• 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.

Seasons in the KZN Midlands

The KZN Midlands is stunning all year round. The seasons are absolutely spectacular and in Autumn or Spring you can experience all the seasons in one day.

Here is a quick outline of what to expect, by season, in the KZN Midlands. We hope it will make your planning a bit easier and when you’re ready email us on booking@lemonwood.co.za to stay in one of our cottages or the main house on our property.

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Summer (November – March)

  • Summer in the Midlands is the perfect mix of hot days, cooling down as the sun lowers. You can spend the whole day in the pool and at night you can sit on your veranda with a chilled glass of wine refreshed and relaxed. Humidity is not a problem and the breeze through your windows at night will keep you sleeping peacefully. The countryside in Summer is lush green and lit up by sunshine.
  • What to pack: summer clothing, costumes, slops, walking shoes, and a pair of jeans and cardigan should you wish to go out for a meal.

Autumn (April – May)

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  • It’s hard to beat this season in the KZN Midlands. Autumn is spectacular! The trees turn from green to yellow to orange, then red and brown. It is one of the most beautiful sights when spending a day along the meander. Autumn days are warm and the evenings cool down to light jersey weather. The changing sky colour in the early evening along with the colour of the trees is absolutely picturesque.
  • What to pack: shorts, shirts, dresses, long pants, jerseys, waking shoes.

Winter (June-August)

  • Winters in the Midlands are on the chilly side. Each of our cottages are fitted with a fireplace so after a day out you can cosy up on the couch with a blazing fire keeping you warm. The days can be rainy and misty which adds to the magic of the Midlands, and there are so many divine stops on the Midlands for warm cocoa or a good cup of coffee. The past few years there has been snow all over the mountains which makes your drive into the KZN Midlands most enjoyable.
  • What to pack: warm clothes, closed shoes, scarves, winter pjs.

Spring (September – October)

  • If you love the outdoors then come stay in the Midlands during this season. The trees are bursting with colour, flowers are opening, birds are everywhere and the forest is a crisp cool in the mornings. Spring is still cool so no humidity problems and there are a number of open gardens you can visit in the Midlands or just enjoy being in our space, surrounded by lush forest.
  • What to pack: still warm clothes, but if the days are sunny a summer top is a good idea.

We hope this helps give you a better idea of the seasons in the KZN Midlands. Like we said, drop us a mail to book some time out. All you need to know about our accommodation can be found on our website here.

We hope to see you very soon.


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.

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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.