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R396, Rhodes Road, Maclear 5480 South Africa
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#1 of 5 Specialty lodging in Maclear
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Nestled within nature’s paradise, Fairbairn Guest Farm is situated between the beautiful Maloti Drakensberg foothills outside Maclear. Come indulge in a list of fun and exciting outdoor activities or enjoy the days lazing around. Spoilt for choice between the Main House Room One & Two, Little Rondavel Room Three, The Cottage Room Four & Five, or Large Rondavel Room Six, we offer 6 plush rooms, all except Room Four & Five with en-suite bathrooms and plenty of amenities to ensure a comfortable and convenient stay. Please enquire for more details.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Golf course
Hiking
Babysitting
Children's television networks
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car park
Public wifi
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Kitchenette
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Radio
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa
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TonyScott23 wrote a review Jul 2022
Concord, New Hampshire21 contributions22 helpful votes
Peaceful, quiet views of the farm while catching the morning sun, and of the local mountains from the dining room. Our hostess put herself out to cater for our needs and meals, and the food was excellent home cooking. Our bathrooms had all the mod cons, while the house and furniture is comfortably antique. Highly recommended stay on a working farm 14km from Maclear.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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ColC128 wrote a review Apr 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Fairbairn was lovely! The rooms are huge, the showers hot and modern, the beds firm and comfortable and there were battery charged lights all over the house to accommodate load shedding. We arrived in the evening cold and exhausted from cycling all day. Linky arrived with an amazing supper, and was so friendly and caring. Thanks very much - i hope to visit again.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Thanks for your positive review, and we are thrilled to hear that all your needs and expectations were met despite load shedding.. We look forward to your next visit!
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andrewX2922AM wrote a review Mar 2022
Calitzdorp, South Africa1 contribution
I had an excellent and very comfortable overnight stay at Fairbarn Guest Farm, whilst on a trip from the Natal North Coast to my home in the Little Karoo. It was such a beautiful and tranquil setting that I wish I could have stayed longer. Linky was a wonderful host. Hopefully I will be able to return to Fairbairn in the future. I replay recommend spending there.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Linky Cocklin, Owner at Fairbairn Guest Farm
Responded 5 weeks ago
We agree that Fairbairn Guest Farm is the ideal stopover from KZN to the Karoo and EC coast and vice versa, and glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope that you will linger a bit longer next time to soak in more of the beauty and tranquility! Thanks for your recommendation :-)
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megonthomson wrote a review Mar 2022
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa2 contributions
Linky is the perfect host. Very accommodating and the rooms provided was lovely. The farm is beautiful and the views absolutely amazing! I am traveling with my two German Shepherds and they enjoyed the walks. The cottage itself is not fenced, but there is the usual farm fencing around the much larger area where the cottages are situated. The dogs loved a quick morning walk on the farm roads. For us it was just a stop over, but I think it will be a lovely stay to base from if you want to do the surrounding passes.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Linky Cocklin, Owner at Fairbairn Guest Farm
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thanks Megon for your kind review and good to know that you and your dogs had a splendid time with loads of space to roam. You're so right in saying that we are an ideal base for exploring the surrounding passes as there are so many scenic routes to take around us for the explorer and aesthete at heart!
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DeborahSLymington wrote a review Mar 2022
Lymington24 contributions8 helpful votes
Fairbairn is in a great location well clear of Maclear and in lovely farmland. It 8is well worth doing the 14ks from Maclear to get there. We stayed in the main house which was great. Very comfortable and peaceful. Linky could not have made us more welcome. We had pre-ordered dinner from here and this was lovely home cooked food. The chocolate Malva pudding was so good that I asked Linky for the recipe. Breakfast was also excellent. I have no doubt we will return and hopefully stay more than one night. If you are planning a trip on the newly resurfaced R56, which we would recommend, then Fairbairn is a great stopover.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Linky Cocklin, Owner at Fairbairn Guest Farm
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thanks Deborah for your 5-star review and kind compliments :-) We are just as pleased with the good quality R56, and hope to see more travelers taking this route in future! Please do stay a bit longer next time so we can introduce you to more of the farm and surrounding areas ;-)
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Nkabeng M wrote a review Feb 2022
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The directions were easy to follow and once we arrived we were very warmly welcomed. We felt very comfortable, like home away from home. All needs were met and playing the piano added to the fun. The views and beautiful grounds enhanced the serenity of Fairbairn Guest Farm.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Linky Cocklin, Owner at Fairbairn Guest Farm
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thanks Nkabeng for your 5-star review, and we are pleased that you had a comfortable, home-away-from-home stay. The piano is always a hit with maestros and novices alike - glad you put it to good use!
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E2459RJianh wrote a review Jan 2022
Hillcrest, South Africa1 contribution
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Fairbairn Guest Farm. The accommodation was perfect. To sit on the porch and watch the afternoon shower was the perfect was to end a long day of driving. Rooms were well designed and the pillows were spot on. Not to mention the home cooked supper which was a delight. Thank you
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Thanks for your 5-star review and for specifying some of the things which stood out for you. The porch is such a great spot for weather-watching as you say, and hope that next time you will get to enjoy one of our beautiful sunrises (if you're up early enough ;-)
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dunstan2015 wrote a review Jan 2022
Durban, South Africa109 contributions22 helpful votes
great spot to stay. beautiful walks great food great hospitality welcoming of dogs interesting birds and landscapes very easy to find convenient when doing a road trip very helpful nothing was a problem
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded 5 weeks ago
We really appreciate your superb review and compliments. We hope to welcome you and other nature-lovers again in future!
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clarkb158 wrote a review Jan 2022
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Ebby and Linky were incredibly good to us and we loved this spot - we shall be back. The meal was superb and the hospitality amazing. Thank you so much for your kindness in accommodating all 7 of our family and our labrador.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Linky Cocklin, Owner at Fairbairn Guest Farm
Responded 15 Jan 2022
Thank you very much Antony and Brigitte Clark for staying with us and for your kind compliments. We always appreciate authentic feedback and are glad to see guests leave happy! Of course we are happy to see them return also - until next time ;-) Linx & Ebz
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Anja O wrote a review Jan 2022
Pretoria, South Africa20 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a great farm stay at Fairbarn Guest Farm. Our kids loved the open space and the abundance of adventures available. The accommodation is located in a beautiful setting with friendly hosts. Kitchen/dining is shared facilities - we had a small fridge, kettle and microwave available in our unit.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Responded 15 Jan 2022
Thanks Anja for your review and for explanation of our facilities, and glad your kids had a ball! Have an awesome 2022 and look forward to seeing you all again in future!
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PRICE RANGE
US$61 - US$64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapeMaclear
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fairbairn Guest Farm
What are some of the property amenities at Fairbairn Guest Farm?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and meeting rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Fairbairn Guest Farm?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Fairbairn Guest Farm?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Fairbairn Guest Farm?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fairbairn Guest Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bistro at Alpine, The Bean and Bun, and The Ranch.
Are pets allowed at Fairbairn Guest Farm?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Fairbairn Guest Farm offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Fairbairn Guest Farm?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Is Fairbairn Guest Farm accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.