Welcome to Ashtonvale

A quality, affordable holiday for the whole family with old-world hospitality. "Hill" family owned and run for four generations offering comfortable accommodation. Situated between the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Ashtonvale is a working farm with three magnificent waterfalls. Young children can enjoy interacting with farm animals and learn to milk a cow. A pony ride is arranged daily for them. With accommodation for between 75-80 people we are an ideal venue for family gatherings, church outings, sports clubs, wedding receptions, educational excursions for school groups and mini conferences.

 

About Us

Originally built as a church of England Mission in 1884, Ashtonvale is situated 1,538m above sea level between the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Ashtonvale is a working farm with three magnificent waterfalls on the Lurane River, the original small family chapel has recently been restored. A quality, affordable holiday for the whole family with old-world hospitality. "Hill" family owned and run for four generations offering comfortable full board accommodation in en-suite rondavels and cottages. A B&B  option is also available and one self-catering cottage sleeping ten/twelve people. The peaceful mountainous surroundings and three delicious home-cooked meals a day will enable you to  relish being away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.

Farm Animals

Young children can enjoy interacting with farm animals and learn to milk a cow. A pony ride is arranged daily for them. They have a small playground (with their own tractor) and a tuck-shop with sweets and cool drinks. Older children are safe to explore the farm on their own or with their newly made friends. A cricket match on the front lawn is a common sight on a late summer afternoon.

Swimming Pool

Our sparkling blue swimming pool with paddling pool has the most spectacular views, an ideal spot to play with the kids or enjoy sundowners in the evening. We are not liquor licensed so please bring your own. Fridges are available on the main verandah. A tea/coffee station is available 24 hours.

Most evenings, after dinner, we gather in the lounge (in winter around a roaring log fire) to play bingo, vegetable derby or similar family games or you might rather meet with friends in the 'Randy Rooster' to share a drink, play snooker or darts or just simply chat and listen to music. A heart-warming experience for all generations but sorry no pets allowed.

Accommodation

With accommodation for between 75/80 people Ashtonvale is an ideal venue for family gatherings, church outings, sports clubs, wedding receptions, educational excursions for school groups and mini conferences. Cots, high chairs and baby sitting service available on request.

As there are no electric plug points in the bedrooms a special hair-drying room is available for the ladies. It also houses an iron an ironing board for last minute laundry.

We can experience four seasons in a day so please bring suitable clothing and good walking shoes.

Directions

Situated between the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and the KwaZulu Midlands. Turn off the N3 onto the R617 (Exit 99). Signposted Howick South/Underberg and Southern Drakensberg. Pass through Boston then Bulwer. 2km after Bulwer on the left hand side of the road, when travelling towards Ubnderberg, turn onto our farm road. We are about 165km from Durban. The perfect break to your journey when you are en-route between johannesburg and the Wild Coast. Johannesburg (560km), Umtata (350km) and East London (590km) from Bulwer.

   

Our Co-ords:

S 29 49'53,6"

E 29 46' 43,6"

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