Clarens guest houses self catering

Should you be on the hunt for Clarens guest houses self catering that’ll meet a diverse range of needs and requirements, then starting at Clarens Eddies Guest House and Bed and Breakfast will be a choice well made!

Own water and electricity supply

You will not  sit in the dark or have the discomfort of being without water.  

The best Clarens guest houses self catering

In order to enjoy all that is on offer in Clarens, which is quite overwhelming if you’re planning a short stay, you’ll want the most comfortable, stylish and affordable Clarens guest houses self catering available.

Comfortable and stylish because you deserve it, and, affordable because every budget has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic!

Let the world-class team at Clarens Eddies look after you

If you haven’t stayed at Clarens Eddies before, and, if you’ve never been to Clarens before, then this is the award winning team you can rely on to help make the most of your stay!

Despite the pandemic, Clarens Eddies Self Catering or B&B has been awarded the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Award from Tripadvisor, which means that the world-class service on offer from this team has brought Clarens Eddies into the top 10% of hotels worldwide!

This is your guarantee of an awesome holiday, which is exactly what we all need when we can’t afford to waste money on accommodation that disappoints!

Aside from this accolade , which was hard-won during lockdown’s, Clarens Eddies has received Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame from both Tripadvisor and Booking.com since 2015, including the one awarded by Booking.com for 2020!

Stylish accommodation, views & art

Your room or self catering unit isn’t just about comfort, it’s also very much about the work of local artists on display in your rooms, as well as stunning views of either the Maluti Mountains or the Rooiberg Mountains from your windows!

The beds and duvets are heavenly and the towels are fresh and fluffy!

You’ll find free essential toiletries like toilet paper, shampoo and hand soap, along with a hairdryer, tea, coffee, sugar and powder milk awaiting your first shower or cuppa!

The units with braai facilities come complete with an outdoor table and chairs from which to enjoy the views and sunsets you will never forget!

Free entertainment

In case you thought you might end up cut off from ‘civilisation’ completely, think again! 

You’ll find the free uncapped WiFi as fast as it would be in any city! In addition to this, you’ll have a big  flat screen TV just waiting for you to curl up on the sofa, ready to enjoy selected DSTV channels when all you want is to munch and enjoy a favourite series or movie!

Loads of things to do

If you’d like to stick close to home, you’ll find that exploring the Clarens Village Square will keep you busy for far longer than you might imagine! 

With an entire walk dedicated to art galleries to keep you fully engaged, perhaps even enough to take an original home with you, you may well find that you want to extend your stay to take in more of this quaint village and the surrounding area!

Gift shops, restaurants and coffee shops that spill out onto the pavement beneath trees that are hundreds of years old, will also be hard to resist…after all, shopping and sightseeing can make one really hungry and thirsty!

Take your pick of over 30 things to do in Clarens, ranging from horse riding to cycling, hot air ballooning to zip lining, golfing to putt putt, white water rafting to quad biking or hiking…you get the idea!

If you’re like the rest of us and in dire need of timeout, let the team at Clarens Eddies Self Catering and B&B lead the way to the rejuvenation of mind, body and soul by booking your accommodation today!

Guest houses in Clarens Free State

Clarens, affectionately known as the Jewel of the Free State, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa.

If you haven’t been to Clarens yet, just imagine a village steeped in 100 years of history, from the architecture to the footsteps left by dinosaurs thousands of years ago, through to the monuments to some of the most contested battles fought for supremacy in this beautiful corner of South Africa.

There can be no doubt that this village will always remain the size it is and always has been, because of the borders of the Maluti Mountains and the Rooiberg Mountains (Red Mountains) that surround the valley. There’ll be no sprawling metropolis happening here! 

Finding guest houses in Clarens Free State isn’t difficult at all, especially because of its mild climate that lasts throughout the year; however, if you want to make sure that you choose the perfect guest house for your stay in this stunning region, you won’t have to look much further than Clarens Eddies Guest House and Self Catering accommodation!

Finding the right guest houses in Clarens Free State

If you’re looking for the perfect romantic getaway for yourself and your partner, then Clarens Eddies is just the home away from home for you! 

You’ll be welcomed by the friendliest, award-winning staff on arrival, and, though you’ll still have the choice of booking a self catering unit, whether for 2,4 or 6, you’ll find everything you could possibly need for an unforgettable breakaway!

Own water and electricity supply

You will not  sit in the dark or have the discomfort of being without water.  

Your accommodation at Clarens Eddies

Should you choose to avoid the self catering route and simply flop into sheer comfort in one of the rooms or units at Clarens Eddies, you’ll still have a kettle, bar fridge and microwave for midnight, mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks!

You’ll find a massive variety of munchies to bring in from one of the many restaurants, coffee shops, deli’s and patisserie’s in the Clarens Village Square.

Order in or eat out

If you’ve decided that lazing around in the comfort of the guest house is your idea of serious relaxation, you definitely won’t starve! The friendly team at Clarens Eddies will be more than happy to give you tips on the best food in town, whether for breakfast, lunch and supper, and, they’ll help to arrange that your culinary delights are delivered to your doorstep!

