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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A welcome like no other

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

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

Tasteful furnishing and art work

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

High comfort levels

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

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

Great free stuff!

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

Free WiFi

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

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

A gateway to adventure

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

Book now!

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

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

 

Indulge your love of history & culture during your stay inClarens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recharge your batteries by booking a weekend in Clarens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the kids from 6 to 60

Putt Putt

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

Wall climbing

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

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

Paintball

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

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

Quad biking

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

Hot air ballooning

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

Spas

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 Things To Do In And Around Clarens

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

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

Clarens Brewery

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

Golden Gate National Park

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

River Rafting

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

Hiking

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

Hot Air Baloon

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

Art Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Clarens Is the Best Winter Break Destination in South Africa

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

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

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

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

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

5 Excellent Benefits Of Choosing Self Catering Accommodation

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

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

Affordable

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

More Space

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

Flexible Mealtimes

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

Increased Privacy

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

More Accommodation Options

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

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

4 Best Restaurants In Clarens To Enjoy A Delicious Meal

As you might already know, Clarens is known as the jewel of the Free State. It’s a charming little town with much to offer. Beautiful views, loads of activities that cater to every taste, friendly people and delicious food. If you’ve never visited Clarens before, now is the time! And while you’re here, make sure to visit some of our excellent restaurants. Here are the top four:

Clementines Restaurant and Bar

Tucked away in a tranquil little corner of Clarens is this hidden gem, a brilliantly balanced menu, incredible chef and an impressive range of wines. Unmatched with a wonderful ambience, this restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. The menu includes anything from steaks to seafood to curries and oxtail. It’s advised to book in advance.

Addo’s Fine Dining

A serene atmosphere offering delicious, succulent food with friendly service. Set in a verdant garden, you have the option of indoor and outdoor seating. Just like the menu, the beverage selection is extensive. The menu includes cooked to perfection pork belly, Thai chicken curry as well as various vegetarian options.

Artist’s Cafe

Warm, friendly and affordable, this restaurant offers many South African favourites like boerewors, pap and gravy, schnitzel and mouthwatering chips as well as fantastic breakfast options. The menu also includes various vegetarian meal options.  Seating can be inside or outside depending on the weather.

Sugar and Cinnamon Restaurant

If you’re looking for lunch with a view, this is the place to go! With various delicious meal options like biltong salad, burgers and toasted sandwiches, you can expect nothing but well-presented dishes at affordable prices. After enjoying a scrumptious lunch, you can head over to the gift shop for some homemade preserves and gifts.

There are many Clarens accommodation options but one that stands out from the rest is Clarens Eddies. Centrally located, luxurious and affordable, we strive to offer our guests an unforgettable experience. With various different units, we can match your style and budget to ensure the best possible stay. Give us a call to make a booking today!

 

 

 

Overdue for a romantic weekend getaway?

There’s so little time left for romance in the hurly burly of busy lives we lead, and technology hasn’t made it any easier, either because so many take work home with them, or never really get to switch off.

There is no better way to completely shut down and relax than to order up and plan for a romantic weekend getaway far from the noise of daily life.

If spur of the moment grabs you, that’s great too, just make sure that you and your loved one get to enjoy an entirely undisturbed few days away.

A romantic weekend getaway in peaceful, scenic and beautiful Clarens will be just what the doctor ordered up, and it’s a choice off the beaten track that’ll give you the space and time to remember why you miss spending time together!

Peaceful and scenic is an understatement when it comes to the absolute beauty of the nature that colours this valley at the foothills of the majestic Maluti Mountains.

If you’ve both really had your fill of the madding crowd and are in desperate need of a downtime spoil on your weekend, add an awesome couple’s massage, or spend at least a morning being spoilt at one of the wellness spas dotted around Clarens.

This will more than get you ready for all that’s lying in wait for you on your visit!

If what you want is to breathe in pure fresh air and you’ve packed in your hiking boots, there are a myriad of hikes that are just the thing to recharge your batteries in surroundings that’ll take your breath away!

If you’ve managed to get a booking at Clarens Eddies B&B or Self-catering units, the friendly staff will help you to get a yummy picnic basket ready for the romantic moments you’ll spend gazing out at vistas that seem never ending.

Talking about Clarens Eddies, it’ll be good to know that if you’re looking for romantic, stylish, comfortable and affordable accommodation in Clarens, this is where you’ll come home to roost for the weekend…or longer!

