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Woodlands Retreat

woodlands retreat

Connect with the soothing rhythms of Nature
at this retreat in Clarens – the Jewel of the Free State.


Woodlands retreat all seasons

Situated in the peaceful Swartland area of central Clarens, protected by the arms of the Rooiberg Mountain Range and backed up to the southeast by the mighty purple/blue Maluti Mountains. Here lies  this tranquil Retreat nestled in a lush garden, amongst woodland trees and surrounded by the inspiring layers of multi-coloured sandstone mountain landscapes, for which Clarens and the Golden Gate are renowned. 

Woodlands Retreat is a secluded, peaceful venue ideal for rest and relaxation an easy 1-minute gentle drive to the centre of Clarens or enjoy a casual scenic +- 13 minute stroll.


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Here you can reconnect with the soothing rhythms of nature, watch a variety of birds frequenting the garden and wander around the meandering pathways.

Clarens, being a heavily wooded area, presents unforgettable sights as the leaves change  from light green Willow in spring, to the magnificent vibrant autumn shades of the Lombard Poplars, Chinese Maples and Elms. Whilst the abundance of vibrant new blossoms in spring are breath-taking.


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We have 5 suites, all are stylishly furnished with quality beds and fresh crisp 100% cotton percale linen and all have bathrooms en-suite. Each room is serviced daily during your visit and has basic cooking facilities along with fridges and all necessary cooking and eating utensils. 

All suites have electric blankets and four have under carpet heating, the fifth suite has a heater.

Each suite has its own patio with braai facilities along with a starter pack of fire wood and there is also a communal fire pit


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There is a wide range of sporting and outdoor activities within easy reach, including a fabulous 18-hole golf course. We have fresh water fishing (mainly trout) venues in the area as well. There are also a variety of artesian cheese farms who offer tastings, as well as a wine grower within a 20 minute drive.

The Golden Gate National Park is about 20km away and makes for a lovely day trip.  Safari tours are available nearby.  There are wolf and lion sanctuaries within an hours drive.   Various tours are offered to all  facilities around Clarens.

The town of Clarens  boasts a number of excellent restaurants, a craft brewery, gin and whisky tasting bar, plus many art galleries which adds to all the activities available in the town itself.

Winters are generally cold with surprisingly warm middays and snow is often nearby. Summers are warm to pleasantly hot with surprise thunder showers.


It is no wonder it is known as the Jewel of the Free State!


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Pensioner Deal

15% weekend and 20% midweek, minimum stay 2 nights


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One Comment

  • Lulama Ntshephe
    March 11, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    How do I get to your retreat from Joburg, I am alone do not want to drvce Lulu Ntshepe 65 years olds

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