Indulge your love of history & culture during your stay inClarens

From dinosaurs to the Basotho nation, and to relics of the Anglo-Boer war, Clarens is steeped in history and culture, enough so that any history buff will be kept busy on a visit to Clarens.

The place to start this adventure is at Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering, so that you have the most comfortable and affordable accommodation in Clarens.

Although affordable, Clarens Eddies boasts and maintains a standard of accommodation and excellence that has been acknowledged by two of the most well-known booking sites TripAdvisor and Booking.com, which means you can look forward to the best of everything while you find your way through the rich history of Clarens.

Just a couple of kilometres outside Clarens you’ll be given your first history lesson. The Titanic rock is a majestic outcrop carved out of sandstone reminiscent of a ship, which is exactly why a local gave it its name in 1912, which was the same year that the Titanic ship sank.

But before the Titanic rock was given its name, the dinosaurs made this valley their home.  Between 1994 and 2015, James Kitching, Adam Yates and Jonah Choinere discovered the bones of dinosaurs going back to when before they became extinct 60 million years ago.

If you love dinosaur remains, you’ll find a treasure trove to investigate, and you’ll also have an experienced palaeontologist helping to familiarise you with the different remains.

Next up were the Bushmen families that used the many overhanging rocks as shelter and in the process leaving a history of the people in the rock art that is prolific in the Golden Gate National Park.

These Bushman groups left their history behind once the first European settlers and the Basotho people moved into the area.

Colonialism took hold in the 1830’s by the European settlers, while the Voortrekkers also made this area a main route from North to South and East to West.

This area then became a valley of conflict over a period of 10 years, from 1858 and 1868, during which the Basotho and the Free State battled for supremacy, all of which was sparked by the murders of ‘burghers’ at the hands of the Basotho.  A monument to honour these murdered burghers is to be found in the Clarens Village Square.

Another 10 km’s out of Clarens you’ll find Surrender Hill, so named for the surrender by the Free State Boer commanders to the British in 1900.

You’ll find all the history you can take in at the Clarens Anglo-Boer War Museum situated in the Clarens Village Square.

All of this history is either within walking distance or nearby using a vehicle after you book into Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering, which makes it the ideal spot to lay your head after long days of exploring the history behind this 100 year old village.

Soak in the views of the Maluti Mountains and the Rooiberg Mountains from your home away from home in comfort and you’ll know that Clarens rightfully deserves to be called The Jewel of the Free State, despite its bloody history!

Breakfast, lunch & supper in Clarens is a 5 star experience

Aside from shopping in eclectic gift shops, browsing through art galleries and diving head first into over 30 activities in Clarens, the one thing that’ll get you closer to the locals and the energy that makes this village special, is to indulge in a plethora of cuisines in over 25 restaurants.

Considering the amount of art on display in Art Avenue you’ll quickly understand why Clarens is considered an artist’s haven. Looking around at the beauty of this valley speaks volumes for the inspiration that has produced art in its very different forms lining the many galleries in this avenue.

But, let’s get back to a little info on just a few of the many eateries in Clarens, and if a holiday in a stunning 100 year old village doesn’t grab you enough (though it should!), then your taste buds will be doing a jig once you start browsing through menus ahead of your visit!

This list is by no means one that focuses on only the best, because they’re all the best!

You’ll be delighted to hear that vegans and vegetarians haven’t been left out in the cold in Clarens!  There are at least three restaurants that cater for vegetarians and vegans, among them are Addos Fine Dining, Sugar and Cinnamon (they also have gluten free options on the menu), Clarens Brewery, The Courtyard Bakery and Café…need I say more!

Among the restaurants in Clarens who boast Certificates of excellence you’ll find more than a few, including Clementines Restaurant and Bar earning the Certificate of excellence from 2015 -2019, with Clarens Brewery right up there too.

The Courtyard Bakery and Café has also been awarded the Certificate of Excellence from 2018 to 2019…and counting! In the main, many of the restaurants are wheelchair friendly and also make sure there are high chairs for the little ones.

The outdoor seating is as close as you could get to an Italian piazza, and while you’ll find superb pastas and pizzas here, there’s a lot of South African cuisine involved here too. We still want to feel at home despite the fact that most restaurants also serve European cuisine and this is definitely where Europe, Italy and Africa meet.

As for accommodation in Clarens, you’d be matching your accommodation with the same level of excellence as you’d get out of the restaurants by booking your spot at Clarens Eddies Self Catering or B&B.

Clarens Eddies has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame from TripAdvisor and Booking.com 5 years in a row since 2015, and there’s no slacking off for this tasteful, comfortable and affordable accommodation in Clarens.

