• 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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Hello Spring!

Oh what a beautiful morning… Oh what a beautiful day.

Hello Spring!

Spring in the Dargle Valley is just magical. Flowers are opening, the leaves are turning bright green in the forest around us. Waking up in the mornings with birds and butterflies all over the garden is the best way to start the day.

So now that we are in September reality kicks in that there are only 4 months left of this year. Say what!!! AND in that time we need to plan for December holidays. Whatever that looks like for you and wherever you are planning to go we are sure there is a little bit of pressure on you at this time of year.

Can’t get away too far, and looking for affordable accommodation during that time of the year is not always easy. That’s where the Midlands is the perfect spot to get away and take some time out. It’s not far from JHB or Durban and there is plenty of fun for the whole family.

Our self catering accommodation rates can be found on our website.

Take a look at our website and each cottage, and start planning your Midlands getaway for this December. Email Kate on booking@lemonwood.co.za with any questions you have and we so look forward to having you stay.

While you’re planning take a look at our blog post about things to do when you stay at Lemonwood – click here.

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.

What’s happening in the Midlands

There are always educational, fun, family, or sporting events happening in the Midlands. Here are a few coming up over the next while. Should you need accommodation for any of these, contact us on booking@lemonwood.co.za.

Hilton Arts FestivalMidlands Country Market
Pecanwood Oktoberfest
Dargle Event

Follow us on Facebook for info about what’s happening in the Midlands. Have a wonderful day friends!

Spring is coming!!!!

We pretty much love all the seasons in the Midlands. Each one brings a unique feel to our piece of paradise on earth. We are particularly excited after Winter because that means SPRING IS COMING!!!!!

Our garden just puffs up and the birds are everywhere. It’s a glorious time of year. Here are some pictures of what happens at Lemonwood during Spring.

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Lemonwood Birds

Flowers around Lemonwood

Flowers around Lemonwood

Flowers around Lemonwood

Flowers around LemonwoodAbsolutely stunning hey! Come and stay this Spring and bring your binos and bird book. You will see birds a plenty and enjoy walking through the majestic forest behind us. Email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za.

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.

A NEW cottage at Lemonwood

Yes we are so thrilled to showcase our brand new cottage at Lemonwood. We have been doing the alterations bit by bit as we converted the communal area into it’s own cottage.

Introducing Oribi Cottage.

Oribi is situated just above the pool area and up against the forest. Oribi has 2 on-suite bedrooms and a spacious living area, with fully fitted kitchen. We will be uploading more pictures soon and updating our Facebook Page with information.

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To see more information about our cottages or renting out the main house click here.

The Royal Agricultural Show, Pietermaritzburg 2013



Ask anyone growing up in the KZN Midlands for one of their favourite highlights of the year and they will tell you it has to be the Royal Show. For farmers, it is a local festival of livestock and implements, but it is so much more than that – as the next generation of children enjoy what’s on offer at the show, their parents reminisce about their experiences in the very same location.


With a significant agricultural theme running through the show, guests are invited to partake in what is essentially a large country fair hosted in the city of Pietermaritzburg. Local businesses have stalls of goods to buy, there are a number of educational stalls including industrial and commercial displays, and there is a range of activities on the programme for all age groups.


If you are travelling to KZN for the Royal Show between 24 May and 2 June and would like to fully embrace the spirit of the countryside the show imbues, factor in a stay at Lemonwood to complement the experience. With winter setting in, the farm is transformed into an Eden of winter flowers and ochre views – the perfect place to call home after a busy day traversing the Showgrounds.


For more information on what’s happening at the Royal Show 2013, visit their website at http://royalshow.co.za/royalshow/programme/highlights.html



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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.