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!

If you’re planning to visit Clarens, make sure you do it in comfort & style

If there’s one thing we all want when reaching the destination we’ve chosen for a weekend or extended holiday, and that’s accommodation that makes you feel right at home from the moment you get there.

And it’s not just the accommodation itself. The people who’ll be looking after you are also a big part of your downtime. To know that they love what they do is a guarantee that your welfare and comfort is their only concern.

Another essential for exploring a village like Clarens, which boasts a 100 year old history with little that’s changed, is knowing that the staff looking after you is able to give you the insider’s view on all that makes Clarens the Jewel of the Free State.

Aside from everything else that makes Clarens a sought after holiday destination, it’s an easy 3 or 4 hour drive from Jo’burg, Bloemfontein and Durban.

Clarens has become the weekend getaway for those living a short drive away to all this beautiful little village and breath-taking valley has on offer. And there’s a lot on offer!

Now, the accommodation you really need, to make the most of Clarens, in absolute comfort and style!

Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering is perfectly situated within walking distance to the village square, so if you’d rather just keep the car for outings a little further than the village itself, you’ll be doing just fine here!

The Clarens Village Square is where you’d probably be spending a lot of your time, enjoying the broad selection of menus on offer from more than 25 different restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and deli’s, waiting to serve you breakfast, lunch and supper.

With space for only 16 guests, Clarens Eddies offers the kind of privacy that’s so welcome on holiday, especially if you have noisy neighbours back home!

There are 3 self-catering units and 2 lovely rooms that are just right for romantics, making this the perfect mix of accommodation for families and for couples enjoying a getaway from the rat race.

After a busy day moseying around the village, or enjoying the spectacular nature on display in this magical valley, you’re going to love sinking into a superbly comfortable bed, which is exactly what you’ll have at Clarens Eddies.

With hiking trails, 4×4 trails, mountain biking trails and over 30 different things to do in Clarens, you’re going to want to be able to veg out around a braai, or to curl up on a comfy couch at the end of a busy day, and the team at Clarens Eddies make sure you have it all.

Being surrounded by the works of local artists is definitely not going to hurt either for aesthetics!

Add to this level of comfort super-fast WiFi and a flat screen TV waiting to keep you company on the really lazy days, and you’ve got just the right mixture of old and new in a natural setting to blow all the cobwebs away.

Make your booking at Clarens Eddies today to make sure that you’ll have the most affordable accommodation in Clarens. It’ll be the perfect place to lay your head when you need time to replenish your batteries in between each fresh round of fun and adventure.

You may well start out planning a weekend, but rest assured, Clarens is a place that’ll draw you back again and again, until it finally becomes a yearly pilgrimage that’ll make you yet another Clarens Eddies regular.

What to do in Clarens on your next holiday

Holiday. What a magical feel-good word it is! It’s that much needed break from the hum drum frenetic life we live on a daily basis, the one thing that keeps us sane in-between, and we have to have it!

No matter what you’d like to do on your break, whether it’s for a weekend, a week or two, there’s something on the list for you to do, which bears the kind of spotlight on activities in Clarens that are highlighted below.

Important to remember though, is that you book your accommodation at Clarens Eddies for the most comfortable, most central spot from which to start the adventure.

So, back to the awesome list of activities to line up for your holiday.

For adrenaline junkies

We all know that getting the blood pumping out in nature is the best cure for stress, and Clarens offers you the best of it all, such as:

Zipline and abseiling adventures

Sailing through the air or hanging mid-air takes on a different flavour when you do it in the beauty that nature offers in Clarens, and there are adventure companies that’ll make sure you have the best experience possible while you get the blood flowing!

Quad biking

A must for anyone who loves the open air on four wheels! There are guided quad biking tours to be that’ll take you to heights and views that only this stunning valley has to offer, and the locals who’ll guide you know every kink in these mountains, so you’ll get the best of it all!

You can expect the same exhilaration on a mountain bike in this area, perfect for it!

Cycling

If you love your two wheels then cruising along or speeding it up on your cycle will be the best yet, and cycling in Clarens is a must for anyone ready to imbibe the fresh air, sights and sounds along the way.

White water rafting

Let the professionals take you down the Ash River for an adrenaline rush as you tackle 9 rapids along the way. Important though, is to make sure you aren’t too distracted by the scenery and prolific bird life along the way, you might get wetter than expected!

