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  • Countryside luxury with roaming fallow deer on the farm
  • Close to town, yet surrounded by pastoral beauty
  • Friendly, welcoming service

Maidenhead Country Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

6km from Queenstown

 

-31.9187, 26.8327

About

The worries of life seem trivial when arriving at the tranquil Maidenhead Country Lodge and guests will immediately feel as untroubled as the fallow deer that wander around the sprawling property.

Although only three kilometres from the centre of Queenstown, the farm is secluded and offers a relaxing experience for those staying in the 13 guest rooms or self-catering cottage.

Befitting of a countryside establishment, the accommodation is cosy and welcoming, with the spacious, neutrally coloured rooms showcasing hints of ethnic Africa. Bed-and-breakfast guests have a choice between standard, luxury, double/twin rooms and executive rooms, all very comfortable but varying in size and luxury. The majority of the rooms have en-suite showers, while the executive rooms have full en-suite bathrooms leading from the plush King-size beds, along with private terraces overlooking the mountains and meadows.

Several other rooms also feature lovely mountain views from balconies or terraces. Standard features include mini-fridges, tea and coffee facilities, safes, satellite televisions and hair dryers, while guests can wrap themselves in the fluffy gowns after a shower or bath.

For self-caterers, the Melton Garden Manor is a peaceful and private recluse sleeping three people.  Guests can prepare meals in the open-plan kitchenette, to be enjoyed at the dining room table, before settling down in the comfortable lounge with a nightcap.

Bed-and-breakfast guests will wake up to an extensive breakfast buffet followed by a hearty cooked meal, while the braai facilities in the lapa can be used for jovial barbeques with friends. Home-cooked lunches and suppers are available at extra cost and need to be booked a day or two in advance. 

A walk around the picturesque property will burn off the calories, and guests can watch the fallow deer and other farm animals as they go about their leisurely daily business. Take along your binoculars as the lush grounds attract a variety of bird species.

Nestling underneath the spectacular Hangklip Mountain, Queenstown is well known for its perfect climate, colourful rose gardens and equally colourful settler history, which has been captured in attractions such as Town Hall and the Frontier Museum. 

The surrounding landscapes are ideal for activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and trout fishing. Buffalo, rhino and other wildlife can be found in the Lawrence de Lange Game Reserve, meaning Queenstown offers something to suit most tastes.

Rates & Summary


2 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower over bath
Balcony or deck
Mountain views

5 Double/Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin bed
En-suite shower

4 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower
Terraces and mountain views

2 Executive Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King or twin beds
En-suite bath and shower, twin basins
Mountain views

Melton Garden Manor (self-catering)

Sleeps 3 guests in 2 bedrooms
En-suite shower
Open-plan lounge and kitchenette

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfast included.
Dinner at extra cost.

Kids

Children 10 years and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

At Maidenhead, guests can rest peacefully in Afro country-style luxury, while watching the beautiful fallow deer grazing on the lush grounds and admiring the surrounding mountains and countryside. Set in the tranquil countryside just outside Queenstown, Maidenhead Country Lodge offers a peaceful escape from city life, accommodating visitors in 13 comfortable guest rooms and one self-catering cottage.

Summary

  • Countryside luxury with roaming fallow deer on the farm
  • Close to town, yet surrounded by pastoral beauty
  • Friendly, welcoming service

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Deer paddock

Nearby: Lawrence de Lange game reserve, Hangklip mountain, Bongola Dam, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, golf course, rose farms, casino, Queens College.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Fully stocked with cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT not accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Friendly N6

Eastern Cape

About

The Friendly N6 route runs between Bloemfontein and East London, connecting the provinces of the Free State and the Eastern Cape. Aliwal North is at the border of the 2 provinces.

South Africa is famous for horizons that stretch for kilometres, so wide open spaces and endless skies are a traveller’s constant companions on the N6. The route takes one through about 600km of peaceful, diverse and beautiful land, giving one a sense of just how vast the country really is.

The N6’s attractions include everything from sea to snow, interspersed with charming towns. These are only slightly off the beaten highway, and are intriguing and pleasant places to explore. In the Free State, Bethulie and Zastron are within easy travelling distance of the N6, while Reddersburg, Smithfield and Rouxville are main stops along the route.

