Are you in the market for affordable accommodation in Clarens?

Finding affordable accommodation in a village as beautiful as Clarens means that you’d have a lot more lolly to spend on the fabulous food, art and multitude of activities on hand, all of which are excellent reasons for saving on accommodation.

A lot can go wrong when you’re looking for accommodation that’ll allow you to explore with a pocketful of change, sight unseen and without recommendations.

What’s important is that you do your homework thoroughly before committing your holiday budget for the right accommodation.

What you need to check into and compare to Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering:


It’s important to know something about the history of the accommodation you choose.  It helps to set your mind at ease about your choice when you get a feel for the people behind the establishment, which gives you an idea about the level of commitment to consistency in every way.

Clarens Eddies was completed in 2006, which means that it’s a very well-established home away from home that’s maintained an unwavering reputation for excellence.

In fact, this awesome team has received Certificates of Excellence from top booking sites TRIPADVISOR and BOOKING.COM, all earned solely on the reviews of guests.


Take the time to explore what people have to say about their stay.  Make sure that the B&B or Self-Catering establishment has recommendations that are provided by an independent review website.

This means that neither the owner or staff have managed to garner support directly from guests, who may feel under obligation to say what the establishment wants to hear to pass on to future guests.

Read the reviews on the Clarens Eddies website, it’s worth it when you find that each recommendation is the real deal.


If the exterior and interior of the B&B and other accommodation is not kept in pristine condition, you can rest assured that everything else will be of the same standard.

Hygiene is another issue to look at in this category, especially if this is essential to you for added comfort. 

Hygiene is something you can control at home.  Towels, beds and bedding are kept clean and fresh under your own roof, which is what you should expect from the accommodation you choose in Clarens.

Dawn and her team keep everything at Clarens Eddies to the highest standard, which is part of the reason so many guests return year after year, knowing exactly what they can expect.


You want to know that the time you set aside for a holiday away from the craziness of daily life will be the ultimate in comfort. Find out more about how the owner and staff feel about your comfort in terms of a good bed and good linen.  Tacky unravelling linen and towels should alert you to the attitude that’ll be prevalent during your stay.

There’s absolutely nothing tacky about the creature comforts at Clarens Eddies!


Style and comfort belong together on holiday! If you’ve already done a bit of research into what you’d expect when booking accommodation at Clarens Eddies B&B/Self-catering, you’ll find that style is important to this team.

Every room is tastefully furnished, with a unique take on the predominance of art in the area, using the work of local artists to adorn the walls of each room and unit, as well as in the Eddies art gallery.


The views from Clarens Eddies are spectacular.  Watching thunderstorms, sunsets and sunrises at the beginning and end of each day is a wow factor that makes the accommodation extra special.


The fact that Clarens Eddies is just a short walk away from the centre of old world Clarens Village is another plus.  Why drive to enjoy over twenty restaurants, take in a plethora of art galleries, bookshops and crafts on display, when you can take a gentle stroll there?

With this exceptional quality available for the most affordable accommodation in Clarens, why look elsewhere?

Explore the Clarens Eddies website for more information, it’ll make the decision to plan your booking for an unforgettable holiday a no brainer!

Journey to the heart of Clarens on a 3 hour road trip from Joburg, Bloemfontein or Durban.

Who says you can’t have peace and adventure at the same time?  Whoever it is, ignore them, they simply haven’t experienced Clarens!

Clarens is just 3 to 4 hours away from Durban, Johannesburg or Bloem, an easy road trip that holds a ton of excitement at the end of it. 

We need to explore more of our backyard and not leave it to international visitors to discover hidden gems off the beaten track like Clarens.

The peace is definitely there if you need a break from noise pollution, traffic jams and hectic days.  You can veg completely in this beautiful valley, but it’s highly unlikely you will!

There’s just too much to see and enjoy in this picturesque village hugging the foot of the Maluti Mountains.

The views of the surrounding Malutis and Redberg Mountains are breath-taking, and you’ll be enveloped in all the peace you need that pervades the natural beauty, without a doubt.

Bird watching and fishing in Clarens is irresistible, if that’s about as much energy as you want to expend on your holiday.

There are also gentle walking trails that dot the entire area around Clarens that will appeal, especially if you’re looking for spectacular views of the valley, and they don’t take much effort at all. Of course there is the walks for the very fit walker!!

If you’re looking for real body, mind and spirit rejuvenation, Clarens is the place to be. A day at any of the spas and wellness centres in Clarens will do just the trick to take you back to daily life completely refreshed.

If you’re looking for a bit of adventure in Clarens, well, you’re going to get a lot more than just a bit!  Head for the sky and stunning scenery standing in a hot air balloon, or, get the adrenalin pumping while white water rafting, or abseiling off any of the sandstone cliffs that Clarens is famous for.

If you’re into biking, you’ll love the biking trails in Clarens!  Naturally this is also an area that lures quad bikers by the thousands each year, and you can add fantastic 4×4 drives to the mix as well.

This is also horse country, and with beautiful trails that’ll take you through the Maluti Mountains and into Lesotho, where you could spend days trekking in the saddle, and still not cover all there is to explore.

Here’s the thing though; before you pack up the car and trailer, you’ll want to know that you’ve booked the best accommodation in Clarens. This will be central to everything you’d like to do at the end of this road trip!

Clarens Eddies B&B/Self Catering offers just that. A central jumping off point for everything you’d like to do, from enjoying the peace and serenity, to outrageous adventure.

At Clarens Eddies you can look forward to comfort in style, a warm welcome that speaks volumes about the hospitality that comes with the territory in this beautiful valley, and award winning service.

Clarens isn’t known as the Jewel of the Free State for nothing, so why not find out for yourself.  Book, pack up the car and look forward to an unforgettable mixture of peace and adventure!

