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Jovali Clarens is set on a beautiful farm landscape of over 4 hectares within the tranquil Bethel Estate, a mere 8-minute drive from the charming village of Clarens. We offer 2 fully-equipped 36 m² self-catering units, each private and located on ground level, boasting magnificent mountain views. The excellent access, comfort, space and highest levels of security, hygiene and service makes Jovali Clarens the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Each of our spacious units offers a luxurious queen-sized bed, along with a single day bed, comfortably sleeping 2 adults and a child under 12 years. The open-plan living area offers comfortable armchairs, a flat-screen television with DStv Premium bouquet, an intimate dining space and a fully-equipped kitchen with a gas stove, microwave oven and full-size fridge/freezer combo. The luxurious en-suite bathroom is fitted with a separate bath and shower. A Weber Braai with briquettes / charcoal (sufficient for 1 braai) is available to enjoy alfresco dining and make the most of those balmy summer evenings.

Enjoy a cup of freshly-brewed coffee and our delicious home-baked rusks while sitting on your patio and watching the sun rise over the Maluti mountains in the distance. You will see Mount Horeb to your left, and if you are lucky, you may even spot an antelope, or our resident Meerkat family, on the rolling grasslands in front of the property. For nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts there are well-maintained pathways that lead to the Klein Caledon river that flows through our property, a mere 500 metres from our guest accommodation. At night you will experience a magical heaven of stars, while the silence, peace and tranquillity culminates in a stunning, stress-free environment where you will no doubt be inspired by the splendour of nature.

At Jovali Clarens our priority has always been to look after our guests, and visiting us during an unusual time in the history of travel should be no exception. It is our intention to ensure that all of our guests feel secure in the knowledge that we are fully prepared and compliant by following Covid-19 health protocols and guidelines to ensure a safe and mindful guest experience.

Area Info:

Fittingly referred to as the “Jewel of the Eastern Free State”, the small town of Clarens lies comfortably between the high sandstone cliffs of the historically-rich Rooiberg mountain range encompassing the village, and the foothills of the Maloti mountains with their rolling hills, jagged mountainsides and towering peaks. Regarded as one of the most picturesque spots in South Africa where wide horizons meet clear blue skies, idyllic Clarens is situated in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park with its golden, ochre, and orange-hued, deeply eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops – the most notable being the Brandwag buttress, and the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho – home to one of southern Africa’s premier ski resorts.

Located 336 km from Johannesburg, 284 km from Bloemfontein and 389 km from Durban, Clarens is a country escape for all seasons and a well-known attraction for artists and photographers throughout the year, especially in autumn when the leaves turn a golden crisp colour. The laid-back village environment combined with magnificent views and a mild climate has turned this picturesque, arty little town into a popular weekend retreat for city dwellers looking for a getaway teeming with an aura of peace and tranquillity, or for those wanting to trade the confines of their home offices for a stunning, stress-free environment, and be inspired by the splendour of nature.

Clarens is renowned as a hub of creative activity where an array of art galleries curate modern, stylish and trendy ambiences showcasing unique artwork by leading and emerging artists from across South Africa, housing fine collections of exquisite paintings, ceramics, functional art, sculptures and photography. Around the vibrant village square, Clarens boasts inventiveness and artistic expression of a different kind through its varied and ever-expanding offering of exceptional restaurants and sidewalk cafes where culinary arts take centre stage, and conceptualised recipes with an emphasis on freshness and only the highest quality locally-sourced ingredients, result in hearty, home-made food.

The quaint town of Clarens offers the ultimate escape from city life thanks to its gentle atmosphere and abundant natural beauty, but while it may be tranquil, energetic adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts in need of an adrenaline rush will revel in the varied selection of exhilarating experiences and heart-racing action activities on offer. Whether it’s a hike following one of the many conservancy trails leading out of the village, horseback riding with trips ranging from relaxed scenic rides to full-on cattle herding encounters, all-year round grade 3 and 4 white water rafting on the Ash River – one of South Africa’s unknown treasures with its cold and superbly clean fast-flowing water courtesy of the Katse Dam high up in the Maloti Mountains in Lesotho, or kicking up some dust on an exhilarating mountain bike trail – the Free State’s adventure capital has something for everyone, no matter your age or level of fitness.

Other activities in this part of the country, known for its spectacular sandstone mountains – a characteristic feature of the area – include guided tours to view some of South Africa’s most valued San (Bushman) rock art and paintings (one of the finest, oldest and most enduring artistic traditions in the world) in the caves and rock overhangs of the Free State’s glorious sandstone buttresses, fly fishing in the many pristine dams, rivers and streams that earned Clarens the accolade of being one of the top trout fishing spots in South Africa, as well as a round of golf at the Clarens Trout and Golf Estate where scenes of river crossing, leaping trout, cascading waterfalls and lush green grass are found tucked up in the basin of the surrounding Mount Horeb mountain range, complementing a course that is challenging, fair and extremely rewarding to all levels of golfer.

