Shady Pines Guest House in Harrismith Accommodation in the Free State

Shady Pines Guest House

Guest House / Self Catering / Conference and Wedding Venue at 67 Stuart Street, Harrismith, 9880, Free State, South Africa. Show on Map

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.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Disabled equipped
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Kitchenette (semi-equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Private pool
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with M-Net)
  • Television (with satellite)
  • Wheelchair Friendly

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls


  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Chapel
  • Co-ordinator (in-house)
  • Dance floor
  • Exhibition space
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Parking
  • Standard conf. equipment

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room


  • Free Wi-Fi

Accreditations (as claimed by Shady Pines Guest House)

AA Quality Assured Accommodation Superior

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Contact: Ané, Kerri or Shaun

Tel: +27 (0)58 622-3020
Fax: +27 (0)58 622-3620
Mobile: +27 (0)72 480-2677

Physical Address:
Shady Pines Guest House, 67 Stuart Street, Harrismith, 9880, Free State, South Africa

Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -28.273316999333332
Longitude: 29.129721999333334

Closest airport(s)
Bethlehem Airport - 95km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h30

Listed on
August 2009 - 2 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

A beautiful house, great view on platberg indeed, and very friendly, pretty and helpful hosts. One small detail that could use a little improvement: door...

rudy van wessel, leiderdorp, NL Travellers' Rating


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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
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