Throw your troubles into an old kit bag & drop them off in Clarens!

This has to have been the worst year ever experienced by most people, universally, which means that if you can get away and head for Clarens in the Free State, the pure fresh air and wide open spaces will help to blow all your troubles away.

It doesn’t matter if you only have a weekend to getaway, if you live in Durban, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, the trip will only take a little over 4 hours from each of these locations.

In fact Clarens has always been a favorite weekend hideaway for many taking the short journey to what’s fondly known as The Jewel of the Free State, and finally, after a total lockdown, the team offering the best accommodation at Clarens Eddies Self Catering/Bed & Breakfast is back in full swing.

There is more than enough fresh air to go around, and with the lowest rate of infections, the Free State is the perfect weekend break, or for a few more days than just a weekend.

The welcome extended by the staff at Clarens Eddies is so genuine that you can’t help wanting to stay a little longer, or to visit again and again to become another of the regulars who won’t stay anywhere else in Clarens.

It’s not just the welcome that lets you know you’ve hit a bulls eye by choosing to stay at Clarens Eddies, it’s also the fact that as locals, the staff and owner Dawn Trevelyan will be the perfect guides to you in terms of finding the best hiking trails, restaurants and over 20 things to do in Clarens, and they do it with joy!

This is a team that’s received the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame from 2015 to 2019 from TripAdviser and Booking.com, which should give you a pretty clear idea about what to expect when you book into Clarens Eddies!

Clarens should be on the bucket list for anyone that loves a rich history, which is the case with Boer War Sites, Bushmen Paintings to be found in the sandstone cliffs around this 100 year old village, as well as the Basotho Cultural Village not far from Clarens.

Visiting Clarens any time of the year will always be a stroll down the annals of time and history, no matter where you look. There is also unmistakable evidence of a rich past in the sandstone architecture still to be found in many houses, art galleries and restaurants in and around the Village Square.

This beautiful valley, combined with staff that really care that you enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Clarens, makes it one of those destinations you can never get tired of. 

It’s certainly off the beaten track, which must account for the phenomenal art displayed in galleries along the Art Avenue. Your unit at Clarens Eddies is also a miniature art gallery, with paintings and other artwork displayed beautifully in this stylish accommodation.

If you’re ready for more than just a bit of fresh air, affordable accommodation that’s stylish and designed for comfort, then this is the time to contact Clarens Eddies to make your booking.

Visit Clarens in the Free State once & you’ll be hooked!

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This is the truth, a truth many who have visited Clarens in the Free State and stayed at Clarens Eddies Self Catering or B&B will testify to! In fact, here’s link to testimonials you may want to explore, before you go any further in finding out what makes the accommodation at Clarens Eddies so special and well-loved!

These are real testimonials posted online, and, once you’ve checked out the 9.4 average score earned by this team, you’ll be chomping at the bit to experience the very same kind of service excellence, along with genuine care at this awesome, affordable accommodation in Clarens.

Owner Dawn Trevelyan poured great care into building Clarens Eddies in 1999, designed to meet with her own high standards, paying attention to the smallest detail and displaying creativity with décor that would lead to private, comfortable and stylish accommodation for her guests, and she has more than achieved this!

The team at Clarens Eddies will lay everything on for you winter, spring, summer or autumn, however, they don’t provide meals as they are a few minutes walk from Clarens many restaurants. They’ll make sure you’re warm when you need to be and cool when it’s necessary on hotter days!

They’ll also arrange delicious picnic baskets at your request and make sure you eat at the best out of over 20 restaurants in the Clarens Village Square. 

Clarens is very much a holiday destination you can enjoy at any time of the year, the beauty is constantly changing into something even more beautiful as the seasons pass, and though you may need a warm jacket for the cooler nights here and there, in every other way, the team at Clarens Eddies will be at your service 24/7!

There’s vibrancy about Clarens nestled at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains that makes it an eclectic mix of art works produced by many artists who came to visit and stayed, as well as being home to well known Clarens Brewery, loved for the finest hand crafted beers and ciders presented with awesome food as well!

Along with spectacular scenery, whether from your window or on a hike, there is simply no comparison at any other holiday destination other than this one affectionately called The Jewel of the Free State!

There’s always a special on accommodation to be had if you keep an eye out on the Clarens Eddies website or call the team. These specials make it possible to enjoy staying a few more days, despite the state of our economy.

You’ll find that the accommodation at Clarens Eddies is very versatile, in a sense that it’s been designed to welcome families, groups of friends or couples on a romantic getaway, with units ranging from between 2 to 6 guests, up to a maximum capacity of 16 guests.

Privacy, style, hygiene and service excellence all-round, make Clarens Eddies the best accommodation in Clarens, with all the mod-cons of technology at your fingertips, such as fast, free WiFi access and a big screen TV featuring selected DSTV channels.

If you love comfort, cleanliness, activities and entertainment on your holiday, then Clarens Eddies is definitely up your alley. Callingo this awesome team to make your booking will be your first step towards a holiday destination you will return to, again and again! 

 

If a combination of breath-taking scenery, art, history & food piques your interest, you’ll love Clarens!

Horse Riding In ClarensAffectionately called the ‘Jewel’ of the Free State, Clarens beckons visitors from everywhere in South Africa and from the four corners of the world to indulge themselves in a world of diversity, all of which is contained in a valley that holds a picturesque village that’s over one hundred years old.

If anyone you know tells you they’ve been to Clarens and there’s nothing to do there, you can be absolutely certain that they’re lying to you, more than likely just so that they can keep it their secret!

No matter how many words are used or written to describe this village lying at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and the Rooiberg Mountain range, they will never come close to the actual experience of spending time in this kind of magic, steeped in history and art.

For lovers of history

If it’s history you’re after, you’ll have it in spades in and around Clarens! From the architecture in the village that reflects the shades that only sandstone can produce, to relics of the Anglo-Boer War, there is something to pique the interest of lovers of history.

Ancient history is represented by the fossils left behind by dinosaurs, while the lives of the hunter-gatherers known as the San people, or Bushmen, are beautifully preserved in the art they left behind in search of peace, when war broke out between the Basotho Nation and the then Boer settlers.

For lovers of nature

Clarens Nature reserve is right on your doorstep if you’ve brought your well-worn hiking boots along for the ride! If you’re lucky enough to be staying at Clarens Eddies, well, you’re in for a real treat, because owner Dawn Trevelyan will take you on a guided mountain walk that will take your breath away, not through exhaustion, but because of the awe-inspiring beauty you’ll find along the way.

If you’ve always dreamed of exploring the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho from the perfect base, then Clarens Eddies is the perfect home away from home from which to start the adventure. The border is just over 40 minutes away from Clarens, and, with the Maluti Mountain range calling you to greater heights, you’ll be absolutely saturated in the beauty of this area.

There’s a lot more than this for nature lovers in Clarens, however, there’d have to be another five pages added to this one to expand on it all! 

Hop into a hot air balloon and you’ll get a really good idea of just why it is that artists and photographers from around the world fall in love with Clarens too!

