular views and breathe in the beauty of the Dargle.

Our farm has 90 hectares of indigenous mist-belt forest with 30 hectares of untouched velt above the bush. There are self guided walks in the forest; ranging from an easy 20 minutes stroll to an all day hike up to the top where you are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

Listen to the eerie sound of the rare tree dassie at night, take a picnic to some of the oldest yellowwoods in KZN, walk around the dam and watch the dancing crowned cranes.


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                    [post_content] => Beverley Country Cottages are set in the beautiful Dargle Valley of the Natal Midlands, on the farm Beverley, where the early Irish settlers set up home in the late 1800s. It is part of the Midlands Meander, a haven for world class artists and craftsmen and where one can experience a gentler pace of life, while enjoying our friendly hospitality and comfortable accommodations.

All 4 of our cottages (The Hayloft, Dairy, Stables and Double-story Thatched Cottage) are superbly set up for self catering, although breakfast and dinners are available on request. All bedrooms are en suite, with a shower and a bath, the central lounges have log fire places, bringing a sense of coziness to those chilly wintry days. The cottages are ideal for a variety of stays from a romantic, peaceful getaway to a fun filled family holiday as they can sleep 2, 4 and 6 respectively. Each has their own veranda and special views. Fishing, walking and exploring the indigenous forests can be arranged.

In the original stone homestead built in 1913, there are an additional 2 large rooms, with Oregon floors and ceilings, which are offered on a Bed and Breakfast basis only. Enjoy the splendor of these elegant rooms, while relaxing in the grand Victorian baths or the comfortable sleigh or four-poster beds. They each have their own separate entrances off a shared veranda.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of your every day life and step into a world of peace and tranquility. Experience the country side and the beautiful scenery that surrounds us.There is no better place to relax and unwind than in these beautiful, peaceful surroundings.

Beverley Country Cottages are pet friendly and offer a camp cot and a high chair on request.
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                    [post_content] => Jeff and Alice offer you a warm welcome to Otters Den.
Relax in one of our four freestanding, self-catering thatched cottages, set in 18 acres of unspoilt countryside. Each cottage has its own jacuzzi spa bath, weber braai and private balcony overlooking the Lions River. French is also spoken.
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                    [post_content] => Hawklee Country House is ideal for anyone seeking a peaceful and tranquil breakaway. Nestled on the banks of the gently flowing Lions River, our picturesque gardens set in 5 hectares of undisturbed beauty are available exclusively to guests looking for that something special, whether it is for a romantic getaway or just to rekindle that very special moment.

With the grandeur of the majestic Drakensberg mountains dominating the horizon to the west and the green and gold of the sub-tropical Indian Ocean coast an easy 90 minutes drive along the N3, Hawklee is a haven of tranquility that offers a springboard to all that Kwa-Zulu Natal offers. There are over a hundred places of interest within easy driving distances of Hawklee along the Midlands Meander - the internationally acclaimed arts and crafts route - plus a host of natural attractions and leisure pursuits right on our doorstep.

Our Chalets are designed to give comfort and privacy. All units feature your own private spa bath and offer views over the Lions River. For those special occasions we offer our Honeymoon suite together with Hawklee's very own dash of extra luxury and pampering. Picnic baskets are offered on request and we have a lovely Honeymoon basket filled with your very own keepsake Hawklee champagne glasses, champagne, Ferro Roche chocolate, candles, flowers, petals spread in the cottages and goodies to eat for remembrance of the lovely occasion

We offer hearty country cuisine in our dinning room with a 3 course meal and a choice on the menu in the evenings. Our log fire in the lounge keeps the chill at bay, as well as a deck with spectacular views where guests can relax and enjoy balmy summer evenings. Join us in The Leopards Lair bar for pre evening drinks and enjoy the rugby, golf or soccer while relaxing. We offer full DSTV in the lounge and bar

Let your hosts Belinda and Dean welcome you to this little spot of paradise in a haven of tranquility.

 
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                    [post_content] => Crystal Barn is an explosion of sensory delights which will fascinate and inspire......a quirky mix of French country, vintage, a dash of Latino, and Indian colour and spice.
From the tranquil French country courtyard and restaurant with its tasty offerings, take an intriguing wander through the old inter-leading barns, stuffed with treasure, industrial collectables, vintage French country furniture and decor, ancient Indian doors and architectural features, period lighting, fabrics, gifts, and antique silver.
Please note that the Vintage decor shop and Cafe, will only be open over weekends and some public holidays for day visitors, or by special request. (please check which public holidays)

If you choose to spend a night... or maybe a few, you will be treated to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” - Crystal Barn style!

Our old cow sheds have been converted into 8 cosy and charmingly eclectic en suite rooms, with underfloor heating, mini fridges, tea & coffee, and a deep veranda overlooking a magnificent lake, where you can sit and soak up the tranquility .... or a sun downer!

You can listen to the call of the fish eagles and the jackal, as they begin their evening hunt. In the evening, stroll down to the cosy restaurant, for a home cooked dinner.

Please remember.... dinner bookings for guests in the accommodation are essential, unless you have planned an evening trip to Notties!


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                    [post_content] => Set in 155ha amid the rolling hills of the KZN Midlands, Whispering Waters offers 12 exquisitely decorated cottages, featuring luxuries such as under floor heating, espresso machines, fireplaces and Wi-Fi. Experience trophy trout fishing in 10 pristine dams, hiking trails and magnificent landscapes dotted with Nguni cattle.
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                    [post_content] => If your heart yearns for a tranquil blend of seclusion and luxury then Lions River Country Cottages, award winning accommodation, is your perfect escape into the solitude of the countryside.