For the more laid back

Horse riding

Even the little ones get a helping hand to clamber up onto one of these beautiful beasts, under close observation of horse whisperers in the vicinity to Clarens Eddies.  The terrain is perfect and you have a choice of two farms, one 5km and the other 12km outside Clarens, and the Golden Gate National Park that offer horse riding tours.

There’s also the adventure of going on a pony trek through the Maluti Mountains, a perfect way to drink in the rich natural beauty that abounds in the area.

Putt Putt

A bit of healthy competition on a putt putt course is a great way for the family to enjoy a fun timeout, or, to pit your swing against that of your partner in romance.

Hot air balloons

There really is nothing like getting up at the crack of dawn to float gently across this breath-taking valley, giving you a bird’s eye view of all the reasons why this stunning valley is called the Jewel of Africa. Romance is definitely in the air if you sweep your loved one up for an unforgettable experience of natural beauty.

Ready to make your booking at Clarens Eddies?

Let it be said that this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the long, long list of activities lined up, so, just to make sure you really get the idea, you will definitely find loads of things to do in Clarens.

In fact, you’ll have to keep coming back before you ever get to the end of the list, so make that booking now with the friendliest team in the village!

 

Start your pilgrimage to Clarens by booking the best accommodation in town

Holiday seasons and weekends make Clarens a hub of excitement that bears no resemblance to the neon lit frenzy one finds on holidays to major cities or beaches in South Africa.

We say the ‘hub of excitement’ with a completely different meaning to the pace that makes busy days in the city seem as if life is always on fast forward, without any chance of smelling the roses along the way.

We all know that living at a pace like this without rest builds up enough stress to warrant taking a step back from it all, and exploring the beauty of this village, affectionately called the Jewel of the Free State, is just the remedy.

This does not mean that you won’t have anything to do if you still have the energy to raise yourself from the inertia that the peace in this breath-taking valley encourages, because there’s plenty to do in and around this village.

For a start, if you need a comfy home away from home from which to explore places like the Golden Gate National Park, Afri Ski Resort and Mont -aux- sources, Clarens Eddies is the perfect place to lay your head in between outings.

You’ll also have the mountains of Lesotho right on your doorstep, calling you to take a perch on a donkey for an adventure in this beautiful part of the Maluti Mountains.

As far as having things to do in Clarens is concerned, you’ll be handed a list of over 30 activities to choose from, whether you want a chill experience or a high adrenaline rush.  There’s plenty for everyone, from kids to adults and grandparents.

…and let’s not forget the 20 restaurants that’ll go a long way to expanding your waist!

But what about the accommodation at Clarens Eddies?

Décor

Clarens Eddies has its own art gallery that offers a taste of what the local artists are producing, and, since Clarens is considered an art mecca, the art flows over onto the walls of the self-catering units and rooms, bringing that original touch hard to find elsewhere.

Beds

Heaven! There’ve been no corners cut where it comes to making sure that when you lay your head down after a busy day hitting restaurants, art galleries and an eclectic mixture of shops, you won’t want to get up off these comfy beds.

Self-catering Kitchens

Carefree packing is a must, if you’ve chosen to stay in one of the self-catering units! Bring the grub and other luxuries you’d like to cook up, without worrying about itty bitty things like dish cloths, dishwashing liquid or your morning coffee and tea.

Bathrooms

Clean, clean, clean! Plus you don’t have to worry about packing your hairdryer, loo paper and air freshener, hand soap and shampoo, with a healthy dose of doom thrown in for good measure.

Linen

Nothing tacky here! Look forward to fluffy towels, fresh linen and warm blankets that show no signs of unravelling.

Entertainment & WiFi

There’s a flat screen TV waiting for you on the nights you choose to stay in, and, of course there’s high speed WiFi included, so that you can keep friends and family updated about the awesome holiday they’re missing!

Braai

Absolutely yes! We love braaing and a holiday without a braai is not a South African holiday!

There’s so much more  what Clarens Eddies offers guests, aside from the warm welcome and caring attitude you can expect from the staff, which makes this the place of escape for families and for couples looking for more than just a touch of romance.

Last, but definitely not least, mosey on over to the recommendations uploaded to booking.com by guests, and you’ll get the best idea of why Clarens Eddies is home to guests who return year after year and weekend after weekend, from South Africa and around the globe!

