About Welgelegen House & Loft
Self Catering Accommodation
The Welgelegen House and Loft self-catering units are set in a large picturesque garden (6000 meters squared) on the upper slopes of Clarens with breath-taking views of the village and surrounding Maluti Mountains.
The main house has 3 bedrooms which can accommodate 6 people.
Open plan kitchen leading to dining room and lounge with fireplace.
Beautiful covered veranda overlooking the garden with splendid mountain views.
The Loft can accommodate 4 people comfortably.
Two bedrooms (1x queen bed and 2x singles), 1x bathroom, lounge / kitchen and view balcony).
The accommodation is serviced by Emily. Washing, ironing and babysitting can be negotiated at a fee. She speaks English, Afrikaans, Sotho and Zulu.
Undercover parking is available for 2 cars.
Provided for your convenience:
Bed linen and towels
Where is Clarens?
Clarens is situated on the scenic Free State Highlands route 17km from the Golden Gate National park and the QwaQwa National park. The village of Clarens is 3½ hours from Durban, 2½ hours from Bloemfontein and 3 hours from Johannesburg. It is also found on the Maluti route, which takes you into Lesotho.
What to do and what to see
Ask at the information centre for more information on the list below.
Clarens and the area offer many unique things to see and do:
Hiking and Walking - in the hills around town or Golden Gate National Park (17kms), Bokpoort (10kms), St.Fort (5km).
Game Viewing - at the Golden Gate National park.
Horse Riding - Bokpoort or Golden Gate
Arts and Crafts - see shops in town and galleries on farms
Boer War sites - Surrender Hill about 10 kms on the Fouriesburg road
Trout Fishing - at Craigrossie (rate available on request), Sebida Lodge and other sites or throw a line in at the dam in the kloof up the road from the cottage.
Dinosaur Fossils - in 1998 the BBC sent a crew to make a documentary of the fossils in the area.
Bushman Paintings (Rock Art) - in the hills surrounding Clarens and at Golden Gate.
Mountain Biking on surrounding trails and mountains behind the house.
Swimming - in the dam or in the kloof past the dam behind the house or at the swem-gat behind the Glen Reenen camp site at Golden Gate (recommended).
Sports - 18 hole golf course in town or in Bethlehem, Tennis / Bowls / Squash in town, Water sports - sailing / skiing / boating at Loch Athlone just outside Bethlehem.
4 X 4 Trails
Some other interesting outings:
Witzieshoek- 1 hour through Golden Gate to a scenic site just below the Mount Aux Sources peak overlooking the escarpment below.
Basotho Cultural Village - about half an hour on the same road.
Traditional Fertility Cave - on the Fouriesburg road about 11km.
Mushroom Rock - 1km
Museum in village
The Katse Dam in Lesotho - main dam of the Highlands water project (passport required).
The Ash River outfall - 8 km on the Bethlehem Rd.
Sunday Braai - next to the river at Sunnyside Guest Farm. Phone to confirm.
If all this sounds a bit much, stay exactly where you are and absorb the fresh air, peace and quiet, and mountain views.