Welcome to Old Beacon Hill, once an old railway station at the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal, now converted to beautiful self-catering cottages. Set in stunning surrounds and wonderfully located, we are the ideal platform to discover what the Drakensberg, the Midlands Meander and the historic Battlefields have to offer.
Arts, crafts, game reserves, food and drink, outdoor pursuits, historical monuments, relaxation and sports are all within easy reach of the venue.
Old Beacon Hill is positioned in the Lowlands and set in the tranquil, picturesque KwaZulu-Natal countryside. Unbelievably this haven is less than a two minute drive to the N3 (don’t worry you can’t see or hear it !) where there is easy access to the Drakensberg - only a 25 minute drive will take you to the heart of the Champagne Valley and its mountainous environment. If its arts, crafts, food and wine you’re after, then a 20 minutes drive will take you to Nottingham Road and all the Midlands Meander has to offer.
Locally, there are beautiful drives and walks where you can see Bushman’s River in all its glory and the first of many historical Battlefield sites - Willow Grange is less than 5km away with a scenic drive that takes you up into the hills. You may want to visit a game reserve - the popular Weenan is only 25 minutes away where you can see black and white rhino, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other marvelous creatures.
Although self catering we do supply the essentials i.e. tea, coffee, milk and sugar for your arrival and all other requirements can be attained in Estcourt town which is less than 10 minutes away by car.
Here you can find the popular supermarkets and Eskort meat factory where you can buy quality meats at very reasonable prices then bring them back to braai at Old Beacon Hill in your own magnificent setting.
Estcourt also has a very nice golf course reachable in 10 minutes and of course the informative Fort Durnford Museum is just around the corner.
Old Beacon Hill is the ideal base for a lengthy holiday and fantastically positioned for a quick stop-over!
Old Beacon Hill has four cottages on the land, accommodating up to a total of 20 guests (and as many infants under three as you can squeeze in!). We also have an exclusive caravan/camping enclosure that boasts its own shower and toilet.
The cottages are tastefully decorated and contain everything you need to make your stay a comfortable one i.e. all cooking appliances - fridge freezer, oven, microwave etc. The bedrooms have fitted or mobile fans for the summer and electric blankets, if needed, for the winter.
Each property has Braai facilities and there are over 7 hectares of private grounds to explore, especially for the guests, that includes a stream running along it, plenty of wildlife, a pond to picnic by and a gazebo (torch-lit in the evenings) all set to a back drop of hills and glorious sunsets.
Very nice clean and comfortable. Could be recommended for a stayover
This is a very nice overnight camp on your way to the south coast. It is only one km from the N3 although you hear no road noise and you stay in a farm setting. Ablutions are good and there is always lots of hot water.
We truly enjoyed our stay and it felt like we were at home .The view and the country atmosphere was stunning .The owner Ed ensured we were comfortable and it was truly a value for money accommodation. Definately will be visiting the Old Beacon Hill again.
We stayed in one of two new log cabins which are side by side away from the old house. Pleasant decor, lovely comfy beds and everything clean and new. Excellent hot water for bath and shower. Lounge was somewhat spartan. Sleeper couches are not cosy to sit on! Outlook towards veld and hills was rural. Close to N3 so convenient as overnight stop. Birds and river on property reportedly attractive.