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  • Tranquil, pleasantly pastoral venue offers a scenic treat
  • Comfortable, homely rooms and a charming garden make for a relaxing stay
  • Central to the Natal Midlands, with knowledgeable hosts to aid your explorations

Pleasant Places

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

3km from Lidgetton

 

-29.4455, 30.0751

About

Undeniably a pleasant place, Pleasant Places is set in the serene Lidgetton valley, in the heart of the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, and offers a taste of everything that is popular about this picturesque area. Guests here will be enveloped by the peace and quiet of the surrounds, charmed by the country-style thatched accommodation and gratified by the hearty cuisine, all while enjoying the friendliest hospitality from hosts John and Linda.

The couple has accommodated hundreds of happy guests since 1997, and are dedicated not only to outstanding service, but also to ensuring their guest house lives up to the scrutiny of the discerning modern traveller.

Tucked away in the established gardens, the individually-decorated rooms have a homely charm but are fitted with conveniences such as televisions, tea/coffee facilities, hairdryers and underfloor heating or heaters. Named after their former street address in Johannesburg, Number 7 offers the chance to enjoy views over the valley from the Queen-size bed, and an equally lovely scene can be viewed from the patio.

Decorated in soothing earthy colours, the Room with a View has an interesting hexagonal shape and, as its name suggests, showcases beautiful vistas stretching over the garden, valley and river. The King-size bed can be converted to twins, and there is more than enough space to accommodate a child sleeping on the fold-out couch.

The Rose Room also has a sleeper couch and King-size bed, and is a particularly quiet room with a bay window looking out over the garden. Another King room with a sleeper couch, the Camellia Room is named after the colourful bushes outside the entrance and has easy access to the garden via French Doors.

Bigger families will sleep comfortably in the Family Suite, which has two bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms. To ensure privacy for travelling couples, the bedrooms are separated by a lobby area with a couch.

After waking up to the sight of sunrise over the valley, guests are treated to a filling country breakfast cooked by Linda and her team, setting the perfect tone for a day in the Midlands. Beyond the colourful gardens, guests can set off on one of several paths winding through the valley, go swimming or tubing in the Lion’s River or cast a line into the trout dam. 

The guest house has the advantage of being on the Midlands Meander, meaning that this scenic route and its many attractions can easily be explored, while the majestic peaks of the Drakensberg are a short drive away. Returning to Pleasant Places, guests can relax in the lounge with a warming drink, reliving the day’s adventures in front of a crackling log fire. Dinners can be requested in advance.

Rates & Summary


Number 7

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Patio with view of garden and valley

The Room with a View

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Sleeper couch available for child
En-suite shower and bath
Patio with view of garden, river and valley

The Rose Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Sleeper couch available for child
En-suite shower and bath
Bay window with garden view

The Camellia Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Sleeper couch available for child
En-suite shower and bath
Patio and bay window with garden view

Family Suite

Sleeps 4 in Queen and twin rooms
Single bed can be added to twin room
Twin room with en-suite bath and shower
Queen room with en-suite shower

Pricing

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

Catering

Farm breakfast included
Dinner available on request

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Guests will feel comforted the quirky, cosy feel of this owner-run thatched guest house, which offers picturesque views of the lush Lidgetton Valley and Lion’s River, and has been accommodating travellers since 1997. The outdoor allure of the Midlands can be experienced by walking along one of the conservancy’s trails or trout fishing in the dam, before guests return to individually-decorated rooms and warm hospitality.

Summary

  • Tranquil, pleasantly pastoral venue offers a scenic treat
  • Comfortable, homely rooms and a charming garden make for a relaxing stay
  • Central to the Natal Midlands, with knowledgeable hosts to aid your explorations

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The good gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Farm walks
  • Trout fishing
  • Swimming and tubing in the river
  • Nearby: botanical gardens, nature reserves, golf courses,  Midlands Meander, fly fishing, Drakensberg Mountains, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, canopy tour, hot air ballooning, Zululand battlefields, historical monuments, arts and craft shops, farm stalls. 

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Heater included
  • Under floor heating
  • 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)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Full business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal

About

The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of our spectacular country. It’s blessed with a little bit of everything.