With accommodation specials that are always up for grabs, you can make a real meal out of extending the weekend, so that you can really take your time about enjoying everything that makes this valley one that has turned many guests into owners of second homes in Clarens!

For you and your loved one, romantic may mean a hankering after adrenalin pumping activities, in which case you’ll be faced with more choices than time allows.

It would include bungee jumping, zip lining, white water rafting and quad biking, to mention but a few of your choices if you’re both adrenaline junkies!

Climbing into the basket of a hot air balloon does romance no harm, and there’s little that can compare to the astounding beauty you’ll coast above on a gentle breeze.

Stepping out of your cosy room at Clarens Eddies and taking a short stroll into quaint Clarens Village Square, with its old world ambience, will definitely add to the romance. Besides which, good food, wine and art come together here like a perfectly performed symphony.

Not even the bustle of the village square during holidays and on the weekends can detract from the tranquillity and peace that’ll make it hard for you to return to ‘real life’.

No matter what your idea is of a romantic getaway, there’s no doubt that if you live in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein or Durban, the hop-skip-and-jump to an unforgettable weekend away is right here waiting for you, in a corner of South Africa known as the Jewel of the Eastern Free State!

Don’t even hesitate to contact Dawn and her team to book your romantic home away from home at Clarens Eddies. Do it now and they’ll make sure you never forget time spent in their beautiful village, in style and in comfort!

Here’s why it’s easy to come to Clarens for a weekend & stay for a week!

Pop in for a weekend and stay for a week, or, spend a week and stay for a month. Either way, Clarens will envelop you in its arms to the same extent that this beautiful valley is held in the arms of two majestic mountain ranges.

At the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, bordering on the Kingdom of Lesotho, with the ochre sandstone Red Mountains in the distance, everything that grows here speaks volumes about the richness of this valley.

This is beauty that no money can buy, but spending a little on a visit more than makes up for not owning any of it, unless of course you decide that you can’t leave and end up buying property here!

The russet shades of autumn that give way to snow-capped mountains are no less spectacular than the spring blossoms awakening in riotous colour everywhere you look in and around Clarens.

Clarens is also the perfect holiday destination for the whole family, with something to do for everyone. 

If you’re bent on bringing mementos back from Clarens for yourself or for loved ones, the craft markets, curio shops and art galleries in abundance will more than sate your appetite.

There are so many treasures to be discovered here, among the sandstone buildings that date back close on 100 years ago that you’ll be browsing and shopping until you drop!

The younger generation will find that there’s so much for them on offer in this ‘little’ town that it may be difficult for them to make a choice from the seemingly endless list of things to do in Clarens.

If you enjoy a round of golf while the kids are kept busy elsewhere, Clarens Golf Estate offers one of the most beautifully kept courses in South Africa, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mount Horeb, which has its own legend worth looking into.

Fly fishing and trout fishing in Clarens is considered world class, made perfect by the still waters that can be found on the Caledon River. Whether you’re a master at fly or trout fishingor a beginner, these waters are a great place for you to get your feet wet.

If you’re determined to land the big fish, then the Ash River is a must-do for trout fishing. It’s situated 14km from the town of Clarens in the direction of Bethlehem and has fast, fiercely flowing water, which can also be dangerous once melting snow begins to give it added power! Definitely only for the experienced fisherman!

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, mosey on over to restaurants and cafés that spill out onto the pavement and relax in the shade of an abundance of trees as you get plans into place for the next adventure.

Before you get to do any of the activities on offer in Clarens, you’ll want to find accommodation that offers great value for money.

This applies to families wanting comfortable self-catering accommodation, or cosy rooms for couples wanting to share in the romance that makes Clarens a sought after holiday destination.

To get the best of everything in the accommodation you choose in Clarens, you have to check out the awesomeness of all on offer at Clarens Eddies B&B or Self-Catering units.

This is affordable accommodation done in style and comfort, a rare combination for any holiday!

For more of what’s on offer at Clarens Eddies, give owner Dawn or her team a call, you’ll find a refreshingly transparent attitude that doesn’t try to sell you on what isn’t there! 

Besides which, once you’ve read just a few of the glowing independent recommendations by guests, Clarens Eddies will be the only place you’d want to rest your head as you enjoy all that Clarens has to offer.

Book now for an awesome winter holiday in Clarens

Many people consider summer as the best season for holidays, but in some parts of South Africa you can have a winter holiday that can’t be beaten.