Looking for a holiday destination you can visit all year round in South Africa?

If you’re looking for a holiday destination that’s not determined by the season, then Clarens is your best choice. And if you’re hoping for affordable accommodation in Clarens, you’ll find that any time of the year is perfect at Clarens Eddies B&B/Self Catering.

The staff at Clarens Eddies have spent years perfecting the art of caring deeply for the comfort of guests, which is one of the main reasons many return year after year for more of the same special treatment.

Clarens Eddies has won Service Excellence Awards from the top South African hub for holiday accommodation,, as well as from international booking site,

These awards have been won every year since 2014, which should give you a pretty good idea of what you can look forward to when you book your holiday with owner Dawn Trevelyan and her team.

It takes passion to earn accolades like these, and looking at the consistency with which Clarens Eddies has won these awards, it’s obvious that the love for what this team does is unwavering.

The high standards you can expect from the accommodation at Clarens Eddies in totally in keeping with the absolute beauty of the valley that holds Clarens itself in the palm of its hands.

Summer or winter, you’ll be able to stroll from Clarens Eddies into the village to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, at any one of the close on 10 restaurants beckoning you to indulge in a variety of goodies that melt in your mouth.

If you’d like the staff to assist you with bookings, whether for meals or any of the over 30 activities to enjoy in Clarens, you can rest easy in the fact that their recommendations and assistance will lead you to the best there is.

In June and July the temperatures drop a bit more than any other time of the year, but other than putting a bit of a damper on activities like swimming, you can go right on doing what you would at any other time of the year.

Of course, hardened white water rafting junkies don’t let this affect their wild sprints down the Ash River at all!

This is definitely the season for the warm fluffy duvets, electric blankets and fires laid on by the staff at Clarens Eddies, which will go down very well after a day out exploring in the crisp air.

From August through October autumn colours give way to fresh spring hues of green, while fruit trees blossom in outrageous colours to call all visitors to share in the renewal of life after winter.

Things start hotting up from October, until it gets to the warmest months from December to February, but even the heat is mild in Clarens.

There is no holiday ‘season’ in Clarens. Every year, throughout the year, visitors from South Africa and around the globe make their pilgrimage to the peace and tranquillity to this Jewel of the Free State.

Be adventurous and make a booking with the team at Clarens Eddies for a different time of the year every year, to experience everything that makes Clarens truly magical!

Dive into a long list of activities in Clarens for an unforgettable holiday.

Clarens may be the epitome of peace and tranquillity, the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, but this is definitely not all you can expect on holiday here.

There are so many outdoor activities to indulge in, aside from great food, art, wine and beer, that you’ll need a lot more than just a few days to make the most of everything on offer.

A weekend in Clarens is great, but all it’ll do is whet your appetite for more, which means that even before you leave, you’ll be booking a longer stay at Clarens Eddies B&B/Self Catering, with far more planned for the next visit!

Here are just a few ideas of activities you might like to add to your wish list for next time around:

Abseiling & zipline

If you don’t mind hanging mid-air on a zip line, or abseiling off a sandstone outcrop, then you’ll be quite at home adding these two!

Hot air balloon rides

You’ll have to get up with the birds if you want to grab a hot air balloon ride, since this is when the air is at its most stable.  The view of Clarens Valley is one that is breath-taking as you float across the sky, leaving you with an experience that is unforgettable and incomparable with anything else.

Quad bikes & MTB trails

If you like your 2 wheels, then you have to experience the beautiful mountain bike trails in Clarens, or stick to 4 wheels for a quad bike experience unlike any you’ve known.  The majesty of the foothills of the Maluti Mountain Range makes these trails irresistible to visitors.

Horse riding

If you’d rather settle for a quieter option, one with no engine, then horse riding is a must, provided you love these beautiful animals of course. If you’ve never sat on a horse, not to worry, there are beginner’s lessons available to introduce you to this beautiful experience.  If you do know your way around a horse, then a pony trek through the Maluti Mountains and into Lesotho is just what the doctor ordered. There are even pony rides for toddlers laid on, so no one is left out of the equation.


Yep, skiing!  Take a two hour drive to hit the slopes at Afriski Mountain Resort in the Drakensberg/Maluti Mountains, just check with the weatherman to make sure you come during the cooler months.


Cycling in Clarens is perfect for any biking enthusiast. The fresh mountain air coming off the Maluti and Red Mountain Ranges makes taking on the terrain-rich cycling routes a pleasure, with natural beauty as your ever-present companion.


For a bit of messy fun, grab your family and friends and head out to paint as many of them in as many colours as there are in a rainbow…that is if you don’t miss, in which case you’ll be the rainbow!

White river rafting

Come and enjoy a splash on the Ash. Best white water rafting in South Africa. The Ash river just outside Clarens provides year round rafting with 9 rapids, scenic vegetation and outstanding birdlife. White water rafting a great family, friends and corporate adventure from young to old (aged 6 to 106 years). Experienced guides will lead you down grade III and IV rapids in the pristine waters.


Something for all level of fitness.  Guided walks available only 10 minutes walk from Eddies guest house

If you think this is all…you’d be dead wrong!

Dawn and her staff at Clarens Eddies know their backyard very well, and they’ll be more than happy to hand over and guide you through a laundry list of other activities to add to your personal ‘to do’ list.

Let nothing get in the way of booking your stay at Clarens Eddies. If you do, you’ll be missing out on making awesome memories to last a lifetime.

Soak up a world of sandstone cliffs & architecture when you visit Clarens.

The Eastern Free State is arguably the capital of sandstone, birthplace of the first sandstone used to construct buildings that today are almost 100 years old.

The historic Union Buildings in Pretoria are a magnificent example of the quality and beauty of the sandstone taken out of the quarries around Ficksburg.

Over 100 years since it’s completion in 1913 by Sir Herbert Baker, the Union Buildings stands proud as a pure reflection in architecture of the beauty and depth to be found in the colours shading the sandstone.

In Clarens, the NG Church is one of the oldest, and still one of the most beautiful buildings in the village.

If you want to start at the very beginning of the Sandstone Route, then the sandstone formation that welcomes you to Clarens, called Titanic Rock, will be the start of a journey into cliffs of sandstone you can only view in awe.

Named Titanic Rock, this formation is as massive as the ship after which it was named, and is just a foretaste of what is yet to come as you explore the sandstone cliffs in the surrounding areas.

The rich, warm ochre, red, brown, black, grey or yellow colours in the sandstone constantly change according to where the sun is at any given time, but nothing beats early morning or sunset for capturing the sandstone cliffs in all their majesty.

Against the backdrop of the Maluti Mountains, Redberg Mountains and sandstone cliffs, the fresh green leaves in every shade on fruit trees blossoming, add yet another layer beauty of the Clarens Valley. 

As winter approaches, the autumn colours of leaves come close to echoing the colours in the surrounding sandstone.

Clarens is picturesque in a picture perfect way, but a far greater dollop of charm and majesty is to be found in its sandstone architecture, most of which is as old as the town itself.

Photographers and artists find great inspiration in the architecture, most of which has been in place since Clarens was first established 100 years ago. It’s no wonder this has become a haven for artists and photographers!

The Cape has the Wine Route, but Clarens has the Art Route!  With about 20 arts and crafts galleries lining the Art Route, it’s not surprising that Clarens is considered an art Mecca.

There is such an enormous selection and variety of art on display along this route that every taste will be satisfied, and every vehicle leaving town will be loaded with a beautiful memory of this magical village.

The crafts are as interesting and varied as the art is, so bring a healthy-sized wallet if you’re going to be buying gifts and mementos. After all, it’s not as if you’ll have to pay for being overweight on the trip home.

Hospitality in Clarens is as rich and warm as the colour to be found in the sandstone surroundings.

If you’d like to spend your holiday being looked after by a team that puts their hospitality and your comfort at the top of their list, then booking accommodation at Clarens Eddies B&B/Self Catering will fulfil your every wish.

As for the sandstone formations and architecture in and around Clarens, leave it to owner Dawn Trevelyan and her staff to point you in the right direction for the most beautiful examples of both.

Taste, touch, see & feel all that makes Clarens a valley of magic.

Before we get into all that Clarens has to offer the senses, let’s look at what you need to do to enjoy these indulgences.

A comfortable bed in clean, stylish surroundings and more is the only way to start an experience this awesome.  This is what you’ll have when you arrive to claim your home away from home at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering.

The hospitality of the team at Clarens Eddies is a major part of the charm that brings visitors back year after year, and they make sure that before they pack up, their next booking is confirmed, not willing to give this prize to anyone else!

If you’re looking for a perfectly delightful romantic getaway, one in which you don’t have to do the cooking for yourselves, then you’ll love one of the three open plan rooms at Clarens Eddies, a tasteful, comfortable hideaway just for two.

Of course you’ll have the basics such as a bar fridge, electric kettle and microwave, but with the plethora of eateries in Clarens, you won’t miss a kitchen in the least, besides which, you’ll be in culinary heaven.

As for the rest of the accommodation at Clarens Eddies, you’ll find everything and more of what you could possibly need for a thoroughly enjoyable self-catered holiday, for the family or a group of friends.

Now that you know where to lay your head, here’s a birds-eye view of of a few of the things that make Clarens a world that’ll satiate your senses:

Heavenly food:

With over 20 very different eateries in Clarens, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to indulge in a different taste sensation every day during your stay.

Confectionary, oxtail, cherry pies, pizzas, ice cream, breakfasts that start the day off the right way and vegan fair, all come together to tempt the palate of every visitor to Clarens.

Restaurants and coffee shops spilling out onto pavements in the Clarens Village Square also make for the perfect setting to indulge in the best of wines, local beers and gin.


If you love art, you’ll be in heaven during your stay in Clarens. Visit galleries such as the Robert Badenhorst Gallery, The Blou Donki Gallery, The Enslin Vorster Gallery, Smudge Contemporary Art Gallery, Tina De Beer Art Gallery, Essensual Art Gallery and the Addy & Hoyle Art Gallery to soak in a visual feast.

Step into the Art and Wine Gallery to enjoy tasters of renowned South African Wines, or stock up on your favourites while you add a few pieces of local art to your bag.

Eye-catching natural beauty:

It’s impossible to convey in words the breath-taking beauty of this valley and its surrounding mountains. This is exactly why Clarens draws photographers and artists from around the world, to dip brushes into paint and to adjust lenses in an attempt to capture the sheer magnificence of all that makes Clarens simply magical.

Adrenaline-filled adventure:

You can feel the energy of adventure from the moment you are welcomed by Titanic Rock on entry to Clarens.  Hot air ballooning, horse riding, hiking trails, bike trails, 4×4 trails, white water rafting… doubt you get the drift by now! The list is endless, if it’s adventure you long for.

Rich tapestry of history:

100 years on, Clarens has a rich, tempestuous history that has left its mark on every nook and cranny in and around this village.  Bushmen’s paintings have place of pride on Schaapplaats Farm in the Golden Gate National Park and even dinosaurs have clearly left their mark for all to see, as has the Anglo Boer war.


The Clarens Conservancy is home to soaring eagles, and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, just 20km’s away, is the playground for Black Wildebeest, Eland and Springbok, who peacefully share their beautiful spread with species upon species of birdlife.

Let the hospitable team at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering be your hosts and your guides to a magical valley that fills all the senses far beyond sufficiency!

