- Guests think Paardeplaats Nature Retreat is in an excellent location
- Paardeplaats 154JT, Long Tom Pass, Lydenburg, 1120, Mpumalanga
Set high up in the Mpumalanga Drakensberg, at 2000 meters above sea level, with an annual rainfall of over 1000mm per annum, this 770 ha proclaimed nature reserve, is a haven for birders, hikers and serious nature lovers, who enjoy "elegant simplicity", so different from the city norms.
Built on the ruins of an 1870 miners settlement is the restored 15 sleeper stone dwelling, set in total privacy, overlooking a small trout dam and a beautiful valley and mountains.
Hidden amongst trees and the mining terraces are three restored stone units. Each room has a private view with its own unique character with stained glass windows.
All 6 bedrooms are en suite, with down or wool duvets on all the beds. Meals are prepared in the communal "Miners Canteen" with a kitchen so well equipped that even professional chefs comment on it. Wood and gas stoves, two gas fridges and utensils to cater for up to 20 people, guarantee a farm style cooking experience with most modcons (except a microwave). When weather permits, the outdoor, covered, cooking hearth and large veranda is the place to relax and braai, soothed by the sound of running water and bird song.
The fly-fisherman could be tempted to catch a trout, casting almost from the veranda.
The Jafrie Walking and Cycling Ramble is ideal family therapy for those who love nature. The not-so-lazy could pack a picnic basket or a rucksack and embark on one of seven different marked out walking or mountain biking trails, totalling 25 km.