No one wants to have to battle raging winter storms, with wind and rain putting paid to all outdoor activities, especially around the coast.

In Clarens however, there’s so much to see and do, that even with a chill in the air, you’ll have more than enough to do outdoors that’ll keep the blood pumping enough to keep you warm.

You won’t be getting a tan, that’s for sure, but you’ll still be able to spend hours just exploring the rich tapestry of art that represents the work of local artists.

There really is no shortage of art in its many forms in Clarens, which makes it an ideal experience that caters to every taste, so much so that many of the visitors to this quaint village leave with a work of art or two to take back home.

There are so many nooks and crannies to explore in Clarens that you’ll be kept busy enough to keep the chill out, and the only way to do it is by stretching your legs for an eye-opening tour on foot.

With the Maluti Mountains as its backdrop, and the Rooi Berge (Red Mountains) forming yet another aspect of protection for this stunningly beautiful valley, Clarens is the ideal weekend getaway for visitors living in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Durban.

At the end of a short road trip to Clarens you’ll have arrived at the Jewel of the Eastern Free State, and what a jewel it is, ripe and ready to be explored any which way you choose.

Other than being the art mecca in South Africa, which it would be with more than 20 art galleries ready to be explored, Clarens is also home to over 20 restaurants dotted around the Village Square, which should be more than enough to satisfy every palate.

What about the outdoors in Clarens during winter?

If you love hiking, you’ll be in seventh heaven with the variety of hiking trails that lead out of Clarens. Whether all you want is a gentle stroll or one that challenges your fitness level, there’s a hiking trail suited to everyone.  Clarens now offers a parkrun in the mountains and beautiful nature.

You’ll find that the staff at Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering will give you all the inside info you need to find the right hiking trail for you.

Autumn and winter weather in Clarens:

As autumn takes hold and the leaves of deciduous trees take on the stunning colours of russet, gold, orange, yellow and more, the temperatures are still very mild in Clarens.

As for winter, bringing warm winter jackets will make very cold nights more comfortable while you’re painting the village red.

On your return to the warmth of Clarens Eddies you’ll have all the warmth you need, with electric blankets, fireplaces and fluffy warm duvets laid on in style.

While the days are still sunny and clear, you’ll need to wrap up a bit to beat the icy winds that snow-capped mountains bring to this beautiful valley.

Outdoor adventure in winter

Clarens in winter is perfect for outdoors adventure. That’s if you don’t shiver in your boots at the thought of ziplining or abseiling, white water rafting and taking to the sky in a hot air balloon!

Exploring wildlife& ancient history

Heading on over to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park for a game drive will more than satisfy your love of wildlife in a natural, protected habitat.

Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary is home to a few prides of lions and other wild cats, including beautiful leopards and a Bengal tiger, all of which were born in captivity, before finally finding safe haven at Lionsrock.

Clarens is 100 years old, but there were others that were here long before man ever founded this village. This is where you can enjoy the adventure of following in the footsteps of Dinosaurs, finding teeth, bones and claws left by these ancient inhabitants of this region.

It’s virtually impossible to go into the extensive list of winter activities to be enjoyed in Clarens, however, booking your accommodation at Clarens Eddies B&B/Self Catering will be the ultimate gateway to the best that Clarens has to offer.

This team will keep you warm, comfortable and thoroughly spoiled after a long day of exploration, and they’ll do it in award-winning style!

6 Reasons to book stylish, comfortable & affordable accommodation at Clarens Eddies

With Clarens Eddies B&B or Self Catering, you have the perfect starting point for a holiday that’ll leave an indelible imprint on your memory that’ll make coming back impossibly difficult to resist.

Few people that visit Clarens from the four corners of the world can resist a return visit. There’s just so much that makes this 100 year old village one of the most exciting and intriguing holiday destinations in South Africa.

With an abundance of natural beauty, wildlife, adventure activities, history and art, you’d have to visit for a year’s worth of weekends just to make it halfway through a taste of the magic that is Clarens.

But what makes award-winning Clarens Eddies a great choice for accommodation? Well here are just a few reasons for this:

The warmest welcome

There’s no doubt about it, people that live in such a beautiful valley can be no other than warm and welcoming. Sharing their love of living in Clarens comes naturally to the team at Clarens Eddies, and you’ll get dollops of it here.