Make sure you pack your hiking boots for breath-taking hiking trails in Clarens.

Clarens is about more than soulful art, great food, hospitality, history, culture, craft beer and gin!

Natural beauty overwhelms the senses in this quaint village, held lovingly against the breast of the majestic Maloti Mountain of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

There is romance in this mountainous valley, an aura of magic that surrounds the 100 year old history that has shaped this vibrant village to become a major attraction for artists and photographers.

Creativity is the norm in Clarens, and this is what attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world every year, hungry for the energy and beauty of this place and its people.

If you haven’t visited Clarens yet, then put it on your bucket list, it deserves a place of honour there!

As for hiking, well, take your pick of trails. If you want easy you’ll find it, and if you want tough, it’s all out there calling your name.

If you’ve hit the jackpot and booked your accommodation in Clarens at Clarens Eddies B&B/Self Catering, then you’re already well on your way to some of the finest hiking ever.

Only 10 minutes walk from Eddies guest house many hiking trails start.

You can choose the level of difficulty according to your fitness level.   Some of the trails is at the foot of the mountains while others take you to the top of mountains.   Spectacular view on the surrounding Maluti Mountains in Lesotho and the South African red mountains.

Eddies guest house offers free guided mountain walks

Every morning, the guest house owner, do a 2 hour free guided walk for Eddies guests.

Golden gate national park hikes

There are many different trails.    The hikes vary from 30 minutes to 3 days walks. Some very easy, others requiring a high level of fitness.

Sentinel, 35 meter chain ladder in the Drakensberg

Only one and a half hours drive from Clarens this popular trail starts and takes you right to the spectacular Tugela Falls.   The view of the Amphitheatre Drakensberg peak is breath-taking.

Summit Mount Horeb in Clarens.

This is a 5-6 hour hike and promise great views.   A high level of fitness is required.

There are just so many hiking trails in Clarens that the list can be quite dizzying. There’s no way that any keen hiker will leave without having been fully satiated!

The majority of the trails in the Clarens Conservancy meet up or cross each other, which means that whether you’re taking a slow walk or a serious hike, there’ll be a trail perfect for you.

If you can’t make up your mind about where to start, Dawn Trevelyan of Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering will be very happy to send you out on a different trail every day, armed with valuable inside information.

The love Dawn and her hospitable team share for Clarens ensures that you’ll know where all the very best places, some off the beaten track, are to be found.

Clarens Eddies B&B/Self Catering is tucked away quietly just down the road from Clarens Village Square, making it a prime location for anyone looking to explore, which also means that if you’re planning a visit, getting your booking in sooner rather than later is a really good idea!

Have you made your booking at the most comfortable accommodation in Clarens yet?

If you haven’t then its best you get to it! Clarens is a popular holiday destination that fills up with visitors throughout the year due to its mild climate, which means that any holiday in Clarens has to be booked in advance.

Anyone looking for comfortable, affordable accommodation in Clarens will find it (and so much more) at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering.

You’ll need all the extra cash you can get to spend on all the goodies that make life worthwhile on holiday such as art, food, wine, gifts and craft beer, to mention just a few.

A ton of activities to choose from can also lighten the wallet if you want to dive straight into all there is.

Mind that you don’t confuse affordable with cheap though!  This is far from the case at Clarens Eddies.  Many long term fans of this home away from home know full well that they get far more than a well-priced holiday when they book to stay with this awesome team.

Comfort is synonymous with Clarens Eddies. This means that everything from the mattress you sleep on, the duvet and crisp sheets you sleep under to the fluffy towels are of the finest quality.

Everything you need for a fully self-catered holiday is laid on in generous measure, so that there’s very little that you need to cart with you on the road either.

Cleanliness is also held in high esteem at Clarens Eddies, inside and out.  If you’re like some of us who are more than just a little bit fussy about hygiene, you’ll be right at home here!

Just a few minutes away from Clarens Village Square, Clarens Eddies is nestled amid colourful plants, fruit trees and willows that make the brick face and wrought iron work of the building look right at home in this beautiful valley.

Although the winters in Clarens are mild, cuddling up in front of the fireplace or snuggling under covers warmed by an electric blanket will keep you as warm and toasty as you should be anyway.

A major component to the comfort you’ll enjoy at Clarens Eddies is the care the team looking after you always extend. This is a hospitable team that wants nothing more than to make sure you have everything you need to have a memorable stay with them, and this means 24 hours a day.

If you need help booking breakfast, lunch and supper at any of the fabulous restaurants in the village, they’ll know exactly where to send you for the very best.

The same applies for the long list of over 30 activities you can enjoy during your stay, you only need to share your interests with them and before you know it you’ll be on your way to any adventure of your choice.

To enjoy the best of all that Clarens has to offer, whether it’s for a weekend or an extended holiday, make Clarens Eddies your home away from home for the duration and get that booking done ASAP.

Have you claimed your discount from Clarens Eddies yet?

Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering is a true gem, a home away from home that has a special kind of magnetism, drawing first-timers in and keeping them coming back to stay, again and again, year after year.

Clarens Eddies has won Certificates of Excellence Awards from leading booking sites, Tripadvisor and, which is no mean feat.  These are awards that any establishment really has to work for, they don’t just fall into the laps of owners.

It’s the glowing reviews from guests posted with Tripadvisor and that have elevated Clarens Eddies to the sought after position it now enjoys among its loyal clients and first time visitors.

It really warms the heart to read what guests have to say about the service itself at Clarens Eddies, in fact it’s worth listing a few of the most frequently used words of praise right here, for Dawn and her staff, such as:

Warm, welcoming, friendly, accommodating, excellent service, helpful and more than just a few WOW’s.

There’s always a special of some kind running at Clarens Eddies, which will put you in the pound seats for an affordable holiday staying at the most comfortable accommodation in Clarens.