So what are you waiting for? Add the charming town of Clarens to your bucket list and come discover that welcome feeling of solitude and getting away from it all for yourself. And once you do get here, you’ll finally understand why creative people gain such inspiration from the beautiful surrounds – for when it comes to nature, breathtaking scenery, art and good old fashioned fun – Clarens is the ideal getaway for the whole family.

Attractions:

What’s nearby:

Clarens Golf Club 3.2 km
Clarens Brewery 3.9 km
Art and Wine Gallery on Main 3.9 km
Blou Donki Gallery 3.9 km
Golden Gate Highlands National Park 18.7 km

Activities:

Hiking / Walking Trails.
Klein Caledon River for Trout Fishing (no equipment on site - please bring your own).

Clothing and Accessories:

Remember to pack some scarves, beanies and warm jackets for those early morning walks and evening braai’s during the winter months (May to August).

Health and Climate:

COVID-19

Clarens is a beautiful destination with vast open spaces and great natural beauty – the perfect tonic to the pandemic. Jovali Clarens is located in a picturesque location offering the highest levels of privacy, security, hygiene and service.

At Jovali Clarens our priority has always been to look after our guests, and visiting us during an unusual time in the history of travel should be no exception. It is our intention to ensure that all of our guests feel secure in the knowledge that we are fully prepared and compliant by following Covid-19 health protocols and guidelines to ensure a safe and mindful guest experience.

Whether you are seeking peace and remoteness, clean and fresh air, a stroll along the Klein Caledon River that flows through our property, or a sanctuary retreat located a mere 10 minutes from the tranquil village of Clarens, you can rest assured that we have taken every precaution to protect our guests and our staff.

At Jovali Clarens we recognise the critical role we play in providing safe tourism and dining experiences. We commit to enforce the approved protocols and directions as outlined by the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels campaign in conjunction with the Travel / Eat Safe initiative from the Tourism Business Council of South Africa.

We recognise and support our industry’s responsibility in supporting South Africa’s leaders in their measures taken to minimise the spread of COVID-19, and we therefore pledge to uphold and adhere to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry Standard Protocols for COVID-19 Operations, during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Rooms and Units Available:

Our studios come with a fully-equipped kitchen, satellite TV (DStv Premium bouquet), and fabulous mountain views. The private bathroom is complete with a separate bath and shower.

An extra sofa bed is available on request to accommodate children under the age of 12.

Horeb Studio
Our studios come with a fully-equipped kitchen, satellite TV (DStv Access bouquet), and fabulous mountain views. The private bathroom is complete with a separate bath and shower. An extra sofa bed is available on request to accommodate children under 12.
Sleeps 2 Adults and 1 child

Maluti Studio

Our studios come with a fully-equipped kitchen, satellite TV (DStv Premium bouquet), and fabulous mountain views. The private bathroom is complete with a separate bath and shower.

An extra sofa bed is available on request to accommodate children under the age of 12.

Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults and 1 child

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Garden
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Wi-Fi
Afrikaans
English
Hiking / Walking Trails
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

-  Forfeit 50% of deposit if guest cancels 30 days before arrival.
-  Forfeit 100% of deposit if guest cancels 14 days before arrival.
-  No shows and early departures are non-refundable.

Terms and Conditions

Forfeit 50% of deposit if guest cancels 30 days before arrival.
Forfeit 100% of deposit if guest cancels 14 days before arrival.
No shows and early departures are non-refundable.

Directions:

Below please find directions to Jovali Clarens (we suggest that you stay on the N3 South until you reach Warden, as the Villiers road is riddled with potholes):

Travel along the N3 South to Durban. As you approach Warden, exit the N3 and follow the R714 to Bethlehem. Stay on the R714 until Bethlehem is reached, continue straight through Bethlehem and then after approximately 5 km’s turn right onto the R712. Clarens is about 30 km’s (approximately 25 minutes) from Bethlehem.

Continue past the entrance to the town of Clarens until you reach the turnoff to Fouriesburg (R711), and turn right. Pass the entrance to The Clarens Golf & Leisure Estate until you reach the turnoff for the S1028. Turn left and continue for approximately 4 km’s until you reach the entrance to Bethel Estate (on your left).

Drive along the dirt road until you reach the Fire Danger Rating sign. Turn left onto the cement strips and drive down the hill until you reach the Arundel and Jovali signs. Turn right. We are the first property on your left.

Please note that the last 1.4 km’s leading to Jovali Clarens is a graded gravel road, so please drive with care.


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Children Policy


Children up to the age of 2 stays for free (please bring your own camping cot).
Children up to the age of 11 pays a supplement of R 345.00 per night (day bed provided).
Children aged 12 and over need to book their own room at the full adult single / sharing rate.

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  • Accommodation Type: Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM