• The Woodturners…

    Father and son team, John and Andrew Early have turned their obsession with the beauty of wood into award winning pieces, using only salvaged pieces of wood. Each bowl is turned from wet wood, left to dry for up to four years, then re-turned, sanded and waxed or oiled. “Pieces will continue to dry throughout their lifetime in a dynamic process that makes them ‘living' art works, says Andrew. Experience John and Andrew Early's beautiful wooden vessels and exclusive furniture, which is sought after by decorators around the globe, and which has earned them an Elle Decoration International Design Award and a Conde Nast House Style Award. 0723656270 www.andrewearly.co.za
  • Michael J Mawdsley Jnr

    Michael trained and worked as a goldsmith and jeweller for over 25 years before turning his mind and hands to sculpture - an almost inevitable move since at the core of all his work, the creative drive had always been the main motivation.

    The whole process of taking a basic idea through to a finished bronze requires the same creative drive and ability whether working as a creative goldsmith & jeweller or a sculptor and although Michael still produces jewellery, he finds the sheer physicality of the bronze art form more challenging and more satisfying.

    Michael’s sculptural work to date covers the triad of African Wildlife, the Human Form and the Local Flora. He has produced works from the very small, often to use as door knockers or business card holders, through to large, stand-alone works of art.

    If you are interested in commissioning a specific work, please either phone him on +27 (0)83 294 0107 to discuss.
    Michael John Mawdsley Jnr: http://www.vivavoce.co.za/

  • Rob Fowler at Corrie Lynn

    Corrie Lynn & Co. furniture has been in operation for more than 10 years. They specialise in custom-made furniture using a variety of different woods.

    Robin Fowler, a self-taught cabinet-maker has successfully been designing and manufacturing wooden furniture for a variety of clients all over South Africa. These clients include corporate businesses, game lodges, hotels, restaurants as well as individuals looking for something different.

    Robin has mentored and trained Corrie Lynn & Co staff to produce furniture from raw wood to the finished product. Staff member’s craftsmanship is recognised through labels attached to the individual pieces of furniture.

    Furniture Making Workshops
    Due to demand, Robin is now offering different courses in furniture making at his workshop at Corrie Lynn Farm in the beautiful Dargle Valley in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

    Courses have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 participants to allow for individual attention.

    The courses vary from a very basic level for first time furniture-makers to more advanced specific courses on joints and specialised machinery. The price of the course includes all materials, refreshments and lunches.

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Current Rates at Lemonwood


If you hadn’t already seen our rates on the website we want to update you on our 2017 rates at Lemonwood. We pride ourselves on offering top quality accommodation at a reasonable and fair rate.

So book yourself a weekend away in one of our cottages and you’ll pay R410pp per night (Kids under 12 R325) or book out the main house with friends or family and you’ll pay R485pp per night (Kids under 12 R325).

All you have to bring is what you would like to eat and drink and coals etc. for the braai, everything else is provided. There is a minimum 2-night stay at the weekends in the cottages and the house is a minimum of 2 nights at any time.

All includes VAT

We’d love to welcome you to our little piece of heaven on earth. Email booking@lemonwood.co.za with the dates you’d like to visit and we’ll do the rest.


Yoga Retreats at Lemonwood

We have two more yoga retreat weekends coming up at Lemonwood this year! These weekends are a great opportunity to rest, meditate, reflect, and regroup.

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Jennifer will guide you through the sessions and all the details you need to know are below. Contact her soon to book your spot. Get a group of friends together and join us amongst the forest fauna and flora of Lemonwood.

This is not advanced yoga. Beginners are welcome.

All accommodation, food and yoga at a cost of R1800 for the whole weekend.
Top class accommodation, welcoming hosts, excellent vegetarian food, and you can do yoga at your own level.

Teacher Jennifer Ingram who has been teaching for over 30 years and trained by YYI and by Kundalini Yoga International Institute will be leading each session.

To book email jeningram2710@gmail.com OR phone 0314623963.
The next weekend is 9th – 11th September then 11th-13th November.

