Midlands Forest Lodge
is perched high up on the edge of luscious green hills and slopes. This tranquil and secluded hillside retreat lives up to its name by bordering on pristine indigenous forest where fauna and flora abound and a natural sanctuary to numerous species of birds exists.
At an altitude of 1340m, one can survey the unspoilt beauty of the Midlands valley from one of 12 well appointed suites. Utmost care has been taken in making the cosy log cabins blend harmoniously with nature. Enjoy a leisurely walk on the escarpment or, for the more adventurous, explore the forest with its towering giant yellowwood trees.
Midlands Forest Lodge accommodation:
Three different styles of accommodation are available at Midlands Forest Lodge.
The first consists of 8 standard double rooms in timber chalets raised on stilts.
Each double room has a king bed (or two single beds depending on your requirement), en suite shower, basin, toilet, reading chairs, and a quaint wooden balcony.
The second style consists of 2 self catering family chalets (each chalet sleeps a max of 4 people). The first bedroom in the chalet has a king bed, and the second bedroom has two single beds. The kitchenette is small but adequate, with bar fridge, microwave, small 2 plate stove, kettle, toaster and other basic necessities. Each bedroom is en suite with shower, basin and toilet. There is a small lounge/dining area and a lovely wooden balcony.
Our third style is more special. We have two chalets in this style. These chalets have a king bed with en suite shower, basin and toilet. There is a large lounge with TV and stunning window views. The chalet also has a small kitchenette for basic self catering with a bar fridge, microwave, small two plate stove, kettle, toaster and other basic necessities.
For safety reasons we do not provide hot blankets, but there are hot water bottles, extra blankets and oil fin heaters in each room for those winter Midlands nights! These log chalets provide a perfect place to contemplate natures beauty in its simplicity, to breathe in the scent of the woods and pure mountain air. There is a communal TV lounge adjoining the reception building for guests needing extra entertainment, and an honesty bar.
For those wanting breakfast, the lovely breakfast room offers fresh coffee, tea, juice and a continental buffet breakfast. If you are an eggs and bacon person, then Caversham Mill Restaurant is open daily for you to enjoy.
What to do in the area:
Activities – Revel in cool peace and quiet by trailing through the beautiful indigenous forest. Midlands Forest Lodge also offers you fantastic birding opportunities with rare sightings of Forest Canary, Greater Double Collared Sunbird, Brown Headed (Cape) Parrot, African Harrier-Hawk and White-starred Robin. A games room is also available offering table tennis and darts.
Meandering – Whether you are in search of historical churches, tasty home-made produce or simply a small gift for a friend, the Midlands Meander has the answer. All you have to do is take a drive on the well maintained, easy navigable roads and you can “experience the country at its best”. Experiences range from being pampered at a Spa, cheese-making, micro-brewing and handcrafts to woodwork, pottery, weaving, iron-work, glassware and furniture in the arts and craft line. For those who are inclined to the less energetic country pursuits, you can spread your picnic blanket in a scenic spot and soak up the clean country air.
A variety of outdoor adventures may be enjoyed in the area.
Horse back riding – For those who are in pursuit of a more active getaway. A number of ranches and stud farms in the neighbourhood offer rides or easy horse trails.
Fly fishing – The Midlands is legendary for its well-stocked trout dams.
Golf – Some of the country’s finest golf clubs are in the vicinity. Boschhoek and Gowry Golf Club are nearby.
Karkloof Canopy Tour – An adrenalin rush and a fun day out for the family.
The Setting – Three kilometres down the road is Caversham Mill Restaurant. This delightful restaurant is situated on the banks of the Lions River, overlooking a waterfall. When the river is in full flow, the noise of the water rushing by is immense. While sitting on the deck of the restaurant it is often possible to watch a Kingfisher bird hunting or the Yellowfish trying to jump the waterfall while you sip red wine and eat a superb meal. Caversham Mill Restaurant is the “Cradle of the Meander” as it was in 1984, on this premises, that the idea for the Midlands Meander was born and became a reality. Caversham Mill Restaurant is thus situated in the heart of the Midlands Meander, which is packed with arts and craft shops offering a large variety of beautiful hand-made goods. Access to the Caversham Mill Restaurant is so easy – turn right out of Midlands Forest Lodge and travel for 3km. You will see this lovely restaurant on your right as you go over the second bridge.
Á la Carte – This well-known restaurant is a landmark in the area. It is a well priced establishment offering modern comfort food with a few interesting twists. Dishes are freshly prepared and served in a settling only the Midlands can offer. Peruse our á-la-carte menu while listening to the Lion’s River tumbling down the waterfall. As “eatout magazine” recently put it; “this is comfort food at its homemade, freshly prepared best.” Breakfast, lunch and intimate dinners are prepared using only fresh locally produced ingredients. By using local, and where possible organic, produce we make sure that we provide our community with the support it deserves. The menu changes with the seasons to ensure freshness, and to provide the kitchen with a chance to impress guests with new ideas. Enjoy a pre-prandial glass of bubbles or a refreshing cocktail in the bar or on the deck overlooking the gorgeous surrounds while listening to the sounds of the local birdlife. Soak in the history and ambiance around the first watermill built in the area.