If you’re eating out, the team will assist with restaurant bookings to make sure you sample the best fare to be had out of over 20 restaurants!

Central location

If you’ve chosen to stay at Clarens Eddies Self Catering and Bed and Breakfast, you’ll find that the village itself is just a short walk away from your front door.

In fact, all roads that lead to a load of fun and adventure start right at your front door!

Privacy at its best

If it’s privacy you want on your holiday, whether it’s a weekend or longer, you’ll love Clarens Eddies.

The guest house has been designed in such a way that guests have absolute privacy, and, when you consider that Clarens Eddies takes only a maximum of 16 guests, you’ll understand the emphasis placed on privacy by this team.

Included in this count are two units that sleep 4 and 6, which makes it the ideal holiday hideout for families, friends and romantics!

Book today!

If you’d like to stay at one of the top award-winning guest houses Clarens Free State, then there’s no time like the present to make sure you get your booking settled!

Avoid disappointment by booking early, and always keep an eye out for the accommodation specials that’ll make it easier for you to extend your stay at Clarens Eddies.

 

Things to do in Clarens Free State

When you start out looking for things to do in Clarens Free State, perhaps the best place to start would be on the utterly relaxing end of the scale, rather than on the myriad of other things to do that are more physical!

Here’s a taste of a few of the 30 things to do in Clarens Free State:

Book a day at the Spa in Clarens

This means making sure you contact the team at Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering to make a booking for you at one of the awesome spas in Clarens at the same time as you book your accommodation.

Naturally, you can keep this appointment on hold until it gets closer to the end of your stay in Clarens, just in case you decided that you love white water rafting or zip lining and need a few knots rubbed out!

Soak up the natural highs

Even if all you do is completely relax in the comfort of your accommodation at Clarens Eddies, you’ll be breathing the purest air, giving your body the de-stress it really needs and nurturing your spirit with the beauty that surrounds you right from your window!

Hit the mountain bike trails & quad bike trails

Having to spend most of our days behind a mask due to COVID-19 regulations, imagine the joy and freedom of heading out onto some of the most spectacular mountain bike trails that won’t require a mask!

If something with a bit more horse power appeals, the quad bike outrides are out of this world in Clarens.  The scenery is something you’ll never forget, and, your spirit will rise to the occasion amidst the beauty and fresh air, without a doubt.

Enjoy the best trout fishing in South Africa in the Ash River

There’s nothing to beat the perfectly natural trout fishing conditions in the Ash River (which is also where you’ll find the best white water rafting too!) in Clarens. The Ash River is filled to overflowing with a healthy trout population, which easily attracts fly-fishing enthusiasts from around the world in their droves every year – depending of course on travel restrictions!

Whether you prefer to fish in a dam or in the river, you’ll find more than enough carp, bass, trout and yellow fish to keep you busy for days!

Take family & friends on at paintball

We can all certainly do with more than just a little fun and laughter at this time in history, and, what better than spattering your friends and family with a bit of messy paintball fun! 

Take to the sky in a hot air balloon

If you can gather up a minimum of 4 people for an unforgettable experience riding the thermals across the Clarens Valley, then do it!  

It’s an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life, whether it’s a bit of excitement for the family or an extra touch of romance with your loved one…the memory made will be worth getting up with the birds at dawn!

…need more?

It’s impossible to fit all the things to do in Clarens Free State into this space, however, if you’d like more information about planning an unforgettable holiday in Clarens, please feel free to contact the awesome team at Clarens Eddies for all the inside info you could possibly need…and of course to make your booking!

 

Accommodation in Clarens Town

If you’re looking for accommodation in Clarens Town, you’re obviously looking for something central and close to the hub of the Clarens Village Square, so that you don’t have to drive unless you head for some of the exciting places a short drive from Clarens.

Clarens Eddies accommodation in Clarens Town

Clarens Eddies Guest House and Bed and Breakfast is the ideal for anyone wanting to be able to take a short stroll into the village. Not that there’s anything noisy about Clarens, but, you’ll be tucked away nicely in a quiet corner close to the village when you stay at Clarens Eddies, safeguarding that feeling of being away from the madding crowd!

Own water and electricity supply

You will not  sit in the dark or have the discomfort of being without water.  

Safe parking at Clarens Eddies

As one of the most scenic areas for mountain biking, if all you want is to exchange four wheels for two for the duration of your stay, your vehicle will be perfectly safe behind a locked gate lined with a devils fork fence!

With or without bicycles, Clarens Eddies is one of the most centrally located guest houses in Clarens for those who are tired of battling through morning and afternoon traffic in the city!

Guided mountain walks

Clarens has some of the most beautiful mountain walks and hiking trails in the Free State, which is just one of the reasons it’s affectionately known as the Jewel of the Free State!