In terms of the type of accommodation you can book at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering, you have the pick of two self-catering units, one that sleeps 4 and one sleeping 6, and three open plan rooms for 2.

The two self-catering units offer braai facilities for those who don’t want to be tied to the stove for the duration, with designer steel chairs that can either be used at the dining room table indoors, or outside on braai evenings.

There are three open plan rooms available for couples and individuals intent on getting away from busy schedules, each kitted out with essentials such as a kettle, bar fridge and microwave.

With space for only sixteen guests, Clarens Eddies is as great a hidey hole as you can imagine, and if privacy is high on your agenda, you’ll be happy to know that each unit has its own private entrance.

The interior décor, with art from local artists adorning the walls of each unit, is stylish and individual, with mountain views that turn windows into works of art too.

Waking up in the morning to a symphony of bird song and going to sleep under a canopy of stars to the sound of frogs and crickets, is all the peace you could possibly hope for in between exploring every nook and cranny in and around Clarens…and there are more of them than you could hope to see in just one visit!

In case you’re worried that you’ll be completely cut off from the outside world in this idyllic valley called the Jewel of the Eastern Cape, don’t be. Even in as magnificent a corner such as this there’s great WiFi! Oh and there’s TV too, so that’s all covered at Clarens Eddies!

Contact Dawn and her friendly team to find out more about the special that appeals to you most and get that booking done now, so that no one else gets to claim what should rightfully be yours!

What to Pack for Your Spring Weekend Getaway at Clarens Eddies

If you’re planning a romantic getaway for you and your loved one, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to visit a new holiday destination. As there’s nothing better than a quiet getaway, you can enjoy your alone time in one of the self-catering units at Clarens Eddies, situated in the Free State, South Africa.

Of course, when it comes to planning these types of getaways, you’ll need to ensure you’ve packed your bag correctly. Herewith are some of the items we recommend you include in your weekend getaway bag.

Appropriate Clothing for Varying Weather Conditions

Within the springtime, you’ll find the days to be warmer and the evenings to be cooler. To ensure you can enjoy your activities, pack in one or two extra warm tops and jerseys which can be thrown over your shoulders.

Similarly, there are a variety of hiking trails for you to go on within the vicinity of Clarens Eddies. Be sure to pack in comfortable walking shoes for you to be able to go and explore all the beauty this area has to offer.

Necessary Medications and First Aid Kit

Although Clarens Eddies has first aid kits on hand, its recommended you pack in your preferred choice of medications and some first aid supplies as the nearest hospital is a 30-minute drive from the bed and breakfast. This can be kept in your backpack when you do go hiking in case you or your loved one sustain some sort of injury. After all, prevention is always better.

Your Camera, Battery Banks and Wi-Fi Dongles

When visiting Clarens, you’ll be exposed to some of the most breath-taking views. A picture is worth a thousand words and we want to ensure you remember these special moments. Be sure to pack in your camera and battery banks to ensure you capture every moment of your trip. Although every unit is supplied with Wi-Fi you can pack your Wi-Fi dongle in for when you are on the road or hiking.

These are just some of the essentials to include in your weekend getaway to Clarens. If you want further recommendations, contact the team at Clarens Eddies today. The friendly team are always available to answer any questions potential visitors might have.

Top Activities to Try Near Clarens Eddies

When going on holiday, apart from unwinding and relaxing, it’s about going out and exploring all your holiday destination has to offer. After all, you want to be able to talk about your holiday for many months to follow. If you’ve booked a holiday at Clarens Eddies, herewith are some of the top tourist attractions within proximity. 

Clarens Brewery

Clarens Brewery has fast become popular with it being one of the country’s first Brew-Pubs, Cidery and Distilleries within the Maluti Mountain. Brewing over 8000 litres a month, its home to some of the best handcrafted full-grain ales, malts and hops. These have all been sourced both locally and internationally and are of the highest quality. Pop in for a beer tasting and a light bite.

Gift and Specialty Stores

There are a variety of gift and speciality stores within Clarens for you to pick up your souvenirs. Of the stores, you can visit include, The Ugly Duckling, Mona Lisa Garment Gallery, Monsoon Moon, Wickit Candles and Times Gone By. 

Book a Private Tour with Clarens Xtreme Private Tours

With a host of things to see and do, why not book a private tour through Clarens Xtreme Private Tours? They can assist you in booking Abseiling, Zip lining, white water rafting and even quad biking. Together with the team at Clarens Eddies, you’ll be sure to have an adrenaline filled holiday.

Pamper Yourself at the Clarens Wellness Day Spa

If you’re wanting to unwind and relax while on holiday, be sure to book some treatments either at the Clarens Wellness Day Spa or the Body Bliss Day Spa. Both establishments offer massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing and facial therapy.

Contact the Team at Clarens Eddies Today

If you require assistance with making your bookings to take part or visit the tourist attractions, contact the team at Clarens Eddies today. They’ll assist you with booking your activities and can advise you on further tourist attractions you can cover while on holiday.

The Top Restaurants to Try Near Clarens Eddies

One of the fun parts of going to a new holiday destination is, trying out the local food. Holidays are meant to be filled with new experiences and ones which will also get your taste buds going. If you are planning on visiting Clarens in the Free State for your next family getaway, here are some of the restaurants you should try as recommended on TripAdvisor. 

  • Clementine’s Restaurant and Bar
  • Sugar and Cinnamon Restaurant
  • Highland Coffee Roastery
  • Clarens Brewery
  • Gosto Portuguese Restaurant
  • The Courtyard Bakery
  • Mosaic Pizzeria
  • The Highlander
  • 278 on Main

These establishments all welcome couples as well as families to enjoy meals prepared with ample love and passion. Catering to a variety of food requirements, restaurants will do their best to ensure they can meet your dietary requirements.

