About Dusk To Dawn B&B
Johann and Gudrun Engelbrecht have turned their family home into a friendly and welcoming half-way stop for tourists and visitors en route on the N2 from the Kruger National Park or Gauteng to the Kwa-Zulu Natal North Coast or vice versa. Dusk to Dawn is situated on the N2, 35 km south of Piet Retief and 65 km north of Pongola.
Since 1993 Dusk to Dawn has offered a "home from home" accommodation for tourists and travellers from more than 36 different countries.
There are two cosy family units known as 'Barbets Corner' and 'Egrets View' and two en-suite bedrooms 'Sunbirds View' and 'Hadedas Nest' and an exclusive cottage 'Robins Rest'. Each unit is fully air-conditioned, has a coffee and tea tray, a mini-bar and DSTV (selected channels).
A cosy en-suite twin room with shower, toilet and basin is named after the flocks of Hadeda Ibis roosting and nesting in the giant Wild Fig tree in the lush sub-tropical garden in front of the private entrance.
Named after the pair of Blackcollared Barbets nesting in the African Flame tree next to the cottage. Barbets Corner is a fully serviced self-catering cottage joining the main farm house. The cottage has it's own lounge, with fire place for those cold winter evenings, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a little kitchen. DSTV, bar fridge, tea and coffee tray and heaters are available in the cottage.
Named after the Black Sunbird frequenting the Weeping Boer Bean Tree when in full bloom in front of the private entrance of the en-suite bedroom. The spacious room has a queen-size bed, a TV, microwave, bar fridge, coffee & tea-tray, heater and air-conditioner. The bathroom has a bath and a shower.
The family suite on the first floor of the family house, consists of a spacious en-suite bedroom with a massive lounge with sleeping facilities for children. From the balcony a magnificent view, shared with the cattle egrets on the roof, unfolds giving a bird's eye view of the evergreen garden and the peaceful movements of the farm animals in the distant fields. The unit has DSTV, bar fridge, tea and coffee tray, fans and heaters. Meals are offered downstairs in the dining room.
This brand new exclusive free standing cottage with excellent views of the farm is named after the shy but vocal pair of Cape Robins frequenting the shrubs and undergrowth nearby. The cottage is self-contained with spacious bedroom with king size bed, an enormous bathroom with shower and free-standing bath, open plan lounge with sleeper couch and a fully equipped kitchenette with microwave, small table-top oven and fridge/freezer. Robins Rest with its patio offers privacy and space for any couple wishing to unwind and relax in real country atmosphere.
A full English and Continental breakfast is served in the beautiful dining room or on the verandah with a stunning view onto the large garden and the wide open spaces of this well managed 1800 ha farm.
Dinners are available on request by prior arrangement. Farm fresh produce is used to create dishes with love and care which makes dining at Dusk to Dawn an unforgettable experience.
Dusk to Dawn dinners have earned a reputation where good quality ingredients get the respect they deserve by turning them into fabulous meals.
Dusk to Dawn is situated on an attractive farm, 1800 ha in extent, with a variety of farming activities. These include: a large modern piggery, dairy, beef farming, maize and timber. Viewing of these different activities is possible by arrangement.
For children the garden is an absolute amusement park featuring a solar heated swimming pool, tree house with adjoining jungle gym and hammock and pony rides in the garden
Walks on the farm and hikes to the unspoiled picnic spot will offer the keen birder an opportunity to see some of the more than 160 bird species frequenting this farm. Furthermore, Dusk to Dawn is within easy reach of some of the Northern Natal Battlefields, Itala or Mkuze Game Reserve or even for a day visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Enjoy a leisurely walk through lush pastures and grazing cattle towards a bird hide overlooking a reed bed and a dam. Break away to the private picnic spot where indigenous trees and abundant bird life and the sound of rolling water from the river will calm your soul.
The craft shop offers for sale: Hand-embroidered items made by Zulu women on the farm as well as other local crafts. In the dining room, the art gallery exhibits watercolour and mixed media paintings by Irma Filter, winner of the "Winsor & Newton" Award 2001 and works of other artists.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Dusk to Dawn has been a Finalist in the AA Accommodation Awards for several years and was the winner in the Farm Accommodation Category for the year 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and therewith entering the Hall of Fame in 2010. Dusk to Dawn also features the AA Superior Grading Endorsement. Furthermore Dusk to Dawn is a regular feature in the Portfolio Bed and Breakfast Collection. We have been awarded the Tourism Grading Council 4 star award.