The Clarens Country House

213 Clarens Golf and Trout Estate, Clarens, Free State, Thabo Mofutsanyane, South Africa


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The original old sheepshed on the farm which is now the Clarens Golf Estate, Clarens Country House Guesthouse is blessed by being the model to which the rest of the estate aspires.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic hideaway for two, a spacious apartment for four, or a house to accommodate a party of eight or ten, The Clarens Country House offers everything you could ask for. 

The Clarens Country House is nestled in a wooded corner of the secure Clarens Golf and Estate, where it started out as a sheepshed on the original farm – long before the Golf estate came into being. This century-old stone sheepshed, with wrap-around mountain views, has been completely remodeled as a luxury self-catering guest house.The sheep and their shearers gave way to a cherry liqueur distillery a decade ago, before this historic building was reclaimed to become the place to stay in one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. With half-metre thick sandstone walls, The Clarens Country House is a cool retreat in summer and a cosy refuge from Clarens’s invigorating winters.

The Clarens Country House is themed around the work of Herman Charles Bosman (the artist-in-residence created the Illustrated Bosman) and much of the art work from that book features around the rooms and the Stoep, which is named in honour of Oom Schalk Lourens, the greatest story teller in the Marico, if not the world… (The complete collection of illustrations is on view in The Gallery On The Square in town.)

The Clarens Country House offers four en suite, self-catering apartments (The Ouhout Suite, The Wildeals Suite, The Bosman Suite with two en suite double bedrooms – and the Shepherd’s Loft). The Bosman, Ouhout and Wildeals suites open onto a 20 metre fully-glazed verandah, commanding rolling lawns and 360-degree views, whilst The Shepherd’s Loft is a separate, private suite – ideal for a romantic getaway. The Clarens Country House is a 5-minute walk from the village square, which offers some of the best shopping, restaurants and art galleries in the country.

Your accommodation options include the following:

The Ouhout Suite (ideal for two)

The Wildeals Suite (ideal for two)

The Bosman Suite (ideal for a family of four or two couples travelling together)

The Shepherds Loft (a completely separate apartment for two)

The main house comfortably accommodates eight adults, spilling over into 70 square metres of glassed veranda – Oom Schalk’s se Stoep. Add the Shepherds Loft a few paces away and The Clarens Country House accommodates ten in en suite luxury.

Attention to detail gives The Clarens Country House that “home away from home” feeling. All the suites are serviced daily, and guests are invited to make the most of their individual suites, Oom Schalk se stoep, and the garden.

On arrival, guests will find, their tea box stocked with a range of different types of tea and coffee, fresh milk in the fridge, and a jar of rusks and biscuits to snack on, as well as a decanter of sherry, for those in need of a night cap. The kitchen areas are well equipped with a wide range of cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, making it easy to prepare meals.

Heating wall panels (even in the bathrooms) and electric blankets ensure that the bedrooms are warm and cosy, and in very cold weather the stoves on Oom Schalk se stoep are lit to warm up the verandah.

The beds can be made up to kingsize or twin beds – using top quality linen and duvets, and extra blankets are also supplied. Guests are supplied with a choice of towels and bath sheets, along with a range of toiletries. All the bathrooms are en-suite and have both a bath and a shower.

Each suite has DSTV. (Channels include the M Net channels; local news and sports channels, Kyknet, AJC; CCTV; CNBCA; Weather; RAI, BVN, ERT, RTPi, TV5, CCTV 4)

And for those guests who simply cannot leave their work behind – we have WiFi.

The Clarens Country House leads onto a large garden with braai facilities. (Weber and skottel braais.) There is a children’s playground on the estate.

Parking is off-road, in a large private parking area.


- Golf
- Lesotho/MalutiTours
- Clarens Brewery
- Adventures
- Hiking



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