About Shady Pines Guest House
Lose yourself in an era gone by.... Equidistant from Durban, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, this beautiful home is situated in spacious gardens with full views of Platberg. The enduring charm of the Pines is admired by visitors. It is a lovely example of what can be achieved with a very old house without sacrificing comfort or appearance.
Shady Pines boasts 26 bedrooms, which includes double rooms, single rooms, twin rooms, self catering flats, and Family Rooms all en-suite with Mnet on TV, amenities, coffee and tea. Shady Pines also has a swimming pool for guests to relax in the summer sun. The pines consist mainly of two sections, namely the Main House and the Stables, which were originally the stables of this old house.
The bunk beds in our family rooms are suited to children under 12 years.
Home cooked meals are made from Mondays to Thursdays and must be booked before two o’clock in the afternoon. Unbound hospitality makes this a home from home. Shady Pines also has Wireless internet facilities available.
Guests can enjoy beverages in the private bar area or on the veranda over looking the beautiful gardens and Platberg Mountain.
For the wedding couple an exclusive, private bridal suite is available. A small Chapel, dwarfed by enormous trees, seats 120 people. The beautiful garden is a perfect setting for wedding photos. In this beautiful setting there is also a venue available for wedding receptions, seating a maximum of 220 guests, and conference facilities for up to 60 guests.
This hall can also be booked for functions. Shady Pines Guest House also does catering for weddings, conferences and functions and there is a cash bar facility available. Across the road are fully equipped gym facilities and an indoor heated pool.
The Pines History
The Pines is one of the best known of the older homes in Harrismith, a handsome sandstone residence with curved driveway sweeping up to the front entrance. This gracious home was built about 1880 for Mr Robert Gibson who was the father in law of Perla Siddle Gibson, the lady in white who won fame singing to the troops during the Second World War.
The house of sandstone was originally single storied. Later the top floor was added and subsequently The Pines became a boarding house. The old house was bought in 1960 in a very run down state by Koos and Alet de Witt, who started restoration during the winter of 1961 after which rebuilding started again.
Activities and Attractions
Close to the Northern Drakensberg, Mount-Aux-Sources, the highest mountain in South Africa, the majestic Golden Gate, Sterkfontein Dam, the deepest dam in South Africa, Platberg Nature Reserve and down the road the artist paradise, Clarens.
A beautiful golf course, squash and tennis courts, bowling greens are within walking distance. Rock climbing, fly fishing, bird watching and hunting are all within reach.