For lovers of art

Well, there’s absolutely no shortage of art in Clarens. It’s called the Art Mecca of South Africa, and with good reason. The indescribable beauty that has made this village home to so many artists’ means that you can take your pick of galleries to visit for what comes out of this region artistically – it could take a while though, since there are around 18 or 20 art galleries that line what is called the Art Route in Clarens!

For lovers of food

All that fresh air is going to make you very hungry, so, it’s just as well you’ll have the pick of around 30 eateries that cater to everyone from full-on vegans and vegetarians to lovers of Baked Chicken Pesto, Pizza, Oxtail Stew, Beef Curry, Pasta Deluxe and so much more.

Ice-cream and coffee shops rub shoulders with the now famous Clarens Brewery, and you’ll also be able to splurge on cheese and wine along with a visit to Red Stone Craft Gin.

What is mentioned here in terms of food, wine, beer, coffee and gin is simply a tiny taste of what you’ll find in the flesh when you visit Clarens!

Book your stay at Clarens Eddies for the most comfortable home away from home, from which to launch your adventure into all that Clarens has to offer!

 

Start with what guests say about Clarens Eddies & you’ll no doubt make your booking post haste!

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One of the best things you can do to make sure that you’re not going to choose the wrong accommodation for your holiday, is to find out what guests have to say about it, before you make your booking!

We’re not talking about testimonials that have been wrung out of guests on-site, these are independent online testimonials that are being referred to with regard to Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering!

On booking.com, Clarens Eddies is rated as ‘Excellent’ at a score of 9.5 out of 181 reviews, which is something not to be sniffed at!

This a score that cannot be disputed, not only in light of what guests have to say about their stay with this team, but also in light of the fact that according to booking.com and TripAdvisor, Clarens Eddies has been awarded Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame from 2015 – 2019, without fail!

What guests have to say – we’ll leave the names out for now, but you can view these recommendations here for yourself:

“Exceptionally friendly hostess and staff. Conveniently situated within walking distance of the centre of town. Awesome unit. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

Now if you live in Johannesburg, Durban or Bloemfontein, how can you resist being a hop skip and a jump away from a weekend in awesome accommodation like this!

“The lay-out of the room is thoughtful and tasteful. Exceptionally tidy and clean. Dawn is passionate and delightful.”

Interested yet? Here’s a little more!

“Very clean. Good value for money, Quiet position. Dawn gave us tips and good advice and we went on guided hike with her in Clarens. Kitchen appliances modern and well equipped.”

Okay, just a little more!

“Great price. Walking distance to town and close to other places of interest. Friendly and helpful host and all an all great place to stay for a stopover or even a longer holiday.”

The point is, Clarens Eddies is the ideal accommodation in Clarens for any holiday, whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway or full family holiday!

There is everything anyone could possibly need in the rooms and in the self-catering units, including beautiful views of either the Rooiberg Mountain Range (Red Mountains) or Maluti Mountains.

The beds are notoriously comfortable, the linen squeaky clean and everything else that’s laid on is in top condition, no threadbare rugs or covers allowed here!

If you’ve booked for a romantic weekend away in Clarens, you have the choice of a self-catering unit for two, or one of two rooms that have the basics such as a microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle at the ready for when you want to eat in.

If you’re bringing the whole family, you’ll have the choice of units that sleep 4 or 6, and, with the specials on right now, 6 of you could easily pay just less than R270 per night, per person!

These are discounts that are really well-timed for pockets that have been drained by what COVID-19 has done to what was already an economy hitting rock bottom!

The upshot? If you’re looking for stylish, comfortable and affordable accommodation in Clarens for your next break, now’s the time to make your booking with Dawn and her team, post haste!

Clarens Eddies extends a warm welcome back to guests at lockdown level 1

According to owner, Dawn Trevelyan, she and her team have barely been able to keep up with the demand for accommodation at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self-Catering since doors opened again on 1 September 2020, which is great news for regulars, and of course, newcomers!

The apparent hunger that guests are feeling for the great outdoors has also led to a tremendous increase in demand for Dawn’s free guided mountain walks, and, she also says that in all her years in Clarens, they have never seen so many hikers out on the many trails in and around the town!

Having been cooped up for so long, it would seem that the need for a break, a holiday or even a weekend away in fresh, crisp country air is overwhelming for the majority of visitors to Clarens from Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein, bringing new life to this beautiful valley again.

It would seem that many are ready for something new, and Clarens is once again the hot spot for those seeking fun and adventure after a year in which lives have been turned upside down.

Clarens Eddies has always had a superb reputation for its standards of hygiene, both inside and outside, but, with the arrival of COVID-19, Dawn and her team has also instituted all the added COVID-19 hospitality cleaning regulations, along with the necessary on-site screening.

If you’d like to know a little more about this Risk Adjusted National Lockdown and easing of travel and tourism industry restrictions, please click here.

Considered award winning accommodation in Clarens, the team at Clarens Eddies is still the same one that’s in the TripAdvisor and Booking.com Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame, which is where they’ve been since 2015.

What you can look forward to when you book your accommodation at Clarens Eddies for your first break in a long time, is that along with the normal service excellence, you can also look forward to the warmest welcome this side of the equator, as life slowly returns to normal!

There is nothing quite like the beauty of the Clarens valley and the mountains surrounding it to breathe new life into the mind, body and soul, which is in essence the reason that so many artists make this their home.

No doubt you’re tired of rustling up hundreds of breakfasts, lunches and suppers over the extreme lockdown periods we’ve had, in which case, you’ll love exploring the many restaurants in Clarens Village, evidence that the beauty of this area not only inspires artists but chefs, bakers and cooks too!

Clarens Eddies is the perfect winter getaway, and right now, you’ll be heading into the tailwind of it and into the beginning of a springtime you can only believe if you see it.

With 10% discount on this awesome accommodation in Clarens up for grabs right now, how can you possibly pass up on this opportunity to well and truly reward yourself and your loved ones for all you’ve made it through together?

Contact Dawn and her team today to make sure that you have the most comfortable, most affordable but classy accommodation awaiting your arrival!

 

If a combination of breath-taking scenery, art, history & food piques your interest, you’ll love Clarens!

Affectionately called the ‘Jewel’ of the Free State, Clarens beckons visitors from everywhere in South Africa and from the four corners of the world to indulge themselves in a world of diversity, all of which is contained in a valley that holds a picturesque village that’s over one hundred years old.

If anyone you know tells you they’ve been to Clarens and there’s nothing to do there, you can be absolutely certain that they’re lying to you, more than likely just so that they can keep it their secret!

No matter how many words are used or written to describe this village lying at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and the Rooiberg Mountain range, they will never come close to the actual experience of spending time in this kind of magic, steeped in history and art.

For lovers of history

If it’s history you’re after, you’ll have it in spades in and around Clarens! From the architecture in the village that reflects the shades that only sandstone can produce, to relics of the Anglo-Boer War, there is something to pique the interest of lovers of history.