Romance is in the air in Clarens

It stands to reason that if Clarens is a sought after wedding destination, it also has to be the perfect place for a romantic getaway! Romance is definitely in the air here.

Everything about Clarens speaks of romance, from the old world architecture in a cobblestone village square harking back a hundred years, to the hikes that cry out for lovers to spend their time soaking up awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets, with a picnic basket and champagne on hand, of course.

The first place to start though, is to make sure you book your accommodation at Clarens Eddies Self-catering/B&B for the most comfortable, most private and conveniently situated accommodation close to everything a romantic couple will enjoy.

Booking is essential. This welcoming spot is in demand for romantic getaways, attracting guests from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban.  You could say it’s just around the corner – a three to four hour corner, depending, making it well worth a weekend trip.

Of course a week or two will have you settling in nicely in this home away from home, while you head to the village to indulge in great food, great company and funky little shops that’ll have you opening your wallet a lot more than you had planned!

Being an artist’s haven, the social life in Clarens, which centres on the village square, is eclectic, filled with interesting locals who each have their own colourful stories about why they live here and why they’d never think of leaving!

You may even find that once they’re through with you you’ll start looking at properties that’ll make the perfect second home! Imagine!

The restaurants and side walk cafés are a lot like an Italian piazza, flowing out onto the pavement under beautiful shade trees – made for romance.

Clarens Village Square is for strolling lovers, taking a peak in here and there, and stopping in every now and then along the way. You can spoil each other with gifts galore as you move from art gallery to art gallery and on to the interesting shops that line the village square.

If you aren’t afraid of heights, a hot air balloon glide across this beautiful valley is a must for romantics. Looking across the valley towards the majestic mountains that hold this village in their arms is an experience neither of you will forget!

This is nature at its most spectacular, designed to bring romance to life no matter what you do with your days.

The rooms at Clarens Eddies are ideal for couples who have no desire to cook during their break. There is of course the kitchen basics such as a kettle, microwave and bar fridge, after all, why would you want to waste time cooking when you have some of the best restaurants right on your doorstep!

There is a self-catering unit for couples who really want to do a bit of their own cooking of course, we wouldn’t want to deprive any potential gourmet chef from spoiling a loved one with fare that speaks of love.

The team at Clarens Eddies will also be all too happy to point you to the best eateries and make the bookings for you. They have all the inside info you could possibly need to make your romantic weekend in Clarens an unforgettable one!

Book for a romantic weekend in Clarens while you can, this little village, although still peaceful, is like a magnet to romantics from around the globe, so don’t waste a moment making sure you have a booking confirmed at Clarens Eddies to avoid disappointment!

Have you booked your festive season accommodation in Clarens yet?

If you haven’t,it’s absolutely necessary to get on to the team at Clarens Eddies B&B/Self-Catering, before it’s too late.  And it’s easy for it to be a serious squeeze to get into this popular guest house with fantastically comfortable accommodation, due to the fact that at 16 guests it’ll be chocka block full!

Why do guests keep coming back to Clarens Eddies? Well that’s easy.  Having won Service Excellence Certificates from top holiday booking sites Booking.com and international Tripadvisor.com, this is a team that’s made an art of giving the best of everything to make any stay truly memorable.

Be prepared though. If you haven’t already enjoyed the magic that is so prevalent in this village in the valley between the Rooiberge Mountains (Red Mountains) and the Maluti Mountain range, know that you’ll be booking your next stay before you head back home!

At a time when South Africans are tightening their belts in the face of the economic downturn, the one thing that we still all need is that festive season break that brings peace to the soul, making it necessary to shop around for affordable accommodation in Clarens at the end of a tough year.

Well, Clarens Eddies goes all the way towards making it possible for families and romantics to save money for fun that otherwise would be spent on expensive accommodation.

The thing is, there’s just so much to do and see in Clarens that you need that extra lolly to make the most of all the goodies that catch your eye, begging to go home with you, so, affordable accommodation it must be.

Don’t let the tag ‘affordable accommodation’ make you think you’re going to be staying somewhere cheap. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The rooms and self-catering units are stunning, filled with décor, paintings and objects de art that have been lovingly collected by owner Dawn Trevelyan since she first opened the doors to this unique accommodation in 2006.

