Her Majesty's Apology is the newly renovated wing of an old sandstone farmhouse, which is set in a beautiful garden, on a working farm.
At the turn of the century, while Paul Bester, one of the original farmers, was interned in Ladysmith during the Anglo Boer War, the infamous Rimington's Guides attacked his Free State farm, turning out his family, and burning down the house. After the war, as an apology, the British Crown rebuilt the homestead. It is this older wing of the house which has now been renovated for guests, hence the name, "Her Majesty's Apology"
This charming, historic homestead is cool in the summer months, but has a cosy fireplace for those chilly Free State winter nights. It comprises three bedrooms, and an open-plan kitchen, dining area and lounge. The first bedroom contains a double bed, and the second and third bedrooms each contain twin single beds. The bathroom features a ball and claw tub, and a shower. The kitchen is well equipped for self-catering. Catered meals and picnic baskets may be provided by arrangement.
This is a prime spot for birding and mountain biking. There are plenty of hiking trails in the vicinity; your hosts can provide routes for beginner mountain bikers as well as adventurous biking veterans. Guests can also enjoy visits to the Sterkfontein Dam, Clarens, the Golden Gate National Park, and the Drakensberg.