You’ve arrived! Well done for finding us. We’re quite a well-kept secret, actually.
But we LOVE visitors and holidaymakers. (You’re the reason many of us have jobs, in Fouriesburg. Thank you.)
This site exists for you to get a taste of the place and explore what the town and surrounding farmland offer to travellers and anyone looking for something away from the noise and grind and traffic in the city.
It’s quiet, here. It’s slow. It’s usually quite polite. And it’s seriously so naturally beautiful, you’re going to be amazed when you experience it for real.
There’s a full range of choices of places to stay (hop over to “Accommodation”), plus lots to do once you’ve landed (“Activities”). Or maybe you’re thinking of doing the whole urban-rural migration thing. Like, MOVE here. That would be wild! So then check out our “Amenities” section – we hope you’ll find it especially informative.
Saddle up! Have fun! And take time to smell the roses …
The Eastern Free State town of Fouriesburg is in the scenic Brandwater Basin, surrounded by the Maluti, Rooiberg and Witteberg mountain ranges, on the border of Lesotho.
It is named after Christoffel Fourie, on whose farm, Groenfontein, it was established in 1892. During the Anglo Boer War, it was declared the capital of the Orange Free State Republic – a proclamation yet to be rescinded!
With a primarily agricultural economy – wheat, cherries, asparagus, sunflowers, beans and mielies – it also offers unique scenic beauty, activities for nature and adventure enthusiasts, arts and crafts, places of historical and architectural interest, and small-town hospitality.
A quieter alternative to the bustling village of Clarens (just 35km away), Fouriesburg is a comfortable commuting distance from three of South Africa’s major urban centres: Johannesburg (350km), Durban (400km) and Bloemfontein (250km).
Dihlabeng Local Municipality, Thabo Mafutsanyana District, Free State, South Africa
28°37'41.8"S 28°12'01.3"E (Google Maps)
28.6155°S, 28.2000°E (GPS)
(R26 and R711 intersection)
Affi Lande Boetiek Guest Farm
Self-catering and camping
084 838 4110
An excitingly different sandstone mountain retreat, 5km from Fouriesburg, offering conference facilities for up to 50 people, and a large boma/braai and stone barn. Nature walks, mountain bike trails, bird watching, summer picnics and fishing on the farm. Pets and meals by arrangement.
064 484 3980
A beautifully renovated 120-year-old house, with a country-style kitchen, indoor fireplaces and a big garden. Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (3 queen, 1 king). Linen and towels provided. Breakfast and braai facilities available by arrangement. Pet friendly. Serviced daily.
083 285 0273
A pretty cottage attached to the main house, in a lovely garden, with a private stoepie and braai area, and incredible views of Meiringskloof and Ventersberg. Secure off-street parking. Sleeps three.
12 Schalk vd Merwe Street
Blackwoods Farm Cottage
082 562 1079 (bookings and enquiries)
078 903 4420 (enquiries)
A delightful, cosy, 2-bedroomed cottage on a working farm 7km outside Fouriesburg (towards Clarens), with magnificent views of the farm and the Maluti mountains, and the Little Caledon River flowing below. Sleeps 5 maximum (queen, two singles, and a sleeper couch in the lounge). Indoor fireplace. Hiking for overnight guests.
082 886 3475
A lovely guest farm on a smallholding bordering Fouriesburg, with a large swimming pool, braai areas, indoor fireplaces and breath-taking views. Sleeps 11 (Cottage 6; Studio 3; Patio 2). Lots of space to walk and relax. Bass fishing in the dam. Secure off-street parking.
B&B, self-catering and camping
058 223 0368
A tranquil, 3-star guest farm in a sandstone amphitheatre on the Lesotho border, offering a variety of accommodation, with indoor fireplaces, glorious views of the Malutis, a swimming pool and wonderful hiking, mountainbiking and 4x4 trails.
Cosmos Guest House
058 223 0694 / 082 376 7637
A friendly and relaxed A-frame home on the outskirts of Fouriesburg with magnificent, sweeping views of the Rooiberge and Maluti mountains. Very reasonable rates.
Denhaven Country Cottage
082 359 4931
A cosy, open plan wooden cottage with stunning views of the ever-changing Maluti mountains, a double bed and a loft den for little people (sleeps one child), a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a shower. A lovely deck overlooks the horse paddocks and the mountains. Real old fashioned country living, off the grid (gas stove and solar lights with cell phone charging facility). A photographers’ paradise.
We offer horse trails and riding lessons, social painting classes, picnics beside our picturesque dam, or just spending a lazy afternoon in a hammock with a book.
082 927 6712
Situated on a farm just outside the village, on the road to Clarens, this self-catering house sleeps 17 and has astonishing views.