Ancient history is represented by the fossils left behind by dinosaurs, while the lives of the hunter-gatherers known as the San people, or Bushmen, are beautifully preserved in the art they left behind in search of peace, when war broke out between the Basotho Nation and the then Boer settlers.

For lovers of nature

Clarens Nature reserve is right on your doorstep if you’ve brought your well-worn hiking boots along for the ride! If you’re lucky enough to be staying at Clarens Eddies, well, you’re in for a real treat, because owner Dawn Trevelyan will take you on a guided mountain walk that will take your breath away, not thorugh exhaustion, but because of the awe-inspiring beauty you’ll find along the way.

If you’ve always dreamed of exploring the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho from the perfect base, then Clarens Eddies is the perfect home away from home from which to start the adventure. The border is just over 40 minutes away from Clarens, and, with the Maluti Mountain range calling you to greater heights, you’ll be absolutely saturated in the beauty of this area.

There’s a lot more than this for nature lovers in Clarens, however, there’d have to be another five pages added to this one to expand on it all! 

Hop into a hot air balloon and you’ll get a really good idea of just why it is that artists and photographers from around the world fall in love with Clarens too!

For lovers of art

Well, there’s absolutely no shortage of art in Clarens. It’s called the Art Mecca of South Africa, and with good reason. The indescribable beauty that has made this village home to so many artists’ means that you can take your pick of galleries to visit for what comes out of this region artistically – it could take a while though, since there are around 18 or 20 art galleries that line what is called the Art Route in Clarens!

For lovers of food

All that fresh air is going to make you very hungry, so, it’s just as well you’ll have the pick of around 30 eateries that cater to everyone from full-on vegans and vegetarians to lovers of Baked Chicken Pesto, Pizza, Oxtail Stew, Beef Curry, Pasta Deluxe and so much more.

Ice-cream and coffee shops rub shoulders with the now famous Clarens Brewery, and you’ll also be able to splurge on cheese and wine along with a visit to Red Stone Craft Gin.

What is mentioned here in terms of food, wine, beer, coffee and gin is simply a tiny taste of what you’ll find in the flesh when you visit Clarens!

Book your stay at Clarens Eddies for the most comfortable home away from home, from which to launch your adventure into all that Clarens has to offer!

 

Book your accommodation in Clarens today & drink in the start of a glorious spring

Springtime in Clarens is the epitome of the reason that this beautiful valley and picturesque town is known affectionately as the ‘Jewel’ of the Free State.

The village and valley weave a tapestry of colours no human hand could possibly create, mixing light pink cosmos flowers and bright yellow daisies in with a hundred shades of green, to bring out the perfect expression of life awakening after winter.

Held lovingly in the arms of the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and Rooiberg Mountains (Red Mountains), Clarens is a holiday destination that truly belongs on the bucket list of anyone who dreams of holidays off the beaten track.

This is not to say that Clarens is a secret anymore, but it is one place that will eternally remain unsullied by the noise and pollution of some of the bigger holiday destinations. 

This is a hundred year old village meant especially for those who are looking for peace, fresh air and beauty in their surroundings.

Booking your accommodation at Clarens Eddies Self Catering or Bed and Breakfast is a must though, to make the most of all that’s on offer in this magical valley.

Everything you could possibly wish to do on holiday, whether it’s to hike trails that lead to breath-taking vistas, pop in for a scrumptious breakfast or head for the sky in a hot air balloon, is virtually on your doorstep at Clarens Eddies!

Here’s some of what you can look forward to at Clarens Eddies:

Comfort and style

Comfy, stylish accommodation that has real personality. No two rooms are the same and it’s easy to see that the eclectic décor is that which has been collected lovingly in travels over the years, by owner Dawn Trevelyan and her team.

Works by local artists hang in all the rooms at Clarens Eddies, turning it into a mini art gallery as a first course before you head out to the many varied art galleries that make their home in Clarens Village Square!

Genuine care

The team at Clarens Eddies really care about their guests, and it shows in their willingness to do all they can to ensure that guests lack for nothing during their stay. If you visit in winter, you’ll be kept warm, and, if your timing is perfect this year, you’ll be kept cool when summer comes.

Help with holiday plans

With a list of over 30 things to do in Clarens, you will appreciate the fact that this team is ready to assist you in any way they can, to help you plan an unforgettable holiday. They’ll book your outings and activities, as well as assist with bookings at one of the many restaurants in the village, for the best in culinary delights.

Insider information

Dawn and her team know this area like the back of their hands, to the extent that Dawn offers free guided mountain walks for her guests, which are very popular. This team also has all the inside information you could possibly want, about where the best of everything is in their village and valley, whether in terms of activities, art, gifts or food.

With borders open again and guest houses flinging open their shutters, the best thing you could do right now is to make sure you get your booking in at Clarens Eddies, before anyone else can steal your dates!

 

Start with what guests say about Clarens Eddies & you’ll no doubt make your booking post haste!

One of the best things you can do to make sure that you’re not going to choose the wrong accommodation for your holiday, is to find out what guests have to say about it, before you make your booking!

We’re not talking about testimonials that have been wrung out of guests on site, these are independent online testimonials that are being referred to with regard to Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering!

On booking.com, Clarens Eddies is rated as ‘Excellent’ at a score of 9.5 out of 181 reviews, which is something not to be sniffed at!

This a score that cannot be disputed, not only in light of what guests have to say about their stay with this team, but also in light of the fact that according to booking.com and TripAdvisor, Clarens Eddies has been awarded Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame from 2015 – 2019, without fail!

What guests have to say – we’ll leave the names out for now, but you can view these recommendations here for yourself:

“Exceptionally friendly hostess and staff. Conveniently situated within walking distance of the centre of town. Awesome unit. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

Now if you live in Johannesburg, Durban or Bloemfontein, how can you resist being a hop skip and a jump away from a weekend in awesome accommodation like this!

“The lay-out of the room is thoughtful and tasteful. Exceptionally tidy and clean. Dawn is passionate and delightful.”

Interested yet? Here’s a little more!

“Very clean. Good value for money, Quiet position. Dawn gave us tips and good advice and we went on guided hike with her in Clarens. Kitchen appliances modern and well equipped.”

Okay, just a little more!

“Great price. Walking distance to town and close to other places of interest. Friendly and helpful host and all an all great place to stay for a stopover or even a longer holiday.”

The point is, Clarens Eddies is the ideal accommodation in Clarens for any holiday, whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway or full family holiday!

There is everything anyone could possibly need in the rooms and in the self-catering units, including beautiful views of either the Rooiberg Mountain Range (Red Mountains) or Maluti Mountains.

The beds are notoriously comfortable, the linen squeaky clean and everything else that’s laid on is in top condition, no threadbare rugs or covers allowed here!

If you’ve booked for a romantic weekend away in Clarens, you have the choice of a self-catering unit for two, or one of two rooms that have the basics such as a microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle at the ready for when you want to eat in.

If you’re bringing the whole family, you’ll have the choice of units that sleep 4 or 6, and, with the specials on right now, 6 of you could easily pay just less than R270 per night, per person! 