You’ll be in for a real treat if owner of Clarens Eddies, Dawn Trevelyan, is at home. If there’s one person who knows the trails and walks like the back of her hand, it’s Dawn, and she’s more than happy to take you on guided mountain walks without digging into your wallet!

Your accommodation at Clarens Eddies

Kitchens – self catering units:

Units June, Anki and Santa have fully equipped kitchens that’ll make cooking a pleasure. These self-catering units have all the mod-cons you need to feed hungry family and friends, covering everything from the stove with oven to the fridge/freezer, microwave and pots!

These three units also have outside braai facilities, an absolute must for South African and international guests!

Appliances – non-self catering units

Though there aren’t kitchens per se in the non-self catering units Ada and Ann, you’ll still have a bar fridge, kettle and microwave on hand to help out with those in-between snacks and coffee!

Service excellence at its best

After having been awarded Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame from booking sites Tripadviser and Booking.com five years in a row, as well as being the 2021 Travellers Choice Award Winner, you can look forward to the best in service excellence from the team at Clarens Eddies.

They’ll help with your holiday plans, offer 24 hours service and everything you could possibly need to keep you warm on cooler evenings, and cool on warmer days!

Don’t waste any time looking elsewhere for the most comfortable, most stylish and most affordable accommodation in Clarens Town; the team at Clarens Eddies Guest House and Bed and Breakfast will see to it that your stay with them will be so awesome that you’ll be back…again and again!

 

Are you looking for guest houses in Clarens?

If you’re looking for accommodation in Clarens, whether a guest house or fully contained self catering units, you’re in the right place here, at Clarens Eddies Guest House or Bed and Breakfast!

Park and walk

Clarens Eddies is situated in the heart of Clarens, and, if you’ve never been to the village of Clarens in the Free State, then you’re in for the treat of a lifetime when you choose to stay with this team in Clarens!

The fact that Clarens Eddies is situated a very short distance away from the historical Village of Clarens and its Town Square, which means you can park your car and amble into the village to indulge in everything you can imagine may be interesting and fun for you on your weekend breakaway or extended holiday.

Restaurants, art galleries, gift shops and more!

The town of Clarens is truly an experience that’ll touch all your senses, and, if you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, this is the place to be, especially if you choose to stay at this guest house just a short distance from over 20 restaurants, more art galleries than you can visit in just one day, and, you will find that everything to do in and around Clarens starts right from your doorstep at Clarens Eddies.

Breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains

Not only will you be comfortably settled in the best accommodation in Clarens, you’ll also have stunning views of the surrounding mountains right outside your windows.

Watching occasional thunder storms and stunning lighting shows on display across the majestic Maluti Mountains and Rooiberg Mountain Range will no doubt take your breath away.

The Free State, especially the Eastern corner of it where Clarens is nestled at the foothills of these stunning mountain ranges and the constantly shifting colours of sandstone mountains, is known as the Jewel of the Eastern Free State, which could not be a more apt description of the magic and the seasonal changes that bring colours to life in nature that are hard, if not impossible, to capture on a canvass.

Choose award-winning accommodation!

The most important point to look out for if you’re looking at Clarens guest houses or self catering is whether or not it is an award-winning guest house, and, if you take a look at the awards for service excellence dished out to the team at Clarens Eddies year after year, you’ll find that you’ll have chosen the best in Clarens accommodation!

Clarens Eddies has been awarded Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame from 2015 to 2021.

Visit Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Should you decide to venture further than the stunning mountain walks that lead from your front door to investigate and soak up the animal life at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, you’ll be looking at a distance of less than half an hour from Clarens, a short trip well worth making.

At Golden Gate National Park you’ll find a variety of wildlife such as the Oryx, Eland, Springbok, Black Wildebeest and Red Wildebeest, as well as various other species of buck such as Oribi and Mountain Reed Buck.

The Basotho Cultural Village is also to be found in the National Park, and, if you’re after even more cultural history than the village, there’s the Cathedral Cave and Brandwag Buttress to visit as well, which is all part of the magic of the Eastern Free State located a short distance from Clarens itself.

If you’re looking for an even more spectacular view of Clarens, you will find a hot air balloon waiting to carry you across this exquisite valley for an experience never to be forgotten, and, yet again, it’s all just a short distance from Clarens Eddies!

Enjoy being treated like royalty!

From the moment you check in you’ll know that you, the guest, are considered royalty to the staff at Clarens Eddies, and, it’s a sure bet that when you check out, you’ll be making your next booking! They will make sure you know all you need to about everything worth exploring and enjoying located in Clarens and surrounding areas.

Should you be lucky enough to live in Johannesburg, Durban or Bloemfontein, you’ll find that you’re only about a 4 hour drive from Clarens, all of which are on main routes that take you to this picturesque valley and village…no excuses not to spend anywhere from a weekend up to a week or two in this magical corner in South Africa.

Choosing and booking the best Clarens accommodation is easy through the team at Clarens Eddies. They’re the epitome of friendliness and hospitality, whether on the phone or via email.

