Beacon Vlei Balgowan B&B or Self Catering, Natal Midlands

Beacon Vlei

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering at Beacon Vlei Farm, Balgowan, Curry's Post, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

About Beacon Vlei

Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Beacon Vlei Guest Farm offers comfortable B&B and self-catering accommodation with unrivalled views over our 23 hectare private dam, and the surrounding wetland area, which is home to hundreds of beautiful bird species, as well as a few large mammals.

Five charming self catering dwellings exist on the farm, The Boat House, Crane Cottage, Otter Cottage, Rose Cottage and Heron Cottage. Guests need not leave the farm to enjoy Bass fishing, birding, boating or a picnic after a leisurely walk around beautiful Beacon Vlei. Other outdoor activities that can be arranged in the surrounding countryside include, mountain biking, horse riding, canopy tours, battlefield tours and even paragliding.

Beacon Vlei Guest Farm is a family friendly establishment centrally located on the famed Midlands Meander, and only 1 km from Michaelhouse School. The Midlands Meander offers visitors an abundance of art and craft shops. There are also many fine restaurants, delicatessens and cheese farms in the Balgowan district, within 3 to 5 km of Beacon Vlei.

Accommodation

The Boat House:
Situated 20 m from the edge of our 50 acre private dam, is a picturesque, fully equipped thatched cottage, which sleeps up to five people. It consists of one large and luxurious en suite bedroom and a large open plan living room with a bunk bed and sleeper couch, and a second bathroom. The Boat House is warmed in winter by a fireplace and heaters. Braai facilities are available, and the lounge is equipped with Dstv.

Crane Cottage:
Consists of two king bedrooms both en suite, a fully equipped kitchen, a large open plan living / dining room with Dstv and a big fireplace for those cold winter nights. It also has a covered veranda with braai facilities and spectacular views over our 23 hectare private dam. The cottage also has a double sleeper couch in the living room so it can potentially sleep six.

Rose Cottage:
Consists of two inter leading bedrooms and one en suite bathroom. It has an open plan living / dining room and a kitchenette. It has a covered veranda with braai facilities looking over a private garden.

Otter Cottage:
Consists of two king bedrooms both en suite, one bedroom has a shower and bath whilst the other has only a large shower. The cottage has a central room which is an open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge, it has a flat screen with Dstv and a large fire place for those cold winter nights. The central room has double doors leading onto the covered veranda which looks over our 23 hectare private dam. The kitchen is fully equipped and braai facilities are provided.

Heron Cottage:
Consists of two king bedrooms both en suite, one bedroom has a shower and bath whilst the other has only a large shower. The cottage has a central room which is an open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge, it has a flat screen with Dstv and a large fire place for those cold winter nights. The central room has double doors leading onto the covered veranda which looks over our 23 hectare private dam. The kitchen is fully equipped and braai facilities are provided.

The Family Suite:
Consists of two interleading bedrooms, the front room has a king bed and a bay window ovrerlooking our 23 hectare private dam, the second bedroom which is separated by a door has two single beds and the semi off suite private bathroom is just off the second bedroom. This unit does not have catering facilities.

Facilities

Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in each cottage.

Recreation

Our 23 hectare private dam provides excellent Bass fishing for all levels of ability, we provide boats for guests to use and life jackets, please bring your own rods and tackle. Although bass can be caught throughout the year, the best times for fishing are from September until May.

We are dedicated to providing our guests with a relaxing and therapeutic stay. Whether this means taking it easy at one of the top quality day spas in the area, or challenging yourself to something more adventurous, such as mountain biking, horse riding, canopy tours or birding the Natal Midlands Birding Route, Beacon Vlei and the KwaZulu Natal Midlands has it all! We can arrange bookings for these and other activities in the region, as well as advise on the many arts and crafts shops found on the Midlands Meander. We are also surrounded by a selection of great restaurants, and can make these reservations as well.

Wildlife

Beacon Vlei is a birders paradise. Some of the birds of special interest found on Beacon Vlei include the Crowned Crane, Purple Heron, African Fish Eagle, Olive Woodpecker, African Jacana and Marsh Harrier. We are confident that during the spring and summer months the multitude of birds that flock to our dam and the surrounding wetland will delight most birders. We are also extremely lucky to have a pair of Crowned Cranes nesting in the wetland around the dam. Trails, viewpoints and picnic spots around the dam and property provide our guests with hours of entertainment and relaxation.

Depending on the season, duiker, reedbuck and bushbuck can be sighted. Other wildlife on Beacon Vlei includes otters, jackal, porcupine Serval and Rooikat.

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Amenities

In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • DVD player
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Iron / trouser press
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with satellite)
  • Wheelchair Friendly

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Pets allowed (by arrangement)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Wheelchair access

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room

Internet

  • Free Wi-Fi

Tonight From
ZAR1050.00
per unit, per night

Contact: Alex Drew

Tel: +27 (0)71 872-1360

Physical Address:
Beacon Vlei, Beacon Vlei Farm, Balgowan, Curry's Post, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -29.39722222188889
Longitude: 30.05638888888889

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

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

Listed on SA-Venues.com
May 2005 - 3 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

Have been here before and will return, excellent atmosphere, peace and quiet, the lake is lovely for fly fishing, the cottages are warm and cozy - if you...

Diana Charlton, DURBAN

SA-Venues.com Travellers' Rating

Excellent

From 3 Reviews. Read all reviews

Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

  • Mastercard
  • Visa

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