About Teddington Farm
Teddington Farm is dominated by the imposing Mt. Macdonald (2283m), to the east and the pristine Umzimvubu River forms the boundary to the west. The farm is 1400ha and offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the region. A get-away from it all experience that will leave you feeling truly rested and recharged. A place you will want to return to, again and again.
There are five 5 self-catering cottages on the farm, which include the main farmhouse, all unique in their own way. All cottages are serviced daily. Three of the cottages (Main, Peach & Stone), are situated next to each other and form an L-shape around a grassed, fenced in communal garden. There is a thatched, communal bar at the bottom of the garden and a seated fire-pit area in the centre for those beautiful, star-lit nights.
A quaint cottage set below the farmhouse with peaceful views overlooking the farmlands below and the mountain above. This cottage is named after the stream trickling along under the willow trees at the bottom of the front lawn. The cottage has 3 bedrooms in total, with double or queen sized beds. One bedroom is situated next to the cottage and has 1 double bed, 1 single and 1 bunk bed (can sleep a family of 4). There are no bathroom facilities in this room.
This cottage can sleep a total of 10 persons. Two full bathrooms are provided, one with a shower and a kitchen with small dinning room table, and separate lounge with fireplace. The kitchen has an old coal fired stove which keeps the cottage cosy during the cold winter. An outside braai and a carport are provided. Little Stream is pet friendly (dogs only).
Rock House Cottage:
Positioned in the shadow of Mt. Macdonald, provides spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding Drakenberg Mountains. This cottage is named after the huge sandstone rock it is built next to. Rock House has one double bedroom and another bedroom with two single beds. This cottage can sleep 5 persons if the sleeper couch in the lounge is used. One full bathroom is provided and an open plan kitchen and lounge, with fireplace, leads out onto a small covered veranda with big views. This is the ideal place to savour the magnificent views and to have meals or sundowners. The veranda is complete with patio furniture, braai facility and a hot shower with a view.
Rock House has no electricity supply, all appliances and lights work on LP gas. The absence of electric lights in the vicinity makes this an ideal venue for star gazers. Rock House is a wild and lonely place suited to those who enjoy peace and solitude without sacrificing comfort. Time spent at “Rock House” is not punctuated by watches but rather by the harsh bark of the baboons in the cliffs above during the day and the howl of the prowling jackal at night.
The main house is set just off the road at the base of Mt MacDonald, surrounded on one side by a small forest of pine trees. It can sleep up to 8 people and has 2 double bedrooms with a double bed in each, main room with en-suite and own entrance to the garden, 1 twin room with 2 single beds, and 1 attic room with 3 single beds. The other bathroom has a bath / shower. The kitchen is open plan leading onto a small dining room and outside into the garden.
There is a lodge-type, character filled, thatched bar at the bottom of the grassed, level garden for your use and entertainment, and a fire-pit seated area in the centre of the garden for spectacular fires on those clear, star-lit nights. Wood is available for sale on the farm. There is also undercover parking for 4 vehicles.
This cottage is situated within the main farmhouse complex and can sleep up to 8 people (4 adults and 4 kids). It contains 2 double bedrooms (1 with an extra single bed), 2 bathrooms (en-suite), open plan kitchen and dining area and a large lounge area which can accommodate children on sleeper couches or mattresses. This cottage is completely separate from the main farmhouse and makes use of the communal garden area.
This beautiful stone cottage is situated next to the main farmhouse within the main complex and has 2 bedrooms (main upstairs in a beautifully wood crafted attic room). It can sleep 4 people. There is one bathroom with a shower and lounge area with fireplace. This cottage does not have a kitchen and makes use of the main farmhouse – generally used as overspill for larger groups / families.
Distances from the major South African centres are as follows:
Activities available on the farm
• Hiking & Trail Running (1400ha. Mt. Macdonald - 2283m)
• Fly-fishing - 2ha lake and 6km river. Lake is only accessible with a 4x4. Alternatively, a short but steep walk
• Game viewing
• Mountain biking - farm tracks and dirt road network
• Bird watching - bird list available – over 80 recorded species
• Vulture restaurant
• 4X4, quad & motorbike trails. Please bring your own bikes and quads. Organised trails up Thule Pass can be arranged – please note, these are subject to availability of guide. (The views from the top are spectacular and some of the destinations can only be reached by motorbike or quad bike)
• Working farm - seasonal farming activities
• Tubing on the river
Facilities available on farm
• Self-catering cottages, serviced
• Picnic site with thatched boma, braai facilities and field toilet on the Umzimvubu River
• TV in the main farmhouse. For DStv bring your own smart card.
• Cell phone – All networks.
• Thatched bar in main farmhouse complex with built in fire place
• Seated fire-pit area in main garden
• Undercover parking for vehicles at main farmhouse cottages and Little Stream cottages
• Braai facilities at cottages
Activities and Attractions
The Mt. Macdonald region of the farm is perfect for hiking with scenic half and full day routes to explore. Situated half way up the mountain on the Macdonald plateaux is a dam “Loch Macdonald”, which has been stocked with rainbow trout and provides a most spectacular and secluded fly-fishing venue.
The mountain is home to numerous wildlife including a herd of Blesbok, family groups of Mountain Reedbuck, Grey Rhebok, Zebra and smaller species such as Baboon, Black Backed Jackal and Lynx. You could also be lucky enough to spot the extremely rare and protected Oribi. Birds often spotted include the Cape Vulture, Black Eagle and Lammergeyer. The view from the top of Mt. Macdonald is truly breath taking and well worth the hike.
As one descends the mountain the terrain becomes gentler towards the Umzimvubu River (“River of the Hippopotamus” in the local Xhosa language). You are close to the source of this pristine river and the chilled water is home to the Cape Clawless Otter, which can sometimes be seen munching crabs or chasing shy river trout. These trout provide a challenge for fly fisherman, as they are difficult to catch in their natural habitat.
Kingston Camp on the banks of the river overlooks a small beach and a long, deep pool. This is the ideal venue for a picnic, braai and swim. It has a thatched boma, braai facility and ‘field toilet’. For adventure, tubing over the rapids after a summer thunderstorm will get the adrenaline going. Down-stream the river flows lazily into a floodplain where a natural wetland occurs. This wetland, fed by “Little Stream”, is the natural habitat of various wetland birds, ducks and geese.
The Reedbuck will often be encountered here hiding up in dense thickets of grass and reeds. In winter the majestic Eland are lured down off the high berg by the sweet pasture grasses and maize planted on the farm. A close encounter with these huge antelope leaves one feeling privileged and insignificant.