Bathroom en-suiteMini Kitchenette
Woodlands Retreat - Golden Maple
Hosted by Sherrene
Sherrene is the host.Sherrene is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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This lovely cozy Suite forms part of Woodlands Retreat in Clarens. It accommodates two people comfortably, has a stylish bathroom-en-suite, a designer mini kitchenette and shared patio over looking the garden.

The space

The Golden Maple suite has been newly renovated and designed for efficiency and convenience. This space is perfectly suited to a couple or single guest wanting a quick stop over.

The stylish furnishings include and XL Queen size bed, dressed with fresh crisp 100% cotton percale linen with rich chocolate gold accents.

The clean flow white bathroom is en-suite.

All cupboards have sliding doors and the mini kitchenette has a concealed shelf for additional work space. The mini kitchenette is fully equipped with a two plate glass top hob, microwave, under-counter fridge, kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking utensils.

Although the suite is serviced daily in the morning, there is a small wash basin for cups, glasses etc. However you may place any used item for refreshing on a tray outside the suite.

All water both indoors and outdoors is filtered.

We are loving work in progress, endeavouring to create an eco-friendly, organic environment and are moving to be as self sufficient as possible, planning one day to be off the grid.

Guest access

Guests are encouraged to walk along the meandering pathways through Woodlands garden, enjoy the views of the mountains, birds, butterflies and the variety of plant and tree life.

Our main entrance gate is locked at night and each suite has a key for ease of access.

There is free secure parking available on the property (1 vehicle per suite).

If guests wish to walk to Clarens center, in the evening, we have torches available as the sky is very dark at night with only a multitude of stars and the moon to guide the way.

Interaction with guests

Both Sherrene and Roy love interacting with their guests but are also aware of their own and the guests desire for private space and quiet time.

Other things to note

Clarens is endeavouring to maintain its individuality, there are no fast food establishments. There are two small 'supermarkets' which stock ones basic needs, Horeb Butchery and a small Bottle Store. These shops close early in the evening so please do not expect big city opening times. During the week if the town is quiet a number of the restaurants may also close early.

However there are many activities to do and see in and around Clarens. Clarens is known for its wonderful Art Galleries, Fine Food Dining, Craft Beer as well as being the Adventure Capital of the Free State for all its outdoor activities and extreme sports.

The stunning Rooiberg Mountains surround Clarens and are backed up by the mighty misty violet/blue Maluti Mountains.

In winter there is usually snow on the Maluti Mountains and one can travel into Lesotho (with a passport) to experience winter sports. On occasion we have snow in Clarens too.

The Golden Gate National park is a 20km drive and is a lovely outing for the day. It used to be the place where Dinosaurs roamed now watch out for Eland, Mountain Reedbuck, Oribi, Black Wildebeest, Blesbok, Burchell's Zebra, Springbok to name a few. The rare Bearded Vultures circle the skies above the lost pathways of the San hunter-gathers, who once dwelt in the park's caves and left their stories in their paintings.

There is an 18 Hole Golf Course less than 5 minutes away.


Extra people $19 CAD / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price $53 CAD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is 2PM - 6PM
Check out by 10AM

Whilst we are open to children visiting Woodlands Retreat, we do not specifically cater for them at this point in time. Parents/carers take full responsibility for their children and the care of our sacred space.

Parties or Events require prior written approval from Sherrene and Roy

Smoking is permitted outdoors, please deposit cigarette butts in the Butt Bins provided as we are endeavouring to ensure an eco-friendly environment both indoors and in the garden,

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Lock on bedroom door

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

5 Reviews

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Claire User Profile
June 2017
We had such a lovely time in Clarens. Such a beautiful and quiet setting and our hosts were very friendly and welcoming.

Jenny User Profile
May 2017
I stayed here for two nights. I came during the winter to visit the Golden Gate Highlands National Park which is about a 20 minute drive away. It was super cold because it is winter but Woodlands Retreat has thought of everything to make it cozy and warm which includes an optional electronic blanket, warming floors and a heater in the bathroom. I very much enjoyed the water pressure in the shower and the water got hot fast which was nice after a long 11km hike. The wifi was fast and nice, although it does turn off at 10pm, however, I'm sure if you let the hosts know that you still need it, they will leave it on for you. The hosts were always accessible, ready to attend if anything was wrong and to give any restaurant recommendations in town. The place is also within walking distance to Clarens town square and apparently it is safe to walk to even at night (although I never did this).
Sherrene User ProfileSherrene is a superhost.
Response from Sherrene:
Hi Jenny Thank you for your super review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and felt cozy and warm. Well done for the long hike we take our hats off to you. Wishing you all the very best for the rest of your time in SA and safe travels back to the USA. Warmes of regards Sherrene and Roy
May 2017

Ashlea User Profile
February 2017
Really comfortable stay for when you're out and about in Clarens.
Sherrene User ProfileSherrene is a superhost.
Response from Sherrene:
Thank you Ashlea!
February 2017

E R User Profile
June 2016
Made very welcome to this peaceful spot in pictureque Clarens

Michele User Profile
April 2016
We had a lovely stay at Sherrene's appartment. She was really kind and always had a helping hand :) We definitely recommend this place. Also an absolute sweet town!!

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Clarens, South AfricaJoined in March 2014
Sherrene User ProfileSherrene is a superhost.

I am friendly, outgoing and welcoming. I love interacting with people in a relaxed way but am also aware of their need for alone time and mine.

I love peace and tranquility especially that which nature provides as well as the thrill of an electric storm. I would choose a visit to a secluded beach, mountain cottage or forest before choosing the bright lights of the city.

My Motto: Why walk when you can dance among the raindrops!!

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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