• 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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Surviving the Christmas heat

Unlike the music and pop culture of today say, our Christmas time is HOT! There is no snow and eggnog, no sleigh rides or hot chocolate. We’re all about sunshine, SPF, and ice water.


So here are a few tip to surviving the Christmas heat.

  1. Keep a water bottle at your side : Water is so necessary to replenish our bodies. As we sweat (which we do a lot of in this heat) we need to replace that lost water to our bodies. This will prevent dehydration and even heat stroke.
  2. Leave the house with sunblock on and pack it in your bag : the sun is harsh at this time of year and when you’re visiting the Midlands and walking around you are in direct sunlight. Reapplying sunblock throughout the day will make sure you don’t burn.
  3. Stock the fridge with fresh fruit : watermelon, strawberries, and litchis are the best fruit for those hot summer days. They are packed with juice and you can even leave them in the freezer a bit for a little extra cold crunch.
  4. Pool, beach, shower : scrap the movie nights and indoor lunches. Take your party outside to the pool or beach… and if you don’t have either near you, jump in a cold shower to cool off!

We love Summer and the Midlands is such a great place to be at this time of year. Midmar Dam is full of activities, and the riversides are buzzing with fisherman and their kids.

Christmas time is all about community and we are so grateful for the community growing around us all the time.

Make a plan to visit our part of the world and stay in one of our cottages in the Dargle Valley. We’ll point you in the right direction of where to go and what to see during your visit.

Email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za.

Until next time, have a HAPPY HOLIDAY!


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.

Happy Heritage Day, South Africa



What will you be doing this Heritage Day?  I love how everyone calls it Braai Day – the activity that unites us all as unique in the world. But it is more than that. It is a day that serves as a reminder of how diverse we are as a nation – a plethora of cultures sharing one land.


This Heritage Day, I hope you will embrace your heritage; all the things that make you who you are and give you a sense of identity. I also hope you slap some chops and wors on the braai and have some well-deserved time out with your friends. This Heritage Day, however, I challenge you to do something in appreciation of another culture, even if it is simply by taking in the colours and traditions of the people around you.


If you are lucky enough to have Monday off and are planning a trip to the Midlands, we have a crowd of locals with wide, beaming smiles and a range of cultures to observe. There are a number of local businesses along the Meander which support local artists, crafters, and producers and, thereby, communities. If you are looking for a place to stay, you are always welcome at Lemonwood. We hope this year’s Heritage Day is a memorable one for you and your families.

Something Different for Secretary’s Day



In the fast-paced world of business (great and small), it is apt that there is a day every year dedicated to the celebration of secretaries. These hardworking ladies (and, on occasion, gentlemen) are often the pivotal cogs that keep the machine of an office working. Their importance is often understated when the machine is running and it can be easy to forget how they smooth things over, co-ordinate the days, and soaks up responsibility.


Finding a gift to show appreciation for all the hard days won and the good days created can be quite a task as Secretary’s Day approaches. A delicious meal, a voucher for a mall or spa are things that can sometimes not have the lasting impression you would hope. If you can afford to, spare your special ladies some free time – on a holiday with their family that will relax and refresh them.


At Lemonwood we are very staff-centred and appreciate the value of good people. We are happy to discuss different packages with you and arrange a holiday they won’t forget in one of our self-catering cottages or the farmhouse for bigger groups. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out our rates and to plan a memorable trip.

Happy Women’s Day Weekend



This weekend and today in particular is a time to celebrate the women in your life. Whether she is your mother, your wife, sister, daughter, or friend, this is the perfect opportunity to show appreciation for the feminine. And why not? They spread love and care wherever they go. They are fierce defenders of the ones they love. Their instincts are to nurture, comfort, and adore. They are homemakers, caretakers, nurses, psychologists, diplomats…. For whatever hats the women in your life juggle, we hope that the long weekend affords them the chance to relax, take a deep breath of life, and many instances that provide for lasting smiles.


The long weekend has brought the first REAL cold snap this year, with snow predicted for some areas around the Midlands. This means that many will descend on the area to try to catch a glimpse of some perfect, white-capped scenery. Why not bundle up the ladies in your life and bring them to the countryside at its best this weekend?


Lemonwood farm



The Holidays are Approaching


It’s that time of year when we are faced with the last rush before exams are over, schools break up, and Christmas approaches. I don’t know about you, but when given the chance to regroup it is as if the stresses of the year combines into an exhaustion that has been waiting for months to have this chance to rest.

What do you have planned for your upcoming holidays? Whatever it is, I am sure it combines a couple of life’s most important elements – family, relaxation, and a beautiful view. If you are looking for a well-deserved retreat with the family, why not contact us for a stay in a home away from home in the Dargle Valley.

The Lemonwood family home – a modern farmhouse on the fringe of the Conservancy – is available to guests all year round and is a favourite choice of families. This house was built for entertaining and has all of the space families of all shapes and sizes could need. It sleeps eight, although mattresses and couch sleepers are well-accommodated.

A range of activities are available to guests including enjoyment of the natural bush and wildlife of the area, a solar-heated pool, a games room with a host of your favourite games and, for those a little less enthused by the thought of leaving home’s creature comforts, DSTV and a DVD player.

If you are looking for a change of scenery this festive season, you have no more optimal choice than the family farmhouse at Lemonwood!

For more information, please feel free to call on 082 052 6072, e-mail ktlemonwood@gmail.com, or fax on 0866 720 353.




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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.