Facilities at the Loft

We offer the following facilities:

Click to visit Clarens Accommoation

Facilities:

  • 50 en suite rooms with under carpet heating.
  • 3 Rooms each with a private spa-bath.
  • 4 Fully Equipped Self Catering Suites.
  • Rooms have Tea/Coffee facilites, DStv, Aircon & electric blankets.
  • Swimming pool with splash pool.
  • 24 Hour reception, security and secure undercover parking.
  • Conference Facilities for 10 to 500pax.
  • Near Bethlehem Central Business district.
  • Fully Licensed bar.
  • Restaurant across the street.

 

We strive towards giving you comfort

Arrive as a guest and leave as a friend

What to do in the area?

Clarens

The jewel of the Eastern Free State.

The village of Clarens is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Clarens is an Artists haven with many well known artists either living in or frequenting the village on a regular basis with many art galleries scattered around the village square. About 40km from Bethlehem. 

 

WHAT TO SEE

Mushroom Rock (3km, from Clarens)
Basotho Cultural Village (experience how they lived)
Glen Lyon Health & Homoeopath (Clarens Meander)
Bushmen Paintings (Schaapplaats, Kiara Lodge, Golden Gate)
Golden Gate National Park (Vulture Restaurant)
Traditional Blankets (Di Mezza & De Jager)
Bibliophile (Church St)
Many Arts & Crafts Shops
Castello Catharina Guesthou

Ash River Outfall(8km from Clarens)
Surrender Hill(10km from Clarens)
Dinosaur Trails (Dr Gideon Groenewald)
Carpet Weaving (Arts & Crafts Centre Main St)

Wine Cellar(Main St)
Clarens Bakery (Main St)
Horeb Butchery (On right hand side before exiting Clarens)
Red Tractor Shop(Main St for groceries, etc)
Woven Art (Persian Carpets) Clarens Meander
Titanic Rock (overlooking Clarens) on the Bethlehem Road

 

LESOTHO

The mountain kingdom in the sky

Fouriesburg is only 10km from the Caledonspoort Border Post. It forms the gateway to lesotho. When visiting the Eastern Free State, one cannot miss a trip into Lesotho.

LESOTHO HIGHLANDS WATER PROJECT

The development of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project has been very beneficial to Lesotho.
It has provided infra structure, such as tarred roads, that made Lesotho more accessible to the people.

The project was planned in different phases. Katse dam was built in Lesotho. This damwal is 185m high and is the highest in Africa. There are 85km of tunnel underneath the mountain. The water comes out at the Ash river near Clarens. From here the water flows via the Wilge- & Vaal rivers to the Vaaldam. In the process Hydro-electric power is generated for Lesotho.
 

Paul Roux

Information office contact details


Rosendal 

Cultural Village

Art and Craft, next to the main road at the town entrance.

 

Visit Castello Catharina, our sister hotel

What to do in the area?
Fouriesburg (Town of the year 2013)

ARTS & CRAFTS

Although Fouriesburg is in the beginning stages of development, interesting places can be visited
More places are planned in the future.

Candy Cottage & Gift Shop: 083 319 8498
Pottery: Linda Wilson: (058) 223 1048
Candle Making: Leon: 072 501 6941
Café Gallery: (058) 223 0013
Sotho crafts: (058) 223 0207
Sandstone City: (058) 223 0421
For sandstone blocks and ornamental garden furniture

ROCK ART

Please contact the Information Office to organise a TOURIST GUIDE to accompany you to the ROCK ART SITES!! Rock Art paintings were made on walls of shallow caves or on overhanging cliffs. There are no available dates for rock art from this area.

COERLAND: Rain Lions with Hunters. This is an excellent site!!
INHOEK: Buck and Giraffe
DUNBLANE: Men with bows & arrows follow a rain animal
SONDERHOUT: Shaman and rain animals
SNYMANSHOEK: Eland emerging from cracking rock face
AVONDSRUS: Wide striding, running figures

Rock art can also be viewed at Carolina Lodge, Meiringskloof and Wynford Holiday Farm,
Moria and Castle Retreat
(Find details in the accommodation list)

PHOTOGRAPHY

Artists and photographers can simply revel in the quiet beauty of the changing seasons!

FOURIESBURG WALKABOUT:

Fouriesburg is known for its Sandstone buildings. It is our dream to develop the town in THE SANDSTONE TOWN OF THE COUNTRY!

A town map gives interesting information on various buildings and places of interest. Examples of the buildings are: Dutch Reformed Church, The Anglican Church, Town Hall and "die ou Pastorie" 

Examples of Sandstone buildings in town:
*Dutch Reformed Church
*Post Office

AGRICULTURE:

The Eastern Free State is one of the bread baskets of the country. Agriculture plays a very important role in the area.

Farming is very diversified. The Farmers cultivate wheat, mealies, sunflower, sugar, beans, potatoes, and other vegetables. 

Stock Farming consists of cattle and sheep.

Fruit farming includes: Apples, Peaches, Pears, Apricots, Plums and 90% of the countries cherries are grown in the Eastern Free State. Cherry season is from the end of October to the beginning of December.

Asparagus is very healthy and contains carotene, vitamuns C & E. It is grown in our area. The seasons normally starts in September and continues till December.

To organise a visit to some of the farms in the district contact:
Les Thake: (058) 223 0532
Margie Osler: 082 496 4212
Marlene van Zyl: (058) 223 0528

New in Fouriesburg: Vermiculture -
Earthworm magic for plants
Sarah: (058) 223 0069

SANDSTONE ESTATES:

A visit to Sandstone Estates, takes you through a combination of a bygone era and most modern farming technology.
The "Greagt 100" took place in 1999, when ONE HUNDRED vintage tractors, ploughed simultaneously. This was recorded in the Guiness book of Records. The record was broken by Australia. In 2002 the "Great 400" was planned. In the end 750 Vintage Tractors took part in the event.
Sandstone estates can be visited by APPOINTMENT ONLY!!
Theresa Momson: 082 990 5639

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

BASOTHO CULTURAL VILLAGE
This takes you from the 16th Century to today. It is a living museum. It is open Monday to Sundays: 09:00 - 16:00
Tel: (058) 721 0300

FERTILITY CAVE:
This is the biggest overhang in the Southern Hemisphere. People go there to pray. Contact the Information Office to organise a tourist guide to accompany you.

FOURIESBURG TRADITIONAL DANCERS:
The dancers perform at different functions and can be contacted:
Tel: Jane (058) 223 0957

Fouriesburg, town of the year 2013