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Madrid Farm Cottages

Madrid Farm Cottages Self-catering accommodation in Clarens Free State


Experience the ever changing colors of our majestic mountains, the peace and tranquility of the country. The Golden Gate National Park is about 12km away on a tarred road. Here visitors may hike on the laid out trails, which vary in difficulty and cost. There are also horse riding facilities. The scenery is spectacular and the sandstone rock formation is a photographers dream.

We have three self-catering cottages in the large garden on the farm "Madrid", which has been in the Mousley family for 134 years. The cottages are close enough to the homestead to be very safe but still out of sight of each other. Also in the garden is a Banksia rose which was planted soon after the first George Bennett Mousley arrived to take up residence during the early 1880s. The present generations farming here are the fourth and fifth Mousleys to take up the challenges involved in farming on this farm.

Sunrise Cottage is a weathered sandstone cottage with the main bedroom opening out onto the patio and a second bedroom with en suite bathroom. The shower room opens off the small hallway between the two bedrooms. Optional King-sized or single beds. This cottage sleeps two extra guests on pullout beds with bases and good foam mattresses. Ideal for children or small adults. The lawn in front of the cottage is ideal for children to play under the watchful eyes of their parents relaxing on the patio. From here there is a lovely view across the garden towards the mountains.

Sunshine Cottage is also built with old sandstone , having two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (one shower, one bath). Optional King-sized or single beds. This cottage was built in 2003 with stone from a redundant Lucerne shed and has its own fenced lawned garden with a view across an old orchard towards the mountains.

Sunset Cottage is a plastered brick building, having one double bedroom and one bathroom with a bath. This very private cottage is ideal for a honeymoon or a couple breaking away for a weekend alone. From the stoep one can look across the lawn and rose-garden towards a ridge which protects the garden from the west wind.

All the cottages have open-plan living areas with fully equipped kitchens, (stove with oven, microwave & fridge, kettle, toaster, dishcloths, dishwashing liquid & scourer incl.) and open fireplaces as well as private braai areas with views of the garden and mountains.

Bath soap and liquid hand washing soap is provided. Linen is provided (except swimming towels) as well as extra blankets, electric blankets , heaters and fans. Complimentary tea, coffee, sugar and creamer provided on arrival.

The cottages are serviced daily and in winter the first bag of wood each day is provided free of charge. Extra wood is available but guests are also welcome to bring their own.

There are no TVs in the cottages. Guests are welcome to bring their own radios or CD players but are requested to consider other guests when playing their music.

We do not have card facilities so guests are requested to make direct payments for the deposit and another just before arriving. Alternatively they can bring cash for the balance.

Smokers are requested to smoke outside. 

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Tel:058 256-1098
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List of Facilities:
  • Walks on the 1100 h farm & surrounding area.
  • Bird watching in garden and surrounding veld
  • Tennis within walking distance. (1k)
  • Swimming pool within walking distance. (1k)
  • Mountain-biking on the bakkie trail up the mountain
  • Hikes at nearby Golden Gate.(8k)
  • Horse-riding in area.
  • Quad-biking in area.
  • River rafting in area.
  • Golf, squash & bowls in Clarens (12k).
  • Dam & river fly-fishing nearby (5k).
  • Pubs & restaurants in Clarens
  • Art galleries & quaint shops in Clarens.
  • Supermarket, butchery and bakery in Clarens
  • About four hours from Katse Dam in Lesotho.
  • Clarens Wellness Centre is about 5k towards Golden Gate.


On the R712 about 9 km from Clarens and 8 km from Golden Gate. Turn off onto the Sunnyside Road and drive for about 3km on a dirt road.

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