Clarens – Kwela Town of the Year

Clarens, also known as the “Jewel of the Eastern Free State”, is a little Village in the mountains, on the Edge of the Golden Gate National Park looking down over the Drakensburg and is the best place to find peace and tranquillity. Clarens was established in 1912, named after a town in Switzerland where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days.

Clarens is honoured to be nominated for Kwela’s South African Town of the Year Award.

With an easy three to four hours’ drive from Johannesburg, Clarens has become the long weekend attraction for those after an arty, sleepy hollow with just enough entertainment not to be dull. With a wide variety of options available, you’re sure to find the perfect Clarens accommodation. If you’re looking for a buzzing night scene, an assortment of high-end restaurants and bars, a place to see and be seen, Clarens is not for you. It’s is not the type of place you visit to be blown away by modern-day amenities and is rather somewhere you visit to escape – a small town proud of its heritage and natural beauty.


You don’t need a car in Clarens, with most bed and breakfasts a short two-kilometre walk from the quaint town centre. However, if you plan on discovering the grand Golden Gate National Park on the outskirts of town, you’ll need a set of wheels. No matter where you’re travelling from, the introduction to Clarens and its surrounding beauty is splendid. Sitting in a valley surrounded by sandstone cliffs, green and golden forestry and a number of streams, Clarens is the epitome of a small-town escape.

Clarens is an artists’ haven with many well-known artists either living in or frequenting the village, with many art galleries scattered around the village square and the town. The tranquil village ambience combined with scenic views and a mild climate has made Clarens a popular getaway for city dwellers from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban, among other places. Clarens is known for its spectacular sandstone mountains and wonderful climate; it is one of the most picturesque spots in South Africa and has recently been acclaimed as the best trout fishing waters in South Africa. The mountains around Clarens are part of the Clarens Village Conservancy and are protected by Employed rangers who help preserve the beauty of the area.

Upper House Guesthouse

Upper House Guesthouse is an upmarket guesthouse in Claren, Free State province in South Africa. Located 21 km from the Golden Gate Highlands National Park and 19 km from Langtoon Dam Upper, the fancy the Upper House Guesthouse is famed for providing state of the art accommodation.

Worth mentioning is the availability of free WiFi which allows guests to surf the internet at any time. The guest house is fully equipped with all the home equipment any home owner can think of – the idea is to allow guests feel the comfort while they are far away from their homes. There guest house also has a garden where families can relax and get some fresh air.

Most interesting is that the guest house is located 200 metres away from the amazing adventures. Guests also have access to the Clarens Tourist Info where they can get more information about the tourist places in the area.

Inside the guest house is a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bath and a wardrobe. The guest has rooms where guest can view some features of surrounding mountains. The guest room has a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Guests are free to choose food their choice especially English and Irish or vegetarian breakfast is saved at the property. A number of activities are also available at the guest house and this includes cycling, river adventures 400 m from Upper House Guesthouse.

The Upper House Guesthouse is listed among the properties with the best locations in Clarens. Guests who want can make comparisons with our cottages or accommodation in and around Clarens. Guests who visit and book into the place get value for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

390 Church Street, Clarens

Freestate, South Africa, 9707

The French Cottage in Clarens

Clarens is a small town found in the Free State province of South Africa. Despite its small size, the town has much to offer to tourists and people who wish spend their holiday away from the busy and noise of big cities.

Tucked in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, is a fancy French Cottage whose built no doubts lures guests to book into it and experience the services it offers. Built with the iconic Clarens sandstone, the luxury apartment accommodates bedrooms for six people in its three bedrooms – it’s a place for one family. The bedrooms are built in such a way that there are no inconveniences, each bedroom has its own entrance.

The cottage has one upstairs with one bedroom on it and the other two bedrooms are situated downstairs. The upper bedroom has an en-suite bathroom while the other two bedrooms share a bathroom. The upstairs room is equipped with a king-size bed and while the downstairs bedrooms have two 3/4 beds.

The apartments have a reliable parking where families can park their cars. The cottage has a secure fence where children can run around inside with no probability of them running outside on pavements where there are cars.

Secure parking is provided and the garden is completely fenced off, making it safe for young children. Don’t worry about the chilly weather in South Africa, the cottage has a fire place where you can warm yourself as well as a big braai area downstairs.

The outdoor experience is naturally amazing, there are a variety of birds, grey duikers, porcupine, genets and dassies. The place also depicts a sense of history because of a big overhanging cave that has bushman paintings and perennial waterfall as well as an orchard and forest.

The French Cottage is a three hours’ drive from Johannesburg with self-catering establishments, lodges and B&Bs. Some of the facilities provided include horse riding, hiking, fly fishing, abseiling, white water rafting and golf.

462 Villiers Street

Clarens, Free State

Call 072 291 0685

The Crooked Cottage

Clarens, a town in Eastern Free State province of South Africa houses one of the state of the arts cottages known as The Crooked Cottage – a beautiful self-catering lodge located in the peaceful village of Clarens.

