• 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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Visit the NEW Farmer’s Daughter

The Farmer’s Daughter used to be located on the R103 next door to the Belgian Chocolate shop, however these lovely lasses took note of the sensational new development, Yard 41, and have moved to 4 Shafton Road, Howick.

Serving up their farm fresh menu as usual, just in a beautifully new and unique setting.


Their restaurant now looks out over this spectacular view!


The Farmer’s Daughter also cater for events and weddings, and Jen’s cakes are STUNNING! Get in touch with them on their Facebook page, where you can also find more details.

There is a great event happening at The Farmer’s Daughter in August, so for all those art and photography lovers take a look.

Art by the fire

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.

5 reasons why getting away is good for your body and soul

Yes it’s true, there are real benefits to getting away for a weekend or a few days. Not just for your general morale, but for your overall body and soul. We love that Lemonwood is a place for many people to retreat to. A haven of peace where one can just enjoy the nature around them.

Lemonwood Cottages are surrounded by forest and the Dargle hills, where birds are chirping and traffic is a far cry away. Getting away for a weekend is easy as we are located on the Midlands Meander, and just a few kms off the R103.

Here are 5 reasons why getting away is good for your body and soul.

1: You have every reason to sleep

Sleep is so important for our bodies. Sleep allows our brains and immune systems to catch up and be replenished. Sleep allows your brain to take time out to make sense of everything that has happened over the day/weeks and with enough sleep you can wake up with clarity of mind and soul. Getting away for a weekend may be just the way you can get in those extra zzzz’s.

2: Experiencing a change of scenery

We’ve all heard the saying “a change is as good as a holiday” well combine change and holiday and you’ll feel like a new person. We speak to so many people who say they just needed to get out the city for a few nights to gather themselves. Sitting out on the porch of your cottage, ponder overing the infinite view towards the Drakensberg does wonders for your body and soul. These images of peace and beauty release endorphins into our minds which aid in feelings of joy and calm. A calm mind equals a calm body.

3: Get active

Getting away sometimes means getting active. Walking, hiking, day trips around the meander. All these activities are stimuli for our brains, which produce positive and constructive pathways. This inevitably leads to a more positive outlook on life which influences every day we live. A morning walk through the Lemonwood forest may be just what you need to feel alive and active again.

4: The importance of alone time

Everyone is unique, and with the constant barrage of comparison in today’s society sometimes it is vital that we get away for some alone time. Alone time allows one to connect internally with their emotions and state of being. Pack a journal, your book, or your ipod with your favourite music and get away by yourself for a few days. Get to know yourself again and enjoy every moment of your ‘me-time’ as you are reminded of the amazing person you are.

5: The value of family time 

On the flip side taking time out with friends and family is also a big part of what our bodies and souls need. Your kids may be needing quality time with you and a weekend away in the Midlands may be just the thing you need. Been working nights for the past few months, plan a weekend away with mates where you can reconnect and laugh together around a braai. It’s moments like these that remind our minds that we value ourselves. Making time for these getaways will naturally improve your well-being and sustain your body and soul longer.

These are just a few reasons why getting away is so important for us as human beings. Pick one or all and treat yourself to some time out. If it’s not in the Midlands, then anywhere you desire. However if the Midlands sounds like a good idea, drop us a mail to book a cottage at Lemonwood.

Yoga retreat with Lauren Pinnoy

yoga retreat

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.

Lemonwood Forest

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.

Take a moment to give thanks

We don’t celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in South Africa, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be a thankful nation. It all starts with you. As I sit out on the deck, overlooking the beauty of the Dargle Valley, it is really difficult to not start listing the things I am grateful for.

Sometimes all we have to do is list them. It is scientifically proven that your brain responds more healthily to language that is happy, life-giving, grateful. So I felt like I had to share this challenge with you reading this today.

What are you thankful for today? Instead of thinking about what is stressing you out, or annoying you, rather take a moment to give thanks. Whatever it is for let’s be thankful people today.

Maybe you want to start a journal of thanksgiving. Remind yourself daily of the many thinks that bring you joy in your everyday life. Isn’t it just amazing when you start listing them.

Here’s are some of the things I’m grateful for today…

  • The beautiful scenery around my home.
  • The people I get to meet every week.
  • The ability to breathe in fresh air.
  • Waking up to the sounds of birds.
  • Being able to hear those birds chirping.
  • Good food & good wine.
  • Chocolate.
  • Book club laughs.
  • Friendships that have been built over many years.

Today I will give thanks… and tomorrow… and the next day.

Have a wonderful day friends!


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.

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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.