Clocolan Accommodation

Amohela ho Spitskop Country Retreat & Conservancy

About Amohela ho Spitskop Amohela ho Spitskop is beautiful, exclusive, close enough to be easily accessible, far enough to be remote, special and magical. Succumb to our large comfortably furnished self catering cottages where we offer seldom found seclusion and privacy in the vast timelessness of the Highlands of the Eastern Free State. The 420 acre Retreat is nestled in a valley between the small rural farming villages of Ficksburg and Clocolan. Accommodation The five self catering cottages are spacious and comfortably furnished, with big couches, huge open fires, fully equipped kitchens and have weber braais on the deck-with-a-view. Porcupine & Guinea Fowl each have two double bedrooms, one with king size bed and one with 2 singles and are en suite. Mongoose has three bedrooms and two big bathrooms, one bedroom en suite with king size bed, two bedrooms share a bathroom. Quail Cottage is named after the delightful common quail, a small ground-nesting game bird, found in the areas around the cottage. The barn style self catering cottage,built on a ridge with sweeping views overlooking the beautiful Spitskop valley and beyond to the majestic Maluti Mountains, designed to take just 2 people in absolute luxury, solitude and privacy. Open plan with high wooden beamed ceiling, fully equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge, pampering bath and enclosed shower and toilet, king size bed with beautiful percale linen, and big cuddly duvets. There is a combustion wood burning fire and heated blankets for chilly Highland winters and a weber braai on the covered veranda-with-a-view. The cottage is serviced daily and there is ample parking behind the cottage. Maximum 2 adults no children. Francolin Self Catering Cottage is named after the delightful grey-wing francolin, a small ground-nesting game bird found in the areas around the cottage. Built on a ridge with views over the valley to the Maluti Mountains in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho beyond, the beautiful barn style cottage takes just two people in great luxury and solitude. High wooden beamed ceilings frame the interior with fully equipped kitchen, lounge with comfy chairs and combustion wood burning fire, king size bed with beautiful percale linen and heated blankets for chilly weather, bath with enclosed shower and toilet. There is a weber braai on the covered veranda and ample parking behind the cottage. Free Wi-Fi is available at the main reception area the Dassie House. The garden bedrooms, tucked away in the gardens at Dassie House, secluded, private, Nguni en suite with Victorian bath, Cornwallis has shower and toilet, queen size beds, percale linen, heated blankets, fire place, private garden area, tea/coffee making facilities. Dinner Bed and Breakfast. DSTV and Wi-Fi available at Dassie House. Serviced on a daily basis. Activities and Things to do in and around Amohela ho Spitskop Laid out walking trails, climbs into the mountain, a bird list of some 250 species, small mammals, amazing stars at night, day drives of much beauty, small and quaint villages to visit, good eateries, in the village a golf course where visitors are welcome and plains game wander the greens, San rock art, luminosity of light attracting both painters and photographers, cycling on the property or locally on safe scenic country roads, day drive to the huge Katse dam or a visit to Afriski Ski Resort in Lesotho.

Keble Estate - Self Catering

For the first time ever we have decided to open our historic home to the public. We offer five double bedrooms - one of which has a bathroom en suite - in our original 1872 sandstone manor house, located- at Clocolan in a scenic and still undiscovered part of the eastern Free State. We offer affordable, family breaks and, because we are just beginning, exclusive use of the 310ha estate, for up to 10 people on a self-catering basis or fully catered. Keble offers you a wonderful chance to get away in a peaceful retreat with magnificent gardens and superb mountain walks. We have a swimming pool, a clay-pigeon shooting range and old clay tennis court; we also offer Boule and Croquet and a full-sized Billiard table. Our small, 111-year-old Chapel, St Michael and All Angels, offers an intimate venue for weddings. We are close to Lesotho and you can use Keble as a base to tour, or to go skiing in the Maloti's. Three golf-courses lie within easy reach - the 9-hole Clocolan course, reputedly South Africa's 3rd best 9-hole course, where a round with a caddy costs less than R120; and the similarly priced, 18-hole Ladybrand courses, which are just 40kms away. Mostly, enjoy the peace and beauty of the magnificent estate which was built by the Reverend Algernon Harcourt-Vernon, who became the Anglican Canon of Bloemfontein, and named the estate after Keble College at Oxford University. Keble has a colourful history and horses from the estate were transported to nearby Modderpoort for the use of the Royal Family during their 1948 South African visit. Located 13km from Clocolan on the Excelsior road, Keble is close to Lesotho and midway between Ficksburg and Ladybrand. It is easily reached on tar roads from Johannesburg (3 ½ hours) and Durban. (4 hours) The homestead is reached via a kilometre-long avenue of old oak trees - reputedly from acorns collected in the Sherwood Forest by Harcourt-Vernon. It is set in a manicured English garden and surrounded by an amphitheatre of sandstone mountains. The house has magnificent original woodwork and panelling and comprises a large, "music room", a separate dining room, a lounge, farmhouse kitchen, bathroom with toilet, a separate toilet and two large Victorian bedrooms. A feature staircase leads upstairs to the, private, owners' bedrooms. The separate Coach House has two upstairs guest bedrooms, sharing a bathroom; and a third cottage in the garden, with its en-suite bathroom, overlooks an old clay tennis court. Accommodation comprises: two Victorian bedrooms in the main house, which share a bathroom; two upstairs bedrooms in the Coach House, which share a bathroom; and the en-suite garden suite. Keble is a working farm, producing wheat and maize. Livestock includes a number of horses and small herds of sheep and cattle.