If you’ve decided to book a self-catering unit, you’re going to need a break to sample the culinary delights awaiting you in the Village Square, and if you’ve booked a room you’re going to need a bit of inside information from the team at Clarens Eddies so that you can make the most of the best in Clarens.

Please contact the friendly and welcoming team at Clarens Eddies to plan your booking and look forward to a holiday or weekend that will have you coming back for more of everything

Recharge your batteries by booking a weekend in Clarens

After a week that consists of bumper to bumper traffic, technology overload and pushing the envelope during office hours, there’s no doubt that you’ll benefit from a weekend in Clarens to recharge your batteries, leaving you ready for the next round in the hurly burly craziness of daily life.

Clarens is an experience that’ll satisfy all your senses.  Everywhere you look you’re surrounded by the sheer beauty of this village at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, and ringed by the Red Mountains (Rooi Berge), giving your eyes a dramatic break from the usual sights in the city.

If you love the sounds of birds waking you up and sending you to sleep, instead of being subjected to the urban sounds you start the day with, then your ears will be deeply grateful to you for the break.

Your taste buds will think you’ve brought them to taste bud heaven as you explore coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants that each bring a different flavour and style to their menus.

This awesome mixture of eateries in Clarens may just have you letting out another notch in your belt.  Take a gander at the top ten restaurants in Clarens here, updated in August 2019.

The Clarens Brewery does more than hand crafted beer, cider and gin, there’s also a delicious m enu on hand that’ll have you staying longer than you may have planned!

So where does your sense of touch fit in?  Well, you’ll be scrounging around in gift shops for something special to take back home, and you’ll definitely feel your wallet shrinking as you reach in to buy stunning artwork produced by the local artists who make Clarens the art mecca it is.

When last did you breathe in fresh, pollution-free air filled with the fragrance of nature?  Spending a weekend in Clarens will fill your lungs with all the good stuff you need before you head back to the grindstone!

If you’re feeling low on energy, then nothing will get the blood pumping like white river rafting, horse riding, abseiling, hiking, cycling or any of the other adrenalin-charged activities that make Clarens an awesome break from the city.

If you prefer a gentler experience of Clarens you should know that the Clarens golf course is one of the most beautiful courses in South Africa, with the best trout fishing and fly fishing to add to the less strenuous activities to enjoy in Clarens.

Enjoy award-winning service when you book a holiday at Clarens Eddies

Having won Certificates of Excellence from Booking.com and TripAdviser 5 years in a row, you can be certain that whether you choose the self-catering option or the bed and breakfast option, you can look forward to holidaying in style and comfort at Clarens Eddies.

With two rooms for singles or couples who aren’t interested in cooking on holiday, and one self-catering unit for two, along with two self catering units that sleep 4 and 6, privacy is guaranteed for families or couples.

The tastefulness of the décor in each unit and room adds to the quiet magic of this bed and breakfast just a walk-away from the Clarens Village Square.

Because Clarens Eddies isn’t a large, commercialised home away from home for guests, it’s essential that you look at booking your accommodation as early as possible, to make sure no one steals what should have been your holiday haven!

The awesome staff at Clarens Eddies Self Catering or B&B work hand in hand with owner Dawn Trevelyan to bring the best of everything to travellers from around the globe who choose this exquisite corner in the Eastern Free State.

As locals of this magical valley, this team will share all the inside information you may need to know, so that you enjoy the very best of everything that Clarens has to offer, and that’s the best kind of information you could hope for!

There’s an atmosphere of warmth in everything this team does to make sure you’re comfortable and have everything you need, from ensuring that in winter you have electric blankets to topping up the free toiletries you can expect as a welcome home treat…and you will feel right at home!

No matter which unit you book, you’ll have beautiful views of the Rooiberge (Red Mountain) or the majestic Maluti Mountains to entice you out to soak up the stunning beauty to be found everywhere which way you look in Clarens.

Get to know the locals and rub elbows with the artists that have put Clarens on the map with art that crosses every genre, and since you’ll be eating in one of the many eateries in Clarens Village Square, you’ll also get to know passionate restaurateurs and local brewers.

Clarens Eddies opens this world to you and then welcomes you back whenever you’re ready to rest your head, hang out around the braai or veg in front of the big screen TV!

Having all the modern conveniences in an old world setting most definitely includes WiFi, after all, how are you going to upload videos and photos to social media, or use cloud storage to keep your memories safe until you can share them back home.

You can see that the team at Clarens Eddies has made sure that you’ll have everything you could to make your stay with them unforgettable in the best possible way.

Enjoy the best accommodation in Clarens by contacting the Clarens Eddies team to book for your next weekend break or extended holiday, in a mild climate that’s mild throughout the year.