The cottage boasts of remarkable views and a significant climate which entirely makes Clarens a pleasant place where families can chose as the right destination for a holiday and weekend getaway.

The lodge is five-minute walking distance from the village. People or families who wish to spend their time away from their homes and enjoy the comfort of their big bedrooms, a full ensuite bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a living area with a fireplace leading onto a large deck with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

Authorities at this cottage do not grant in-house services but worth noting is that arrangements can be made in form of request. The cottage has entertainment in form of local TV channels which are available. Additional channels can be availed to clients upon request and people can bring their decoders to the cottage.

Between the high sandstone Rooiberge and the Maluti Mountains, the attractive tiny town of Clarens is fittingly defined as The Jewel of the Free State. Clarens is positioned in the hills of the Maluti Mountains in very close closeness to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

All year round, especially in autumn when the leaves turn gold, the scenery in Clarens is a magnet for artists and photographers. Clarens boasts excellent restaurants which are situated around the Village Square. Other activities include fly-fishing with some of the best fly-fishing opportunities, hiking and for the more adventurous, abseiling and white-water rafting.


Address: 4 Barika Cl, Clarens, 9707

Phone: 082 852 6151

Patcham Place

Spending your holiday at a quite away from the busy life of urban areas is one aspect most travellers would love to do. Patcham Place is situated in the heart of the delightful mountain village of Clarens in the Eastern Free State. The village is only 15km from the beautiful Golden Gate National Park on the foothills of the Maluti Mountains.

Patcham Place is situated in the heart of Clarens in the Eastern Free State 200m from the main shopping areas and restaurants. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, carpet and mattress heating, private balconies with beautiful mountain and garden views. Many outdoor activities are available in the area which include hiking, walking, horse riding, fishing, game drives, white water rafting, abseiling, golfing, tennis and quad biking.

Your host Karel Meyer and staff are looking forward to welcoming you to Patcham Place, a four-star rated B&B by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. The village and surrounds are peaceful and safe and have good restaurants, pubs and a host of art galleries and other places of interest.

With its central location, Clarens is an ideal stop over point for the traveller or a wonderful destination in itself. Many outdoor activities are available, including hiking/walking, horse riding, fishing, game drives, white water rafting, abseiling, golfing, tennis and quad biking.

TripAdvisor Reviews


Patcham Place rated “excellent” by 98 travellers


AccommoDirect Best Value Top Establishment 2017

Patcham Place B&B has been named a Best Value Clarens Establishment on AccommoDirect


“Best B&B in the Free State” 25 July 2018 – A TripAdvisor Traveller Read 104 reviews of Patcham Place

Romantic: We offer Four exclusive rooms with Queen or King size beds and the rooms all have a private balcony and mountain view.




Satellite TV*



Credit Card Facilities

Parking on Premises

30 Church Street

Clarens, Free State South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 58-256-1017

Cell : +27 (0) 82-416-3687

Fax : +27 (0) 86-505-3624

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Mt Horeb Manor Clarens

Mt Horeb is among the top resort accommodation cottages in Clarens, Free State Province in South Africa.

Travellers and tourists who wish to spend their holidays in that resort time need not to worry about where they would get their accommodation.

Mt Horeb Manor, is a place any traveller and tourist would love to spend time at. The place has a Bed & Breakfast. Located just off the Clarens Town Square, the cottage is comfy zone which gives guests the value for their money. It provides travellers and holidaymakers with the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The mansion is known for providing guests with a variety of food, discerning foodie and lover of fine art and local crafts leaving them spoilt for choice. That memory of having stayed at Mt Hored Manor will never escape your mind due to the availability of activities such as fine arts, crafts, dining and craft beers ‒ appealing to all types of travellers.

Apart from that, Mt Horeb Manor is known for giving guests remarkable views of Mount Horeb and the Maluti Mountain range. The guest boats of seven attractive guestrooms at the manor, each with its own character and personality.

Below are some of the features found in some the cottage’s rooms:

  • queen-sized extra length sleigh bed
  • Feather down duvet, luxury linen and electric blanket
  • Leather lounge suite
  • Spa bath, shower, toilet and basin
  • Tea/Coffee station and bar fridge
  • Flat screen TV with DSTV Hotel Bouquet
  • Wi-Fi

Some of the places of interest include:

  • Dinosaur Tour at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park
  • Clarens Brewery for hand crafted beers and ciders
  • Horse-riding and game viewing while on horseback
  • Quad biking trail through the town
  • Shop for a range of homemade preserves from the Purple Onion
  • Rafting, abseiling, archery or paintball at Clarens Xtreme
  • Wine and Art Gallery
  • Watercolour landscapes at the Enslin Vorster studio Gallery

139 Roos St, Clarens, 9707

+27 (0) 76 392 2605

Lake Clarens Guest House

Lake Clarens Guest House is located close to the Maluti Mountains in the Eastern Free State of Clarens. The four-star guest house, which offers accommodation in exquisite and peaceful surroundings, is nestled at the entrance of Clarens.

