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.
Lemonwood do not accept one night bookings over a weekend.
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.
Beslis is Lemonwood 'n plek wat ons nie sal vergeet en waarna ons sal teurgkeer. Dit was die moeite werd.
Good, but reception on arrival was poor.