No unit or room looks the same as the next, yet it all comes together in a style that makes you want to laze about in sunrooms and lounges for a while, before you hit the village.

To raise yourself from your comfy corner to head for the popular Clarens Village Square you simply step out of your space, take a short walk and

 

Voila, you’re in a world that comes from another time in history, yet has all the mod cons we’ve become used to in an age of technology.

Not only do you have great views of the mountains from your accommodation, you’ll also be able to soak up the magical smells and sounds that only Mother Nature can produce, born of rain and thunderstorms that dance on the peaks of majestic mountains.

It must be said here that Clarens is a holiday destination that offers the best weather all year round, summer or winter, so it’s not as if it rains every day either. It does get a bit chilly in the evenings when winter swings around, but the summers are beautifully mild, perfect for all the outdoor activities that make for great holidays.

Contact Dawn and her team to make your booking for a festive season holiday never to be forgotten…but get there quickly!

Nestled in the valley between majestic mountains you’ll fall in love with Clarens

The ochre-orange sandstone of the Rooiberge Mountain range and the pastel blue and purples of the majestic Maluti Mountain protect a village that exudes mystery, magic and beauty.

This is where Clarens hides from the rest of the world, quietly going about life away from the bright lights and deafening sounds of the city, offering respite to weary Joburgers and Durbanites in desperate need of a complete breakaway.

Clarens is a place that‘ll charm the most jaded visitor and make a convert of them, adding yet more visitors to the list who’ll be back, again and again.

The colours of nature in this valley are indescribable, though many an artist has come as close as possible to capturing the essence of this stunning beauty.

Photographers come from all around the globe to immerse themselves in the varying lighting throughout the day and night across the valley and into the majestic mountains that ring it lovingly.

Clarens Village itself retains an old world feel hard to find in other holiday spots, with its sandstone buildings that have stood for a hundred years, giving yet more inspiration for artists and photographers.

In fact, the oldest building in Clarens is the NG Church and still as beautiful as it was 100 years ago when it was built.  This same sandstone was used to construct the Union Buildings in Pretoria, yet another testimony of the beauty and strength of Clarens sandstone.

You’ll find that there are many locals who started out as visitors only to find that living in this beauty and tranquillity has such a pull that before they know it they’ve bought the farm!

Clarens is about natural beauty one can drown in, great food, eclectic art and curios, Basotho blankets and extreme activities mixed with the more gentle of these, which is more than enough variety to satiate all the senses of anyone wanting to spend a weekend, a week or more.

In fact, those who keep returning make this quaint village a favourite weekend getaway so that they can sample the goodies they didn’t last time round, and it takes a long time to get around to checking off a bucket list for Clarens.

Hospitality is the name of the game in this beautiful little town, which is exactly as it should be in a setting such as this.  The welcome is so genuine that it’s hard not to get attached to your favourite restaurant, hiking trail, mountain bike trail or horseback ride…or your great accommodation!

Hospitality and a warm welcome is exactly what you get when you book accommodation at Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering. The staff here are locals who want nothing more than to make sure you get the best out of your stay with them, and they pull out all the stops to make it so.

Their care for guests is so obvious and it extends to the comfort you can expect, the cleanliness of your surroundings (it’s nice to think you can eat off the floor, though it’s a habit not encouraged!) and all the extra bits and pieces that will be showered on you for the duration of your stay!

Fulfil all your wishes about a getaway to Clarens by contacting the team at Clarens Eddies to get your booking in as soon as possible, and keep an eye on the specials that are available so that you can stretch your budget enough to extend your stay.

Lay your head down at Clarens Eddies for the best in affordable accommodation in Clarens

It really doesn’t matter whether you stay a weekend or a week or two, there’s nothing like classy, comfortable and affordable accommodation in Clarens to help you unwind.

Clarens Eddies Self Catering or B&B offers all you need of the above, and more, so that whether you want a quiet weekend away or one packed with adventure, you’ll start out on the right foot here.

Let’s look at a few of the reasons that visitors from around the world and check into Clarens Eddies every year, and keep returning:

A welcome like no other

If a warm welcome from staff who really care about their guests suits your idea of great accommodation, Clarens Eddies fits the bill perfectly!

