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  • Attractive sandstone homestead in immaculate gardens
  • Luxurious rooms in a picturesque setting
  • Well located to explore vibrant Clarens and the beautiful surrounds

Andes Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

7km from Clarens

 

-28.4698, 28.4038

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After a pretty drive through a landscape of sandstone cliffs, poplar trees and rolling grassland, visitors are welcomed to Andes by immaculately-groomed gardens, which give the first hint that this hidden gem is run with meticulous attention to detail.

The attractive sandstone building is beautifully elegant, housing antique furniture that blends well with sophisticated modern fittings, and there are just two rooms, assuring guests plenty of peace and quiet. The rooms are exceptionally stylish and spacious, and have opulent King-size beds, well-appointed kitchenettes and plush lounges.

During the frosty Clarens winters, guests will appreciate the underfloor heating and can warm up in front of the fireplace. On balmy days, the balconies are lovely spots to stoke up a braai, relax and take in views of the garden and countryside. Additional facilities include air-conditioning and flat-screen televisions, as well as modernistic full en-suite bathrooms.

If guests find themselves getting a bit hot during summer, the swimming pool should provide cooling relief. The garden lawn is a wonderfully scenic spot to have a picnic, with the sights and silence of the great outdoors all around you. Nature lovers should look out for a variety of birds hopping around in the trees, or go for a walk on the 1 000 hectare farm, which, in addition to being a cattle and apple farm, is home to eland, zebra, wildebeest, springbok and more. There are several hiking trails which wind up into the mountains, providing a one on one connection with the beautiful landscape.

The farm is just five kilometres from Clarens, a village which attracts plenty of tourists due to its quaint atmosphere and thriving arts scene. Visitors to the town can browse through a number of art galleries and characterful shops, stopping off for a coffee or meal at one of the eateries in the village square.

Numerous pretty rivers wind their way through the surrounding landscape, and some fine fly-fishing for yellowfish and trout can be had in these waters and at various dams.

The golf course offers a unique mountainside golf experience, while horse riding through the Maluti Mountains is a memorable experience. Guests can also embark on day trips to the spectacular Golden Gate National Park, or visit the neighbouring farm for a quad biking adventure.

Throughout their stay, guests are in the capable hands of Andes owners Philna and Marius Naude, who always go the extra mile to ensure that their visitors are treated to the best possible experience.

Rates & Summary


2 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
2 extra children can be accommodated
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge with fireplace
Kitchenette
Balcony with braai area and countryside views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Self-catering

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on a working farm outside Clarens, Andes Guest House offers classy self-catering accommodation in two luxuriously appointed rooms, where guests can enjoy well-heeled living in tranquil country surrounds. This attractive sandstone guest house is surrounded by immaculately manicured gardens and occupies a scenic, secluded location at the foot of the Maluti Mountains. The two self-catering guest rooms are spacious and lavish havens of comfort with verandahs overlooking the countryside, and can accommodate two children each if need be.

Summary

  • Attractive sandstone homestead in immaculate gardens
  • Luxurious rooms in a picturesque setting
  • Well located to explore vibrant Clarens and the beautiful surrounds

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, fly-fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game viewing
  • Hiking
  • Nearby: fly-fishing, horse riding, quad biking, golf course, Golden Gate National Park, art galleries.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km

Payment

  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Thabo Mofutsanyana

Free State

About

The northern and eastern sections of the Free State, commonly referred to as the “eastern Free State”, nudge up against the borders of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Kingdom of Lesotho. Officially the region is called Thabo Mofutsanayana.  Mofutsanyana, born in QwaQwa, was a leading light of both the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party until his death in 1995.

Geographically, this region bucks a trend. While most of the Free State is flat, the eastern reaches tower up as the Drakensberg and the Malotis come into play. The landscape climbs and soars, leaving impressive cliffs and buttresses of sandstone, and hidden caves in its wake.

Nowhere is the scene more striking that at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park near the village of Clarens. The maze of sculptured rock formations here is almost too much to absorb.  Sunset colours the cliffs in shades of ochre, hence the reference to gold in the name of the park.

