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About Thistledown Country House

Thistledown Country House is known for its warm hospitality, comfortable accommodation and fine dining. This restored farmhouse was built in 1937 and is situated beneath the pristine indigenous Karkloof forest - the second largest in South Africa .

From the wide, covered, L-shaped veranda you can view some of the amazing birdlife, the rare Samango monkey and bushbuck and duiker which sometimes visit the garden. Thistledown is conveniently close to several of the other features of the Karkloof Valley such as the Karkloof Conopy Tour, the Karkloof Conservancy and the Karkloof Club, which is a well-known polo venue. There are also some spectacular mountain bike trails to be followed. The nearby Ben Vie garden is a must-see when in the area.

The five double en-suite bedrooms are comfortable and individually decorated, including many unique pieces. Apart from providing bed and breakfast, other meals - three-course set lunches and dinners - can be arranged. The menu for lunches and dinners can be discussed and should be booked at least 24 hours beforehand.

NOTE: We do not have TV and are not a self-catering facility.

Wedding Venues: The large, sociable dining room is available for small weddings and functions for up to 50 persons.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 16 Reviews

Facilities

  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

No pets permitted. Strictly no smoking. The per night tariff includes a Full English Breakfast: Fine Lunches and Dinners are personally created by your Host, Norma Maguire. Please advise any dietary requirements. Lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages are for your accout.

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Reviews for Thistledown Country House

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Sihle Mnyandu
18 August 2018

I just wish I could have stayed for a bit longer. Norma, her husband Norman and Norma’s brother went out of their way to make the stay an enjoyable one. The room was clean and extremely beautiful. Next time I will have to go back on a warmer season to fully enjoy my stay and the surroundings. The breakfast was just too beautiful, well prepared and presented.

Debra Clelland
06 August 2018

An excellent place for rejuvenation and rest. The meals were exceptional. A huge thank you to our hosts!

Roger Hartley
05 July 2018

Everything was absolutely bloody marvelous

Makashule Gana
11 June 2018

The place is clean and the owners have taken an effort to make the rooms welcoming. I think it is a good place if one is getting away from the noisy city. The fireplace was great. My only downside is the absence of TV facilities,

Braam Archer
27 March 2017

Very friendly couple,the meals were excellent and too much.If you like friendly people,this is the place to go.It is a little out of the way for visiting other places in the Midlands.

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Thistledown Country House is 19km from the centre of Howick , the nearest airport 100.3km (King Shaka International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling