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Inversanda

Inversanda, accommodation in Dargle Area

Contact Details

Name of hostsTom and Lucinda Bate
Tel:+27 (0)33 234 4321
fax+27 (0)33 234 4751
Cell+27 (0)82 781 3875
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Description

Inversanda is a country lover’s haven situated in the beautiful Dargle valley in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. We are in the privileged position of being situated right at the end of the road; a place to relax and soak up the peace and tranquility.

Visitors have truly arrived once they head off down our 2.5km driveway and see the Inhlosane mountain amphitheatre unfold in front of them, with the farm nestling in its footsteps. Ours is a very special valley – a jewel that we treasure. Children, horses and well behaved pets are very welcome.

At Inversanda we are passionate about 3 things: our farm, our horses and the magical valley in which we are so privileged to live.

The farm dates back to the 1800s and up until the late 1970s the crops were all planted and harvested with working oxen. For a period it was a dairy, however, today Herefords happily graze the lush kikuyu pastures to produce prime beef calves.

Tom and Lucinda Bate bought the property 8 years ago and brought their love of horses with them. The old dairy has recently been converted into a barn with 14 stables. Feed time is an experience that children particularly enjoy. The horses hear the rustle of feed bags and flair their nostrils and stamp their feet in anticipation. There is a commotion for a while, then a contented munching as they all bury their noses in their buckets. The majority are polo ponies, which are exercised on the hills above the farm.

The farmhouse was built to a scale more commonly found on the sugar cane estates of the North Coast. It could readily be converted into a guesthouse, however we have chosen to offer spacious and comfortable self-catering accommodation. The private wing has its own entrance and comprises a large sitting room with fireplace, dining room, kitchenette, family bedroom, twin bedroom and large verandah overlooking a magnificent view of the surrounding hills.

 

 

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Directions

Take the Howick North/Tweedie off ramp from the N3. At Tweedie (Zenex Garage) turn left. 500m turn right to Petrus Stroom. Go straight for approx 10km. At fork bear right. Go up steep hill, road turns sharply left through a quarry. Immediately you leave the quarry, turn right. No 29 is clearly marked on gate. The house is approx 2.5km from the gate.

Attractions

Situated at the end of the road, visitors are privy to the very special aura of our unique valley. One can simply relax and enjoy a good book by the fire or on the verandah, or alternatively take some invigorating exercise in your immediate surroundings.

Walking
Visitors can enjoy wonderful walks which can be tailored to suit those wanting to stroll along the river to others who want to burn serious calories. The river is also wonderful for picnics and swimming in summer.

Birding
In 2002 four ornithological students from Cornell University stayed at the farm for 4 months researching for a PhD thesis. Whilst here they compiled a bird list of over 185 different species which provides a challenge for even the keenest birder!

Horse riding
Horses are our passion, and for us there is no better way to explore the farm than in a saddle. Our horses are all highly schooled and we only take out small groups of experienced riders. Alternatively treat your own horses to a holiday in the country and let them enjoy the wonderful rides. There is nothing more exhilarating than being treated to glorious views as the horses pound up the mountainside. For beginners fortunately there is also riding close by.

Mountain biking
We welcome cyclists, who appear to get enormous pleasure heading up and down steep gradients! On the one hand we can offer routes that will satisfy the appetites of the seriously competitive and for those who simply want a scenic, less demanding ride, following the river is an attractive alternative.

Trout fishing
We are fortunate to have over 2.5kms of the Umgeni River meandering along one of our boundaries. Every year the river is stocked and fishermen are welcome to cast their lines in the winter months. When the river is too high, dam fishing is available locally.

Other activities
The farm has a pool and trampoline and for those with the urge to hit a ball, badminton and croquet equipment is available.

Nearby attractions
The attractions of the Midlands Meander need no introduction. The Meander offers something for everyone ranging from its arts and crafts to home-brewed beer and freshly baked muffins. Other nearby attractions include:
  • Midmar Dam
  • Nelson Mandela Capture Site
  • Howick Falls
  • Karkloof Canopy Tour
  • Corrie Lynn Handcrafted Furniture

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