• 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.
    www.corrielynn.co.za
    0827895990

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Current Rates at Lemonwood

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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.

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Setting New Year Goals

I am not one for resolutions. They are daunting and often mean giving something up, and more than not they are not followed through. So what I have decided for 2017 is to set goals. Just a few goals I want to aspire to this year that will bring more joy and peace into my life.

What are your thoughts on setting some New Year Goals?

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Get a pen and paper and start jotting down some ideas of what makes you happy. Mine include, getting away, spending time with friends, and having time for myself.

So now we take those ideas and turn them into goals.

In 2017 I want to… add your goals in.

Admittedly we live in one of the most beautiful countrysides in the world (yes we believe so) and so setting goals that bring peace is not difficult. Maybe you live in the busy city and need a break away. Come spend a retreat weekend at Lemonwood, take a walk through the forest, clear your head, relax with a G&T and our views, and start setting your 2017 goals.

You won’t regret it, and you’ll get home feeling like a brand new person. We look forward to having you so drop us a mail on booking@lemownood.co.za to make your reservation.

Have a look at our cottage rates here.

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.

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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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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Oribi Cottage

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Dassie Cottage

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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.

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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.

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!

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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!

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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.

Indulgence!

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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.

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.

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.

How to spend a rainy day in the Midlands

The Midlands can be a beautifully mystical kingdom, as the mist settles in and the rain falls to the earth. Days like these are just beautiful for those who want to stay indoors and those more adventurous outdoors folk.

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Don’t let the rain ruin your plans. There are plenty of places to visit even on a rainy day in the Midlands.

Start your day off with a warm, hearty breakfast at Piggly Wiggly. Their cappuccinos are great and they have a cosy inside area to sit and relax in.

Meander along and be sure to stop in at Groundcover for those wooly sheep skin slippers to keep your feet warm at night. Tea and scones next to the fire at Fordoun is a lovely way to spend a rainy day, or maybe you’d rather enjoy the misty view from Blueberry Cafe, while nibbling on a delectable piece of cheesecake.

If you are need of a good pamper session then check into Brookdale Health Hydro for a day of relaxation, massages and other therapies. You may even fall asleep to the peaceful rain falling outside.

End your day with a pub meal at Rawdons Pub or a pizza at Il Postino, before heading back to the warmth of your cottage at Lemonwood.

Cosy up in bed, or next to the fireplace, with a good book or a cup of tea to end the day.

Sound like a perfect day to me!

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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.