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Harrismith – “Her Majesty’s Apology” - self-catering surprise - cycling hotspot!

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  • Date Listed 18/10/2016
  • For Rent By Agency
  • Minimum Nights 2
  • Sleeps 6
  • Dwelling Type Farm
  • Bedrooms (#) 3 bedrooms
  • Bathrooms (#) 1 bathroom
This 1000 hectare farm - “The Dam”- is situated in the borderlands of the Free State and Natal close to Harrismith on the Verkykerskop road and has an interesting and fascinating history. While our Boer ancestor, Paul Bester, was interned in Ladysmith during the Anglo Boer War, the infamous Rimington's guides attacked his Free State Farm, turning out his wife and children, and burning down the house. After the war, as an apology, the British Crown rebuilt the homestead. It is this older wing of the house which has now been renovated for guests - hence the name - "Her Majesty's Apology". The sandstone homestead has a mod/colonial feel. It's cool in summer, with a cosy fireplace for chilly Free State winters. It offers one double bedroom and two with single beds with shared bathroom with bath and shower as well as a fully equipped self-catering kitchen with fire-place. The family have lived in the district for generations and are keen cooks – this is a hot cycling spot and catered meals and picnic baskets can be pre-arranged – especially for tired cyclists and anybody so inclined. This is a prime spot for birding and mountain bikingBird Watching The Harrismith and Verkykerskop districts are rich in bird life – eg the rare Botha’s Lark and Bald Ibis Hiking Trails Your hosts will provide routes for beginner mountain bikers as well as for adventurous biking veteransOther Activities Hosts will arrange a tour of a relative’s apple farm Visit the Sterkfontein Dam Close to Clarens, Golden Gate and The Berg Harrismith has many Battle Grounds, Boer War history (e.g. blockhouse), busman paintings etc The hamlet of Verkykerskop, 30 km away, has a retro dealers and restaurant, where kids get to choose sweets displayed in old glass jars. They love this experience! Rates are the same throughout the year: Minimum rate R700/night R290 per adult/night Children 4 – 18 years R150 Under 4 free Catered meals by arrangement/picnic baskets on request Service charge optional R75/day – beds, floors, dishes etc
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