About Thornleys Guest House
Thornleys is a small, up market guest house, situated in the historical town of Eshowe, in the heart of Zululand. A luxury home away from home ... relaxation, Zululand style ...
With only four en-suite bedrooms and ample living area, Thornleys offers comfortable and affordable accommodation. Thornleys has a wonderful collection of antiques which make for a very definite Zululand colonial feel.
A homely environment is what we strive for at Thornleys and Guests are encouraged to make full use of the house facilities. A central feature of Thornleys is the house pub. Complete with a fireplace, braai and a big screen TV.
It makes for a very pleasant atmosphere to view cricket or rugby on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Relax near the pool, or read a book or surf the internet on one of the verandas, Thornleys offers free Wi-Fi to guests. A home away from home, relaxation Zululand Style!
The private dining room offers both continental and full English breakfasts. Lunch and dinner can also be arranged on request.
The garden is lush and stretches into the magnificent Dlinza forest which makes for great birding, right on your doorstep.
A recent addition to Thornleys is the birding deck, 4 metres high and overlooking the Dlinza forest.
Guests can enjoy forest birding with coffee in hand, a wonderful way to go birding in early morning. And perfect for sundowners in the evening!
Only an hour and quarter`s drive to the North of King Shaka International airport in Durban. Thornleys is an ideal week-end getaway destination for the city dweller who wants some genuine country serenity.
Breakfast and Dining
Thornleys offers a special Thornleys breakfast to guests. Dinner can also be arranged with advanced notice from guests.
Golfing and Birding
Golf and birding are probably Eshowe's biggest draw cards. Eshowe Hills Golf Course is a magnificent 18 hole course which at 104 years old is the oldest in Zululand! The ourse is a 10 minute drive from Thornleys B & B and golf clubs are available for hire.
Eshowe is a birders paradise! Centrally placed on the world renowned Zululand Birding Route, which boasts over 600 species, Eshowe has a wealth of birding hot spots. Located in the town and a 10 minute drive from Thornley's is the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk. Local bird guides can be arranged on request.
Eshowe is the perfect base-camp from which to travel and experience the real Zululand. Keep one's travel valuables and belongings in a safe environment and be free to explore the sights and sounds of the area. For the international tourist, Thornleys is a perfect stopover place for those wishing to travel to:
Eshowe is a little over and hour’s drive from Durban's new international airport at La Mercy. At 500 meters above sea-level and 25 km's from the coast, Eshowe manages to escape the severe coastal heat and humidity and has arguably the best weather in Zululand.
The oldest town in Zululand, Eshowe has an enviable history. Fort Nongqayi which dates from 1883 has been converted to a museum village and gives one a fascinating insight into the rich history of the area.
Small town South Africa at its best, Eshowe is a is a quaint country town and has an overflow of interesting and colourful characters.