Places Both You and Your Family Can Enjoy

Many people are surprised at the variety on offer in this small town. Clarens offers a host of establishments which everyone in your family can enjoy. With endless meal options, you and your family have the option of choosing from a host of different types of food and dining experiences.

Be Sure to Share Your Meals

With there being a variety of meal options on offer at the different establishments, be sure to order a bit of everything to share amongst you and the family. This way you’ll be able to taste more than just your meal, so you know what you want to try out again.

Let the Team at Clarens Eddies Assist You Book Your Dining Experiences

When booking accommodation at the Clarens Eddies Bed and Breakfast, be sure to get the team to assist you with booking a few meals out. With so much to do, see and taste within Clarens, you’ll want to try and tick off as much as possible.

Slow Paced Activities for You to Do When Staying at Clarens Eddies

Deciding on activities to do while on holiday doesn’t have to be as challenging as what people make it out to be. When booking accommodation at Clarens Eddies, enjoy getting assistance from the team to put together your activity itinerary. Herewith are some of the slower paced activities for you to try when visiting the Free State.

Visit the Golden Gate National Park

Just a 15-minute drive from Clarens Eddies on the R712, the Golden Gate National Park has so much to offer visitors. From the many hiking trails, canoeing, horse riding and rock climbing, there are activities to meet just about every visitor’s need. You can even take a tour through the Basotho Cultural Village tour.

Take A Drive Through Ficksburg and Fouriesburg

There are a variety of activities for you to do when driving through Ficksburg and Fouriesburg. From the annual cherry festival to the asparagus tour both taking place in November. This area also has several flower fields for you to walk through between March and April. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir to take back home, be sure to visit the Walibri Art Glass Manufacturers to purchase of their handmade glassware.

Talk A Walk Through the Surrounding Mountains

With many hiking trails surrounding Clarens Eddies, there’s no reason for you not to go for a short walk and get some fresh air. The routes available can be hiked by people with any fitness level as they aren’t too strenuous.

Let the Team at Clarens Eddies Assist You with Booking Some of These Activities

Planning on staying at Clarens Eddies? Quote your booking reference to get assistance with putting together an itinerary for your visit to the Free State. With there being so much to do and see, this provides for the perfect opportunity to put together a list of some of the must do things.

Outdoors Activities to Do When Visiting Clarens Eddies

Clarens Eddies is situated in a prime location to offer a tranquil experience for guests who want to relax and stay in. For those guests who are looking to try something new and get your adrenaline pumping, there’s a host of outdoor activities for you to try.

River Raft Your Way Down Ash River in The Maluti Mountains

If you’re looking to try something new which will get your adrenaline pumping, be sure to inquire about the river rafting in the Maluti Mountains. With a team of experts on board, you don’t need to worry about getting stuck in the mountains. Throughout the activity, you’ll have your life jacket and helmet on board with plenty of crew situated along the river to keep an eye on you.

Book A Day Trip to Afriski Mountain Resort

Situated within the heart of the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains, this activity can be enjoyed by the whole family. Depending on the time of year you are booking, you can enjoy the 4 x 4 trails, mountain biking, trail running or even learn how to ski. There are also paintball facilities set up as well as routes for you to abseil.

Slow Things Down and Enjoy A Round of Golf at The Clarens Golf Estate

If you’re a golf enthusiast looking for a new estate to visit, this is the perfect opportunity. Offering 18 holes of pure relaxation as you play along the river. The playing surface has been well maintained to offer Bent grass greens which are framed by many willows and Lombardi trees.

Let Clarens Eddies Help You Book Your Adrenaline Pumping Activities

Looking to book some activities for your holiday but uncertain where to start? Contact the team at Clarens Eddies and let them assist you with your bookings. By referencing your booking, the team can assist you with checking the availability, putting together a schedule and even recommending activities everyone in your group might enjoy.

Here’s Why You Should Attend the Annual Ficksburg Cherry Festival

At Clarens Eddies, they pride themselves in providing guests with the best possible service. As part of a value-add for many clients, they can assist clients in putting together a list of all their social activities. One of these activities is the Ficksburg Cherry Festival which takes place annually in November.

This fun and entertaining activity can be enjoyed by the whole family or even as a romantic getaway. One of the reasons we like to promote this festival is based on the many health benefits of Cherries.

To get you prepared and excited for the festival, here are some interesting facts about cherries

  • Cherries are a very high source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The properties of cherries can improve sleep quality, fight off insomnia and chronic illnesses such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes to name a few.
  • Cherries help to maintain a good insulin and blood sugar level which serves as a preventative measure and as a mechanism to cope with diabetes.
  • They contain a natural source of melatonin which helps your brain regulate your sleep and wake cycle.
  • Cherries provide cardiovascular health benefits too that can lower your risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, in turn also reducing headaches and migraines.
  • Many studies show they are a good source of vitamin A, B, C and D’s and have more benefits which include reduced visible signs of ageing in men and women.
  • A lot of people who normally suffer from arthritis are recommended to supplement with cherries as a natural remedy for joint pain relief.

These are just some of the very many benefits of consuming cherries. If you planning on visiting the Ficksburg Cherry festival, why not book accommodation at Clarens Eddies and extend your trip? Contact the team today to discuss your travel and accommodation requirements to avoid disappointment.

Clarens Eddies, The Perfect Home Away from Home

For many, sometimes an extended long weekend is all that’s needed to unwind and refocus away from the fast-paced city life. One place you can really kick back and relax is at Clarens Eddies in the Free State, South Africa. This quiet and quaint setting has fast become a tourist attraction for both families and couples.

If you’re looking for accommodation for your next extended weekend away, here’s what you can expect when booking at Clarens Eddies.

