Top 10: Accommodation in The Free State

Castle in Clarens Spend the night in a castle

1 De Oude Kraal Country Estate

Half an hour outside Bloemfontein, the Oude Kraal Guest House is a beautiful heritage homestead renowned for its fresh farm produce and superb Free State fare. The grounds are tranquil and inviting. more

2 Oaklands Country Manor

A four-star property near Van Reenen in the Drakensberg. It has 13 en-suite-rooms and is set in 300 acres of hills and valleys near the escarpment; known for its log fires in the bedrooms, good food and great views.

3 Castle in Clarens

If you’ve thought you’ve heard it all – think again. There’s a Rapunzel type castle in Clarens offering overnight accommodation in luxurious surroundings with every comfort on tap. It’s like living out a fairytale in the Free State countryside! more

4 Bella Rosa, Ficksburg

A sandstone heritage home in the Victorian style it offers stylish accommodation, hearty breakfasts and access to all the attractions in the area. more

5 Artists’ Colony, Smithfield

It’s the town’s only national monument yet this 157-year old Karoo-style guest house is worth four stars for its stylish en-suite rooms (only five rooms so book in advance), great meals and visually pleasing interiors. more

6 The Fouriesburg Country Inn

This is a country hotel with en suite accommodation, a covered thatch barbecue area, a dining room that draws people – particularly on Sundays – and serves excellent lamb and a choice of desserts. more

7 Maluti Mountain Lodge

Situated near Clarens, this lodge boasts four family chalets and 20 en-suite rooms it makes the most of its setting, particularly in winter when the surrounding mountains are blanketed in snow. more

8 Carryblaire River Retreat Country House

This four-star property on the Vaal River in Parys has its own island and magnificent river views . Exquisite en-suite accommodation situated in a bird sanctuary - a must for nature-lovers. more

9 Green Gables, Parys

A bit of Provence in the Free State, this property offers individually styled rooms, a recreation area round the pool, DSTV, beautifully tended gardens and meals by arrangement. more

10 Rietpoort Game & guest farm, Trompsburg

Offers the complete Free State Farm experience with cottage accommodation, barbecue facilities, special dinners cooked on request. There are numerous farm stays available in the Free State province. more