After all, it stands to reason that anyone living in this beautiful valley surrounded by the Rooiberge Mountain range and the Maluti Mountains is going to be a breath of fresh air when compared to city people who have lost their ability to be welcoming and friendly.

Tasteful furnishing and art work

Clarens Eddies is by no means you average everyday kind of guest house with self-catering units, every room has a different style and feel, all centred on sheer comfort. The stylish décor is raised to another level through the use of original paintings from local artists, and the work of artists in this area are prolific and it shows in the different artworks in each room here.

High comfort levels

Everything is crisp, fresh and clean here. If you’ve chosen to bring family or a group of friends to soak up all that makes Clarens a sought-after holiday destination, book everyone into one of the self-catering units and you’ll find that everything from the kitchen, and more, is laid on free of charge to make life easier for you.

You’ll find that the standard of cleanliness, comfortable beds, fluffy duvets and quality towels and linen are of the highest standard to keep you comfy during your stay.

Great free stuff!

In the self-catering unit you’ll be stocked up with dishcloths, coffee and tea, sugar and powder milk so that you can have those coffee breaks at will. The bathrooms are also a treasure trove for those of you choosing either the self-catering units or the rooms. The ladies (and possibly a few of the guys!) will be delighted to know that over and above free toiletries such as hand soap and shampoo, there’s a hairdryer on hand.

Free WiFi

You may be in a village that’s 100 years old but that doesn’t mean you have to be parted from the usual stuff you need to keep in touch with friends and family who aren’t with you, using high speed WiFi free at Clarens Eddies.

Let’s not forget that there’s also a flat screen TV floating about in your unit too!

A gateway to adventure

You can’t go wrong if you’re looking for adventure in Clarens, not with over 30 activities vying for your attention, and the staff at Clarens Eddies will make sure that you know about everything there is so that you can take your pick, and leave the bookings to them!

Book now!

It’s worth making your booking as soon as you have your dates sorted out because though this Self Catering or B&B is big on heart, it’s not too big in size, taking only a maximum of 16 guests.

Contact Owner Dawn Trevelyan and her team to make your booking, and to ask any burning questions you may have! By the time you book in, you’ll know you’ve made a decision to stay in Clarens that’ll be so great you’ll be booking for next year, or next weekend, as you leave!

 

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.

 

Clarens offers the ultimate experience for the rejuvenation of mind, body & spirit

If you’ve been wondering about the way that people rave about Clarens, then it’s time you checked it out for yourself! The only way you’ll get there sooner rather than later, is to book your accommodation at Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering, pack up the boot, van or trailer,and hit the road.

This is one trip you’ll never regret, and you’ll finally understand that there’s good reason for the hullaballoo surrounding Clarens and it’s 100 year old history that packs a punch for families, singles and romantics.

If you’ve decided to bring the whole family to Clarens but aren’t sure about how to keep everybody busy, the staff at Clarens Eddies will hand you a list of over 30 things to do in Clarens, and they’ll also recommend the best activities that’ll keep all age groups happy.

Naturally you’ll be keeping the usual beady eye on your toddlers and kids under six, but while you’re doing that, you can start planning for things to do as they get older.

Let’s see what Clarens has on offer for everyone in the family, or among your friends…and this is the short list!

For the kids from 6 to 60

Putt Putt

If the you and the kids haven’t played Putt Putt for the longest time, you’ll all enjoy the awesome Putt Putt course in Clarens in natural surroundings that’ll mellow out even the most competitive member of the family.

Wall climbing

If you consider that the kids drive you up the wall, perhaps sending them on a climb up a wall will give them a wee taste of your daily life as a parent!

Of course wall climbing goes down well for competitive couples or groups of friends, since not everyone coming to Clarens has kids!

Paintball

Well this is seriously messy, action-packed fun, and even 6 year olds get a chance to check their accuracy against Velcro targets.  This is a great escape for kids from 10 to 100!

Get the whole family in on it, or choose sides with your buddies to see who gets wiped out first.

Quad biking

Because the team that guides visitors on quad bike rides is opposed to racing, kids older than 6 can join you on your quad bike, while those over 14 can enjoy the open air adventure of stunning trails on their own bike.

Hot air ballooning

Here’s the kind of excitement the whole family can enjoy! All you need is a minimum of 4 people to head for the sky, and if your family and friends make up way more than this, there are more than enough balloons to keep you all up in the sky across the beautiful Clarens valley!