Lemonwood Cottages Rates

We have four comfortable and peaceful cottages – Oribi, Samango, Serval and Dassie. We also rent out the main house (our family home) which was built for entertaining and is large and airy. The cottages sleep 4, 4, 3 and 2 people respectively and the house sleeps 8, although sofa beds and/or mattresses are available to extend all of this. It is also possible to rent out the whole place for much larger groups or family gatherings.

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Main House at Lemonwood

All bedrooms are en-suite and there are open fires, under-floor heating and electric blankets for the colder months. For the nights when you don’t want to sit outside and wonder at the unbelievable stars, there is DSTV and a DVD player and of course the sparkling, solar heated pool. I have many games which I am happy to lend and a large library of DVDs.

The kitchens are fully equipped and the cottages are serviced daily. (The main house can also be serviced by prior arrangement). A laundry service is available on request.

All the accommodation is very close to the bush and is secluded and safe. The dawn chorus will wake you in the mornings and if you are an early riser you may catch a glimpse of the spectacular Knysna Louries or Paradise Flycatchers on their early morning rounds.

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Samango Cottage

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Oribi Cottage

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Dassie Cottage

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Serval Cottage

The Self Catering Cottages are R385 pppn.
Children under 12 – R325 per night.

Main house R425 pppn.
The house is a minimum stay of 3 nights for 6 adults and 2 nights for 8 adults.
Children under 12 – R325 per night.

All you have to bring is what you would like to eat and drink and coals etc. for the braai, everything else is provided. There is a minimum 2 night stay at the weekends in the cottages and the house is a minimum of 2 nights at any time.

All includes VAT.

What’s happening in the Dargle Valley

Well what a week it has been in the Midlands, and the white frosty Dargle Valley. As you may have seen all over Facebook there was snow all over the place and with plummeting temperatures our fireplaces have been working overtime.

Snow Dargle

Image Credit | Jean Allen

Visitors have been flocking in to the area and it has been a fantastic and festive season that is for sure. With so many delightful restaurants, cafes and craft stores along the Meander it has made for a magical Winter wonderland experience.

However the snow does not last, and there are some other events coming up in the Dargle Valley to look forward to. Get those legs turning and enter the Marriott Dargle Trails Festival. There is a trail run, MTB ride, fun walk and more. All the details are in the image below and you can enter on the Roag website.

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If you need accommodation for that weekend, stay with us! Email Kate on booking@lemonwood.co.za.

We look forward to having you to stay soon in our little piece of paradise, the Dargle Valley.

School holiday fun in the Midlands

School holidays are around the corner and we bet you’ll want to get out the house with the kids. The great thing about the Midlands is that there is plenty of great accommodation or if you live in PMB or Durban it’s an easy day trip.


Our cottages are in the Dargle Valley and are also pet-friendly so you can bring the whole family when you stay with us. Spend a long weekend or a week holiday with us and your kids will have SO much to do in the area. Here are some ideas…

Hiking in the Lemonwood Forest

Candle Dipping at Piggly Wiggly

Mini put-put at Piggly Wiggly

Chocolate making at the Belgian Chocolate Shop

Canopy Tours in the Karkloof

Mountain Biking in the Karkloof

Horse Riding in Nottingham Road

If the weather is cold we also have a variety of DVDs you can watch in your cottage, while the fire blazes.

Email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za if you’d like to take some time out and spend a few nights in our cottages.


Loving the chilly Winter weather

Winter is indeed on it’s way and these three pictures sum up just why we LOVE the chilly Winter weather in the Midlands.

Break out the Winter coats!


It’s not often in KZN that we get to adorn our warmest coats, BUT as Winter sets in in the KZN Midlands a Winter coat is a saving grace. Our best days are when the sun is out and we meander the twists the turns of the Dargle Valley, stopping off for a picnic by a dam or a cup of coffee at a coffee shop. It’s the best way to spend a Winter’s day.

Stock the fireplaces!


Each of our cottages is fitted with a working fireplace and we replace/replenish the wood supply daily so you will be sure to arrive home to fresh wood ready to be lit. Snuggling up by the fireplace as it heats your cottage up, is one of the best family memory making experiences in Winter.