In the Eastern Cape the towns of Dordrecht, Molteno, Elliot, Rhodes, Burgersdorp, Barkly East and Lady Grey are all worthwhile diversions for curious travellers with time on their hands. For those sticking to the highway, Aliwal North, Jamestown, Queenstown, Cathcart and Stutterheim are along the route. These provide a sufficient diversity of interests and activities for guests. The highway is also relatively close to the Gariep Dam, Oviston and Hogsback Nature Reserves.

Sprawling sheep farms are probably the most obvious and frequent feature of the landscape, but the area is rich in cultural significance and interest. 

Apart from San (or Bushman) history and rock art, there are also interesting museums and art galleries, and fine local arts and crafts. The route’s proximity to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho means that Basotho culture is an important and unique influence on the culture of the area. Xhosa culture is proudly and strongly entrenched in the Eastern Cape.

The hills and towns of this area were witness to the Great Trek. This was the migration of the ‘Trekboers’ from the Eastern Cape across the Gariep River, (previously the Orange River) further into the central interior. It is often mentioned as an example of Afrikaner rebellion, perseverance and endurance. 

This same Afrikaner resilience cost Britain an unanticipated £190 million in the South African (or Anglo-Boer) War, which is commemorated at many sites and towns along the N6 route. 

Travelling south to East London from Aliwal North, tourists are afforded a majestic view of the Maluti mountains of Lesotho, as well as a sample of the Great Karoo in Stutterheim and Queenstown. East London itself is a lovely city which really lives up to the ‘friendly’ N6 brand. It has some interesting tangible links to prehistory: the East London Museum displays the last remaining dodo egg, as well as the body of a coelacanth, one of the oldest species on the planet. This fish was thought to be extinct until one was found alive on a fishing boat in the East London harbour in 1938.

Look out for

Relax and rejuvenate in Aliwal North’s hot springs and appreciate its beautiful old buildings. 

The Kologha Forest and the Kubisi Indigenous State Forests are less than 10km from Stutterheim. Large swathes of ancient indigenous forest are home to yellowwoods, ironwoods, white stinkwoods, Cape holly and Cape chestnuts with montane grassland cresting the slopes. Six well-marked forest trails, from 3-17km long, start and end at the Kologha Picnic site. They lead to waterfalls and good trout fishing and birdwatching spots. Rare birds found here include the endangered Cape parrot, grey-crowned crane and white-starred robin.  Mountain bik­ing and horse rid­ing are allowed on certain trails. Maps are avail­able at the forest kiosk. 

The Thomas River Historical Village is in the Amathole mountain region on the 31 000ha Thomas River Conservancy between Stutterheim and Cathcart on the N6 highway.  The area was named after Thomas Bentley, a deserter from the Van Der Kemps Missionary who was shot dead with an arrow while crossing the river. The conservancy offers a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, hiking, rock art talks and trails, fishing, birding, and paintball. The village dates back to the 1870s, has a popular restaurant and houses museums themed on wagons, rock art, pubs and vintage motor cars.

Mgwali Cultural Village near Stutterheim showcases Xhosa culture, with crafts and traditional food on sale. 

Tiffindell Ski and Alpine Resortnear the picturesque village of Rhodes is South Africa’s only ski resort. It offers snow adventures on the slopes of Ben McDhui, the tallest mountain in the Eastern Cape. 

Lady Grey and Cathcart are quaint, peaceful towns to visit. There is a Cape vulture sanctuary 12km from Lady Grey at the Karringmelkspruit gorge. Cathcart is known for its wildflowers, San rock art, excellent hang-gliding launch sites, fishing, birdwatching and adventure activities. 

Malaria-free game viewing is possible at the Lawrence De Lange Nature and the Longhill Nature Reserve near Queenstown, as well as at Tsolwana Game Reserve near Tarkastad. Big 5 game viewing is possible at the Mpongo and Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserves, both within 35km of East London. 

At the N6 route’s end, East London, visit the Python Park and Lion Park, the Queen’s Park Zoo, the East London museum and the aquarium. Enjoy the shopping, restaurants and, of course, surf the waves. The Calgary Transport Museum (5km north of East London on the N6) has a quaint collection of carts, wagons and buggies. It is open daily from 09h00 to 16h30.

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