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Franshoek Mountain Lodge & Polo School

Franshoek Mountain Lodge & Polo School - accommodation in Ficksburg Free State


"The Free State gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons." - Nelson Mandela

Franshoek Mountain Lodge lies in a secluded valley in the heart of cherry growing district of the Eastern Free State. Located in the foothills of the majestic Maluti Mountains this is a region of contrasts, lush and verdant in summer and snow capped in winter.

Ours is a dramatic landscape of sheer sandstone cliffs, which give way to gentle green slopes scattered with an abundance of wild flowers.

The lodge is surrounded by an area of exceptional beauty with caves and waterfalls to explore, dams to fish in and walking trails to please everyone from the casual stroller to the serious hiker.

With only ten rooms, we provide an intimate, easy going, family friendly lodge which appeals to all generations. The heart of the lodge is a charming, thatched sandstone building where guests can relax at the bar or enjoy a delicious meal; Thai food is the house speciality. On the cooler evenings, a roaring log fire creates the perfect atmosphere for an evening of games or music and many guests find themselves getting to know strangers who end up as enduring friends.

The bedrooms are situated in the old farmhouse which is attached to the lodge and each has its own access to our beautiful gardens which are home to a menagerie of creatures including tortoises, geese, cats, dogs, a donkey and a pot bellied pig.

Up behind the guest buildings is a spectacular, sandstone edged swimming pool-with-a-view where lunches can be served in summer. In the evenings we fire up our African Steam Hut where you can detox and take a dip in a truly remarkable setting. The pool area is enclosed, so parents can relax, knowing that their children are safe. A babysitting service can be arranged and baby monitors are also available on request.

The lodge prides itself on its well stocked library and a treatment space where various therapies such as reiki and hypnotherapy are practiced.


Room 1

Twin sharing a bathroom with room 4. An atmospheric room with two cast iron single beds.

Room 2

Currently unavailable
Room 3

Double with bathroom across a small private courtyard.

Room 4

Double leading to and sharing a bathroom with room 1.
This arrangement allow the two rooms to be used as a family suite or a standard double.

Room 5

Double with en-suite.
Rooms 3,4 & 5 all have small glazed sitting rooms with beautiful views across the gardens to the mountains beyond.

Room 6

Double room leading to and sharing a bathroom with room 7. A large beautiful corner room facing sunrise with additional views over the garden. This room has a unique feature: a screened off cast-iron bath in the bedroom. It also has an open fireplace for when the winter evenings turn a bit cool: Perfect for a honeymoon suite.

Room 7

Twin bunk Adjoining room 6. Opens up onto a beautiful paved courtyard facing the rising sun.

Room 8

Large double leading to and sharing a bathroom with room 9. Facing East, this room catches the sun as it rises over the mountains.

Room 9

A large twin or three bedded room sharing a bathroom with room 8.

Room 10

Twin sharing a bathroom with Room 11.

Room 11

Double leading to room 10. Rooms 1, 9,10 & 11 are south facing, this makes them perfect in the height of summer when shade is preferred to direct sunshine. Room 11 also has an open fireplace which will be prepared & lit on request.

Twin bedded rooms that adjoin doubles will only be let as part of a family suite or if the double room is unoccupied.

Bathrooms will only be shared by guests of the same party.

Pool with a ViewOne of the bedroomsAnother bedroom

Contact Details:
Tel: 086 127 6237
Int. Tel: +27 51 924 0585


Swimming: The lodge has a large sandstone edged swimming pool – but the more adventurous can swim in the dams dotted round the farm.


Hiking: There are two full day hiking trails on the farm (the Kututsa Trail) and plenty of shorter walks. The huge overhang cave, dinosaur fossil and waterfall are all within an easy distance of the lodge.

Bushman Paintings: There is a small cluster of bushman paintings on our neighbouring game farm. Just six figures and a couple of eland, they are well worth the half hour hike to see them.

Fishing: There are a number of dams stocked with big mouth bass on the farm. Our kitchen staff are more than happy to cook any fish you bring back to the lodge - or you can braai them yourselves.

Steaming: Our African Steam Hut is a mind-blowing experience. We normally fire it up as the sun goes down and it is a incredible feeling; getting hot then cooling off in the pool – all under our clear starlit skies.

  Bird Watching: There are 259 bird species found in the area. The European white stork arrive in their hundreds every February from Siberia and nest just minutes from the lodge. The Bush Blackcap is found in the caves on the farm and Secretary birds are often sighted

Franshoek Mountain Lodge & Polo SchoolGiant Chess Set in SnowThe Lodge entrance


From Johannesburg - take the N3(Durban Highway) to 2nd turn off to Villiers (this is the one just before the toll gate), turn right to Frankfort and bypass it (you are now on the R26, stay on it till the Rustlers turnoff). 2km past Frankfort turn left following the sign to Reitz, Tweeling & Bethlehem. After 1 hour you arrive in Bethlehem and turn right down the main street to the town centre. Turn left at the Fouriesburg & Ficksburg sign (Commisioner street). Drive for 30 minutes to Fouriesburg and bypass it. 23km after Fouriesburg turn right onto dirt road at Franshoek Mountain Lodge signboard. Travel over a railway line and 8.5km over the mountain pass. Almost at the bottom of the pass, you come to a crossroad. Turn right again and travel 3km to the main gate. From Durban - take the N3 to Harrismith & then left to Bethlehem... (see above) From Cape Town - take the N1 to Bloemfontein, take the Ladybrand exit & continue to Ficksburg. From Ficksburg - take the Fouriesburg road for 9km & turn left onto a dirt road at the Franshoek sign. Travel for 15km over 2 crossroads & 3km after the 2nd crossroad turn right into Franshoek.

The ValleyLounge with roaring fireWinter