Spas

You’re in for a real treat if you’ve decided you need a bit of pampering somewhere in between fabulous accommodation, culinary heaven and whatever adventures that tickle your fancy.

It makes perfect sense that in a quaint village like Clarens you’ll find that there are spas that’ll lure you to indulge the senses that define relaxation as much as the natural beauty and fresh air you’ll be taking in!

There can be little doubt that on every level, Clarens is a great destination to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit!

…and we haven’t even touched on the extreme sports, river rafting, skiing, hiking, trout fishing and more that’s on offer to keep everyone happy on holiday in Clarens, but we’ll get to that another time!

The staff at Clarens Eddies will point you in the right direction for all these activities, send you to the best restaurants, best hiking trails and best trout fishing in Clarens with absolute pleasure!

 

 

Clarens is the quad biking & mountain biking hub of the Free State

If you love outdoor adventure that includes biking, you’ll find that Clarens has world class mountain biking trails and quad bike out-rides that’ll get the adrenalin pumping on some of the most scenic trails in the Eastern Cape.

Clarens is known as the ‘Jewel of the Free State’, and with good reason.  The trails will take you through the foothills of the beautiful mountains that surround the village of Clarens, giving you spectacular views that simply don’t let up as you tackle the terrain on quad bikes.

Not only do you get to drink in these views, you’ll also be riding through historical sites that hark back to Clarens before it was established, so this is more than your average quad bike experience!

If you’ve hitched your mountain bike to your car you’re going to be hard-pressed to choose from the many different mountain biking trails in and around Clarens, but you’ll get all the help you need from locals to enjoy the best of them.

It’d be a good idea to spend the whole weekend in Clarens so that you can explore these trails and get in on all the other awesome experiences on offer in this stunning valley.

In between the adventures, you’re going to need the right home away from home to lay your weary head, and nobody does it better than the team at Clarens Eddies Self Catering or B&B!

Having won coveted Certificates of Excellence Hall Of Fame from TripAdvisor and Booking.com 5 years in a row, you can understand why guests return again and again to enjoy the hospitality and comfort of Clarens Eddies, which obviously means that it’s best to book as early as possible.

Clarens Eddies is central to the Clarens Town Square, making it easy for you to walk to the ‘dorp’ to enjoy beautiful art, pop in to gift shops and eat breakfast, lunch and supper at one of the many eateries that spill out onto the pavement under the trees.

Eating out in Clarens is a great way to meet the locals, which is an experience in itself, as these are the artists that make Clarens the art mecca of the Free State.

You can imagine that those living in Clarens have a deep and abiding love for their quaint village and exquisite surroundings, which means that you’ll get to know more about the history and culture of this corner of the world than you may have imagined.

The friendly, warm and welcoming staff at Clarens Eddies have in-depth knowledge about their village and the surroundings, and they’ll be more than happy to make bookings at only the best of eateries for you.

If you’re uncertain about what to do in Clarens aside from quad biking and mountain biking, this team will fill you in on every activity there is, and also assist with these bookings.

Clarens is only a 3 hour drive from Johannesburg, 3 hours from Bloemfontein and 4 hours from Durban, leaving you with more than enough time to make the most of a weekend in Clarens.

Of course if you want to extend the weekend and make it 3 or 4 days, speak to owner Dawn about the specials she and her team are always running, they’ll make it well worth your while to stay longer!

Top 5 Things To Do In And Around Clarens

If you’re reading this article you’re probably on your way to Clarens for a weekend (or longer), wondering what to do and see while you’re here. I don’t have to tell you just how beautiful this part of the country is, you probably already know.

Located at the foot of the Maluti Mountains, there are activities and adventures that will satisfy any type of person. Below are ten of the best things to do and see when visiting Clarens.

Clarens Brewery

No trip to Clarens would be complete without a visit Clarens Brewery. If you appreciate craft beer, you can be sure to taste some of the best South African craft beer right here. Make an afternoon of it and enjoy delicious snacks with your beer tasting and tour.

Golden Gate National Park

When it comes to nature, South Africa truly is breathtaking. This is especially true for Golden Gate National Park. With its unique and colourful sandstone formations, gullies, wooded ravines and grasslands, you’ll be amazed at the beauty this area offers.

