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cottage

Thatcher’s Rest is a delightfully secluded self-catering cottage situated on a working farm and surrounded by the serene splendour of the beautiful and tranquil hills of the Biggarsberg mountain range. Located between Ladysmith and Newcastle in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, this totally unique, double story thatched roof cottage is set on stilts within one of the six dams on the farm and is accessed from the shore by a wooden walkway.
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accommodation

The cottage can comfortably accommodate up to seven people and consists of three beautifully furnished bedrooms and three full bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms are located on the upper level and have en-suite bathrooms. The third bedroom is located on the ground floor and has a bathroom directly next to it.
The main bedroom, situated on the upper level has its own private balcony with views across the dam and surrounding farmland. It has a queen bed with shower, basin and toilet.
The second bedroom is also situated on the upper level with views of the surrounding mountains. It has twin beds and a bath, basin and toilet.
The third bedroom is on the ground floor with views of the mountains and offers an amazing feeling of floating on water. It has twin beds which can be joined to form a double bed. It is not en-suite but has a bathroom with shower, basin and toilet situated directly next to it.
There is an additional single bed (suitable for a child only) situated on the mezzanine.

THE

amenities

The cottage is superbly equipped with all cutlery, crockery and linen (including towels) sufficient for seven people. (Please bring your own swimming towels should you require.) The cosy and comfortably furnished lounge with its double volume ceiling has a Jetmaster fireplace for those cold winter nights and large windows for those warm summer days. There is also a deluxe gas braai unit available on the outdoor deck as well as a traditional wood braai available on shore beneath the beautiful Willow tree.
A lovely large enclosed veranda leads off the kitchen and lounge area ensuring that the ‘cooks’ don’t miss out on all the fun, frivolity and fellowship at the large dinner table and outdoor lounge area.
There is a maid service available at an additional nominal charge should you require and undercover parking for two vehicles.

ACTIVITIES

places to see

ISANDLWANA BATTLEFIELD & MUSEUM

Site of the biggest defeat by the British in Africa in Victorian Colonial times. Isandlwana is arguably the most evocative battle site in South Africa. Hundreds of whitewashed stone cairns marks the last resting place of the troops killed there, with the brooding bulk of the distinctively sphinx-shaped mountain of Isandlwana providing a dramatic back drop.

RORKE'S DRIFT BATTLEFIELD & MUSEUM

Immortalized by the Stanley Baker / Michael Caine film “Zulu”, the battle at the Swedish Mission Station of Rorke’s Drift has become world famous. 4000 men of the Zulu army from Isandlwana, went on to attack the Swedish Mission station, at Rorkes Drift later the same day, but were beaten off by the 100 men of British Garrison during a 12 hour engagement. 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, with seven to the 24th Regiment (now Royal Regiment of Wales).

BLOOD RIVER BATTLEFIELD

Here, the Voortrekkers defeated a Zulu army on 16 December 1838. A replica laager (circle of wagons) of 64 wagons has been erected on the site of the Battle. A commemorative wagon erected at the time of the centenary, in 1938, stands at the entrance. Interpretation Centre and small museum, coffee shop and curio shop on site.

NCOME MUSEUM

Across the river from the Blood River site is Ncome Museum. Built in the traditional bulls’ horn attack formation of a Zulu Impi (army), the display depicts the history and culture of the Zulu people and tells the story of the battle of 16 December 1838. An impressive display of metal replica Zulu shields are fixed to the exterior wall.

ELANDSLAAGTE BATTLEFIELD

The second battle of the Anglo Boer War, fought to open the railway line between Ladysmith and Dundee. Memorials on the hills and two cemeteries record the battle fought here between the British and Boer forces.

MARIA RATSCHITZ MISSION

Maria Ratschitz mission was established by the Trappist monks in 1888. The mission is set on 3200 hectares of land and nestles in the fertile Nkunzi valley at the base of Hlatikulu Mountain. The spire of the beautiful church can be seen from great distances and the peal of the church bells can be heard throughout the valley. In 1886 two silent Trappist monks from the Marianhill monastery chose the site for the mission station as it reminded them of the Bavarian area from which they originated. It was named Maria Ratschitz after the Marian shrine in Leitmeritz in northern Bohemia.

