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Elgin B&B

Luxury accommodation in the Drakensberg

Description

Cradled in a lush valley at the foot of the Southern Drakensberg Mountains, lies Elgin farm. We offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation in four luxury en suite rooms overlooking rolling farmlands and lakes. Enjoy warm hospitality and sumptuous breakfasts using fresh farm produce. A log cabin on the the banks of the Umzimkhulu river presents a tranquil self-catering option. Close to the twin rural villages of Himeville and Underberg and the spectacular Sani Pass, Elgin farm offers all the peace and beauty of the countryside, as well as the excitement of 4x4 trips into Lesotho, the best fly-fishing in the country, horse-riding and mountain-biking, rock art tours and interesting shops and restaurants.

The Southern Drakensberg forms part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site. Take time to soak in the ambience of this beautiful setting at Elgin Bed & Breakfast.

Elgin B&B lies on a good tar road, 6 km from the country village of Underberg which is a delightful blend of farming activities, galleries, interesting local shops, restaurants and coffee shops, a cheesery and farm stalls. Himeville, just 5 km on, boasts the best rural history museum in the country, the famous Himeville Arms Pub and a nature reserve. From Himeville the road winds up to the Sani Pass, entrance to Lesotho.

Climate

The Drakensberg enjoys warm summers with plenty of sun, and spectacular thunder storms in the afternoons. The mountains are carpeted in green grass and sprinkled with wild flowers. This is the season for enjoying all kinds of river pursuits- fly-fishing, swimming, canoeing and tubing. In autumn, the district turns into a blaze of bronze, orange and red as the many avenues of oaks and maples turn. Our winters are a tranquil time of soft, sunny skies. This is the dry season, with the weather mostly stable, except for the occasional snowfall - which transforms the landscape into an enchanting white fairyland overnight. Cosy log fires take the chill off the frosty nights.

Accommodation

Bed & breakfast

Exterior

Our four well-appointed suites are set in two private wings detached from the main farm house, ensuring peace and privacy for our guests. Each room has its own entrance and patio with the most beautiful view imaginable.

Interior

All are double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, while one has a private lounge. Of course, all our rooms are equipped with satellite TV, a heater, hairdryer and a fridge. Lavish breakfasts are enjoyed alfresco in the warm months and in our sunny farmhouse dining room during winter. Guests can gather to enjoy a drink with hosts Jeannine and Ian in the gracious lounge; dinner is served on request.

Self Catering

The Log Cabin sleeps 8-10 people and consists of two bedrooms with a loft upstairs sleeping 6 people, bathroom, toilet, kitchen, lounge with a fireplace and dining room. It is situated on the banks of the Umzimkulu River with a beautiful view of the river and Drakensberg Mountains. There is a braai area outside in the garden.

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Contact Details

Name of hostsIan & Jeannine Bonsma
Tel:+27 (0)33 701 1918
fax+27 (0)33 701 1918
Cell+27 (0)82 883 1627
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Attractions

The Umzimkulu river winds through the farm for 7 km, offering excellent trout fishing, picnicking, tubing, canoeing and swimming opportunities. Enjoy walking and mountain biking, on Elgin farm. Horseriding, from hour rides to all-day trails, is available close by.

Birdwatchers will enjoy the prolific birdlife, especially a variety of waterfowl and raptors.

The district offers three scenic golfing opportunities: the 9-hole Underberg golf course, Sani Pass Hotel 9-hole golf course and 18-hole Glen Garrie Golf course at Drakensberg Gardens Hotel.

Restaurants, health & beauty clinics and farm stalls, a cheesery, a gallery, hiking and fishing shops, and other interesting gift shops are situated in nearby Underberg and Himeville.

Elgin is conveniently situated to entry points into the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site for guests wanting to hike up the main escarpment or explore San Rock Art.

Rock Art and Sani Pass tours  to Lesotho can be arranged for guests on request.

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Directions

From the N3, take Exit 99 (Underberg/SouthernDrakensberg) just north of Pietermaritzburg. Drive100 km on the R617 to Underberg. Continue throughUnderberg towards Swartberg for 5km, then take a right turn onto the Drakensberg Gardens Road. ElginFarm is 2km along this road. It is approximately 2,5hrs journey from Durban and 5,5 hrs fromGauteng. Tar road all the way. Secure parking provided.

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