Enjoy affordable, tasteful and comfortable accommodation in the village of Clarens!

It needs to be said that due to its popularity in terms of places to stay in Clarens, it’ll be essential for you to check on tariffs per night for specific dates and seasons (since there is always a special on with this team!) and availability of accommodation, whether you’re bringing the whole family or just 2 adults!

Clarens Eddies has room for 16 guests in separate units or rooms, some of which take a single guest, 4, 2 and 6 guests across these rooms and self catering units, and because it is so centrally situated in Clarens it’s essential to book as well in advance as life allows you to!

Free wifi and entertainment on hand!

If it’s a self catering holiday you’re planning, you’ll find all you need to make catering easy on you, and, you’ll have free wifi and a TV on hand to keep you entertained when you do decide to chill a bit in your comfy home away from home at Clarens Eddies.

Covid 19 hospitality rules apply strictly!

On a last note in terms of Covid 19, you can rest assured that, over and above the sterling reputation Clarens Eddies has always had for exceptional hygiene standards, all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the guest and to keep Covid 19 at bay, as all hospitality facilities are expected to do.

If you’re looking for a place to rest your head that’ll feel like home in Clarens, make your booking now to plan an unforgettable holiday in a valley and village you’ll never grow tired of! Should you wish to view all the units and rooms at Clarens Eddies, you’ll find it all right here at your fingertips!

More than ready for a romantic getaway in Clarens?

 

If you’re chomping at the bit for a romantic getaway in Clarens, then make sure you start off on the right foot by booking the most stylish and comfortable accommodation in town, which would be at Clarens Eddies Self Catering or B&B, of course.

Your privacy is guaranteed at this intimate guest house that allows everyone a private entrance, either to a self catering unit for 2 or a room for 2, which is exactly what the doctor ordered for your break!

If you decide to book self catering accommodation for your romantic getaway, then Clarens Eddies has just the spot for you, where you’ll have everything you need and more to rustle up breakfast in bed or to create a romantic, candle-lit dinner!

Of course, having a gourmet meal, a pizza or any other tasty morsel you can imagine is easy in Clarens. Choose any one of the over 20 eateries with mouth-watering menus in Clarens for breakfast, lunch and supper, and you won’t want to cook a single meal!

You could well find that you’d like to linger a little longer, even if just to sample everything that awaits you in the restaurants, delis, coffee shops and more spread across the picturesque Clarens Village Square.

Should you settle on spending your getaway in a romantic room meant for two, you’ll find all you need here too. While you’re out and about exploring Clarens village, you could pick up a few goodies from the deli, or, if you like, organise a few meals to warm up in the privacy of your home away from home at Clarens Eddies.

If you’re heading out on any of the stunning hiking trails that lead virtually from your doorstep, remember to ask the caring staff to order you up a scrumptious picnic basket to enjoy as you watch the sun set across the Maluti Mountains and the breath-taking, shifting colours of the sandstone formations that are part of the Rooiberg Mountains.

Everywhere you turn there’s romance in the air in Clarens! If you’re up for a bit of adrenalin-pumping action, you’ll find plenty of it here. This includes white water rafting in the Ash River, bungee jumping or zip-lining, to mention just 3 out of the many extreme sports available in Clarens.

Romance is definitely in the air when you step into a basket in the early morning for a hot air balloon ride over the valley, to take in the magnificent scenery that could serve as the perfect backdrop to pop the question, should you be so inclined!

The award-winning staff at Clarens Eddies will see to it that you’ll know exactly where to go and what to do in Clarens, all in an effort to make sure that you go home with magical memories that’ll last a lifetime.

This team will look after you with such genuine care that you may decide to stay a little longer, after all, it’s not just the style and comfort you’ll enjoy at Clarens Eddies, it’s also very much about the warmth this team exudes while they go the extra mile to make your stay unforgettable, for all the right reasons.

Contact the team at Clarens Eddies today to book awesome accommodation for your romantic getaway, oh, and check out the accommodation specials that’ll make it easy for you to extend your stay by more than just a day or two!

If you’re planning to get married in Clarens, be sure to book wedding accommodation at Clarens Eddies!

It should come as no surprise that Clarens is a sought-after destination for weddings, and, with more than enough Clarens wedding venues dotted in and around this picturesque village, it’s not hard to see why couples choose to head this way for their big day.

Clarens has the perfect combination of inexplicable magic, old-world charm and breathtaking scenery, for it to be the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding, set against the background of the majestic Maluti Mountains and the Rooiberg.

This valley is surrounded by these beautiful mountains, which means that the weather is not too extreme in any season, making it a year-round wedding destination for international visitors and locals alike. 

Clarens is a mere 4 hour drive from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban, give or take a half hour or so, making it easy for your guests to get to your wedding very comfortably, travelling through stunning scenery on the way to sharing your special day.

If you’re looking for very special, stylish and affordable accommodation in Clarens for your guests and family, Clarens Eddies Self Catering or Bed and Breakfast is the most comfortable accommodation you could settle them in.