Tucked alongside the banks of the Lions River, the cottages lie amongst rolling hills that offer lovers, weary travellers or holiday individuals a serene stay in one of the most picturesque areas of the Midlands.

Accommodation:
Each cottage is very spacious and being free standing and far apart they offer peace, quiet and total privacy.

All the cottages are serviced, self-catering units - breakfast optional - with all bedding, linen, bath towels, kitchen utensils, crockery, cutlery and glassware supplied. The cottages each have a spacious and comfortable lounge area with open Jetmaster fireplace, a dining table, a fully equipped open plan kitchen with electric stove, microwave oven, a fridge (with separate freezer compartment) and a dish washer.

Each cottage is equipped with a Sony stereo TV and DVD player, and are now all connected to DStv's Commercial package which consists of M-Net, 6 Movie and 7 Sports channels as well as SABC 1, 2, 3 & "e". The Guest Suite has full DStv.

The cottages have large comfortable bedrooms, with queen size beds and the larger cottages also have two single beds in the second bedroom. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, complete with bath and shower, and for your comfort during those crisp winter mornings, under-floor heating.

The large covered patios, each equipped with a Weber braai, make them the perfect setting for an outdoor meal and sundowners, combining with a panoramic views of the Midlands.

Activities:
"Our" river provides us with excellent private river frontage for fishing, swimming in our river pool, or simply enjoying an idyllic braai, or stroll, along the river banks.

Other activities available to our guests are, tubing in our dam, mountain biking and croquet, and as the area is in the centre of the Midlands Meander, all the extra activities you may want to indulge in, such a shopping for ceramics, clothes and jewellery, shoes, golf, horse riding, Midmar Dam water-sports, or even hot air balloon rides, are all within easy reach of our location.
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                    [post_content] => Set on a hillside with superb views, spectacular sunsets and early morning mists is our charming country retreat.

Four beautifully appointed luxury self catering cottages are set well apart amidst glorious country gardens and rolling lawns.

Completely private the cottages are individually decorated, have bedrooms en-suite, open plan sitting/dining log fire, modern fully equipped kitchens, DStv, verandah, braai, carport, serviced.

Toad Hall is in the heart of the Meander close to top restaurants and many renowned artists and crafters.

Very well situated for Michaelhouse, various wedding venues and Midmar Dam.

Hosts: Dave and Bette Eaton
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                    [post_content] => Waterwoods is set on a lush and beautiful farm on 75 ha in the historic Fort Nottingham area of the Natal Midlands. The breathtaking beauty of the country side amidst farmlands is a favorite tourist destination and provides for both nature lovers and shoppers who enjoy the many farm stalls and home industries in the area.

Our 7 self catering cottages are new, fully equipped, luxuriously furnished and have braai facilities. In addition, there is a rustic log cabin available that sleeps 8.

The cottages are either twin or double and two of them include a sleeper couch for small children. A cot is also available on request.

Most units have fireplaces and all have electric blankets on the beds. Firewood is available on the property.

Secure parking is provided and there is 24 hour security on the property.

Children are welcome.

The cottages are graded as Highly Recommended by the AA.
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            [post_content] => Situated on top of the hill in the Dargle valley, between green paddocks and an enormous indigenous forest, Old Kilgobbin is the perfect haven for those wanting to escape from the hectic pace and pressures of city life. The main cottage, Gobbins' Cottage, is a spacious double storey two bedroom home with a large open plan kitchen and a cosy lounge with underfloor heating for those chilly Dargle winters. The kitchen is well equipped with large fridge, oven and hob, microwave and there is a cupboard filled with spices, olive oil, teas, coffees and cookies. The veggie garden is right outside the back door, and you can collect eggs if your egg- finding skills are good (if not, bring your own!!). Climb the wooden stairs, past the Victorian style bathroom (shower and slipper bath), to the large bedroom that has 2 queen extra length beds, complete with down duvets and electric blankets, loads of antiques and a great sense of tranquility. The Cubbyhole, the little second bedroom, has a luxury bunkbed smothered in patchwork quilts and down duvets. The cool back veranda, nestled beside the veggie garden and old plum trees, offers a perfect spot to store your muddy gumboots . The front veranda is perfect for late breakfasts, lazy lunches, late afternoon G&Ts, and has a forest view to lift your eyes beyond all life's deadlines.

A second cottage, the Chicken Coop, is a quaint Victorian style building with stained glass windows and has 2 single beds, a bathroom with shower, a cooking nook (complete with fridge, convection microwave and gas hob), and a closed- in wood and iron veranda that is the cosy lounge and breakfast area. The beds are high and comfortable, layered with down duvets and rose quilts, and as you lounge in the sun streaming through the veranda windows, you can watch the chickens wandering across the lawn towards the veggie garden.

Take a walk on this 450 hectare farm and you may see reedbuck grazing on the ryegrass fields ,the endangered oribi antelope blending into the hayfields , samango monkeys nibbling on nutgrass at the forest edge, and the shy duiker peeping out of his rocky home near the skinny dip dam. If you arrive home in the moonlight, the pesky porcupine may shake his quills at you and have you running for the cottage door! And of course you will see paddocks full of beautiful black horses because this is the home of Kilgobbin Friesian stud and HorsePlay.

Discount available if both cottages are booked by one party.
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