About Penny Farthing Country House
Penny Farthing Country Lodge is Tourism Dundee Recommended. Semi Finalist in 2001 to 2006 in the AA Travel Awards, Penny Farthing Country House is a charming country house with luxurious en-suite bedrooms and is well known for its warm hospitality and excellent meals.
Penny Farthing Country House is situated on a 3 000 hectare cattle and game farm in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal battlefields and is in close proximity to Rorke's Drift, Isandlwana and Blood River. The house is built on the original foundations of the colonial home founded by the Vermaak family in 1847 after taking part in various campaigns. It is set in a large garden with a fish pond and swimming pool and is graced with an abundant bird life.
Foy's late wife, Marinella was a descendant of Dougald McPhail, a founder of the town of Dundee, and one of the few survivors of the battle of Isandlawana. Foy is a registered Satour tour guide, with a passion for history, and conducts regular tours of the battlefields.
A flight of semi-circular stairs leads one into an impressive 10 X 4 m dining room, furnished with a 16 seater walnut table and carved oak chairs. A Victorian sideboard and server complement this enormous room. A wide passage leads off the dining room and homes a Victorian bookcase filled with a collection of Africana books for guest to enjoy.
All five bedrooms have French doors which lead into the garden, and each is tastefully furnished with antique furniture and choice fabric to enhance the ambience. All beds are fitted with electric blankets for those cold winter's nights, and each room has an overhead electric fan to ease the summer heat. An authentic fort is converted to an interesting en suite bedroom. The comfortable lounge has a big fireplace, and wood fires in winter allow for very cozy conversations, while a small pub supplies the refreshments after a gruelling day in the African sun.
The Farm: The 3 000 ha game and cattle farms ranges from 1 000m to 1 500m above sea level. The higher points can get snow in winter and the lower part is Bushveld Savannah and is the home of most of the 14 species of antelope that can be found on the farm. The 200 bird species are spread over the total area and is a Bird Lovers paradise.
There are two hiking trails. The Cannibal trail takes 5/6 hours walking time and the Black Eagle trail 4 hours. Both start at the main house and drop down to the lower part of the property. There are shorter rambles that take approximately one hour each. At the lower part there is a 8.5 ha dam which supplies water to the vegetable and feed production lands. It is also the haven of many water birds and is stocked with Florida Bass and Telapia fish. The are two rivers flowing through the property and many smaller dams. All these facilities are available for visitors to explore.
Services & Facilities
DSTV TV in Lounge
Heaters & Electric blankets in rooms
Cosy Fireplace in lounge
All meals available
Tea & Coffee making facilities in rooms