Many guests that attend a destination wedding choose to make a real break of it, arriving early and staying later, especially in Clarens. There’s just so much to do and explore in Clarens, that most people who come for a weekend inevitably stay a few more days to drink it all in.

If you take into account that photographers and artists flock to Clarens yearly, to express through their talent the magic tapestry that nature has weaved in this valley, you can understand it’s attraction as the perfect destination for a wedding.

In fact, Clarens is home to many artists that have come to visit and simply stayed, determined to live a life steeped in the inspiration that’s inevitable in a village that’s over 100 years old.

The accommodation at Clarens Eddies offers much more than just a comfy bed on which to rest your weary bones, along with this stylish accommodation comes a team that’ll make sure your guests are taken care of in world-class service, with an absolute willingness to go the extra mile to make a stay at Clarens Eddies memorable, for all the right reasons.

All you’ll need to focus on, once your guests have settled in, is all the final arrangements for the wedding ceremony, which you’ll be able to do having absolute peace of mind that no one attending your wedding will be left to count the hours until they can get back home!

The accommodation at Clarens Eddies is designed to suit all your needs, whether you need self catering units, single rooms or double rooms. It’s a very intimate guest house, with space enough for just 16 guests, offering privacy that most of us enjoy when we’re on a bit of a breakaway.

The team at Clarens Eddies will make sure that your guests will be well looked after before and after the wedding, helping them to plan activities chosen from a list of over 30 things to do in Clarens, as well as to make restaurant bookings and organise picnic baskets for outings.

If you want the very best accommodation in Clarens for your wedding guests, you can expect a very warm welcome from the award-winning staff at Clarens Eddies when you call to make your bookings!

Experience the enchantment of Clarens nestled in the majestic arms of the Maluti Mountains & Rooiberg Mountains

It’s not for nothing that Clarens is widely acknowledged as the Jewel of the Free State. The valley at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and held in embrace by the Rooiberg Mountains, is one place that really belongs on any nature lover’s bucket list.

For that matter, those who love history and those who enjoy the great outdoors, should also be sure to add this breathtaking village and valley to their bucket lists!

The Rooiberg Mountains, known in English as the Red Mountains, are very aptly named for the sandstone formations that bring to life rich shades of ochre, orange, yellow, brown and pink as the sun shifts through the day, making sunrises and sunsets absolutely spectacular.

Occasional thunder storms set the stage for stunning displays of lightening against the backdrop of the Maluti Mountains that’ll take your breath away, without even having to leave your room at Clarens Eddies!

There is something so unique about the beauty of Clarens that even the many local artists cannot compete with, and it’s a beauty that’ll stay with you long after you’ve headed back to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Speaking of artists, Clarens is considered the Art Mecca of South Africa, and with over 20 art galleries that show an eclectic mix of art in its many forms, it’s really easy for art lovers to lose themselves for an entire day as they explore all that’s on offer.

If you’ve chosen to stay at Clarens Eddies, you’ll be surrounded by art on the walls of each room as well, originals that come from the brushes and pencils of local artists, which in effect turns your accommodation into a fascinating mix of art, style and comfort that’s hard to resist.

An award-winning staff, backed by owner Dawn Trevelyan, have an uncompromising, consistent approach to really caring about their guests, which has kept Clarens Eddies collecting Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame from top booking sites Booking.com and TripAdviser, right through from 2015 to 2019.

Hygiene has always rated very highly with this team, and, with the ever-present COVID-19 pandemic looming over all our lives, the bar for hygiene has been raised to an all-time high that’ll make you feel safe on holiday in Clarens.

It’s understandable for you to think that accommodation that’s so stylish and comfortable might be expensive; however, in the case of Clarens Eddies you’d be wrong.

This is affordable accommodation in Clarens at its very best, not to be missed the next time you need to break away from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein or Durban, all of which are just over a 4 hour drive away, perfect for weekend getaways too!

Dawn always has an accommodation special or two advertised on the Clarens Eddies website, which is really well worth keeping an eye out for. 

Even better, give the team a call to find out how current specials may be running and make that booking, before someone else muscles in on your dream of a breakaway in sheer comfort!

Ready for the perfect holiday or weekend in Clarens? Contact the friendly team at Clarens Eddies to get the ball rolling towards a memorable stay, in an unforgettable destination!

 

Accommodation specials at Clarens Eddies make it lighter on the budget to take a break!

There’s no doubt about it, we all need as much help as we can get to take a much-needed holiday or weekend away in 2021. With lock downs and an economy that’s been made tougher than ever before with the Coronavirus pandemic, few have escaped the universal severe tightening of belts.

Yet, there is hope, especially with Clarens Eddies making it possible to take that break, not only because it’s always been affordable accommodation, but because of the fantastic accommodation specials always on offer!