What Can You Expect When You Check In

With three self-catering options, every unit is kitted out with a complete kitchen consisting of a fridge, oven, stove and microwave. Allowing you space to still be able to put together a meal for yourself or your family. If you’re looking for additional warmth, be sure to book June or Anki or Santa units as they come with built-in fireplace.

Ann and Ada Room are the perfect facilities for those who don’t intend on cooking for the duration of their stay. As there are a host of restaurants within proximity to Clarens Eddies, you’ll be able to pick up a meal before heading back. 

All the rooms come equipped with uncapped Wi-Fi which has two Wi-Fi boosters to ensure guests remained connected while visiting and flat screen TV’s with selected DSTV channels. The bed and breakfast offer daily cleaning services should you wish to make use of it.

Award Winning Service and Delivery

Receiving a certificate of excellence for four years running from 2014 -2018, you’ll be sure to receive a high level of service and a great experience. The staff at Clarens Eddies always ensure they go the extra mile to accommodate varying guests needs to ensure a comfortable visit.

Ready for Your Weekend Away? Contact Clarens Eddies Today.

If you’re planning your next weekend away, be sure to call the team at Clarens Eddies today. With their combined years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, the team are equipped to assist you in planning your stay.


What to expect when you book accommodation at Clarens Eddies.

Well, you can definitely expect the best of everything!  Aside from the award-winning accommodation, you can look forward to the type of warm hospitality, generosity and caring attitude of a team only interested in making your stay at Clarens Eddies Bed and Breakfast/Self-Catering an unforgettable experience.

These are locals who love their village and everything about it, and are more than willing to extend a generous helping hand with everything there is to know about it.

If you need a restaurant booking for lunch, breakfast or supper, consider it done.  If you’re looking for anything to do while you’re staying with them, they have a list of activities and adventures seared into their minds that’s of a jaw-dropping length.

Clarens Eddies offers 24 hour service, so that there is always a staff member available to see to any of your needs after hours, just to make sure you’re getting the most caring treatment possible.

As for the accommodation, privacy is the word!  This is where you enter your own private world in a villa or unit that is the height of style and comfort, with your own private entrance.

If you are planning on a self-catered holiday, you’ll find that there’s everything you need to make it a perfect one! 

This means that the kitchen has everything in it you need to cook up a storm. This also includes basics like dishwashing liquid, tea, coffee and sugar, along with powder milk and the all-important dishcloths!

Bonus:  If you’d like to add it to your bill, your unit can be serviced daily! Now that’s self-catering in style!

You can even leave your hairdryer at home, Dawn and her team have made sure there’s one just for you!

In the bathroom you’ll have supplies like toilet paper and spray, as well as a small hand soap and shampoo replenished daily too…and if there are any pesky insects that may try to sneak in, there’s even a can of Doom on hand.

There are various units for self-catered holidays, and then there are apartments for those who have no desire to cater for themselves.  Not that you are left without a fridge, kettle, microwave and a few other necessities just because you aren’t into self-catering!

With all the restaurants and pubs that line Clarens Village Square and spill out onto the pavements, no one needs to cook at all! Holiday is the operative word here!

Oh, and just to set your mind at ease, you aren’t cut off from the ‘outside’ world completely!  You’ll have high-speed Wi-Fi on the house, as well as a flat screen TV with DSTV selected channels to keep you company as you cuddle up on quiet evenings in.

Outside tables and chairs, as well as private braai facilities are all part of the self-catering units.

These apartments are perfect for single people wanting to get away from it all, or for couples intent on a romantic hidey-hole, whether for a weekend, a week or two!

The affordable rates and specials that are always on offer at Clarens Eddies make it really easy to make more than a weekend of it in Clarens.  In any event, there is so much to see and do that you’ll simply have to come back again anyway!

Contact Dawn and her team to make your booking to make sure that you don’t miss out on a magical stay at Clarens Eddies – guarantee: you’ll be back!

Visiting Clarens & looking for the most affordable accommodation oozing comfort & style?

If you are, then it’s time to get that booking made!  The hospitable team at Clarens Eddies Bed and Breakfast/Self-Catering will introduce you to stylish, comfortable and tastefully furnished accommodation in Clarens that’s hard to beat – under any circumstances.

If, after taking a tour through the Clarens Eddies website you still have any questions, Dawn Trevelyan and her team will be more than happy to give you a generous dose of honest, down-to-earth information, without hesitation!

A lot of love and a deep commitment to doing everything just right went into the birth of Clarens Eddies. 

Building was stared in 1999, and when Dawn and her team were satisfied they’d gotten the balance right on all fronts, Clarens Eddies opened its magical doors to holiday makers from around the world.

You don’t have to take this writer’s word for it, just check out what guests have had to say in glowing testimonials that have made Clarens Eddies an award-winning guest house and self-catering accommodation, taking top place on many bucket lists!

This stunning accommodation has the added pleasure of being centrally located, making a walk to a world of vibrant art galleries, pubs, restaurants, shops and a bustling Clarens Village Square a short, picturesque one.

The standards begun in 2006 have remained consistent throughout the years, which means that everything from the outside of the guest house and its grounds, to the perfection of its fluffy towels, is in mint, hygienic condition.

Literally just around the corner from Clarens Eddies you’ll be able to visit the Golden Gate National Park, Afriski Mountain Resort and Lesotho.

The Afriski End of Winterfest happens from the 7th of June – 26th of August, but if you’re lucky enough to get there during June, you hit the Season Opener Fest from 7th to 10th of June!

This is a serious ‘rock-on’, which is diametrically opposed to the peace of nature that feeds your soul in and arou

nd Clarens, but hey, if you want a little extra, why not?

Our own beloved Madiba loved this area and it has often been referred to as God’s own country, and rightly so.  One of the highest peaks of the Drakensberg Range, Mont-aux-Sources is also only a one and a half hour drive from Clarens.