Of course the best way to warm up on a Winter morning is with a tasty cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. Our personal favourite is a coffee from either Terbodore Coffee Roasters or Steam Punk Coffee (both Midlands based coffee roasters/cafes). Make sure you pack your warm drinks before you set off for a Midlands visit in Winter.

What’s your favourite thing about visiting the Midlands in Winter?

If you are looking for a place to stay, whether for a weekend or longer, you can email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za and we’ll let you know what dates are available. Take a look at our website with a full gallery of images for each of our cottages and the main house (which we also rent out). You’ll find that link here.

We hope to see you soon! Have a super day ahead.

Yoga retreat with Lauren Pinnoy

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We are so excited to be hosting Lauren Pinnoy for a weekend of yoga at Lemonwood. This retreat will be a great way to destress and reenergise for the months to come.

The programme includes yoga, meditation, and forest hikes to reconnect with your body, mind and nature.

Here is all the info from their Facebook event which you can find here.

Date: from Friday 22 July, anytime after 2, until Sun 22 May (late arrival or early departure is no problem)

Activities: yoga (mornings before breakfast, evenings before dinner), hiking (will be optional at anytime but will be encouraged after all yoga sessions), meditation included in yoga session, time to explore the Midlands meander.

Price: 3200 ZAR pp sharing (includes all meals, (optional extra for saturday lunch) two nights accommodation, yoga, forest hiking, fresh blended juices.)

Early Bird Special: 2900 ZAR (book and pay before 27 May 16)

Book: e-mail lcpinnoy@gmail.com for details or booking

Food: vegetarian (please mention any allergies when booking)

Additional dates:
12 August
29 October

Accommodation: there is space for maximum 20 people. 2 people sharing a room with ensuite.
Option of own room: R1000 extra

If this sounds like something you don’t want to miss then make sure you take advantage of the early bird rate and we’ll see you in July!

Find us on Social Media

We all know how easy it is to Google and now it’s even easier to find people, places and deals on Social Media. I’ve noticed that more and more Facebook is becoming a second Google when searching for restaurants, B&Bs etc. So we’ve made very sure that we are on Social Media and you can find us easily.

Find us on Facebook

Search for us typing ‘Lemonwood’ into the search bar, or you can use the URL www.facebook.com/LemonwoodDargle. You’ll see this as our profile and cover image. We post about 4 times a week and update our fans on specials, accommodation rates and things happening in the Midlands. We also post regular pictures of the beautiful birdlife in the forest surrounding us.

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Find us on Twitter

We are also on Twitter. This Social Media is quick and easy. It’s somewhat of a constant stream of news. We use Twitter to connect easily with people and brands. We love how instantaneous it is and so we share info about specials, events and general accommodation.

Our Twitter handle is @LemonwoodDargle. This is what you’ll find.

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Find us on Instagram

Lastly we are also on Instagram @LemonwoodCottages. We are still growing our community so we’d love you to go ahead and follow us. We love sharing pictures from around the forest and of our cottages. If you come and stay please tag us in your pictures as we’d love to share those too. This is the page you’ll find.

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We hope you find it easier now to keep in touch with us. Comment, tweet or tag us in your pictures ’cause we so enjoy hearing from our friends and guests.

If you’d like to book a stay just drop a mail to booking@lemonwood.co.za and we look forward to having you.

Wedding Venues in the Dargle Valley

We are surrounded by some absolutely stunning wedding venues. Many weekends our guests spend their Saturdays out at a wedding before heading back home to a warm shower and a comfy bed.


So maybe you’re a bride, or you are a guest, and you’re looking for accommodation near your venue, email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za and you can book our cottages for your close friends or family.

To make your life easier we’ve also put together a list of wedding venues in the Dargle Valley which come highly recommended.

Crab Apple Chapel – Link to website

The Cairn of Old Kilgobbin – Link to website

Everglades Country Hotel – Link to website

Corrie Lynn Farm – Link to website

Hillhouse – Link to website

Wherever you decide to get married in the Midlands, the drive to Dargle is a quick one so should you still need accommodation get in touch on booking@lemonwood.co.za. We wish you the most amazing lead up to your day and a happy marriage ahead.

