Accommodation with fireplaces

2013-06-05 09:00
While summer seems to be the chosen season to take a good long break, we think there's a lot to love about a winter holiday too. 

It's the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with the ones you love and catch up on all those books you were meaning to read in December... but never got round to. 

But one thing that makes any winter break even more awesome, is the presence of a fireplace! Here's a little round up of accommodation across the country with fireplaces. 

Agulhas National Park chalets, Agulhas

The beautiful wooden chalets in Agulhas National Park's main rest camp are pretty much the perfect location for a sea-side winter break. They're cosy, beautiful, overlook the ocean and located in pristine coastal fynbos surrounds. You can opt for either a two-bedroom or a four-bedroom chalet. They all have fireplaces in the lounge area and comfy couches to match.

More information: Check out the SANParks website 

Antbear Guesthouse, Drakensberg 

Overlooking the Bushmans River and Giants Castle, this whitewashed, thatched cottage provides affordable accommodation for intimate groups. According to the Antbear website it's a place for feeding your soul and rekindling your spirit. "Built in the 1940's the quaint and charming cottage puts its arms around you and reminds you that there are things more important than everyday life," it reads. 

The communal fireplace encourages visitors to gather together and share some warmth, while relaxing in each other's company.

More information: Check out the Antbear website 

Granny Mouse House, Hogsback 

If you're looking for a romantic spot to break away to for the weekend, Granny Mouse is your place! They do not accommodate kids under 12 and give preference to couples. During the coldest winter months, Hogsback is also one of South Africa's hotspots for snow, so keep watching the weather and book a white wonderland retreat! 

Granny Mouse's fireplace is also located in the communal lounge area.

For more information: Visit the Hogsback website 

Sir Henry's Guesthouse, Clarens 

Sir Henry's in Clarens in the Free State offers a choice of accommodation, the charming Guest House is a mere 10-minute stroll from the hustle and bustle of the town square and has seven unique bedrooms, each with private entrance, patio or balcony, views of the mountain, and some with a fireplace.

As with Hogsback, Clarens is a great winter breakaway spot if snow-hunting is what you're after. 

More information: Check out the Portfolio Collection website

Blinkblaar-Wag-'n-Bietjie Guesthouse, Heidelberg 

Forming part of Klipkraal Guest Farm, located among the hills of the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Blinkblaar is a self-catering unit with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, which can accommodate up to eight people. It's private and secluded with a 360° view of the surrounding Suikerbosrand hills and waving grass fields. The fireplace is located in living area.

More information: Call Celeste on 083 412 5272

The Velvet and Olive Cottage, Sutherland

Located in South Africa's coldest town, it's only fitting that this cute farm-style accommodation has a hearty fireplace. 

Upon arrival at The Velvet Olive you will be treated to a sherry that warms the soul and sets the tone for your stay.......relaxation and enjoyment. It's the perfect spot for families wanting to share some time together or just getting to know each other again over a bottle of red wine, shared around a large kitchen table with the warmth of an old wood stove... or in the snug lounge around the fireplace.

More information: Contact Suzanne Paulsen on 084 206 9827

Mulberry Cottage and Charlton House, Murraysburg 

Situated on the tranquil Grootplaats Farm just outside of Murraysburg (about 100km from Graaff Reinet, you will find Charlton House and Mulberry Cottage, both pretty-as-pictures self-catering units. 
Mulberry Cottage has two bedrooms, while Charlton house has three. Both have their own fireplace and, if booked together, can accommodate up to 13 people. 

More information: Contact Judi Butterworth on 049 854 9221

Riverman Cabin, Dullstroom

Riverman Cabin is situated in the Tonteldoos Valley, 25 km North East of Dullstroom, which is only two and a half hours drive from Johannesburg. There are five different cabins to choose from, all self-catering, fully furnished and with indoor fireplaces. 

Dullstroom is also a great spot to stand the chance of experiencing a bout of Highveld snow. 

More information: Call them on 083 277 9143 and check out their website 

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