Die Ou Pastorie
Self-catering / Rooms and bathrooms only
082 828 5271
Die Ou Stal: A fully-equipped sandstone cottage (the original stables of Die Ou Pastorie, built in 1896) in lovely gardens. Sleeps 4 (1 double bed in bedroom, sleep couch and single bed in lounge), with one bathroom (shower only).
Die Stoepkamer: For an extra room, the pastor’s former office on the stoep of the Pastorie has been furnished with a double bed and has an en-suite bathroom with a shower only. The room has a TV and is situated 10m from Die Ou Stal.
Die Ou Pastorie Family Room: A beautiful room with steel pressed ceilings, private entrance off stoep, views of the Lesotho mountains, en suite full bathroom, and an adjoining room with two extra beds in the library.
Braai facilities and secure off-street parking available. Breakfast available on request.
083 409 7543
A large, comfortable house set in lush gardens, with an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and a braai area. 2 dining rooms, and a cozy lounge with anthracite heater. 5 bedrooms (sleeps 10).
082 377 5222
Magnificent accommodation in the Inhoek valley, surrounded by sandstone cliffs. Activities include hiking trails, mountain biking & quad biking (bring your own vehicles), 4x4 trails, fly fishing, caves, whirlpools, potholes, and San paintings. Opstal: sleeps 15. De Rust: sleeps 9. Twin Towers: sleeps 8. Damn Caravan: sleeps 4.
Four Koffie Guesthouse
082 904 8500
A fully equipped sandstone cottage with a shady front stoep, thatched lapa and braai area, fire pit, indoor anthracite heater, quality linen and towels, laundry facilities, safe off-street parking, and lovely old fruit trees in the spacious garden. Sleeps 4 (2 double beds), with one bathroom (shower, basin, loo).
Lemon Tree Lodge
B&B and self-catering
058 223 0163
A delightful sandstone home, with a small self-catering kitchen, separate dining area and outdoor braai facilities, offering guests a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Large indoor fireplace, DSTV. Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms. Pets by arrangement.
A tranquil, fice-star retreat in a pristine national park in northern Lesotho‘s breathtaking Maluti/Drakensburg mountains, 34km from the Caledonspoort border post. Offering conference facilities, gourmet restaurant and bar. Open to day visitors and overnight guests. An unforgettable adventure the “Kingdom in the Sky”.
Mafube Mountain Retreat
084 668 4499
Set in an amphitheatre of sandstone cliffs with stunning views, Mafube (a Sesotho word, meaning ‘dawning of a new day’) is a hikers' and nature lovers' paradise. An ideal country getaway with comfortable accommodation, a swimming pool and lapa, and wonderful walking trails, fishing and canoeing.
Mama Fourie’s Guest Cottages
058 223 0656 / 083 564 0756
Three beautifully decorated, fully equipped units, with gardens overlooking orchards, oak trees and old sandstone buildings, and views of the sunrise over Ventersberg. Home made food is served in a 1971 bus converted into a dining room – booking essential.
Self-catering and B&B
083 713 9553
A comfortable, homely and affordable accommodation and events venue for groups and individual parties, just outside the dorp, with spectacular views of Queen Victoria, the Maluti mountains and Destiny Castle. Sleeps up to 20.
058 223 0153 / 073 938 5194
Ons Rots is a lovely, beautifully furnished double-storey brick house in the dorp, with a self-catering flatlet (1 x double bed, 1 x single bed, 1 x cot; shower & separate loo) set in beautiful gardens, and with a lovely view of the mountains. SABC TV is available in the hosts’ lounge. There are also 4 double bedrooms (not self-catering = bed only) in the main house: 3 upstairs (1 en suite, 2 sharing a bathroom) and 1 downstairs (en suite).
B&B and self-catering
084 712 0427
A stately, restored farmhouse on a 1,200ha working farm, in a fertile valley amongst beautiful mountains, with log fires in winter. Self-catering accommodation for up to 27 guests. Breakfast basket and other meals are available on request. Catering for weddings, functions and conferences for up to 220 people.
Pumula Guest Farm
083 296 5706
A lovely, 4-star guest farm with magnificent views, 7km outside Fouriesburg, offering a variety of well-appointed self-catering accommodation.
058 223 0038
Built in 1902 and restored as a 4-star sandstone guest house with Oregon pine floors and a sunny verandah. All suites have private entrances and patios, underfloor heating, an electronic safe, minibar and tea & coffee facilities.
Shumba Valley Guest Farm
Self-catering and camping
072 227 6752
Shumba Valley Farm offers a wonderful, pet-friendly, home-from-home environment, with magnificent views of the Maluti mountains.