These are discounts that are really well-timed for pockets that have been drained by what COVID-19 has done to what was already an economy hitting rock bottom!

The upshot? If you’re looking for stylish, comfortable and affordable accommodation in Clarens for your next break, now’s the time to make your booking with Dawn and her team, post haste!

 

This is where you’ll find the best accommodation in Clarens!

Recharging mind, body and spirit comes free in the beauty of the Clarens valley, but when it comes to finding the best accommodation around, you’d have to start at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self-Catering!

Why would that be?

It’s affordable!

Yep, we’ve all been tightening our belts for a long time already in an economy that’s long forgotten what it’s like to be stable and healthy, so this is one of the first things we look at before booking accommodation, no matter where you’re going.

The trick is not to end up somewhere that translates ‘affordable’ into cheap in every sense of the word, but to find accommodation that has class and comfort that lines up with the budget.

This is exactly what owner Dawn Trevelyan and her team are able to offer guests looking for the best in affordable accommodation in Clarens!

It’s stylish and comfortable

Style is pretty useless without comfort, whether you’re talking fashion or accommodation! You want to sink into a good mattress, cover yourself with a light-as-air duvet and step out of the shower into a fluffy clean towel, and at Clarens Eddies you can be sure of this and so much more!

It’s organised self-catering

Leave the hairdryer and dishwashing liquid at home! This team has got this and so much else completely under control, all in an effort to make sure you have the best of everything under their roof!

You’ll have everything that opens and shuts in the kitchen to make self-catering a cinch. Your coffee, sugar, powder milk and tea will be replenished daily, and you won’t even have to drag your own dishcloths along with you.

The bathroom features all the goodies you deserve to have on hand, such as loo paper, hand soap, loo spray, hand soap and shampoo, and, if you’ve decided to take it really easy in-between, you’re welcome to add a daily clean of your unit to your tab!

It’s warm in winter and cool in summer!

If you’re feeling chilly in winter, the team at Clarens Eddies will make sure that you have an electric blanket and a heater to keep you warm, that’s if you haven’t chosen to stay in one of the units that has a fireplace! Book early to make that fireplace yours!

In summer you’ll have fans to keep you cool if it gets a little too warm for you. Of course you can spend as much time as you like swimming, just ask for directions to Kloof Dam in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve, and dive into its fresh, clear and clean water!

It’s about having the inside track on everything in Clarens!

Having locals on your side in the form of the staff looking after your every need is a real bonus when it comes to wanting to make sure you’ll be heading in the right direction, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch and supper, finding the best hiking trails, booking the morning in a hot air balloon, or planning the best white water rafting experience.

With over 20 restaurants and coffee shops, along with over 30 things to do in Clarens, you’ll need all the help you can get to make sure that every moment you spend here really counts!

Of course there’s a lot more to Clarens Eddies than there’s space for here, but to get the full experience of all that’s on offer from Dawn and her team, go right ahead and make that booking today!

 

Head out to Clarens for a week of hiking & 4×4 adventure

If you’re lucky enough to have a week to spare and you love hiking or 4×4 trails that are out of this world, then Clarens is the place for you! If all you have is a weekend, get ready for one that’ll get the oxygen pumping and lift your spirits enough to tackle anything the city has to throw at you on your return.

4×4 trails in Clarens offer terrains that vary between easy sandstone and rocky travails that can include loads of sand, with a river crossing and the mud it promises thrown in for good measure, which brings all the elements together that any 4×4 enthusiast could hope for.

The real cherry on top is that you’ll be straining those four wheels in a valley that offers stunning scenery, running the length and breadth of this valley that nestles at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Eastern Free State.

A peek at a few 4×4 trails in and around Clarens

Old Mill Drift Trail

With a length of 28.6km, Old Mill Drift is definitely not for the faint-hearted. You’ll head up to 2.183m above sea level over a rocky, gravel road, and, according to the 4×4 fundis, you’ll definitely be better off with a vehicle that has good ground clearance and a low range.

If you like steep and rough, you’ll love the Old Mill Drift trail!

2 Bergwoning Trails

Just 15km from Clarens you’ll find 2 4×4 trails bordering on the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, one of which is geared towards a family outing on a self-drive trail that’s not too rough and that only takes around 2 hours.

The other is for those made of sterner stuff. If you’re looking for an adventure trail that comes with a guide, you can look forward to anything from 4 to 7 hours’ worth of rocky areas interspersed with river crossings. More than enough to work up a good appetite for the awesome variety of restaurants in Clarens!

There are more trails than these, so this is just a sneak peek! Remember to ask about the different grading levels for the trail you want to explore, as well as to make sure you know which will be the right vehicle, 4×4 or 4×2, to make the most of the trail you settle on.

If you’re bringing the family along and not all are up for 4×4 adventure in the muck and slush, there’s so much else to do in Clarens that anyone left behind won’t begrudge you your time out on the trails. Definitely a fine recipe for keeping yourself in the pound seats with everyone else!

For anyone not joining you on the trail, point them towards the awesome staff at Clarens Eddies and this team will reveal a list of things to do that’ll keep everyone happy, irrespective of age.

A peek at a few Hiking Trails in Clarens

If you’re staying at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self-Catering accommodation, you’ll have the hiking experience of owner Dawn Trevelyan on hand to point you in the right direction for a hike that suits your level of fitness.

Head for the Maluti Viewpoint Trail if you’re after a breath-taking sunset looking out over the majestic mountains that surround Clarens.  This is an easy thirty minute walk.

The Scilla Walking Trail is so named after the beautiful blue Scilla flowers that bloom across the sandstone cliffs from late September to November, leading you to stunning views of the surrounding mountains yet again.  The scenery is really something to write home about, no matter where you turn in and around the Clarens Valley!

This walk is a wee bit tougher and longer than the Maluti Viewpoint Trail, taking closer to an hour to complete.

Make sure you take a picnic basket along with you, the fresh mountain air is enough to whet the least of appetites!

There are far more than these two walks and hiking trails in and around Clarens, however, you’d have to visit, hiking boots in hand, to be able to make an informed choice about the path to take!

Where to stay?

At Clarens Eddies, naturally! Everything you want to do starts at your doorstep at Clarens Eddies, up to and including taking a comfy stroll into Clarens Village Square, which holds its own very special store of treasures, from food to art to curios!

Contact Dawn and her team to make your booking for a holiday to be had in stylish comfort at affordable prices! The award winning service you can look forward to makes getting back to your digs at the end of a busy day out on the trails, on foot or in a vehicle, sheer heaven on earth!

Clarens – where dinosaurs and Sandstone Mountains reign supreme!

Clarens is the gem that nestles beautifully in a tapestry of history that speaks of dinosaurs that roamed the Eastern Free State 200 million years ago, along 50 million year-old Sandstone Mountains that reflect in their different levels and layers of colour the rich depth of their history.

