• 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.



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.

Lemonwood Cottages

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.

Lemonwood Cottages

Samango Cottage

Lemonwood Cottages

Oribi Cottage

Lemonwood Cottages

Dassie Cottage

Lemonwood Cottages

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.

dargle trails

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.

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.

Stay at Lemonwood over Easter

Easter egg hunts in the forest are memories you will keep with you forever. Spend your Easter weekend with us at Lemonwood. Our main house has just become available so you want to hurry and book before it gets snapped up again.

The house sleeps up to 10 people, with 4 en-suite bedrooms and room for mattresses, for the kids. There is a minimum 3 night stay in the house at R395pp per night.

The house has a large kitchen and dining area, a lovely patio to enjoy the Autumn evenings out on, and there is a pool table should you wish to challenge the family to a few games.


To book the house email Kate on booking@lemonwood.co.za.

Happy New Year

HAPPY 2016

Can you believe we are almost through the first week of January! You did it! For many people December has actually been the busiest time of year and we know just what you need right about now.


Are we right? The in-laws have gone home, kids are back to school next week, and before your body goes into shock why not give yourself a break and head to our tranquil part of the world for a bit of downtime.

R – recuperate next to the pool

E – enjoy quiet morning walks through the forest

S – sleep in

T – take time to gather your thoughts and prepare for the year ahead.

Sound like something you need to do?

Take a look at our website for info on our 4 cottages in the Dargle Valley, and email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za with dates you’re interested in.

We so look forward to meeting a whole bunch of new guests this year, as well as having all our old friends back.

Here’s to an amazing 2016 ahead!

Lemonwood Cottages Video Tour

Looking for accommodation in the Midlands? Our cosy country cottages are nestled alongside the Dargle Valley and the Lemonwood Forest. A tranquil retreat at any time of the year.

Get a feel for our cottages and surrounding areas by watching this video tour of Lemonwood Cottages.

Winter Holiday Fun

It’s nearly winter school holidays again. Can you believe how quickly this year is going. We read something on Facebook that there are only 20 more Fridays until Christmas. Not sure if that’s true but it was a bit of a shock to read anyway.

So before the year flies by and you lose out on your leave, best you plan a little vacation to the Midlands. Schools break up in just over a month, for 4 weeks. At some point you are going to want to get away and take a break, right?

Stay at Lemonwood and your kids will be entertained around the Meander all day long. There are so many kid friendly activities for them to take part in while you sit back and relax, drinking coffee by day and wine by night.

We have 4 cosy country cottages to stay in, or if you want to bring friends along too, we rent out the main house. Have a look at our accommodation and rates here.

Lemonwood Rooms

Email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za to book your winter holiday to the KZN Midlands.

Our Cosy Country Cottages

We have 4 cosy country cottages at Lemonwood. Each unique and tucked away in their own part of the property. Here is a look at each one to make your accommodation decision easier.

Samango Cottage

Sleeps 4 (with space for mattresses)
Double bedrooms with en suite bathroom
Fully fitted kitchen and dining area
Lounge with TV
Nestled up against the forest

Samango Cottage

Oribi Cottage

Sleeps 4
2 double bedrooms with en suite bathroom
Fully fitted kitchen and dining area
Lounge with TV
Overlooking the pool area

Lemonwood Cottages

Serval Cottage

Sleeps 3
Sleeper couch in lounge for kids
1 en suite bathroom
Full fitted kitchen and dining area
Gorgeous views out onto the valley

Serval Cottage

Serval Cottage View

Dassie Cottage

Sleeps 2
Double bed with en-suite bathroom
Fully fitted kitchen and dining area for 2
Lounge with TV
Overlooking the farm and valley

Dassie Cottage

Dassie Cottage

We also book out the main house which sleeps 10 if you are wanting to host a big family funtion. Alternatively we can book out all the cottages. Email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za for more info.

Have a look at more images on our website www.lemonwood.co.za.

Mid-Week Specials

We are so excited about 2014 that we have decided to run a fantastic mid-week special.

Stay at Lemonwood for 2 nights or more, from Monday – Friday, and get this special rate.

mid week special

Contact us on +27 82 052 6072 or email booking@lemonwood.co.za

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We look forward to seeing you at Lemonwood!

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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.