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About The Clarens Country House

The Clarens Country House is nestled in a wooded corner of the secure Clarens Golf and Estate, where it started out as a sheepshed on the original farm – long before the Golf estate came into being. This century-old stone sheepshed, with wrap-around mountain views, has been completely remodeled as a luxury self-catering guest house.The sheep and their shearers gave way to a cherry liqueur distillery a decade ago, before this historic building was reclaimed to become the place to stay in one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. With half-metre thick sandstone walls, The Clarens Country House is a cool retreat in summer and a cosy refuge from Clarens’s invigorating winters.

The Clarens Country House is themed around the work of Herman Charles Bosman (the artist-in-residence created the Illustrated Bosman) and much of the art work from that book features around the rooms and the Stoep, which is named in honour of Oom Schalk Lourens, the greatest story teller in the Marico, if not the world… (The complete collection of illustrations is on view in The Gallery On The Square in town.)

The Clarens Country House offers four en suite, self-catering apartments (The Ouhout Suite, The Wildeals Suite, The Bosman Suite with two en suite double bedrooms – and the Shepherd’s Loft). The Bosman, Ouhout and Wildeals suites open onto a 20 metre fully-glazed verandah, commanding rolling lawns and 360-degree views, whilst The Shepherd’s Loft is a separate, private suite – ideal for a romantic getaway. The Clarens Country House is a 15-minute walk from the village square, which offers some of the best shopping, restaurants and art galleries in the country.

We are now also offering breakfast in a basket. Breakfasts are freshly-made that morning by Amy Joy and delivered to your suite at a pre-arranged time. (So far all our guests who have made use of this service have been absolutely delighted with their breakfasts.) The cost per breakfast is R120, and Amy Joy is happy to do diabetic friendly or vegetarian breakfasts provided that she gets at least a day's notice.

Spa: We have a nutritionist and wellness therapist who uses our tranquil setting to practice the healing arts. Treatments and consultations are carried out in the privacy of the guest's suite.

Golf: The property is situated in the Clarens Golf and Trout Estate, and we offer mid-week golf specials, with discounted rates and green fees. Golf vouchers (R145 for 18holes) are available. (Guests only.)

Family friendly: We have a family suite comprising two upstairs double bedrooms (each with their own full bathroom en-suite) and a downstairs lounge, dining area and fully equipped kitchen. Lots of space for a family. The suite also has a cot.

Romantic: The Shepherd's Loft is totally private, with its own garden and parking facility: making it the ideal spot for a romantic getaway.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • French
* Please enquire for further details.


10% OFF Midweek Special

Stay between 10 Jan 2017 and 01 Apr 2017 and get 10% off on selected rooms. Valid every Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu. .

Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 nights Golden Midweek Freebie

Stay for 4 nights and only pay for 3 nights between 10 Jan 2017 and 01 Apr 2017 on selected rooms. Valid every Mon,Tue,Wed. .

  • 4 night min stay (check-in between 10 Jan 2017 and 01 Apr 2017)

Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 nights Long Weekend Special

Stay for 4 nights and only pay for 3 nights between 10 Jan 2017 and 01 Apr 2017. Valid every Fri,Sat,Sun. .

  • 4 night min stay (check-in between 10 Jan 2017 and 01 Apr 2017)

Important Information

We can arrange for guests to pay 50 % reduced green fees at The Clarens Golf and Trout Estate golf course. Please let us know if you would like to take up this offer. We can also arrange discounts on Clarens Xtreme adventures and the Maluti Footprints tour group, by request.

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Reviews for The Clarens Country House

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Xavier Bozo, South Africa
13 February 2017

We had a wonderful stay in a spacious room well furnished with all the things we needed after having been welcoming by the smiling and enthousiastic Maggie ! If we have to go back to Clarens will be back to the same place !"The place to be" !

Dean Radbourne, South Africa
30 March 2016

We checked in to the Clarens Country House for a 1 night stay on the way to the Drakensberg. The room was beautiful and well appointed. The setting in Clarens is perfect. Loved it and will be back.The Radbournes

Michael Bester, South Africa
08 December 2015

The people are verry nice and happy to see you. Every thing is super clean, great view and safe. A little noisy in the mornings when the staff is in the garage under the loft. But great service!! 

Natalie Hill, South Africa
04 May 2015

We loved our stay and the hosts were extremely accommodating and friendly. We will definitely be back.

Kim Jansen van Rensburg, South Africa
13 April 2015

We had a great stay at TCCH. Even though it was a working weekend we felt very welcomed. The rooms where cozy and the beds comfortable. The little kitchen unit was also a great addition.Toni and her husband are friendly and we enjoyed our stay very much.

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The Clarens Country House Map

The Clarens Country House is 0.7km from the centre of Clarens , the nearest airport 142.9km (Moshoeshoe I International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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