This is but the backdrop to this exquisite valley tenderly nestled at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. There is a lot more to the history that has made Clarens a unique experience for any holiday maker looking to make the most out of a trip to the Eastern Free State.

You’ll find that the sandstone from these mountains feature prominently in the architecture of this picturesque village, ever reminding visitors of its history that goes back over a 100 years.

The Dinosaurs and spectacular Sandstone Mountains are not all that make Clarens unique, but to find out everything about this village that makes it so demands at least one visit in a lifetime, no matter how far away you live!

Sunsets are made truly spectacular when thunder and lightning dance along the Maluti and Rooiberge (Red Mountains) mountain ranges in the distance, and, as with any ‘dorp’ far from the city lights, you can almost reach out and touch the stars in this magical valley.

Aside from the fact that thousands of 4×4 and cycling enthusiasts make yearly pilgrimage hear, Clarens is home to spectacular horse riding, and there’s plenty to be had, whether it’s for the kids, or for adults heading out for a pony trek in the Maluti Mountains.

Head for the Golden Gate Highlands National park for a guided horseback game viewing experience of wildlife and hundreds of species of birds. You can do the same at Schaapplaats Farm, where you’ll catch glimpses of Eland, mountain wildebeest, zebra and springbok from the saddle.

There is clear evidence of the lives Bushmen led in this beautiful area, left behind in their paintings, historical sites of bloody battles that raged between the British and the Boer settlers, and those that were waged between the Boer farmers and the Basotho.

Despite a history rife with bloodshed, Clarens is a rich tapestry of everything that speaks of peace and tranquillity, with art living in close quarters to food from virtually every corner of the world.

It’s almost impossible to leave Clarens without a keepsake found in a curio shop, craft market or art gallery, which makes it a good idea to bring a little extra in your wallet for more than just the smorgasbord of activities to be enjoyed in this corner of the Eastern Free State!

As far as accommodation in Clarens goes, the most central you can get is at Clarens Eddies! Despite the comfort and style you’ll be staying in, Clarens Eddies offers affordable accommodation that has been designed and built to suit diverse needs, from those wanting an affordable family holiday to couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Clarens Eddies B&B and Self-Catering accommodation has everything and more than you could possibly need on holiday in this magnificent valley, irrespective of whether you decide to feed the horde yourself on holiday, or to free yourself from the stove and indulge in all that’s on offer at the many local eateries on your doorstep.

Despite the fact that you’ll be surrounded by history, ancient and more recent, you’ll have free WiFi access (super-fast!) and for entertainment after a hard day out in the fresh air, a flat screen TV to lull you to sleep if the sound of crickets and birds saying goodnight are a little to loud for you!

Book your stay in Clarens today by calling the friendly team at Clarens Eddies for an unforgettable holiday!

Choose Clarens Eddies as your springboard to a world of fun & adventure

Anything you do on holiday is made so much better by the knowledge that your home away from home for the duration is everything you could have hoped for in terms of comfort, style and affordability.

Unfortunately some of us have experienced the let-down of being drawn into booking accommodation based solely on a good sales pitch and pretty pictures, all of which turns out to be a far cry from what was promised.

This is not going to happen to you when you choose Clarens Eddies B&B and Self-Catering accommodation in Clarens!

The team on hand to welcome you has been awarded Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor and Booking.com for five years running, and they’re well on their way to a 2020 Certificate, keeping them firmly in the Hall of Fame as far as Certificates of Excellence go!

This is a consistency that’s rare in the hospitality sector, and this is one team that consistently keeps their eye on the ball, not just for the prestige, but for the knowledge that their guests receive the very best they have to offer.

There is so much to explore in Clarens that the inside info this team has at the tip of their fingers is of real value for any guest choosing Clarens Eddies as their springboard to a world of fun and adventure in this village that hugs the eastern corner of the Free State.

While Clarens is a fantastic draw for visitors from nearby Jo’burg, Bloem and Durban, it’s also pretty high on the list of places to visit passed on by previous visitors to new adventurers planning a holiday in South Africa.

Safety and security is great in this quaint village. Not that there’s no crime, but the level of it is minimal and doesn’t require any of the real warnings that come with travel to South Africa and many other major holiday destinations around the world, which makes for serious relaxation.

Standards are very high at Clarens Eddies, whether it’s concerning how beautifully the exterior and interior of the guest house is maintained, or the high standards of hygiene wherever you look.  If you’re fussy about cleanliness you’ll find yourself in good company here.

A long history and breath-taking scenery has made this Jewel of the Free State a haven for artists, with enough art galleries lining the Village Square to satisfy the tastes of all art lovers.

You definitely can’t come to Clarens without a camera! It’d be sacrilege not to take images of this stunning valley back home to share with friends and family who’ve not yet had the privilege of visiting this beautiful corner of the world!

Nothing beats having somewhere comfy and stylish to lay your head when you’ve been out exploring in the fresh air, even if it’s only to head out to enjoy a craft beer at the Clarens Brewery or divine meal at any of the 20 or more restaurants that dot the Village Square!

Making sure that every guest has everything necessary to turn Clarens Eddies into the accommodation of choice as the springboard to a world of fun and adventure in Clarens is what it’s all about for owner Dawn and her team, and they do it exceptionally well!

There are great accommodation specials that are up for grabs on a regular basis, so, if you want to spend a little more time in Clarens than your accommodation budget allows for, keep a look out for Clarens Eddies accommodation specials!

Stuck for things to do in Clarens on your next visit?

It can be understood that you may have trouble deciding on what to do in Clarens, especially if you only have a weekend handy for a visit to a place as chocka block as Clarens is with activities and adventures.

This is actually the kind of information the staff at Clarens Eddies Self-Catering and B&B will offer freely anyway, but perhaps you want to plan a few of these activities ahead of your arrival, which is why we’re putting this list of things to do right here, just to give you a bit of direction.

Naturally we can’t fit it all in here, there’s just so much of it, but here goes for starters:

Wall climbing

If your kids are making you climb the wall, make them climb it for a change, the real wall that is! Clarens Xtreme has a 6 or 10 meter wall that you can send them up a few times just to make a point, but you can also join them if you’re feeling the need for this kind of strain! Oh, and it’s all outdoors too!

Stunning MTB trails

In case you didn’t already know it, Clarens is mountain biking territory!  You’ll have experts on hand to guide you to the best mountain biking trails that’ll suit your idea of a great mountain biking weekend.  If you want to take the trail through the Clarens Village Conservancy it’s easy, just buy a ‘Village Conservancy hiking map’, pack your hiking boots away and climb onto those two wheels for an unforgettable ride!

Mountain hikes and walks

If Owner of Clarens Eddies, Dawn Trevelyan, is home on the range, she’ll take you on a guided mountain walk to share her intimate knowledge of the area with you, so it’ll be much more than just a walk in the fresh air.

If she’s not there, you can rely on her team to send you in all the right directions for the walks and hiking trails that lead right from your doorstep.

Paintball

Remember those drivers that drive you nuts in rush hour traffic, well, here is a great way to take aim at them, without them actually being there! Don your goggles and suit to head out for all the paintball fun you, your friends and your family can handle!