2020 was a year in which our world changed, virtually overnight, locking us indoors for long enough to make anyone stir-crazy, and, since guest houses in Clarens opened again in September 2019, visitors have flocked to this picturesque village in greater numbers than ever before, to soak up the beauty and breathe fresh air again.

It would also seem that many people who weren’t all that keen on hiking or the outdoors before, have been descending on Clarens especially to enjoy any of the many beautiful hiking trails, for perhaps the first time in their lives, a trend that has continued ever since.

Dawn Trevelyan, owner of Clarens Eddies, is a very keen, knowledgeable hiker and, when she’s in residence, is always available to share her this passion as she takes you on some of the best hiking trails you could hope to find in South Africa.

Award-winning service excellence and a warm welcome from the team that’ll look after you with the greatest of pleasure, is the core reason that this team looks forward to guests that return year after year, weekend after weekend, just to spend their downtime in this stylish, comfortable accommodation.

The accommodation specials at Clarens Eddies make it super easy for people who live in Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Durban to have more than just a weekend away in this magical valley.

Clarens is also the perfect destination for a romantic getaway that lasts for longer than 2 nights and, with the specials that Dawn offers guests regularly, you could do this at least once a month!

In any event, no matter how many times you visit Clarens, you’ll still be finding more and more to explore about what makes this village and valley such a well-loved holiday destination in South Africa.

Clarens Eddies Self Catering or B&B is the perfect accommodation for groups of friends, families, couples and singles, catering to individual needs, so that no one is left out.

Just taking a look at the 10% discount on accommodation that applies to Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays is pretty exciting, especially if your party consists of 6 people. You’d be paying R1 611 per night, which works out to an awesome R268.50 per person, per night.

Rates like this should have you packing up and heading out as soon as you can, to make the most of discounts like this that make a holiday lighter on the budget!

Then there’s a 50% discount on accommodation special, which makes it easy for you to sleep 2 nights and stay for a 3rd night at 50% discount! Are your bags packed yet?

This also only applies from Sundays to Thursdays, and, as with all the specials, doesn’t apply to school holidays or long weekends.

There’s a special 10% discount that applies to units June, Anki, Ada, Ann and Santa to look forward to, if you’re bent on giving yourself a break from the hurly burly chaos of city life. 

This discount does not apply for singles, but with the affordable rates on offer anyway, it’s well worth a stay at this award-winning accommodation in Clarens! 

Want to know more about Clarens Eddies Accommodation Specials?

Well then, all you need to do is contact the friendly team at Clarens Eddies, to make sure you get the most out of your next holiday or perhaps even a mid-week getaway; be sure to get your booking in early for this popular accommodation!

 

Clarens – where history, art & breath-taking beauty live in perfect harmony

Behind the façade of a quaint village filled with an eclectic mixture of people and cultures, set against the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, as well as the surrounding Rooiberge with a myriad of colors that change in these sandstone mountains as the sun moves, lies a history that’s over 100 years old in Clarens.

The Maluti Mountains have stood for millennia in the highlands of Lesotho, and these mountains, as they extend up to 100km into eastern Free State, are also part of the well-known, well-loved Drakensberg Mountain Range.

The vibrantly beautiful valley that became home to Clarens has created a holiday destination that’ll take your breath away, no matter how many times you explore the valley and the village, which is precisely why so many people return again and again, to drink in the inexpressible magic created between these majestic mountains.

The story behind the birth of Clarens Village in the Free State

Around 1640, the Dutch East India Company allowed the burghers (which refers to an Afrikaans citizen of a Boer Republic) to gain their release from previously established contracts with the VOC, and to grant them each 200 acres for each household in the then known Boer Republic.

With the growth of the community of burghers in the area, two farms were divided and sold to a company that wanted to establish a village in the area to serve the community, which led to the establishment of Clarens in 1912.

The name of the village was a tribute to President Paul Kruger due to his influence over the area, before he left to spend the rest of his life in voluntary exile in the town of Clarens in Switzerland.

The oldest animal inhabitants of this region

The very oldest inhabitants of this region were not human, they were the massive prehistoric, gargantuan dinosaurs, and, today you are able to follow in their footsteps on the Dinosaur trail to explore bones and teeth that still lie exposed to us today.

Cultural history

Long before the first Europeans appeared in the eastern Free State, the hunter gatherer clans of the Bushman people roamed these valleys and mountains in complete freedom. However, when the first Dutch settlers arrived in the early 1800’s and war broke out between them and the Basotho nation the first time in 1858, the San People/Bushman, a peace loving people who lived in pure harmony within their clans and with nature, chose to leave the area. 

All that is left of them are the stories told in some of the most beautiful Bushman rock art in and around Clarens. This rock art is indicative of the spirituality that existed in this culture, which would obviously never tolerate or be able to live alongside violence.

Three Wars; the British, Boer and Basotho

Between 1858 and 1868, war dominated the area around Clarens. First it was among the Basotho and other African tribes, and then it was war between the Basotho and Boer, and finally, the Anglo-Boer war.