The guest house offers the most comfort, hospitality and good environment. The two storey hotel enables visitors to have a perfect view of the renowned Mount Horeb where celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Jane Seymour and Royalty have been.

The guest house has wonderfully comfortable rooms that are well-furnished thus offering visitors an enjoyable and memorable stay. Also important to mention is that the guest house has a honeymoon suite for the newlyweds. Guests can also enjoy the queen sized beds, television, a fridge, snack basket and a safe.

All rooms have fully furnished bathrooms, heated rooms and an underfloor heating. In addition, all the bedrooms have a beautiful view over the lake and mountains. There is a beautiful surrounding gardens with excess seasonal shrubs and the hospitality at Lake Clarens Guest House.

Lake Clarens Guest House offers Breakfast served on the patio outside the Guest House in the dining room, from 08:00 to 10:30.

Tel:  058 256 1436

Fax: 058 256 1223

Cell: 082 551 3248


Kiara Lodge

Kiara Lodge is an upmarket accommodation tucked between the magnificent Maluti Mountains and the Golden Gate Reserve in Clarens – a resort town in Free State province, South Africa.

The position of the lodge makes it easier for guests to have full access of the surrounding beautiful sceneries. The lodge is a good place for travellers and tourists who wish to spend their time away from the busy life in noisy towns.

Kiara Lodge is located in a quiet place which is a 14-minute drive from Clarens. Guests can enjoy a number of activities at this stunning place such as an outdoor swimming pool, spa and wellness centre and a children’s playground.

The spacious lodge features a total of 13 apartments making it possible for a group of families to travel together without fear of accommodation problems. Topping to the list of items that every traveller who is away from the comfort of their homes would love to see is a fully prepared kitchens, lounges with selected DStv, and daily housekeeping, apart from Sundays and Public Holidays. Adding to this list is a swimming pool, a restaurant, children’s play areas, and parking on the premises.

Some of the interesting cultural activities around Kiara Lodge is the Basotho Cultural Village, the Clarens Village Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Park. It’s like killing two birds with one stone, guests who visit this place can engage in a number of activities where there can see the value of their money.

Worth mentioning is that the apartments have a balcony with BBQ facilities. Every bedroom in each of these apartments has an en suite bathroom and the main bathroom includes a bathtub. The kitchen features an oven, microwave and stovetop.


  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Tel: (0861 269 846)


Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets

Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets is a state of the art hotel situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park 18 km outside of Clarens. The hotel is open the whole day and offers a restaurant, chalet, suites and rooms.

The hotel has a private bathroom, a shower and a spa bath. Visitors are free to have a view of animals at the nearby national park. After a daylong of activities, guests can relax to watch TV from satellite channels of their choice.

Inside the hotel are chalets, an equipped kitchen with chargrill conveniences. The hotel also has a snack bar where visitors can order drinks of their choice. The spacious hotel also has darts, a laundry room and a business centre. Guests who love tennis can play the sport game at an additional cost. There is free parking and WiFi in all the public areas.

Golden Gate Hotel also has an elegant and contemporary decorating theme dubbed ‘African seasons’ which can be seen throughout the hotel. The decorations compliment the usual surroundings of the park.

With 54 luxurious rooms, the Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets has twin singles, queens and kings or bathtubs for the rest. The visitors are able to stare through their windows to see the amazing surrounding of the mountains. The hotel has a cocktail and coffee bar lounge on the the top floor, while lower floor has a bar with a buoyant décor. The hotel also has a restaurant which accommodates 250 guests who are able view the surrounding view.

The hotel is also 290km away from Pietermaritzburg Airport.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.

Address: Golden Gate National Park, Clarens, 9707

Phone: 058 255 1000

Fairview Cottages Clarens

Good accommodation is the foremost thing any traveller would list down if they wish to travel. No one would ever dream of booking into a hotel, cottage or motel with the worst services.

When booking for accommodation, people consider aspects such as security, surroundings, internet and maybe proximity to the nearest central business district. Fairview Cottages is one such resort booking you should consider if you decide to travel in the Free State province of South Africa.

Located in Clarens, a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, Fairview Cottages have an upmarket barbecue facilities, a fancy garden and free WiFi. The fancy place is 20.9 km from Golden Gate Highlands National Park and 19.3 km from Langtoon Dam. It’s more like a home, the cottages have a kitchen, state of the art flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and a private bathroom.

There is much to admire from their guest rooms taking into account that they have featured small but necessary items such as an electric tea pot in the kitchen and a microwave.

There is an outdoor experience with a terrace and a path that allows guests to cycle.

As a resort area whose primary purpose is to cater for different people across the world, management at Fairview Cottages deemed it necessary to employ staff that can accommodate guests who speak English, Afrikaans and German. The front desk is manned for 24 hours and the staff are well-trained to help guests at any time of the day.

Worth-mentioning is that the cottages are 183 metres away from the Clarens Tourist Info making it easier for guests who require information about the tourist places in Claren.

Most importantly the village of Clarens is known as the Jewel of the Free State because of its its natural beauty.

Guest House

309 Van Zyl Street

Clarens, Free State

Call 082 458 0257