Service excellence

It’s hard to beat the award winning service that has crowned Clarens Eddies with the Certificate of Excellence for 5 years running. These awards come from booking sites Tripadvisor and Booking.com, which means that the service you can expect from the staff is world class.

It’s not just about service excellence for this team. It’s also very much about how well they care for their guests, making sure that they go the extra mile to make Clarens Eddies the perfect home away from home.

Sheer comfort & best value for money

Whether you’ve booked a self-catering unit or chosen one of the rooms perfect for couples celebrating romance, you can expect nothing but the best in comfort.

There’s absolutely nothing second rate about anything laid on by this team. You won’t be sleeping on an old mattress under tacky, frayed bedding, or drying yourself with well-worn towels.

Everything has to be about freshness and hygiene if it’s to meet the standard so many guests have come to expect over the years. There’s no denying that this is true value for money accommodation in Clarens.

Unique style & art

Since Clarens is already considered the mecca of art in South Africa, it stands to reason that owner Dawn Trevelyan has made sure to add original art into the mix of decor.

There’s an element of artistry that makes the style in each room unique, breathing life into an atmosphere that pleases all the senses.

This is an open invitation to relax that cannot be denied, and when you’ve spent the whole day wandering around the village, hiking a beautiful trail or white water rafting, you’ll love that this is what you come back to and where you lay your head!

Central location

Step out of the doorway at Clarens Eddies and you’ll be in the heart of the quaint, old world Clarens Village in just a few minutes. This is a stroll that’ll lead to a plethora of restaurants, art galleries, museums, pubs and unusual gift shops that’ll have you digging deep into your wallet!

Unless you decide that a drive to Golden Gate Highlands National Park or Afriski Mountain Resort is on your must-do list, your car can stay right where it is while you venture out, safely parked at Clarens Eddies.

All the extra bells and whistles

Are you worried that there’ll be no internet in this beautiful valley tucked into the Eastern corner of the Free State? Forget it!  You’ll have uncapped WiFi with 2 boosters ready and waiting to do your bidding!

Add in a flat screen TV with selected channels, 24 hour service and assistance with all your holiday plans, as well as bookings for the best food in town, and your holiday will have all the makings of an unforgettable experience!

Actually,there’s a lot more you can expect when you decide that Clarens Eddies is just the place for you and your family, but for more of it you’ll have to contact the awesome team that makes your holiday in Clarens unforgettable!

Top Reasons to Choose Clarens Eddies for Your Stay in Clarens Free State

No matter what season, Clarens is the place to be. With various activities for visitors of all ages, you are sure to have the time of your life. During summer you can enjoy hiking trips, leisurely walks, as well as a few adrenalin inducing adventure sports. During the winter, you can ski in the mountains in nearby Lesotho or enjoy some rest and relaxation in front of a cosy fire in your villa.

Aside from the many nature-centric activities, Clarens also offers visitors the opportunity to walk around town and enjoy art galleries, cheese and gift shops as well as visiting historical sites. For beer lovers, be sure to visit Clarens Brewery.

If you’re looking for self-catering accommodation or a bed and breakfast for your Golden Gate National Park trip, Clarens Eddies Self Catering guest house is the place to stay. With unmatched views of the Maluti mountains in Lesotho and the South African red mountains, Clarens Eddies is situated in one of the most breathtaking areas of the state. Even better, we’re located a mere 17 kilometres from Golden Gate National Park.

We can host up to 16 people in each of our units. Each unit boasts its own unique ambience and design, are fully equipped and is serviced daily.  Clarens Eddies have been built to suit various types of groups. Accommodation includes free Wi-Fi access and entertainment for any type of visitor. Three units are equipped with a fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, cooking and eating utensils as well as outside braai facilities!

Since our premises is access controlled, you can enjoy peace of mind in the fact that your vehicle is safe and secure. You have an option to include breakfast in your booking and we take great pride in the fact that we can offer various breakfast options to suit your individual taste.

To enjoy a fantastic stay at affordable rates, get in touch with Clarens Eddies to book your accommodation today!

 

Experience Nature the Adventurous Way with One of These Awesome Activities

If you’re an adventurer at heart and you love the great outdoors, Clarens should definitely be on your bucket list. Spoilt for choice, you can enjoy various incredible hikes up the mountains, quad biking, horseback riding, abseiling, white river rafting, canoeing, 4×4 routes and even hot air balloon rides.