The evidence of these wars is to be seen at various historical sites in and around Clarens, so, if you’re a history buff, you’ll be fully sated after a visit to Clarens!

Peace finally reigned over the Clarens valley

After the final Anglo-Boer War, peace descended on this beautiful valley, which today is affectionately called The Jewel of the Free State, a peace perfectly befitting all that is extraordinary about Clarens.

There’s more to Clarens than history…

…however, that’s for you to find out once you’ve booked the best accommodation in Clarens, with the award-winning team at Clarens Eddies B&B/Self Catering!

Make your booking today and find out more about what to do in Clarens, and why this is one of the most creative and exciting towns you could ever choose as a holiday destination!

 

No one knows the secrets of Clarens better than the team at Clarens Eddies!

When it comes to making Clarens in the eastern Free State your holiday destination, you can be certain of one thing; without inside information on everything, from almost 30 activities to enjoy, right through to where to head for the best food, you’re going to miss out on a lot of the best that’s on offer in Clarens.

Clarens Eddies Self Catering and B&B is the perfect choice for your holiday, especially if you want the best of everything to be handed to you on a platter by the most caring staff you’ve ever met!

This is a team that is the epitome of hospitality, and, they will go out of their way to help you develop awesome holiday plans for as long as you stay with them, and, since this is their own backyard, you can be certain you’ll have an unforgettable holiday with them as your guides!

Talking guides, owner Dawn Trevelyan is a very keen hiker who knows every hiking trail there is in and around Clarens, and, when she’s in residence, she will gladly take you on hikes.

Other than that, she will know exactly which hike to point out to you, depending on your level of fitness and just how much effort you really want to put into it.  If all you want is a peaceful walk surrounded by breath-taking views, Dawn will make sure you get just that.

In fact, if you want to see some of the most unforgettable sunsets while snacking on a picnic basket and sipping a cool glass of wine, the staff at Clarens Eddies will arrange the picnic basket for you from a local deli!

Though Clarens Eddies doesn’t do meals, they will point you to the perfect restaurants, coffee shops and deli’s that’ll delight your taste buds for breakfast, lunch and supper.

If you’ve chosen self catering, well, you’re going to need a break at some point to soak up some of the best cuisine available in Clarens Village Square, and, when that time comes, the team will make bookings for you, so that all you need do is arrive hungry at the eatery you’ve chosen!

With so many activities to do in Clarens you will appreciate the inside information this team will provide you with. Whether you want to go hot air ballooning, horse riding, white water rafting, golfing or fishing, you’ll find that there’s something fun and exciting for all ages in Clarens.

As for your accommodation at Clarens Eddies, you can look forward to relaxing in style and comfort in-between exploring all that Clarens has to offer, with views of the exquisite beauty of the Maluti Mountains or Rooiberge (Red Mountains) from your rooms. No two rooms, kitchens or bathrooms are the same. Art is on display in every room as it befits and syncs with the particular style of rooms that are in no way duplicated. 

Affectionately called The Jewel of the Free State, Clarens beckons thousands of visitors from everywhere in South Africa and from overseas, many of whom return again and again because one visit to Clarens is never enough!

Book your breakaway to freedom today by contacting the team at Clarens Eddies, and look forward to world-class service and sheer comfort surrounded by the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and the majestic, ever-changing colours of the most beautiful sandstone mountains in South Africa!

 

Romantic getaway or family holiday; you’ll find no one to spoil you as much as the team at Clarens Eddies!

Clarens Eddies Self Catering and B&B is far more than just a place to lay your head on holiday in Clarens; it’s the epitome of the best there is to be had at a home away from home!

The caring attitude of the team at Clarens Eddies is generous, to say the least, which is exactly why they’re an award-winning team and guest house.

In terms of a warm welcome to be expected, the style and comfort you’ll be able to wallow in on your holiday or weekend away, will make your stay at Clarens Eddies truly memorable. 

A great majority of the regular guests that make this their base for exploring all that’s on offer in Clarens make their next booking as they’re leaving, just to make sure they don’t miss out on their favourite spot!

24 hour service is a given, should you need assistance with anything, from getting another blanket to keep you warm, or a fan to cool you down, nothing is too much for this team.

They’ll assist you with restaurant bookings and bookings for activities you’d like to try, which is essential, considering that there are over 30 activities to do in Clarens and over 20 restaurants, bistros, coffee shops and deli’s to choose from!

The most affordable accommodation in Clarens!

The best part about the fact that owner of Clarens Eddies, Dawn Trevelyan, has made accommodation affordable at Clarens Eddies, is that she has created accommodation that is also stylish and comfortable. There is nothing cheap about this lovely self catering or bed and breakfast accommodation!

There are always specials on accommodation available, which makes it a good idea for you to keep an eye on Clarens Eddie’s website, or to call Dawn and her team directly, to find out how to make your holiday even more affordable and fun!