River Rafting

If you’re adventurous at heart, you’ll be glad to hear that river rafting along the Ash River Outfall is one of the top excursions you can take up in this area.

Hiking

You’ll find a good number of short walking trails in and around Clarens. Most of them offer excellent views of the village and vary in difficulty.

Hot Air Baloon

Nothing is more thrilling than floating in the air over the Maluti Mountains with the person you love. The views from up there are just superb. Not doubt an experience that will create lifelong memories.

Art Gallery

Once you’ve had your adrenalin fix, you can take a stroll through Clarens and visit one of the many art galleries to appreciate unique talent.

Looking for luxury accommodation in Clarens? Look no further. Clarens Eddies is renowned for its lavish accommodation options, centrally located with superior mountain views. Get in touch to make a booking today!

This Is The Best Spot For A Winter Break In South Africa In 2019

It’s winter in South Africa and while it can be tempting to hibernate until spring, taking a vacation might actually be a good idea. And you don’t have to drive all the way to the coast to have a good time either.

There are many alternative options when it comes to taking a short winter break. Typically, you’ll want to go somewhere that offers something to do for every member of the family. Somewhere with beautiful scenery – which isn’t too hard anywhere in South Africa. We are truly spoilt for choice with regards to nature in South Africa. Everywhere you look, you’ll find a photo opportunity.

One destination that stands out from the rest is Clarens. A short drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, you’ll find this little charming town, also known as the Jewel of the Free State.

Why Clarens Is the Best Winter Break Destination in South Africa

There are many reasons why South Africans love visiting Clarens. Located at the foot of the Maluti Mountains, the views are simply spectacular. This little town has some of the best restaurants you’ll find anywhere in South Africa. And it’s worth mentioning that Clarens brewery offers some of the best craft beer and ciders you’ll ever taste.

As for adventures, there are too many to do in one trip. If you’re an adventure seeker, you’ll be pleased with the selection:

  • Hiking
  • River Rafting
  • Quad Biking
  • 4×4 Offroading
  • Abseiling
  • Ziplining
  • Horse Riding
  • Hot Air Baloon Rides

If you appreciate unique art, Clarens will blow you away! Make sure to stop by Blue Donki Art, Tobias Art, AddyHoyle Art Gallery, Bushmen Art at Schaaplaats Farm any many more for a one of a kind experience.

If you’ve been looking for an epic destination for your winter getaway, Clarens is the place to go. Book your Clarens bed and breakfast with Clarens Eddies to enhance your experience even more! Luxury at affordable prices will ensure a holiday to remember! Make your booking today!

5 Excellent Benefits Of Choosing Self Catering Accommodation

Everyone wants to experience living in a hotel at least once in their lives. To sleep in a bed big enough for 10, order room service and take long luxurious baths. But the truth is, hotels can be very expensive. Especially if you’re booking accommodation for a family.

Just because you have a family doesn’t mean you can’t go on holiday regularly. And you don’t have to settle for camping either. Self-catering accommodation is the best way to get a luxurious feel without the hefty price tag. In fact, there are many other ways booking self-catering accommodation can benefit you on your next trip.

Affordable

Self-catering accommodation is much more affordable than hotel accommodation. If you are on a budget, like many other South Africans,  this is an excellent option to still enjoy regular trips.

More Space

Hotel rooms are a little on the small side. If you prefer more space and comfort, self-catering accommodation is the way to go!

Flexible Mealtimes

The last thing you want while on holiday is to feel rushed. Hotels typically offer breakfast between 8 am and 9 am and if you skip it, you lose out. If you like sleeping in, you might want to opt for self-catering accommodation.

Increased Privacy

While some self-catering accommodations do come with cleaning services, it is optional. If you don’t want strangers in your space when you’re not there, self-catering accommodation is the right option for you.

More Accommodation Options

There are only so many hotels in a specific area. But self-catering accommodation is more widespread because of its affordability. Thus, it won’t be challenging to find a place that suits your style and budget.

Clarens is a small but interesting town in the Free State that welcomes many visitors throughout the year. For the best self-catering accommodation in Clarens Free State, Clarens Eddies is the place to book. Our guest house is comfortable, central and extremely well priced so that you can have a holiday to remember. Get in touch to make a booking today!