• 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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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?


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.

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year!!! Don’t you just love the start of the year? The excitement of what adventures are ahead, what this year will hold. We just love this quote above because it is SO true. The best time for new beginnings is now!

How are you doing with setting resolutions? Don’t go and put pressure on yourself to meet every resolutions with this first mont. We all know that idea will just crash and burn. Be realistic about little changes you want to make, or add into your life.

Travel more? Stay at Lemonwood 🙂 EXCITING NEWS: we have a 4th cottage at Lemonwood now, leading right on to the pool. Laze in the sun on your veranda and take a dip in the pool at your leisure.

Spend the afternoon walking through the forest with your binoculars, spotting all the gorgeous birdlife around you.

Lemonwood is a magical place in the KZN Midlands and we are so looking forward to meeting our 2015 guests.

For more info about our cottages and rates visit our website here.

Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year from all of us at Lemonwood! We hope that 2014 is a year full of adventure and laughter for you and we hope that you pop in for a visit sometime along the way. So as 2014 kicks off and we start thinking of our resolutions here are some thoughts for you to ponder on…

At the beginning of every year we lay down a bunch of resolutions, and we believe we can most certainly achieve these.  Reality is though; we barely get through the first one. Why is it in human nature that we struggle to stick to our resolutions? The truth is that most of the time we are not realistic when it comes to setting goals or resolutions. We take all our worst habits or biggest goals and give ourselves just ONE year to resolve them. We put a limit on how long we have to achieve these resolutions and ultimately we put pressure on ourselves from the word go!

Here are some encouraging ways to plan your resolutions and hopefully see each one resolved at a pace that suits your personality.

Establish what kind of person you are

If you are generally an organised type person, it may be ok for you to establish a few more than one resolution. Organised people tend to stick to their tasks and get the job done, or in this case, fulfil the resolution. If, on the other hand, you are a bit disorganised or not task oriented, maybe a spontaneous person, why not try to set one resolution for the year. This way you can make sure that whatever the situation, wherever you are, it is manageable to achieve, as it is only one thing to focus on. You won’t become overwhelmed by the thought of not having stuck to your many resolutions and you can complete it at your own pace.

Set realistic time frames

How often have you made a bold resolution that “by Easter I would have…“ ?  Are you really ok with giving yourself 3 or 4 months to kick that habit? Let’s be realistic. Any resolution set to be fulfilled before the 6 month mark is tapping on the pressure button. Even worse, if you have more than one resolution, be prepared to potentially not finish all by the end of the year. It is ok to carry your resolution over to the next year. A resolution is a personal feat that can be conquered at your own pace and once achieved that sense of joy outweighs all the pressure you put on yourself. So do yourself a favour this year, make one resolution and don’t give yourself a deadline.

Find a friend who will hold you to it

Resolutions can be serious things and when it comes down to it, it can be really difficult to go it alone. Find your most honest friend, the one who tells you you have food on your face. Ask this person to keep you in check, to keep asking how the resolution is coming along.  Someone who you can be accountable to will make a world of difference and it will take the pressure off a bit knowing that you have someone else backing you. It may not be a good idea to get your friends to join you in your resolution, as this will make for an easy way out if one of them throws in the towel.

These tactics are not rocket science; they are purely here to help you start restructuring your thoughts around resolutions. Hopefully they will encourage you to accomplish each of your resolutions in the years to come. With a clear head, a plan in mind and some will power I have full faith in you as you begin to set realistic resolutions.


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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.