These higher altitudes, of course, do wonders for the eastern Free State air, which is crisp, clean and bracing, conducive to a feeling of good health.

Clarens is one of the villages that lie in the foothills of the Malotis. With its mountainous surrounds, it is said to be reminiscent of the Swiss village of Clarens, where President Paul Kruger lived out his exile.

A town of sandstone buildings set amidst farmland, it has undergone something of a reincarnation in recent years as an artists’ colony. Just three hours or so from Gauteng’s big cities, weekenders come down to roam its galleries and craft shops.

The principal town in this region is Bethlehem. Once again sandstone buildings are characteristic of the town, which is the centre of a farming community that produces the lion’s share of South Africa’s wheat crop.

It has both built and natural attractions, including a flat-water slalom course for canoeists on the Ash River. Bethlehem is also the location of an annual national hot-air balloon championship.

Also set against an imposing Maloti backdrop is Ficksburg, renowned for its annual Cherry Festival in summer. A gateway to Lesotho and its Katse Dam, the town’s environs offer much in the way of adventure activity, such as 4x4 trails, quad-biking, abseiling, trout-fishing and game-viewing.

Other Thabo Mofutsanyane towns are Arlington, Clocolan, Fouriesburg, Harrismith, Kestell, Lindley, Marquard, Memel, Paul Roux, Petrus Steyn, Phuthaditjhaba, Reitz, Rosendal, Senekal, Vrede and Warden.

Look out for

Golden Gate Highlands National Park – This park is a theatre of natural, towering sandstone formations, named “golden” for their colour at sunset.  At that time of day, the best place to appreciate the beauty is the highest point in the park, Ribbokkop.  The former QwaQwa National Park was incorporated into Golden Gate in 2005.  Horseriding is a popular outdoor pursuit in the park, which is valued for its plant, animal and bird life.  A number of accommodation options are available.

Basotho Cultural Village –  South Sotho architecture, arts and crafts, herbal medicinal remedies and cuisine can be explored at the Basotho Cultural Village near Phuthaditjhaba.  Song and dance folklore shows can also be enjoyed.

The Sentinel – Also near Phuthaditjhaba, it is the access point for a series of trails that lead hikers to the rear of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and some of the country’s most magnificent scenery.  Geographical features to view are The Sentinel, Devil’s Tooth, the Eastern Buttress and the Tugela Falls.

Discovering cherries, Ficksburg  - The annual Cherry Festival in Ficksburg takes place in November.  It is a three-day event that attracts thousands and entertains with fun activities such as horse- and camel-rides.  Cherry farm tours, however, take place throughout the cherry season, which is in October and November.  Locally made cherry liqueurs, brandies and schnapps should be tasted to complete the experience.

Clarens – A host of things to do and see in Clarens includes the Artist Amble, a route of galleries open to the public; rock art on Schaapplaats Farm; sandstone formations such as Mushroom Rock and Titanic Rock; dinosaur fossils at Sue’s Zoo; fly-fishing as well as bass- and river-fishing; hiking and horse-riding.

Sterkfontein Dam, Harrismith – The third largest dam in South Africa, the Sterkfontein Dam is a popular venue for water sports and angling.  Predating the Lesotho Highlands project, the water that fills the dam is pumped up from KwaZulu-Natal.  It is then released into the Wilge River, from where it flows into the Vaal Dam.    The Sterkfontein Dam’s banks are surrounded by a nature reserve where strange rock formations are just as interesting to view as buck and raptors.  Camping and chalet accommodation is available, as well as hiking trails.

Salpeterkrans – At Fouriesburg you will find Salpeterkrans, one of the largest sandstone overhangs in the southern hemisphere, shaped by wind erosion.  It not surprising that it is considered a sacred site where ancestral worship and fertility rites take place.

Rosendal – like the town of Clarens, Rosendal is known for its arty vibe. There are numerous art galleries in and around town, as well as quaint shops and restaurants. The Meerkatkolonie Art Gallery is a must. Rosendal is a popular weekend getaway destination for those who live in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

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