FORT MISTAKE

In 1879 and 1881 during the Anglo-Zulu War and the 1st Anglo Boer War, this pass was of vital concern to the British Army, as it was their supply line between military head quarters in Pietermaritzburg and the Frontier stations of Newcastle and Dundee. It was the shortest route for any Boer invading force to strike at the communications system of the British defending forces and the quickest route to take to Ladysmith.

NAMBITI GAME RESERVE

On 22 000 magnificent acres near the town of Ladysmith Nambiti is a major attraction of this region. This reserve boasts the attractions of the Big 5, the only one in the area to do so, and Nambiti’s biodiversity (it encompasses grasslands, riverine bush, savannah and thornveld) ensures a thrilling and unprecedented diversity of game (there are 40 other game species besides the big 5) and birding sightings.

TALANA MUSEUM

The only museum in South Africa, situated on a battlefield, where the buildings from the time of the battle still exist. Talana boasts some of the most beautiful glass and bead exhibits. Spend a day browsing around this interesting and most diverse museum.

THE SIEGE MUSEUM

This museum contains fascinating mementos of the 120 day siege of the town of Ladysmith, during the Anglo-Boer War.

ACTIVITIES

things to do

FISHING

The dam, on which the cottage is situated, is stocked with both bass and trout therefore offering all seasons fishing opportunities. There are an additional 4 dams on the farm stocked with fish.

RELAXING

At the end of a perfect summer’s day spent fishing, hiking, walking or simply just lazing about, sipping sundowners on the large delightful "Bohma Deck" area having a "Lekka S.A Braai" will leave you with a sense of total relaxation. A book, a glass of red wine and a lovely roaring log fire on chilly winter evenings, is just the perfect way to end a lazy winter's day.

WALKING

Both easy and more strenuous walks are available on the farm. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the farm and the outlying areas from various vantage points.

BIRD WATCHING

Thatcher's offers abundant bird life for the nature lover and the avid birdwatcher alike. Over 75 different birds have been identified. Come and see if you can add more to our list.

THE BIG 5

Right on our doorstep! The Nambiti Conservancy, a wonderful new conservancy, in a malaria free area, offers game drives for day visitors. Booking is essential and subject to availability. Early morning, and evening drives are available with teas/coffee and snacks included in the fees.

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rates

ACCOMMODATION

OUT OF SEASON RATES:
R1350 per night for the first 2 persons.
R415 per night for each additional person.

PLEASE NOT THAT HIGH SEASON RATES WILL VARY.

MAID SERVICE

R60 for 2 hours.

FIRE WOOD

The indoor fireplace and Boma deck fireplace will be filled with the initial, complementary bag of wood.
Extra fire wood is available for sale at the cost of R65 per large bag.

ACTIVITIES

Rates for Battlefield tours and Game Drives can be obtained directly from the various operators.

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dams to fish in

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PLACES OF INTEREST

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species of birds

We had a opportunity to work on wide variety of projects for different clients around the world

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Hectares of farm

We had a opportunity to work on wide variety of projects for different clients around the world

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  • GPR CO-ORDINATES
    S28° 14' 05.8" E29° 53' 51.8"
  • CELLPHONE
    +27 (0) 83 389 6614 / +27 (0) 83 270 3826
  • EMAIL ADDRESS
    june@thatcher.co.za
directions from

ladysmith

Travel along the N11 towards Newcastle for more or less 40km.
Take the 2nd Collingspass turnoff.
Turn left on to a gravel road, travel for 8km along this road.
Turn right at the Thatcher's sign.
directions from

newcastle

Take the N11 towards Ladysmith for more or less 60km.
Take the 1st Collingspass gravel road turnoff on your right hand side.
Travel for 8km along this road.
Turn right at the Thatcher's sign.