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Hamstead Farm eco and pet-friendly Cottage

Farm stay hosted by Di
5 guests2 bedrooms3 beds1 bath
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Hamstead Farm Cottage is a unique, cosy, two-bedroom solar and wind-powered 80 sq m split-level pet and eco-friendly guest house set in the grounds of the main dwelling on a small farm. There are spectacular mountain views of the Southern Drakensberg with a small stock-watering dam close by. Pets and children can play safely in an adjoining fenced, grassed area. This is a quiet and tranquil get-away where individuals, groups and families of all backgrounds and persuasions are welcomed.

The space
NB Please note that the dam is an original stock-watering dam; the level therefore fluctuates with the seasons. In summer it overflows and in winter is slowly empties!

This space is truly far from the madding crowd, but only a half hour, gravel road journey from Underberg village. At night one can hear jackal calling and the sounds of nightjars and owls and during the day you might be lucky to spot an eland or a reedbuck on the adjoining hill.

The views from Hamstead Cottage are expansive: across veld onto the little berg and beyond onto the main Southern Berg. Wagyu cattle graze the paddocks with the backdrop of Bamboo (or Mvuleni) mountain and the "battlements" of Garden Castle are also visible from the farm.

A glass-fronted wood heating stove in the living room provides ambience and warmth on cold winter's evenings and the jetty into the dam is a romantic spot for sundowners on warm summer evenings.

Guest access
Guests will have full use of the two-bedroom, self contained cottage and the dam. There are gentle walks on the farm and the surrounds.

Other things to note
There is pocket Wifi available - bring your Vodacom or MTN data card! Mobile phone reception in the cottage is good: Vodacom is most efficient but MTN and CellC are supported.
The entire property is off-grid, but has a solar and wind supply of conventional 220v energy. However, appliances with heating elements may only be used when the sun is shining brightly! (Eg: hairdryer and iron)
Hamstead Farm Cottage is a unique, cosy, two-bedroom solar and wind-powered 80 sq m split-level pet and eco-friendly guest house set in the grounds of the main dwelling on a small farm. There are spectacular mountain views of the Southern Drakensberg with a small stock-watering dam close by. Pets and children can play safely in an adjoining fenced, grassed area. This is a quiet and tranquil get-away where individua… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 single bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Private entrance
Carbon monoxide alarm
Washer
Smoke alarm
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Essentials
Indoor fireplace
Hangers

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Location

Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Underberg is situated at the foot of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park which is a World Heritage site boasting a diverse population of birds, mammals and reptiles. It is also one of the richest rock painting areas in the world and home to a wide diversity of plant life. The area offers much for the environmentalist and nature-lover.
There are also many outdoor activities on offer for the sporting enthusiast with well-known trail runs, mountain bike races, endurance rides, canoe races and off-road racing events taking place during the year.
For music enthusiasts the annual Splashy Fen Music Festival is a ten minute drive away!
Underberg is situated at the foot of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park which is a World Heritage site boasting a diverse population of birds, mammals and reptiles. It is also one of the richest rock painting area…

Hosted by Di

Joined in April 2016
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Di and Athol are semi-retired dairy farmers privileged to be living in a most beautiful part of the Drakensberg. We both enjoy making and creating, riding horses and bikes, hiking, reading and making the most of our environment. We are fortunate to be able to share all of this this with family, friends and Airbnb guests!
Di and Athol are semi-retired dairy farmers privileged to be living in a most beautiful part of the Drakensberg. We both enjoy making and creating, riding horses and bikes, hiking,…
During your stay
Your hosts, Di and Athol, have been resident in the area for 40 years so they are well-equipped to advise you on the many other attractions in the area. These include hiking, fly fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, river tubing, horse riding, local restaurants and hotels and trips up the Sani Pass and into Lesotho.

There is a kiddy- and pet-safe area fenced off on the side of the cottage with access from the side stable door.

There is usually someone around at the main farm house for a chat or to offer help or advice.
Your hosts, Di and Athol, have been resident in the area for 40 years so they are well-equipped to advise you on the many other attractions in the area. These include hiking, fly…
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  • Language: English
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Learn more
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Cancellation policy