Hot air ballooning

This is one adventure that’ll bring you up close and personal with the sheer beauty of the Clarens valley and the majesty of the Maluti Mountains that surround it. The team at Clarens Eddies will know exactly how to hook you up with the guys that’ll give you a lift-off like you’ve never experienced! They’ll also make sure to remind you that there’ll be a delicious breakfast in the village once you land!

Visit the Basotho Cultural Village

A visit to this traditional Basotho village will take you right back to the lifestyle lived by the South Sotho’s in the 1600’s, one that’ll take you even further back into the history of this 100 year old village, and it’s only a 45 minute drive from Clarens Eddies to go back in time.

Visit Surrender Hill

10km’s from Clarens is the Anglo-Boer War battlefield at which the Free State Boer commandos finally had to surrender to the well-armed, overwhelming forces of the British. This site is just one of the many in and around Clarens that speak of a rich history and cultural melting pot!

Visit…Lions Rock to give rescued lions the love they deserve, go cherry picking in November, follow in the footsteps of Dinosaurs, watch the history of the San (Bushmen) unfold in rock paintings, hit the Ash River for white water rafting or fly fishing…and that’s not all!

With a superb reputation for hospitality and service, you can be absolutely certain that whatever has been left out here will be on the tip of the tongue for the team at Clarens Eddies!

It’s a sure bet that whatever you do, Clarens is not just a stopover! This is a stop…and stay for as long as possible corner of the beautiful Eastern Free State! Book your accommodation at Clarens Eddies to make sure you know exactly where to go and what to do in Clarens Eddies, straight from the horse’s mouth!

If you’re short on time but in desperate need of a break, Clarens is calling!

For Capetonians, for instance, Clarens is nothing more than a wishful thought as far as weekend getaways go, but, for those living in Jo’burg, Bloem or Durban, it’s literally just around the corner!

For many people, the only way they can keep up the hectic pace of city life and all that comes with it, is to have the right weekend hideaway close to home.

Clarens is the answer, on your doorstep. Within 3 or 4 hours, depending, you’ll be welcomed at the gateway to Clarens by the imposing Titanic Rock, so named by a resident in the year the Titanic sank.

This is the sight that welcomes thousands of weekend and mid-week visitors year after year, in every season, and it’s just the beginning of the magic that awaits in Clarens.

There’s magic in the glory of the natural surroundings, in the art, the food and in the people, making this a break that could well pull you in and make you part of an interesting, eclectically inclined community, without much effort.

Even if all you want is to hibernate for the weekend you’ll have to eat, and it’s there that you’ll find yourself so charmed by the locals that the hibernation idea may be put on the back-burner, till next time, maybe.

Clarens holds something for everyone, no doubt about that, and it’s this that calls visitors back time and again, whether they arrive from overseas or from Jo’burg!

For the very young

There’s a lot of fun to be had for the smaller kids in Clarens, but we’ll just give putt putt a nod here, or perhaps a hot air balloon adventure. Add in exploring bones and teeth left by Dinosaurs and you get the idea. Simply put, they’ll have a ball, and there’ll be no complaining that they’re bored!

For the youthful

Ah, youthful energy! Well, there’s plenty room for anyone with excess energy and a love of adrenalin-fuelled excitement to go around. If you or yours are in this category, well, then you have an incredible choice of activities in Clarens!

Ziplining, 4×4 trails, abseiling, white water rafting, horse riding, MTB trails…and on and on. This keeps anyone busy enough in healthy fresh air to get back to the rat race with batteries completely recharged!

For the Golden years

Clarens is definitely a place of peace and tranquillity that anyone in their Golden years can sink their teeth into. Visiting a multitude of art galleries, restaurants, local makers of hand crafted beers, cider and gin are great starters for lazy days spent exploring Clarens Village Square.

Of course there’s also the Clarens golf and trout fishing lure on offer, or beautiful walks that take you to vistas which demand a picnic basket properly accompanied by a good bottle of wine!

For romantics

Definitely! Whether or not you only catch a glimpse of each other amid busy schedules, you’ll find romance in its fullest in Clarens. Book a room or intimate self-catering unit at Clarens Eddies and prepare for a feast of romantic outings. Perhaps a pony trek in the Maluti Moutains, a hot air balloon ride you’ll never forget over a valley more magnificent than you’ve ever seen?

Or a couples day at a Clarens spa? Fine dining or el fresco? A jaunt to Golden Gate National Park or a simple picnic at any one of the most exquisite viewpoints of the valley and surrounding mountains? This and more is all there for the taking.

What to do next?

That’s simple! Book affordable accommodation at Clarens Eddies Self-Catering and B&B, and get ready to enjoy world class service excellence in style and comfort!  Booking is essential if you want to enjoy the best of what Clarens has to offer right on your doorstep!

Here’s what to look forward to when you stay at Clarens Eddies Service that can’t be beaten!

This is one of the many things you can confidently count on when you choose to book accommodation at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self-Catering! Under the personal guidance of owner Dawn Trevelyan, this complement of staff has been awarded Certificates of Excellence for the last five years in a row, so much so that they’ve made it into the Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame.

This takes sheer dedication and commitment to the comfort of guests visiting this stylishly comfortable accommodation in Clarens, the type of commitment that never wavers.  It’s quite simply a case of caring about every guest that makes Clarens Eddies their home away from home!

Generosity of spirit

This is another quality that money can’t buy, one that extends to ensuring that no guest is ever left to wonder about what to do in Clarens, or which of the many restaurants will offer the best experience, according to the tastes of each guest.

In short, they’ll help you with your holiday plans so that you don’t miss anything you’d like to catch on your visit.

They know every nook and cranny of this century-old village, and they are generous to a fault with insider tips.  If you need bookings done for activities or meals this is the team that’ll make sure you get exactly where you’d like to go.

It’s all about bringing the unforgettable experience that’s Clarens to vibrant life for their guests! It’s their back yard and they’ll share their love of it unreservedly.

Accommodation type

Clarens Eddies offers diversity when it comes to the accommodation. There are self-catering units that are just the right size for families, or groups of friends heading for adventure here, or, single rooms just right for couples and singles.

You’ll have everything that opens and shuts, that cleans and keeps warm, as well as the other goodies we all love on holiday, like shampoo, hand soap and loo spray, and they’ve even thoughtfully added a can of Doom for good measure…you know, just in case a pesky mozzie is attracted to you!

No room is the same at Clarens Eddies.  Each has its own unique character in terms of décor and furniture.  It’s a one-of-a-kind type of holiday accommodation!

There are three units with braai facilities, and in winter you’ll have the option of warming yourselves at the fire in three of these, and, if you don’t opt for the fireplace, you’ll have plenty of warmth with heaters and electric blankets!

Summer of course sees the fans come out, so you’re set for any weather at Clarens Eddies!

Art on your walls

Clarens is considered the art Mecca of the Free State, and with good reason, what with an art gallery round every corner! Dawn has turned Clarens Eddies into a miniature art gallery by displaying original works created by local artists in every room, but that’s not all! You’ll find your own private art gallery right there, without setting foot out of the door.

