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Thorn Springs

Middelburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa

The house is a tribute to a bygone era, restored meticulously by its owners and furnished with love and madness. Uncompromising style and comfort mix with whimsical pieces of furniture and art. The house boasts three large stone fireplaces, wrap around veranda and large entertaining areas. If you wish to cook outdoors in the lovely summer evenings, it has a large area to barbecue outside the kitchen, including a wood burning outdoor oven. Seven en-suite bedrooms either on separate buildings or accessible from the veranda insure ultimate privacy.

The kitchen is fully stocked with every possible cooking utensil you may need and includes a large walk in fridge. Local Chef is available to stock your fridge with any requirement of food or drinks or to leave you fully prepared meals, at an extra charge. Meerlust wines available to be purchased from our personal wine cellar.

Guests have access to everything. All you have to do is ask Johan, the caretaker

Interaction with guests

Johan lives 5 minutes from the house and is available for any necessity

The neighborhood

There is nothing but nature around you: It's beauty is overwhelming as it can be harsh if the rains delay. A thunderstorm may bring hail in the middle of a hot day, followed by extraordinary rainbows and a sky so filled with stars van Gogh would want to paint it. It is a landscape of heroic proportions and beauty that leaves any weary traveler restored.

Other than our horses, thankfully no. A dirt road of 5 km from the homestead takes you to the public tar road. You are then 20 km from Middleburg, the nearest town.

Other things to note

The farm is 7-8 hour drive from either Johannesburg or Cape Town, in the proper center of the country, the Great Karoo. It is 3.5 hours drive from the airports of Port Elizabeth or Bllomfonteing. 4 wheel drive vehicles not required to access the estate.

Cleaning staff of 2 plus gardener available all days and part of the package.

There are numerous hikes of different levels of difficulty, horses can be ridden, and there is a farm pick up that you can use to drive around the reserve in search of the many species we stock: Zebra, Gemsbock, Blesbock, Impala, Springbock, Wilderbeast, Kudu and many other smaller species. All you need to do is ask Johan for ideas.

Help yourself to the various vegetables from our vegetable garden, very near the house.


Don't burn the house down and particularly, be considerate of the fragile landscape around you. It takes years to recover once it's been damaged.


3 nights minimum

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