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Lower Kologha Forest, Stutterheim South Africa
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Gandré v wrote a review May 2017
Stellenbosch, South Africa12 contributions3 helpful votes
We didn't plan every stop of our honeymoon and stumbled upon the Shire while searching the internet, what a happy find! Rob and his family built the most amazing cottages, all by hand; the bent wooden frames, the custom tiled bathrooms, custom lamp shades, bespoke coffee tables, custom bent windows and the sliding doors he built with his 90+-year-old grandfather... everything ties together for an unforgettable experience. The forest is epic and the hike up to the dam was so relaxing... an Absolute must
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Date of stay: March 2017
Amanda_The_Pixie wrote a review Feb 2017
Pretoria, South Africa371 contributions70 helpful votes
The Shire is simply magical. Tucked away in a clearing, surrounded by forest, at the foot of the mountain range, the little, wooden cottages are beautiful! I love the fact that everything was handcrafted by the owners, it just gives them this extra magical feeling. You can feel passion and love that went into creating these marvelous cottages, which are very spacious as well. There are hiking trails available for those who love nature and walks, and it is situated close to Forest Way where there is a picnic area and more hiking trails up to the waterfalls. The Shire, even though it is quite out of town, it is still not too far should you need to get anything from the shops there (taking approximately 15 min to get to any one shop). The nights are particularly magical, in the
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Date of stay: December 2016
Rickmatthews wrote a review Jan 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa6 contributions1 helpful vote
The sound of the forest at night , the bubbling brook , the magnificent Milky Way up above - if I did not have to wake up for work and could have spent more than one night , would have slept for hours more and spend time exploring the beauty of the forests and wild flowers and more !!
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Date of stay: January 2017
alexkS5088HH wrote a review Jan 2017
East London, South Africa8 contributions1 helpful vote
The Shire remains our go-to place for quiet weekends to restore body and soul. Chalets are well appointed and fully equipped. In winter, electric blankets are supplied as well as an oil heater. It would be great if, during the summer months, fans were provided in the chalets to counter the effects of the afternoon sun. Granted, New Year was exceptionally hot this year. The outside showers (Sullivan and Canisp chalets) are the best experience ever. Hikes in the pristine indigenous forest and enjoying a rest sitting on a bed of leaves at the base of towering eucalyptus trees is a spiritual experience. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is nowhere better to visit.
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Date of stay: December 2016
DebbieMartin wrote a review Jan 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa10 contributions1 helpful vote
The Shire is a hidden treasure built next to a vibrant forest of amazing birds. There is a little stream meandering through the forest and many calming walks amongst plants, butterflies and birds. The chalets are uniquely built on stilts with wood. The builders used a special method to bend long strips of wood to create the feeling of sleeping in a big wooden boat! There are bunk beds in each chalet but I wouldn't sleep in them as there is no barrier between your mattress and a 2 meter drop! My 4 year old son had an absolute blast looking for fresh water crabs under rocks in the stream while I looked for birds. We saw a Spotted Eagle Owl as we came home on two of the evenings and I got very close to a Narina Trogan which is a rarely seen, colourful bird in the forest. The
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Date of stay: December 2016
South AfricaEastern CapeStutterheim
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