Baynesfield Estate

Self Catering at Baynesfield, off the R56 between Richmond and Pietermaritzburg, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

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

Garden Cottage:
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.

School groups

There are four bunk rooms which can cater for 80 people, as well as a separate kitchen, showers and toilets, and dining room. With school groups we run anything from one day groups to four day groups. These days are made up of different and fun activities. From team building, environmental education, leader ship, bushman studies, hikes and lots of fun games.

The activities we offer are:
Zip line - this is a steel cable that runs across a dam; it gets the class to encourage each other for the slide
Obstacle course - made up of nine different obstacles. Our obstacle course works really well for team building and leadership
Hikes are fun filled walks around the Baynesfield Estate. These vary in interesting things to look at and gives us a great opportunity to chat about different things; agricultural, deforestation, water cycles and so on
Water studies - a great opportunity to get wet and muddy while learning about water cycles, collecting and observing water bugs and how they are adapted to their environment
Night walks - all armed with torches, off we head. On the clear nights we also get to do some star gazing. We also try and take some time out to just enjoy the silence of the evening
Oribi count - this is usually done with the older groups. These counts are used in the conservation counts for Baynesfield Estate
Bushman activities - these have to be one of the most fun activities. Students are shown how to make fire using only sticks and grass and also how to make authentic bows and arrows

The Estate

Baynesfield Estate boasts an idyllic venue for hiking, mountain biking, birding, fishing, and triathlons, 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 Joseph Baynes, the agricultural pioneer, having established the Estate. The imposing main Victorian home is a museum well worth a visit and 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.

Accreditation

Richmond Tourism

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Amenities

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Heater(s)
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)

From
ZAR250.00
per person sharing, per night

Contact: Emelda or Delaine

Tel: +27 (0)33 251-0156
Mobile: +27 (0)78 800-6409

Physical Address:
Baynesfield Estate, Baynesfield, off the R56 between Richmond and Pietermaritzburg, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Quick Facts

GPS co-ordinates
29° 45' 54.4392" S
30° 20' 29.358" E

Closest airport(s)
Pietermaritzburg Airport - 40km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

Credit cards are not accepted at the establishment. Cash and EFT payments only, at this time.

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