Rolling hills, burbling brooks and surging rivers… history, game reserves and haunting battlefields. Not bad for only a section of one of our nine provinces. 

It’s pressed up against the Drakensberg-Ukahlamba mountains in the west, stretched along the coastal belt in the east and hemmed in by the mighty Tugela River in the north. The Midlands is a fertile area that is dominated by agriculture and wide open spaces.

For many, the Midlands has become synonymous with a small area around Nottingham Road. While this is indeed a cornerstone of the region, the Midlands encompasses a far greater and more diverse area than it is often credited with.

It begins in the south-east where the Umgeni River runs through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, with its crags and cliffs, aloes and thorn trees. Further west is the province’s capital city, Pietermaritzburg. 

This is a small part of Victorian England painstakingly recreated in Africa - complete with an ornate cricket pavilion and the largest red-brick building in the southern hemisphere as its city hall. 

It was after being thrown from a train here that Mahatma Ghandi was inspired to take the first steps of his peaceful protests against discrimination. A statue of the great man still stands in the city centre.

Another great man, South Africa’s iconic Nelson Mandela, also has a firm link to the region and its railways. Just outside Howick one can visit the spot where Madiba was finally arrested, while travelling by train. A plaque marks the otherwise nondescript spot.

The history continues to the north, where the English, Zulu and Afrikaner fought each other at various times in history. While the more famous battlefields are to be found further north and east in Zululand, there are fascinating places to visit in the Midlands, too. These are most notably around the towns of Colenso and Weenen.

In the more westerly parts of the Midlands, where it comes up against the buttresses of the Drakensberg, the Midlands offers some exceptional fly-fishing for trout in rivers and dams. 

Midmar Dam outside Howick is a popular venue for carp and bass fishing, as is Albert Falls Dam further east. There also are a number of excellent courses vying for golfers’ attentions.

Of course, no visit to the Midlands is complete without exploring the Midlands Meander for at least a day or two. The best way to do this is to head north from Howick on the R103, a good tar road that ambles and winds through forests and farmlands. This road is regularly dotted with interesting attractions. 

But don’t stick resolutely to this one road. Pick up a Meander map and explore. Head out to the Dargle, the Karkloof or Curry’s Post. It’ll be quieter, but is just as interesting and picturesque.

Look out for

The Midlands Meander – is what the majority of visitors think of when they hear ‘Midlands’. It deserves its reputation, too. It has become a successful, sustainable tourist attraction that focuses on quality, handmade products and local produce. A few of the highlights are Ardmore Ceramics, the Woodturner, Shuttleworth Weaving and the Zulu Quilt Centre.

Sports – are a major attraction in the Midlands. Every year the Duzi Canoe Marathon starts in Pietermaritzburg and, three days later, ends in Durban. The Midmar Mile is an open-water swim that takes place annually in Midmar Dam. The Comrades Marathon is the largest ultramarathon in the world, running from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, or vice versa in alternate years.

Howick Falls - are a big drawcard in the region, but don’t think that all one can do is gaze at them.  Take a walk into the gorge, through thick indigenous bush filled with bird calls. You’ll be rewarded with the best possible view of the falls, and with a refreshing swim. Adventurers can also abseil over the 107-metre drop, past precariously perching aloes, caressed by the waterfall’s drifting spray.

Hartford House - is a destination worth visiting just for the food. It is also worth spending a night in this historic, luxurious boutique hotel. Situated just outside Mooi River, this romantic getaway on a working horse stud farm is home to an award-winning restaurant. It offers splendid set-course dinners coupled with excellent wines.

Fly-fishing - the first trout to be imported into South Africa were brought to Balgowan in the Midlands. It’s hard to find better fly-fishing than in this region. The dams around Nottingham Road, in the Rosetta/Kamberg District and in the Dargle, are renowned for the trophy rainbow trout. The rivers that flow from the Drakensberg are similarly famed. Indigenous yellowfish are becoming increasingly targeted on fly. They can be fished for in the Tugela, Msunduzi and Umgeni Rivers, amongst others.

Mountain biking - A number of high-profile mountain biking events are held in the Midlands every year. Pietermaritzburg has even hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup. This should give some indication of the quality of the cycling available in the region.

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