Run, walk or hike through the Lemonwood Forest

The magnificent forest surrounding us is the ideal setting for a run, walk or hike. Meander through the trees, spotting birds and animals, or set the pace for a good jog in the cool of the shade.


If you’re looking for more of an adventure you can hike through forest and when you reach the top enjoy the amazing views towards the Drakensberg and surrounding valleys.

If you’d like to join us for a guided walk please let us know when you make your booking and we can arrange a time and day.

Over 200 species of birds have been recorded on the farm. The Knysna Lourie is a permanent resident. We also have the Cape Parrot, Narina trogon and Martial Eagle. The shy Samango monkey can be heard and often seen in the canopy around the cottages or stealing fruit from the abundant garden. You may go to sleep (or not) to the alarming and hysterical shriek of the Tree Dassie. Reedbuck and bushbuck are often seen. We have also seen a 45 strong herd of Blesbok and a group of the rare Oribi on the top veldt. The serval cat is also often seen strolling around the farm.

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Many of these can be spotted on your walk, run or hike, so get in touch with us and start planning your next Midlands getaway. We’d love to have you to stay.

Email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za.

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  • Pet Friendly @ Lemonwood Farm…

    Bring your dogs on holiday with you to Lemonwood farm!

    Canine Guest Etiquette
    A guesthouse owner's list of dos and don'ts - by Elaine Hurford

    •When you arrive - PLEASE leave your dog/s in the car. Don't let them out on a stranger's property until the host has given you the go-ahead. The resident dogs might not like it. It's best to meet on neutral territory OUTSIDE the gate where they can sniff and get to know each other, and then bring them into the property together.
    •Close gates behind you at all times! This is absolutely vital both in town (traffic risks) and rural areas (there may be farm animals about).
    •Bring the lead! I can't believe how many people travel with no form of restraint for their dogs. It's plain stupid.
    •If you are asked to keep your dog on a lead outside the room or cottage, kindly adhere to this rule. If your dog chases and harms the resident cats or ducks for example, you will have a very unhappy host. Remember that in rural areas some farmers don't hesitate to shoot strange dogs on their property. Sheep and ostriches present wildly exotic scents to urban dogs, and you do not want to go home with a corpse.
    •Bring your own dog bedding AND a big old sheet to cover sofas, chairs, beds or other comfy and tempting places to sleep. The dog will feel more at home and the host will appreciate the fact that your pooch hasn't left hair or mud on the furniture.
    •Feed your dog out of doors or in the kitchen / bathroom, preferably on a piece of newspaper, and clean up afterwards. Pick up dog poos and dispose away from the premises in a knotted plastic bag.
    •Travel with your grooming tool to brush sand and mud out of doors. Don't let wet dogs into the house - you know very well how smelly a wet dog can be.
    •Bring favourite toys and chews with you. It makes the dog feel more secure and prevents furniture damage.
    •Ask ahead whether there is an enclosed garden or patio where you can safely leave them while you go out to a restaurant or shopping. (Some owners do not make this clear in their Pet Policy.) It's not always possible to take your dog everywhere with you, and you can't leave a large pup indoors to consume the furniture and carpets - even for a minute.
    •Check ahead that the local vet will be in residence - or consult your latest edition of The South African Pet-friendly Directory to find out where the nearest vet is. Many small towns don't have a vet. You don't want to be stuck in an emergency and your host won't want to tend to emergencies at night or after hours.
    •If your dogs are diggers, they are best left at home until you've cured them. One remedy is to bury a ball of chicken wire in the hole and cover it with sand, or bury the dog's own excrement in the hole and cover it. Both are unpleasant finds for the digging dog.
    •If your dogs are barkers (and most dogs will start protecting "their" new territory very quickly), keep them quiet until a respectable hour in the morning, and on weekend afternoons. Even if they don't bark at home, you never know what exciting stimuli might be on the other side of a new fence.
    •Please keep your dogs from jumping at the hosts' small children or grandchildren - and for that matter on the hosts themselves! Your dogs may be very sociable but a lavish display of affection from a strange dog may frighten small children.