083 582 0445
A private cottage on a tranquil farm just outside town, with breath-taking views of the Malutis from the stoep and braai area. Sleeps 5 max (1 bedroom + sleeper couch). Fireplace in living room, gas heaters and open-plan kitchen with 2-plate stove, microwave, fridge, freezer. 1 bathroom, with a separate loo.
The Fat Mulberry
074 683 0332
Boutique self-catering units on scenic a farm with spectacular views of the Maluti mountains, as well as braai facilities, indoor fireplaces, DSTV and WiFi.
The suites are serviced daily. The Maluti View and Top Deck suites each sleep 6 people in three rooms (king or 2 singles). The Family suite sleeps 4 in two rooms (king or 2 singles). The Honeymoon suite sleeps 2 and The Little Chameleon room is suitable for one person – bar fridge and kettle only.
The Old Country House & Cottage
079 898 4905
This lovely old sandstone house in the dorp sleeps up to 8 people in three bedrooms, with three bathrooms (two en suite). The separate cottage has one bedroom en-suite with a double bed and a sleeper couch for two children.
The Rose House
B&B and self-catering
072 142 3183
Luxury accommodation on a 540ha farm just outside Fouriesburg, with 360-degree mountain views, vineyards, and a famous kopje. The house was built in 1923 and has recently been restored. Sleeps 14. The Rose House also caters for small weddings and special occasions. The Rosehip Restaurant (www.tripadvisor.com) offers lunch and wine tastings in a converted sheep barn – Tuesdays to Saturdays, booking essential.
Wegkomkans & Die Pophuisie
B&B and self-catering
083 501 3999
Two charming sandstone houses in the dorp. Wegkom kans B&B has a huge stoep, lapa / braai area, an orchard and a communal diningroom and lounge with fireplace & DSTV, sleeping 6 in 3 en suite bedrooms. Die Pophuisie self-catering sleeps 5 max, with one bathroom. Covered off-street parking.
082 899 3935
A 362-hectare cherry farm about 18km from Fouriesburg, in a panoramic mountain setting which offers great hikes. The self-catering cottage sleeps 8 in 4 rooms. Spacious living and dining area, an indoor fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen, as well as an outside braai area. Dam for swimming and catch and release bass fishing. Wonderful venue for conferences and weddings.
Wisteria Lane Guest House
079 897 1669
An old sandstone homestead, with lovely gardens and spacious verandas. Fully equipped, open-plan kitchen and living area with indoor fireplace. Swimming pool, basic TV channels, safe, off-street parking for 3 vehicles, laundry and dishwasher. Sleeps 8 max, in 3 rooms, with 2 en suite and 1 separate bathroom.
Wyndford Holiday Farm
058 223 0274
A peaceful guest farm in a sandstone amphitheatre on the Lesotho border, with beautiful gardens and magnificent views. The perfect place for a relaxing family holiday, offering old world hospitality, home cooked meals, a bowling green, tennis courts, swimming pool, mini golf, volley ball, and a games room as well as horse riding and a variety of mountain bike and guided walking trails. Church services are held every Sunday at 10am.
Boulders Adventure Academy - 082 806 9612
Di Plaaswerf 4 x 4 Trails - 082 927 6712
Emden Bass Dam - 082 334 4591
Orange Apple Day Trips - 082 319 2301
Ventersberg Stables Horse Trails - 072 371 9732
Die Hoek Winkel - 072 213 7453
Doherty’s Art Gallery - 058 223 0375
Fouriesburg Yacht Club - 082 376 0854
Granny B’s Arts & Antiques - 076 064 2677
JAC Leatherwork - 083 794 1349
JenLee’s Country Shop - 084 512 5030
Orange Apple - 082 889 6494
(Country shop & Tea Garden)
Salome Art & Music - 079 519 6595
The Swedish Rooster - 079 690 0655
Walibri Art Glass - 058 223 0945
Di Plaas Stoep Pub & Grill - 083 331 0714
JenLee’s Country Shop - 084 512 5030
Kennaway Cafe Take-Aways - 058 223 0192
Oranje Stoep Café - 058 223 0412
The Bald Ibis Wine Tasting & Sales - 082 319 0722
The Rose Hip at The Rose House - 072 142 3183
Piekniek - 079 293 1675
The Windmill Pub & Grill - 082 959 8120
FNB, Standard Bank, Absa
Cabelo Beleza Hair Salon - 074 134 8066
Computer Services - 072 565 2501
Fortuin Vehicle Services - 072 231 8442
Garden Services - 084 240 6356
House & Farm Sitting Services - 076 681 7915
Jan Lee Velddienste - 083 627 6554
Laundry Services - 061 392 3554
Morung Bush Spa - 084 838 4110
Pam Golding Properties - 058 303 5565
Pro-Catering - 083 331 0714
Sylvia’s Spa - 083 567 6349
Thatching - 073 220 1532