• 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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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.

Every day time management skills

The beginning of the year is the best time to get your time management skills in check. We have new deadlines, new opportunities and new business habits to form. One of these habits should include every day time management skills.


Here are a few time management tips from our friend Pippa Rowney.

Tip 1: Write it all down in your diary

Every Monday I start my work day of with my diary. I put every appointment (day or night) into the diary. This way I get a hold on the week and feel far more relaxed about how much is going on.

Tip 2: Schedule

I’ve learnt this skill from the line of work I’m in (social media marketing) and it really does make the world of difference. What I mean by scheduling is that I have assigned different days to different tasks. On a Monday and Tuesday I do all my online scheduling and planning. Wednesdays are research days and Thursdays I blog away all day. This way I know that I probably shouldn’t accept or plan any morning meetings on a Monday/Tuesday and I can manage my weeks much better. To do lists overwhelm me so that is why I find spreading your agenda across your diary makes the week seem WAY more manageable.

Tip 3: Allow for spontaneity

I sought therapy after my dad passed away and during our sessions my psychologist focused on this ‘oh so important’ element of spontaneity. She encouraged me to allow space for spontaneity and I have adopted that idea into my business. I don’t fill up my diary, I leave space for life to happen. Even when my diary does get a bit full, I carve out time for spontaneous coffee shop trips, or 30 minutes of focused meditation. I have found that this space gives me greater clarity and actually I become way more productive. The more I try to control everything the less in control I feel. The irony!

Tip 4: Rest

Be real with yourself about what’s important and what’s not. Allow yourself moments and days of rest. A tea break can clear your thoughts and give you inspiration. It’s true! If you are feeling overwhelmed, stop, breathe, rest for a moment and allow peace to fill you before you continue. Rest is necessary to avoid burnout. In this day and age the idea is that the busier you are the better, but there is a big difference between being busy and being hurried. Being busy when you’re managing your time is healthy, being busy when you haven’t managed your time well leads to hurry. Hurry is not a good place to be in, as most of the time you are so busy rushing to the next thing you actually don’t pay enough attention to the present task at hand.

We hope that these tips help you in your every day life. May you manage your time well in 2016 and may this year be one of great productivity and many happy memories.

Need to take a weekend out to rest? Email us to book some time in our cottages. You can contact us on booking@lemonwood.co.za or take a look at our website here.

Happy New Year

HAPPY 2016

Can you believe we are almost through the first week of January! You did it! For many people December has actually been the busiest time of year and we know just what you need right about now.


Are we right? The in-laws have gone home, kids are back to school next week, and before your body goes into shock why not give yourself a break and head to our tranquil part of the world for a bit of downtime.

R – recuperate next to the pool

E – enjoy quiet morning walks through the forest

S – sleep in

T – take time to gather your thoughts and prepare for the year ahead.

Sound like something you need to do?

Take a look at our website for info on our 4 cottages in the Dargle Valley, and email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za with dates you’re interested in.

We so look forward to meeting a whole bunch of new guests this year, as well as having all our old friends back.

Here’s to an amazing 2016 ahead!

3 Reasons to visit the KZN Midlands

The KZN Midlands is one of South Africa’s most visited areas. Filled with quirky shops along the Midlands Meander there are so many reasons to visit, but here are 3 reasons we think you should visit the KZN Midlands.

Reason 1: Beauty

KZN Midlands

Set aside the Drakensberg, the KZN Midlands is lush with green rolling hills, high rise acorn trees, and views out towards the mountains. Surrounding our cottages is the indigenous Lemonwood forest, where there are over 200 species of birds. The KZN Midlands is packed with hiking routes, 360 degree views over farmlands and valleys, and in Autumn the colours of the trees is something you don’t want to miss out on. The KZN Midlands is beautiful and entrenched in history, with it’s ancient wells, landmarks and buildings, there is beauty for all to see.

Reason 2: Culture

Mandela Capture Site

The Midlands Meander is one of the biggest pull factors to the KZN Midlands. The Meander is an eclectic establishment of quirky and creative shops, fine dining restaurants and art galleries of all forms. Along the R103 one can also visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site & Museum. Wrought in South African history and culture this route through South Africa’s land tells stories of hope and restoration. The Midlands Meander is made up of local craftsmen all using their talents to make a living. You can buy leather goods, pottery, paintings, linens, wind chimes, and handmade furniture, to name a few. To get more info about the Midlands Meander have a look at their website HERE.

Reason 3: Rest

Lemonwood Cottages

Taking time out to rest is vital in this day and age. Individuals need rest and families need rest. What better way to revitalise your soul then to get out into the countryside. At Lemonwood Cottages we are all about resting and finding peace in the abundant beauty that surrounds us. Lie by the pool all day, or wander through the forest with your binoculars. There are so many ways to find rest in the KZN Midlands, and we like to think that staying at Lemonwood is one way. Our cottages are self catering, and are serviced daily by our friendly staff. The premises are free to be wandered, and pets are more then welcome. To view our cottages and rates have a look HERE or to make a booking email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za. 

These are just 3 reasons to visit the KZN Midlands, but why not come visit and see for yourself the many other reasons to visit our beautiful, cultural, and restful part of the world.

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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.