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The Hayloft is a lovely converted Victorian Loft building set in the heart of the Witterberge (the Southern Drakensberg) in the quaint town of Barkly East.

The house is very attractive and comfortable, and has 1 large Loft Suite which takes up the upper level of the house and has magnificent views over the rooftops of Barkly East to the snow-capped Witterberge, and beyond.

One double room and 1 twin room - all the bedrooms are heated and have down duvets, and the bathrooms are heated, too. The house is north-facing which is lovely for the chilly ski season.

This area must have some of the most unexplored, breathtaking alpine vistas in South Africa. The Hayoft is close to the South African ski slopes of Tiffindell, and enjoys periodic snowfalls from May through to August.

There is a lot of outdoor activity to participate in in this region - there are numerous off-road rallies, fly-fishing, horseback riding, river rafting, and canoeing (the crocs are a favourite in the area...) mountain climbing, exploring caves (there is an abundance of San rock art in the region), bird watching, game spotting - there are many different species of buck, as well as the only indigenous reindeer, not to mention the many troups of baboons.

In Spring and Summer there are many beautiful wild flowers to be seen on the many mountain passes in the area, and there are many lovely day-drives one can take to enjoy the fantastic views... picnic baskets are available for guests.

The small hamlets of Rhodes, Elliot and Lady Grey are all close to Barkly East.


Game viewig and bird watching, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, exploring caves and rock art viewing, river rafting, canoeing, marathons, off road rallies, tennis, golf, wild flowers, star gazing...

Clothing and Accessories:

Binoculars, hiking boots.

Health and Climate:

In winter bring lots of warm clothes - the temperature is always below freezing at night, but the days are beautiful and sunny.

Rooms and Units Available:

The Loft Suite comprises the upstairs level of the house, it has 1 king bed, and can have 2 singles, too.. It has an amazing large French chandelier. It has an ensuite travertine shower.

The double room has a queen bed, and has a lovely frescoed wall finish. Down duvet, and beautiful brocade drapes.

The twin room has 2 single beds, with down duvets. It has a quaint crystal chandelier.

Lovely Double room with Queen bed - beautiful brocade curtains, and French furniture. Breakfast and dinner on request.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Loft Suite
Lovely spacious Loft Suite, with King bed, and seating area. Views over the rooftops of Barkly, and beyond to the Witterberg mountains. Gorgeous French iron chandelier, and ensuite travertine shower. Extra beds available.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Twin Room
2 Single beds... quaint, comfortable room... electric blankets, and lovely crystal chandelier. Breakfast and dinner on request.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Pets only by Arrangement
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Special Meals on Request
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Dining room
Xhosa / Zulu
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation within week prior to booking - forfeit the deposit


From Aliwal North drive through Barkly, past the Brug Cafe on your l.h.s - at the 3rd intersection wiyh De Villiers Street - turn right and continue straight (past the Standard Bank on your right).
Then 3rd right into Montagu Stree no 14 is the 2nd grey double storey on your r.h.s. Welcome!!

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast and Self-Catering