About Clarens Country House
The Clarens Country House is nestled in a wooded corner of the secure Clarens Golf and Estate, where it started out as a sheepshed on the original farm – long before the Golf estate came into being. This century-old stone sheepshed, with wrap-around mountain views, has been completely remodeled as a luxury self-catering guest house.The sheep and their shearers gave way to a cherry liqueur distillery a decade ago, before this historic building was reclaimed to become the place to stay in one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. With half-metre thick sandstone walls, The Clarens Country House is a cool retreat in summer and a cosy refuge from Clarens’s invigorating winters.
The Clarens Country House offers four en suite, self-catering apartments: The Ouhout Suite, The Wildeals Suite (both double suites), The Bosman Suite (a family suite) with two en suite double bedrooms – and the Shepherd’s Loft. The Bosman, Ouhout and Wildeals suites open onto a 20 metre fully-glazed verandah, commanding rolling lawns and 360-degree views, whilst The Shepherd’s Loft is a separate, private suite – ideal for a romantic getaway. The Clarens Country House is a 5-minute walk from the village square, which offers some of the best shopping, restaurants and art galleries in the country.
Downstairs, living accommodation comprises a huge open-style lounge (with fireplace), dining room and fully fitted kitchen. With all the comforts of home and more besides, you can cook, wine and dine in style or alternatively explore Clarens’s restaurant and night life, just 5 minutes away! Upstairs are two double bedrooms, each with their own full bathroom en-suite. Both bedrooms offer the choice of a kingsize bed or two twins. Thoughtfully furnished with electric blankets, wall heating panels, top quality linen and fluffy white towels, the Bosman suite caters for every need and some besides. Upstairs, a fifth bed can be made-up on the landing – which offers an unparalleled outlook over the lawns, dams, trees and gossiping guinea fowl. Downstairs, the living area opens onto Oom Schalk se Stoep, ideal for al fresco dining or a glass of wine at sunset.
The Bosman Suite (as in Herman Charles Bosman and his legendary Marico tales), is also home to an extensive collection of illustrations from The Illustrated Bosman, the work of artist, author and guesthouse co-owner, Peter Badcock-Walters. More work from this collection can be viewed in the dining room.
Named for the indigenous wild shrub which grows wild in this area the Ouhout suite a is a tastefully furnished 5 room apartment offering a spacious bedroom (with choice of kingsize or twin beds), full bathroom (with bath and shower), a separate toilet, fully equipped kitchenette and dining area opening onto a glassed in sunroom/verandah, overlooking the garden. Electric blankets and wall heaters throughout (even in the bathroom) ensure that the suite is warm and cosy. The wood-burning stove on the verandah adds that extra touch of warmth in very cold weather.
Named after the local indigenous Artemisia herb (also called African Wormwood), the Wilde-als Suite
is an west facing tastefully furnished 5 room apartment offering a spacious bedroom (with choice
of kingsize or twin beds); full bathroom (with bath and shower); a separate toilet; kitchen/dining area and fully glazed private sunroom/verandah with wood-burning stove. Electric blankets and wall heaters throughout (even in the bathroom) ensure that the suite is warm and cosy. The wood-burning stove on the verandah adds that extra touch of warmth in very cold weather. Framed by grapevines outside the bedroom window, the Wildeals suite has a view over the golf course and village, and is a treat for stargazers, with the crisp night skies of Clarens perfect for planet spotting.
Up the stairs, alongside the weeping willows, this stylish country loft offers an open-plan lounge, en suite bedroom, kitchen and dining area in shades of exquisite colour. Picture windows command views over a tree-circled Coot dam busy with ducks and herons, and owls guard the night. Lofts don’t come more romantic than this, so lose yourself for a weekend or weeks at a time and enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Horeb as you relax in your own private little balcony or hibernate away the winter in the Loft’s comfortable lounge. Alternatively use The Shepherd’s Loft as a springboard for the village’s white water rafting, abseiling, horse riding, hiking or skiing in neighboring Lesotho.