Grading: 
Guest Rating: 
 2 Reviews
Lemonwood
Lemonwood is a non working farm on the edge of a large indigenous forest in the heart of the Dargle Valley and conservancy area, yet only 15 minutes from the N3 – tarred road all the way! We are part of the well known Midlands Meander.

Your stay at Lemonwood promises to be something different. If you are longing to experience wildlife and tranquillity at its best, Lemonwood is the place to stay. With its rare, indigenous mist-belt forest and untouched veldt above, Lemonwood offers wonderfully scenic, self guided walks in the forest. If you make it to the very top you are rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views of the valleys and the Drakensburg mountains beyond.

Over 200 species of birds have been recorded on the farm. The Knysna Lourie is a permanent resident. We also have the Cape Parrot, Narina trogon and Martial Eagle. The shy Samango monkey can be heard and often seen in the canopy around the cottages or stealing fruit from the abundant garden. You may go to sleep (or not) to the alarming and hysterical shriek of the Tree Dassie. Reedbuck and bushbuck are often seen. We have also seen a 45 strong herd of Blesbok and a group of the rare Oribi on the top veldt. The serval cat is also often seen strolling around the farm.

Close by is a dam and wetland area which has many varieties of birds including crowned cranes and spur winged geese. Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the farm with your dogs or children, relax by the solar heated swimming pool or sip a sundowner on your cottage veranda overlooking fantastic views of the valley and surrounding hills and listen to the sounds of Africa and the bush. For those who like to be more energetic, there are several self guided trails through the forest lasting from half an hour to half a day, look out for the tree identification labels along the way.

Being situated at the centre of the popular Midlands Meander arts and crafts route gives Lemonwood guests an opportunity to explore the area where you will find cheese makers, craft studios, art galleries, handcrafted furniture, jewellery, pottery, a brewery, home decor outlets and much, much more.

With four cottages and the main house situated on the edge of the forest and spectacular views, Lemonwood is the ideal retreat, whatever you want to do.

Please note: Lemonwood do not accept one night bookings over a weekend.

Lemonwood accommodation:
We have four comfortable and peaceful cottages – Oribi, Samango, Serval and Dassie. We also rent out the main house (our family home) which was built for entertaining and is large and airy. The cottages sleep 4, 4, 3 and 2 people respectively and the house sleeps 8, although sofa beds and/or mattresses are available to extend all of this. It is also possible to rent out the whole place for much larger groups or family gatherings.

All bedrooms are en-suite and there are open fires, under-floor heating and electric blankets for the colder months. For the nights when you don’t want to sit outside and wonder at the unbelievable stars, there is DSTV and a DVD player and of course the sparkling, solar heated pool. I have many games which I am happy to lend and a large library of DVDs.

The kitchens are fully equipped and the cottages are serviced daily. (The main house can also be serviced by prior arrangement). A laundry service is available on request.

All the accommodation is very close to the bush and is secluded and safe. The dawn chorus will wake you in the mornings and if you are an early riser you may catch a glimpse of the spectacular Knysna Louries or Paradise Flycatchers on their early morning rounds.

Things to do in the Natal Midlands:
Lemonwood is on the Midlands Meander which is a haven for wonderful arts and crafts of all types. Many international artists work and exhibit in the area. Happily our immediate neighbours are some of the best on the Meander and in the country. More South Africans visit The Meander than any other tourist route in this country. There is fishing and riding available locally as well as golf courses, the ‘extreme sport’ of the Karkloof Canopy Tour, horseplay, walking, cycling, sailing, canoeing, wine tasting, candle dipping, ceramic painting and lots more. Midmar Resort and nature reserve is only 15 minutes away as is Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve. For those who would like to just pamper themselves, there are many spas in the area and Midlands House of Healing is just up the road with Reiki, massage, hot stones and infra red treatments.

The battlefield area is also accessible for day trips or more extensive overnight stays. We can put you in touch with tour operators if wanted. Also day trips to the world famous Drakensberg are easily accomplished. If you are spending more than a couple of days on the area a picnic, walk or inspection of the cave art (or all three) is a must.

It has to be said though, that we find it hard to tear ourselves away from our beautiful little corner of South Africa in the Dargle.

There are many wedding venues in the area, 2 of which are within 10 minutes of Lemonwood and are, to my mind, the most beautiful in the Midlands – The Cairn of Old Kilgobbin and Corrie Lynn Farm Weddings.
From:
R410.00 per unit, Max: -

  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood
  • Lemonwood

Facilities & Services:

  • Babies
  • Children under 12 years
  • Honeymoon Couples
  • Pets only by Arrangement
  • Elderly
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Braai / Barbecue
  • Cots available
  • Internet Access
  • Fax & Photocopy Machine
  • Parking (open and off-street)
  • Fireplace on the Premises
  • Garden
  • English
  • Xhosa / Zulu
  • Games Room
  • Hiking / Walking Trails
  • Swimming Pool
  • Communal Satellite TV
  • DVD and/or VCR




Lemonwood Map:

Lemonwood Guest Reviews

Average Guest Rating: 
  4.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews.


Beslis is Lemonwood 'n plek wat ons nie sal vergeet en waarna ons sal teurgkeer. Dit was die moeite werd.
Rating: 
 Reviewed by Hendrien de Wet over a year ago

Good, but reception on arrival was poor.
Rating: 
 Reviewed by Carien van Huyssteen over a year ago

Other Accommodation near Lemonwood:

Accommodation options within 8km from Lemonwood include:


BrambleBerry Lodge & Private Estate Homestead

BrambleBerry Lodge & Private Estate Homestead

  • Guest Rating: 
     (2 reviews)

Located in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands it is arguably the most exclusive and unique location on the Midlands Meander. It is tailored to suit the needs of the discerning visitor to this remarkable area.



Abberley Guest House

Abberley Guest House

Abberley Guest House is based in the heart of the Natal Midlands. Tucked behind an avenue of oak trees, this Victorian-style homestead offers comfortable accommodation for any traveler.


From: R445.00
per person sharing
Midlands Forest Lodge

Midlands Forest Lodge

  • Guest Rating: 
     (4 reviews)

Midlands Forest Lodge is perched high up on the edge of luscious green river of hills and slopes, where one can survey the unspoilt beauty of the Midlands valley in one of 16 exclusively appointed rooms.


From: R590.00
per person sharing
Arum Hill Lodge

Arum Hill Lodge

  • Grading: 

Arum Hill Lodge is a Luxury B&B which is nestled in a forest of tranquility and serenity. It is situated in Balgowan, bordering the famous Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander and the prestigious Michaelhouse School.



Notting Hill Lodge

Notting Hill Lodge

A country-comfortable Guesthouse in the heart of the Natal Midlands, offering mixed accommodation in deluxe suites and family flatlets. Close to all Midlands private schools (Michaelhouse, Clifton, Treverton) and most of the wedding venues.


From: R495.00
per person sharing