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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

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


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

287 on main


Clarens is one of the most beautiful places resort towns in Free State, South Africa any tourist of someone going on holiday near that town should consider.

Best known for it’s up to state accommodation, Clarens has gained value through its properties, nature and buildings hence the term the Jewel of the Free State. The superb surroundings makes the small town one of the top places in the province hence a variety of accommodation.

Among the many accommodation in Claren is 287 on main – a luxurious home accommodation with delightful country fare and a fascinating deli and gallery. The house, which was turned into a guest house, is rated among the most welcoming hosts in the village.

Founded in December 2007, the eatery place has gained fame by becoming one of the places where best breakfast is saved in the town. The restaurant provides a variety of breakfast ranging from cereal with yoghurt and honey.

There is also a variety of foods provided namely the rich and fresh farm produce and mouth-watering sweet and savoury pancakes. The place is also a platform for a variety of international favourites such as toasted cheese & tomato. Adding to the list of these nice foods are delightful treats served on ciabattas or toasted paninis.

Known for saving some of the best foods despite the weather, the restaurant offers some of the best foods in winter such as in cold days. Under such temperatures, the guests are saved with a bowl of Sue’s home-made soup. The eatery also offers candy foods such as chocolate brownies, scones and cream or freshly baked muffins.

There is also dinner saved with vegetable spring rolls, duck liver pate with toasted ciabatta or the baked Camembert with Melba toast. Adding to that are lamb shank, melt-in-the mouth lamb curry, oxtail and of course phenomenal Slow roasted duck in an orange brandy sauce.

+27 82 556 5208

278 Main Street, Clarens, Eastern Free State

South Africa

Castello Catharina

Castello Catharina is a beautiful estate situated on a hilltop with clear views of Clarens and the surrounding countryside. The state of the art estate is surrounded with breath-taking views of the mountains and a variety of birds that give a beautiful view and tranquillity.

The area is convenient for people who live around the CBD as it is located a walking distance away from town. Another advantage is that the estate is close to restaurants, curio shops and lots of tourist attractions. Inside the estate is a large en-suite accommodation with comfy extras such as big beds, tea, coffee facilities, plasma screen televisions with satellite. Tenants don’t need to worry about the weather as the estate is equipped with air conditioning, an open fire place and private balcony.

There is also an undercover parking available. Some other beautiful edibles including a free WiFi, and a short distance of 22 km to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Castello Catharina is also located 20 km from Langtoon Dam and 600 m from Clarens Methodist Church.

The estate boats of a big rooms that come with a wardrobe. Certain rooms also offer a kitchen with a dishwasher, an oven and a microwave. Visitors at Castello Catharina can enjoy a full English/Irish breakfast. The place has a beautiful terrace where guests can cycle and do a number of activities.

The reception offers the following languages Afrikaans, English and Zulu at the 24-hour front desk.

Castello Catharina has been welcoming guests since 14 Nov 2017.

058 256 1543

29 Hill Street, Clarens 9707, South Africa

Baris Guesthouse

Baris Guesthouse is lodge located 10 km from Clarens and 27 km from Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The lodge is located on a spectacular farm just outside Clarens town.

The guesthouse features a grill and spectacular views of the outside surroundings especially the garden. The cottage has a free private parking on the site available for the clients.

The rooms have entertainment, making it easier for clients to enjoy away from the comforts of their homes. Some of the facilities available include a flat-screen TV and a seating area where you can relax. There are free toiletries available as well as a hair dryer.

Families and couples that ravel with large quantities of language must not worry since the cottage has a big storage space where tenants can store their stuff.

The lodge gives room for guests to enjoy numerous activities available within the cottage such as cycling, fishing and hiking. Baris Guesthouse contains one of the best-rated locations in Clarens and tenants are happy about it compared to other properties in the area.

Baris Guesthouse is regarded among the best rated properties in town. Guests can enjoy the value for their monez taking into account the nature of the services provided at the guest house.

Chief among the spectacular things contained inside the guest house include four luxury suites, overseeing attractive greens, featuring king-size or twin beds, full bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, lounges with DStv, four-seater dining tables, and private gardens with braai facilities. The guest house also offers guests cleaning services and parking on the premises.

Guests can enjoy the tranquillity of the farm, or venture out to see attractions in Clarens such as the Basotho Cultural Village, the Clarens Golf Estate and the Art and Wine Gallery on Main.

Some of the facilities include a Braai/Barbecue, indoor fireplace, satellite TV, hiking, credit card facilities and parking on premises.

Address: R712, Clarens

Phone: 083 637 2786