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 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.


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.


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.


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!


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?


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.


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.


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.


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!


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 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 and international, 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, 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!