Dawn and her team are passionate about making sure that every guest joining their family is treated like royalty, and that’s no exaggeration!

Besides the stylish décor, the sink-into comfort feeling in each unit, guests are treated to the paintings of different artists on display in each unit, bringing the artistic seduction of Clarens right into your home away from home.

The views are astounding too. No matter which unit is yours, you’ll have magnificent views of the mountains enfolding and surrounding Clarens.

Clarens is a world all on its own in which people are still deeply entrenched in their humanity, spread kindness and hospitality as one would spread fresh farm butter on warm bread, liberally.

This is everything that describes what you’ll experience with the team at Clarens Eddies Bed and Breakfast/Self-Catering.  They know the history, folklore and all the best activities in and around Clarens, and it’s a magical town rich in history and more.

No one in the family will ever want for something to do, and romantic couples, or those wanting to spend time alone in this stunning corner of the Free State, will be looked after and guided to everything of the best of Clarens.

Clarens Eddies is not a huge, impersonal guest house, it handles a maximum of 16 guests in the various units, which is why you can look forward to hospitality like no other here.

Make that booking today, liberate yourself from the hustle and bustle of the city, and make sure to look out for the regular accommodation specials on offer – Clarens Eddies makes affordable accommodation look so easy!

3 Reasons Why You Should Book Accommodation at Clarens Eddies

Consumers are always looking for new places to try when going on holiday which doesn’t cost an arm and a leg but are still able to enjoy some of the facilities you’d find at a 4-star hotel. If you’re planning a trip to the Free State for your next holiday and are looking for accommodation, herewith are some of the reasons why you should look at booking at Clarens Eddies.

#1 Clarens Eddies Offers Self-Catering and Non-Self-Catering Options

Depending on the reason for your visit, there is an accommodation option to meet just about any person’s needs. From self-catering options to non-self-catering options, Clarens Eddies is the perfect bed and breakfast for those who are looking for overnight accommodation or a week getaway.

#2 A Variety of Activities Within Walking Distanc

Situated in a prime location, there are a whole host of activities and restaurants within walking distance of the bed and breakfast. Should you not want to walk, transport can be arranged for you to navigate the town and everything on offer.

#3 Holders of  Certificates of Excellence

Service is their mission. By putting all clients’ needs first, this has contributed to them receiving certificates of excellence from 2014 – 2018 on TripAdvisor and The team will always go beyond what is expected to ensure all clients requests can be met, and if it can’t, an alternative option is offered.

Contact Clarens Eddies Today and Book Your Next Holiday

If these aren’t enough reasons for you to book your next holiday at Clarens Eddies, be sure to reach out to the team. With their combined years of experience, they’ll be sure to look after from the very first interaction. Contact Clarens Eddies today to find out about the current specials running.

Take the most adventurous road-trip from all main centres in South Africa to Clarens!

If you’re looking for a road trip that veers completely from traditional areas around the coast in South Africa, then the Free State, which is the heart-centre of this beautiful country, is the province for you!

Whether you are traveling from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban or Bloemfontein, the N1 National Road will cross Clarens. 

Well actually, there’ll be a turnoff the main highway, but what you find after turning towards Clarens makes the journey an awesome adventure!

There are no beaches, since this is a landlocked province, but what it lacks in beaches is more than made for by wide open spaces anyone can ever hope for.

There’s more. A major part of the seduction that draws road trippers to the Free State and Clarens, aptly called ‘The Jewel of the Free State’, is that this is a haven for artists, whether painters or photographers.

In fact, Clarens is one of the most photographed areas in the Free State for the stunning views and colours born out of being snuggle up against the majestic Maluti Mountains, a short way from the Lesotho border.

The scenery is unforgettable, as the sun moves through the wide open skies colours constantly change, as they do through the seasons.

There is always a wealth of colour spilling from what nature has on offer. From the orange, brow, yellow and browns of autumn to the inspiring flash of colour brought on by spring and summer.

According to top holiday advisors worldwide, Clarens truly is the quintessential retreat from the madness of any city!

So, how far do you have to travel if you’ve decided on an adventurous road-trip instead of hopping on a plane?


Johannesburg:  If you aren’t going to be stopping along the way for picnics, or being intrigued by other sights along the way, going via the N3 and R26 will take you an average of 3 and a half hours.

Bloemfontein: Again, taking into account whether you are taking the direct route without being seduced by what you find along the journey, you’d be looking at about 3 hours along the N1 and N5.

Durban: Same again, if you’re not distracted along the way, Durban is just over 4 hours away via the N3 – what a pleasure a journey like this would be, crossing from lush surroundings to wide open spaces surrounded by beautiful farmland, mountains and rivers.

Cape Town: Yes, we all know that the Mother City is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but, if you want to add yet another great adventure to your visit to South Africa, the Free State and Clarens is a must! 

It’s the most worthwhile 12 hour drive you will ever take across this ‘old’ country!  Truth is, if you really want to make the most of a long road trip like this to get to Clarens, you’re going to get seriously distracted along the way as the countryside changes – so prepare well for this, and it’ll all be worth it by the time you drive into Clarens!

Book your accommodation at Clarens Eddies well before you start packing!!

The most important thing to do, before you start packing up for the trip, is to book your accommodation at Clarens Eddies Bed & Breakfast/Self-Catering!

Besides making the decision to take this road trip, you will find that the team at Clarens Eddies will have prepared the most comfortable, affordable accommodation in Clarens, just for you!

Enter a world of vibrant art galleries, well over 20 restaurants, over 30 exciting activities in and around the bustling Clarens Village Square led by the warm, welcoming team at Clarens Eddies.

This team embodies everything that makes this a road trip well worth taking from anywhere in South Africa!