Clarens is known as the adventure capital of the Free State. Offering various types of guided hikes, you’ll be able to summit one of the local mountains while enjoying the untouched beauty in the area. For a more challenging hike, join a guided hike to the top of Mount Horeb where you’ll be amazed by the incomprehensible views of Clarens, the popular Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, and the Golden Gate National Park.

Another phenomenal adventure for adrenalin lovers includes a day trip to the Sentinel in Qwa Qwa. A nerve-wracking 35-meter climb up a chain ladder will bring you to the top where you’ll have an extraordinary view of the Tugela waterfalls and the Drakensberg amphitheatre. Since there are numerous hikes available, you can choose the one you feel comfortable with, depending on your fitness level

A short 42 kilometre from Lesotho, you can pop into Afri Ski Resort for a fun day of bum boarding or skiing. Other activities you can enjoy include dinosaur fossil hunting, visits to the Basotho cultural villages, clay pigeon shooting and visiting the Golden Gate National Park.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and experience the tranquillity of the mountains.  Enjoy the benefits nature has to offer by booking your accommodation at Clarens Eddies. Offering stylish comfortable  accommodation at affordable rates, we are a popular choice for visitors from all over the globe.

Some people need adrenalin to make them feel alive. If that’s you, head on over to Clarens for an unforgettable experience. Speak to the team at Clarens Eddies for the best Clarens accommodation specials today!

Escape the Fast Pace of the City with a Trip to Tranquil Clarens

Clarens is a beautiful holiday town situated near the red mountains in the Free State. Not only is this little town safe and secure, but it is also tranquil with many fantastic attractions for visitors of all ages. Clarens is located three hours from major cities like Durban, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein making it perfect for a quick weekend getaway from the big cities with all its hustle and bustle.

Clarens is also 42 kilometres away from the Lesotho border, which means you can enjoy some adrenaline-charged activities on a day trip. There is just so much to do in Clarens like visiting historical sites, roaming around in art galleries, cheese and gift shops, eating fabulous food in charming restaurants, and having a drink at one of the exciting pubs. If you enjoy the wonders of nature, you can take a hike on one of the many hiking routes or opt for a leisurely stroll to water streams nearby. Pack some snacks and have yourself a picnic in one of the most beautiful spots you’ll ever come across.

Self Catering Accommodation in Clarens

If you’re looking for Clarens Free State Accommodation, you’ll be glad to hear that Clarens Eddies comes highly recommended by locals and visitors alike.  With a choice of self-catering or B&B, this gem is located a mere 5 mins walk from the town centre.

But, don’t think you’ll have to pay an arm or a leg for this luxurious accommodation. Clarens Eddies always have a special or two running to ensure that visitors get the best value for their money.

Strategically positioned, luxurious, comfortable and affordable, Clarens Eddies should be your top choice for self-catering accommodation when visiting Clarens. Don’t deny yourself an experience of a lifetime! For more information or to book your accommodation, speak to the team at Clarens Eddies today!

 

Awaken the Adventurer Inside with White River Rafting in Clarens

Located in the Free State next to the gorgeous Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, Clarens offers a majestic allure for visitors from all around the world.

The Adventure Capital that offers activities for any type of visitor, is also a preferred spot for white river rafting. It’s a place where adrenalin seekers can enjoy this activity (and many others) in one of many water streams in the area.

Located only 5 minutes away from the town centre and a mere 10 minutes away from nearby mountains and water streams, Clarens Eddies is strategically located to be extremely convenient. From single rooms to double rooms, this self-catering or B&B accommodation is equipped to host any visitor type. You can expect clean linen on a daily basis, free Wifi as well as other entertainment facilities.

When it comes to choosing your accommodation type, there are many options, Villas being the preferred option for group bookings. Our villas can host up to 16 people with surrounding villas up to 10. If you’re worried about the safety of your vehicle, don’t be. We offer secure parking behind locked gates which means you can explore the surrounding area on foot without stressing if your car will be where you left it once you return.

With Clarens Eddies being so close to where the action is, adrenaline seeking nature lovers can take advantage of it by taking part in white river rafting. You can expect Grade 3 to 4 waves on the Ash River which is fed through the Trans Caledon year round. Alles Verloren and Alles Gevonded are other popular rapids in the area, giving you even more reasons to book your weekend away in Clarens.

Experience one of the best white river rafting adventures by taking advantage of the location of Clarens Eddies. For more information or to make your booking, speak to the team today!