Mara Farm

12 Guest Reviews
12 Customer Reviews
  • Description
  • Facilities
On the outskirts of Fouriesburg, close to the Lesotho border and deep in the heart of the Eastern Free State highlands of South Africa you will find a special guest farm, Mara Farm.

This beautiful homestead is in the final stages of conversion into comfortable, homely and affordable accommodation and events venue for groups and individual parties. Bookings for the main house are open for August 2011, but the first self-catering cottage accommodating four guests in two bedrooms is already available.

To make your life even easier, we offer a complete holiday shopping service. Avoid the rushing and stress of last minute holiday shopping. Send us your shopping list prior to arriving and let us take care of groceries, liquor and soft drinks, braai requirements, allowing you to save time, sanity and car-space.

Sally, your hostess, is a well-respected caterer and meals are available with prior arrangement for those not wishing to self-cater. Small functions, picnic baskets, themed dinners and parties are expertly catered. Sally invites you to contact her to discuss your menu requirements.

Mara overlooks the majestic Maluti Mountains and our view tower is the ideal spot to drink in the beauty of valleys and sandstone precipices over a champagne breakfast, or leisurely sundowners after a day of exploring this fascinating region.

Clarens, en-route to the Golden Gate National Park, is a 30 minute drive as is Bethlehem and Ficksburg, home of the Cherry Festival. The closest border post to Lesotho is just 8km away making Mara the perfect base for visitors to this fascinating mountain kingdom. The Afriski ski resort and Khatse Dam is an easy day trip for those not able to overnight in Lesotho. We look forward to welcoming you to our special corner of this remarkable country.
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 12
  • Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • No TGCSA Grading

12 Reviews on Mara Farm

The house is a lovely large farmhouse, with more than enough space for a large family to spend time together. We enjoyed the lapa area to braai and the children enjoyed the large grassed area to play. The negative side is that the house definitely needs a good spring clean. The large kitchen is lovely to work in, but everything had to be washed before it could be used. Lots of cobwebs and dust in the house.

06 May 2014

Very enjoyable 3 day stay. Accommodation good, hosts Steve and Sally very accommodating. Thank you.

24 March 2014

We stayed at Mara Farm from 22 June 2013 to 29 June 2013 in the main house. The main house is an amazing old farm house with 4 bedrooms. All the bedrooms are very large with excellent decor and bedding. The warm electric blankets removed the cold from our bodies. The kitchen was average fitted and very large (the toaster was faulty and did not work). The large combined dining room and lounge was very pleasant. The small fireplace was well positioned and we spent most of our early evening hours in front of the fire! The lapa is well fitted with a weber braai and a gas braai. We were supplied with a constant flow of wood without any failure. Three out of the four bedrooms had their own bathroom with showers. There was another separate bathroom with a bath. Plus another guest toilet. All the bedrooms had no build-in cupboards, but this did not bother us at all. All-in-all it is an amazing place to spend a winter holiday. We used Mara Farm as a central base from where we visited Clarens, Golden Gate, Harrismith, Ficksburg as well as Lesotho (AfriSki and Katse dam). It is a great place to stay with value for money. Our hosts, Steve & Sally, are friendly and made us feel very comfortable and at home away from home. We will most definitely return to Mara Farm and will recommend it to anyone.

30 June 2013

Absolutely beautiful surroundings. One of the nicest places I've visited in the Eastern Freestate. Convenient location, not far from Clarens. Sally and Steve warm and welcoming. Enjoyed the stay despite the weather.

30 March 2013

Sally and Steve were really welcoming and the views are to die for. Peace and quiet, feel really rested. Not for people who do not like animals. The accommodation was luxury for us as we are hardened campers in tents sleeping on the ground, but adequate for anyone who wants to self cater. Thanks a lot for sharing this lovely place with us.

19 November 2012
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Room information

Main House x 1

Includes: Self-catering

The traditional sandstone farmhouse with its shady balcony is the perfect holiday venue for a large family or getaway for a group of friends. It has two double bedrooms, can accommodate two guests in each in double beds and one family room with double bed and two single bunks. A cot is available and guests are also welcome to bring their own kids bedding and extra mattresses. This coupled with the self-catering cottage allows for groups of up to 12 with ease. The farm kitchen, TV lounge/sunroom and large shady balcony are yours to enjoy while relaxing in a comfortable and down-to-earth home environment.

Self-catering Cottage x 1

Includes: Self-catering

Mara's self-catering cottage is perfect for a small family or group and sleeps up to four in two spacious bedrooms overlooking a magnificent valley. Children are welcome. Gather around the fire-pit as evening falls and enjoy a braai/barbecue as stars appear in the clear night sky. This is perfect sky-watching country and the ideal spot to absorb the true rhythm of country life. Mara Farm is an ideal group venue. Sleeping arrangements can be configured to meet your group's needs, and children are welcomed. The communal kitchen and social areas lend themselves to enhancing your group experience and can be easily adapted to suit your workshop/meeting requirements.

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