About Baynesfield Estate
The Baynesfield Estate is situated on a beautiful dam, nestled in the Baynesfield District between Pietermaritzburg and Richmond. The Estate consists of over 9000 hectares of farm and timber land and indigenous veld.
Self Catering Accommodation
The Baynesfield Estate Garden Cottage is situated in the beautiful heritage garden. The cottage has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with two single beds, accommodating four in total. There is one bathroom and an open plan, lounge, kitchen and dining area. The cottage has recently been totally revamped and is a very comfortable stay.
The Garden Cottage is a wonderful weekend getaway or a midweek break from the city scene. The cottage is also popular with guests attending weddings in the area. Come and bring your children and let them run loose in the garden, there are many trees to climb and secret places for them to explore!
The garden was established in the 1880's and has some beautiful old trees. Every season in the garden is a delight. There is a bandstand where guests are welcome to braai or enjoy a morning cup of coffee. The Cottage is self catering and is not serviced.
The Baynesfield Estate Lodge is situated on a beautiful dam, nestled in the Baynesfield District between Pietermaritzburg and Richmond.
The Lodge exudes peace and tranquillity and is the ideal getaway destination for a lazy weekend. There are 5 wooden chalets. Four of the chalets are equipped with two single beds and an en-suite. The fifth chalet is a family chalet accommodating 4. The upstairs loft room has a queen size bed and downstairs there is a room with 2 x single beds, a bathroom and a seating area. The lodge can accommodate up to 12 people. Each chalet has a deck from which to admire the stunning view.
The main lodge facility consists of a kitchen, an open plan bar area, a dining area and a lounge. Full DStv is provided for those rainy days and to ensure no sports match goes unseen. There is a communal bonfire / braai area situated outside the main area to enjoy those long starry nights.
There is also a swimming pool and a deck overlooking the dam.
The 8.2 hectare dam is for the private use of the clients hiring the lodge. It has exceptional bass fishing, and bird life. Boats are allowed only with sneaker motors and we run on a catch and release system. There are 2 row boats available for use. The Lodge is self-catering and is serviced daily.
For the larger groups there is also 3 x tented dorms (sleeping 10, 12 and 12 respectively) and a large wooden dormitory (sleeping 40). Should you wish to make use of the dorm section, linen, towels and cutlery need to be provided for.
Baynesfield Estate boasts an idyllic venue for hiking, mountain biking, birding, fishing, as well as a host of other activities.
Baynesfield Estate is run as a commercial farming operation incorporating a piggery, avocado orchards, maize and soya fields, beef cattle and timber.
Baynesfield Estate also has an interesting historical aspect with Jospeh Baynes, the agricultural pioneer, having established the Estate. The imposing main Victorian home is a museum well worth a visit. There is also a kitchen and dairy museum. The historical garden is splendid and guests can picnic and enjoy the park-like beauty. The museums are open by prior arrangement.