Need to know more?

No doubt you do, but to encapsulate all that makes this B&B and Self Catering accommodation really special is impossible in this little space, the suggested route to the rest is via the Clarens Eddies website.

Above all, you’ll be able to scroll through all the fabulous recommendations from previous visitors that’ll give you that extra nudge to book your next stay at Clarens Eddies without further ado!

 

Don’t miss out on a holiday or weekend in Clarens, South Africa – book your accommodation now!

If you’re looking for family-friendly, affordable accommodation in Clarens, then you should start at Clarens Eddies Self-Catering and B&B! This comfy accommodation is situated in a setting as quiet as you would expect of a holiday hideaway that takes you out of the noise and stress of high speed life in the city, yet close enough to the bustling village square to stretch your legs a little, and fire up your imagination!

First time visitors and long-time regulars alike, come face to face with staff that bring fresh meaning to the word hospitality, going to bat for guests in order to create comfort that continues to bring these visitors back, again and again.

This beautiful valley, nestled at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and surrounded by the Rooiberge (Red Mountains), has imbued the team at Clarens Eddies with a warmth and welcome that is rare in other sought after holiday destinations in South Africa.

Affectionately called the Jewel of the Free State, nothing about Clarens is ordinary, not in the stunning natural surroundings, or in the architecture that harks back a hundred years.

Out of the ordinary too is the fact that in this small village there are adventure companies offering fun and excitement in such variety that choosing what to do can consume a lot of your time, unless you plan well in advance.

On the opposite end of the scale, it’s doubtful that many villages of this size can offer the simplicity of uncomplicated outdoor pleasure. The fresh air and fragrance of nature wafting on the breeze make hiking and scenic walks a must for visitors.

One of the great bonuses about the team at Clarens Eddies is that they know all about the activities that can be enjoyed here, they know the best options and will more than happily make bookings for you for any of these adventures.

Dawn Trevelyan, owner of Clarens Eddies, knows each hiking trail intimately and often takes guests on hikes and walks when she’s in residence, failing which, you’ll have the best info on hand courtesy of her team.

Beauty is celebrated in this valley in every possible way, expressed in a multitude of disciplines at the hands of local artists. There is an entire avenue dedicated to art, where strolling in and out of galleries can take the best part of your day, if you’re an art lover.

It won’t take long for you to understand what it is about Clarens and its surroundings that has created a depth of inspiration for the artists, sculptors and photographers that have made Clarens an art Mecca in South Africa, and their permanent home.

If you love food, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the Clarens Village Square, where many restaurants and coffee shops spill out onto pavements, sheltered by trees that are hundreds of years old.

Despite the fact that Clarens is a weekend and holiday destination of note, it retains its old world character and charm, so much so that it’s clear it’ll never become a commercialised, overcrowded holiday spot.

Contact Dawn and her team at Clarens Eddies to make your booking today for this popular, well-loved home away from home!

What to do in Clarens this weekend

If all you have is a weekend and you live in Jo’burg, Bloem or Durban, then Clarens is just the place for you, especially if you plan on making more than one visit.

The reason it’ll probably be more than one visit is because Clarens is a world apart from the crazy rush of everyday life in the city, and it begs you to explore from one end of this valley to the other.

It’s a truly breath-taking valley that lives between the hills of the Maluti Mountains and the Rooiberge (Red Mountain), bringing to life the natural beauty that changes colour with each season that passes.

Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering plays host to hundreds of visitors every year who are looking for a weekend away with a difference, and, considering the rave reviews guests give this accommodation, it’s the best place to start an adventure in Clarens.

With rooms for couples, singles and self-catering units for friends and family, the centrally situated location of Clarens Eddies means that everything you’d like to do is right on your doorstep.

The only times you’ll need to get behind the steering wheel is if:

 

  • You’d like to visit Golden Gate National Park to take in the prolific flora and fauna in this beautiful area.
  • You’re up for a bit of skiing and head out to Afriski Mountain Resort for adventure when the snow starts piling up in this rugged region in the heart of the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains.
  • You’re ready to tackle a pony trek through the Maluti Mountains on Basotho ponies that are born to travail breath-taking, rugged terrain with sure-footed strength.
  • If going up, up and away in a hot air balloon takes your fancy, the basket is waiting for you, just a hop skip and a jump away from Clarens Eddies, and since there’s no better way to take in the sheer magnificence of this valley, you won’t mind the short drive there.
  • Interested in entertainment with a difference in the open air? Then taking a drive to watch a live performance laid on by the Basotho Cultural Village will be right up your alley. The sandstone amphitheatre that hosts these performances is the perfect backdrop for sharing the story of a culture that dates back to the 16th

Here’s what to do without having to get behind the steering wheel:

 

  • Take a walk to the Clarens village square, where you’ll be kept busy for as many hours as you’d like, visiting art galleries, peering into gift shops, moseying through an eclectic array of craft markets and answering the sirens call of a world of cuisines calling your name from sidewalk cafes and restaurants.
  • Take a hike, literally! The hiking trails in and around Clarens are magnificent, and cater to all levels of fitness. First prize is to be had when Dawn Trevelyan, owner of Clarens Eddies, shares with you the intimate knowledge of all the hiking trails you can enjoy on your doorstep.
  • Feed your love of history, which encompasses everything from the sandstone architecture that is still very much part of Clarens today, to the Clarens Museum.
  • Close your door at Clarens Eddies and ride out on your bicycle to experience the fresh air and scenery that makes cycling in Clarens a must for keen cyclists.
  • Or…Relax on the couch and enjoy the works of local artists right there on the wall of your home away from home, without moving an inch, except perhaps to grab a munchies out of the fridge!

There’s more

But, if you’d really like to know what ‘there’s more’ really means, contact Dawn and her staff for the real inside scoop, it’s guaranteed to whet your appetite enough to get you ready to pack up the car!

This is accommodation in Clarens at its best!

Recharging your mind, body and spirit doesn’t cost much more than a drop or two of petrol and the best accommodation in Clarens! Small price to pay, isn’t it?

Especially if you’re lucky enough to manage a booking at Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering, where affordable accommodation in Clarens is synonymous with comfort and style!

In addition to fresh air, vast open spaces and adventure around virtually every corner from your accommodation, the staff at Clarens Eddies will thoroughly spoil you, so that by the time you leave you’ll be making a booking for your next trip, just to be sure you’re not left out in the cold next time around!

Here are a few reasons that make Clarens Eddies the choice home away from home for new visitors and regulars:

The welcome

No one but the locals can welcome you as warmly as this team!  In fact they’ve been awarded a place in the Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame for being counted among the best over the last 5 years, and they intend to stay there!

The ultimate commitment from Dawn Trevelyan and her team is to be available round the clock to make sure that your comfort takes first place at Clarens Eddies, and unfailing commitment that never wavers.