This accommodation has been designed to cater to all tastes, whether to couples on a romantic getaway, a family ready to breathe fresh air and break out of the stress that lockdown’s have caused all, or, a single person ready for the same break in the most peaceful, most beautiful place in the eastern Free State!

Since each unit and/or room has its own private entrance, and with a capacity for only 16 guests, you can be guaranteed perfect privacy as you unwind from the stress and chaos of the city.

You’ll find that the décor at Clarens Eddies is unique, filled with works of art from local artists and styled in such an individual way that you’ll really feel at home, unlike one does in large places that simply duplicate everything in every room!

Technology and the mod cons 

If you do want to remain connected to the outside world while in Clarens, you’ll have fantastic free WiFi connection available, as well as a flat screen TV to keep you entertained, as you snuggle up after a hard day of hiking, shopping or exploring Clarens!

The Self Catering units at Clarens Eddies all boast the latest in terms of kitchen goodies like toasters, microwaves, kettles, stoves and fridges, along with all else you could possibly need if you’re going to be doing the cooking!

Make your booking today to stay at Clarens Eddies for an unforgettably comfortable, stylish holiday, it’s a decision you’ll not regret!

 

Save money by booking the most affordable accommodation in Clarens, Free State!

Clarens, in the eastern corner of the Free State, is one holiday destination that has so much in store for you to do that it’s essential to find affordable accommodation that’ll leave you with a goodly amount of spending money on hand.

The reason for wanting to save on accommodation in Clarens is that there is just so much in terms of activities to enjoy, food to feast on, art to drink in and buy, as well as some of the finest wines and craft beer to be had.

No one leaves Clarens without loading up on some of any of the above, which is why booking affordable accommodation at Clarens Eddies Self Catering or Bed and Breakfast, is your best move, especially if you’d like a world of adventure starting right at your doorstep!

Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering is a smallish, very private place to call home while you explore all that this 100 year old village has to offer, so let’s look at a little more about Clarens Eddies that’ll give you a better idea of what to look forward to!

Award Winning Clarens Accommodation

You will be in for award winning service and accommodation when you choose to stay at Clarens Eddies. To prove this, both Tripadvisor.com and Booking.com have awarded Certificates of Excellence Hall of Fame every year since 2015.

These certificates are issued based solely on independent online reviews from guests, and though 2020 was a washout for the world in general due to lockdowns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, had it been a year in which we weren’t under lockdown, there can be no doubt that it would have been another year these certificates would have been granted Clarens Eddies!

Consistency is the focus for the team at Clarens Eddies, which is why they’re an award winning team!

Where did it all start?

Knowing how it all started also gives you an introduction to everything that makes Clarens Eddies Guest House and Self Catering well-loved by guests that return year after year to make it their home away from home.

To say that a ton of love and care went into building and establishing Clarens Eddies would be an understatement! Owner Dawn Trevelyan began building in 1999, and, only once she was satisfied that this would be exceptional accommodation, did she finally open the doors to guests in 2006.

Great care has gone into making Clarens Eddies more than just a place to lay your head; it’s also very much about the personal touch that goes into making it everything that over-priced accommodation with no personality can’t give to visitors.

The upkeep of the property is perfect!

Dawn and her team work hard at maintaining both interior and exterior of this property, yet again giving the absolute assurance that this is a place worthy of calling home while you have fun on holiday.

Even before stringent hygiene standards were introduced due to COVID-19, Clarens Eddies had a phenomenal reputation for the state of hygiene that has always been of the highest standard.

Naturally, in the face of the pandemic, Dawn and her team have instituted industry standards in order to make sure that your welfare and health is their top priority, as always.

Everything about Clarens Eddies is fresh! From the bedding to towels, including the kitchen towels, which is certainly a confidence booster for South Africans desperately in need of a break somewhere they will feel truly safe and cared for.

A sterling reputation that has never wavered

Anytime you’re going to book accommodation, it’s best to check out what guests have to say about it, and, it’s no different with Clarens Eddies! You are welcome to browse the independent reviews of previous guests (and those that keep coming back!) here, no doubt you will find that this caring team and awesome accommodation is the real McCoy!

Comfort, style and convenience rolled into one!

Comfort is a given when you choose to stay at Clarens Eddies, as is style. Artwork from local artists adorn the walls in the various rooms and units, and, if you want the convenience of being able to take a stroll to the picturesque Clarens Village Square, well, you won’t have far to go at all!

What are you waiting for?

All you need to do now is to contact Dawn and her team to book affordable accommodation in Clarens today!  Make sure that when you’re turn to escape the city and daily life comes around, you’ll know that your accommodation is booked, and that no one can steal it from under your nose, just because it’s so popular!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

For lovers of history

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

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

For lovers of nature

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

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

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

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

For lovers of art

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

For lovers of food

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interested yet? Here’s a little more!

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

Okay, just a little more!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

For lovers of history

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

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

For lovers of nature

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

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

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

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

For lovers of art

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

For lovers of food

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comfort and style

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

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

Genuine care

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

Help with holiday plans

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

Insider information

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

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