The helping hand

Although there are over 20 eateries in Clarens, trying to decide on which to try next for breakfast, lunch or supper, won’t be as easy as it will with the inside information you’ll have from this team.

They’ll also assist you with making bookings for any adventures you’d like to take on, and, because you’ve got a huge choice of them, that same inside info will be great!

The accommodation

If you’re planning a romantic weekend, there’s one self-catering unit available, if you want to cook a candlelight dinner for two, as well as two rooms that have the basics such as a fridge, microwave and kettle on hand to keep you in munchies for the duration, in-between forays into the village.

Should you be planning to bring the whole family or a group of friends along, you’ll have self-catering units to choose from to keep everyone close and comfy.

At most Clarens Eddies is able to sleep up to 16 guests, which gives everyone the privacy that should be enjoyed on a lazy holiday or weekend away.

The comfort

There’s no doubt that owner Dawn pulled out all the stops where it comes to making sure that guests are surrounded by comfort and style after a day out in nature, or on lazy days spent wandering through Clarens Village.

With the fresh air you’re going to be soaking up, you’ll need a comfy bed to sink into at the end of the day, or a couch to curl up on to watch the sun go down, and that’s precisely what you’ll have here.

Style is added to the comfort factor, with the works of local artists adorning the walls, and an eclectic style of décor that speaks volumes for the fact that nothing is repeated in any room.  Everywhere you look in any of the rooms you’ll find authenticity, setting Clarens Eddies apart from the usual overdone, replicated rooms and units elsewhere.

The cleanliness factor

The care taken in terms of cleanliness will make anyone who counts cleanliness above much else ecstatic! Everything is clean, from outside in, and it shows.

…so much left to say, but…

There simply isn’t enough space here to go into all the reasons that Clarens Eddies fits the bill for being accommodation at its best in Clarens, but, if you’re interest has been piqued, give this super team a call to make your booking today!

Enjoy a family holiday like no other in Clarens

If there’s one corner of the Eastern Free State that encompasses the very essence of romance on one hand, and on the other the perfect holiday getaway for the whole family, it’s Clarens.

Clarens Eddies B&B and Self Catering accommodation in Clarens has seen many a family through awesome holidays in sheer comfort, guiding old and young to all the best in activities, gift shops, art galleries and more, making sure that everyone has something to remember on the trip home.

The team at Clarens Eddies is thoroughly committed to your comfort, welcoming you as only a team that has won Certificates of Excellence from top international and local booking sites could.

This is just one of the reasons that guests become regulars, especially those that are able to make it back to Clarens from nearby Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban weekend after weekend.

As a weekend getaway, it’s hard to beat what Clarens has to offer. The sheer beauty of this valley and 100 year old village is enough to hold the attention. There’s so much to take in during the space of a weekend, but, with the right inside information, which is freely available from the staff at Clarens Eddies, you’ll be able to make the most of your visit.

If you’re more interested in taking a quiet walk from Clarens Eddies into the village than in the physical exertion of extreme activities, then you’ll be utterly charmed by a stroll through the mixture of history and architecture around every corner in Clarens Village Square.

Talking about strolls, you’ll also find that there are a plethora of hiking trails that are in the main just right for a comfortable walk, without having to push yourself too hard.

The prize at the end of these trails is the natural glory reflected in the open vistas that bring a riot of colours out in every way, from the Maluti Mountains in the distance, to the Sandstone Mountains for which Clarens is famous for.

For those with energy to spare, horse riding, cycling and white water rafting await, along with many other activities designed to tire the fittest in the family!

There’s a beautiful golf course in Clarens and some of the best waters for trout and fly fishing, if that’s what takes your fancy! If you’d like to add a little wildlife to your Clarens adventure, the Golden Gate National Park is just around the corner from Clarens Eddies.

Horse trails, 4×4 trails and MTB trails show off some of the most exhilarating sights you’ll ever see, which is exactly why Clarens is aptly nicknamed The Jewel of the Free State!

This post cannot, in any way, describe the true magic that a family holiday in Clarens will bring. The only way to enjoy the full scope of the adventures that lie ahead for you and your family, is to make your booking today with the friendly team at Clarens Eddies.

You may well come for a weekend, but you’ll be back for a week…or more.

A peek into the history of beautiful Clarens

Think dinosaurs and you’ll get a picture of just how much history there is to uncover in the village of Clarens, Eastern Free State.

We’re going to take as brief a look as possible into the colourful history behind this village 100 years old, hugging the foothills of the majestic Maluti Mountains and close to the border with Lesotho.

Dinosaurs

Before there were any human beings in this valley, there were the Dinosaurs, and, their remains invite visitors to follow in their footsteps, to uncover fossils that have been preserved up to 300 million years.

Following in the footsteps of the dinosaurs in Clarens is something that both young and old will enjoy, especially when the tour is led by professionals who’ll give you the history behind the physical evidence.

Khoisan

Today the rock art of the Khoisan in the area around Clarens is evidence that these were the first human inhabitants in the area. Once the Basotho’s moved into the area, and the wars that came with them, the peaceful Khoisan (Bushmen) moved to areas more suited to their way of life.

There are caves in which bushmen/Khoisan art is preserved, a vivid journey into the history of these people who first lived in the Clarens area.

White settlers

The Voortrekkers were the next to arrive in the Clarens area. This was in an attempt to get out from under British rule and the threat of war that always loomed between the boers and the British.  Peace was not to last for them though, not with the wars that started between the boers and the Basotho people, as well as those fought against the British.

In the period of 1865, war was declared on the Basotho nation on the heels of the murder of 5 Transvaal burghers in the Eastern Free State, a war that lasted a bloody year.

Anglo-Boer war

British colonization added to the war with the Basotho’s, bringing with it a war for independence that made the area around Clarens a battlefield. The British targeted boer families, destroying their homes and then sending them to British concentration camps.

Many women and children chose rather to hide in the same caves that had been home to the bushmen, giving Clarens and the surrounding area a wealth of historical sites, rich tapestries of stories that continue the legends of that period marked by bloodshed.

Titanic rock

In the year that the Titanic sank, Clarens officially became a village, and in that same year, the prominent rock that welcomes you to Clarens and resembles the bow of a ship, inspired a local to name it Titanic Rock, a name that has lasted for 100 years.

Clarens today

Today, Clarens is one of the sought after holiday destinations in South Africa, enticing visitors around the globe to soak up the kaleidoscope that history, geology, architecture and art produces in this beautiful valley and village.

Whether it’s tranquillity you seek, surrounded by breath-taking beauty, or excitement in the form of over thirty things to do in Clarens, you’ll be satisfied on every level.

Make sure that you set aside enough time to take in all that’s on offer in Clarens because time passes so quickly, and before you know it, it’s time to pack up and leave.

There is a way to make sure that you catch up on everything that attracts you to Clarens and that’s to book your accommodation on the way out, and if there’s one team that’d welcome you among other regulars, it’s those at Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering!

Don’t miss out on the experience of a lifetime in this beautiful corner of the world by waiting too long to book this affordable, comfortable accommodation in Clarens!