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Reviewed 13 April 2018

We stayed for 2 nights in one of the cabins with our 2-year old daughter and absolutely loved our stay. The beds are unbelievably comfortable and the cabin is spacious and elegant. It is the perfect spot to relax and unwind - make sure you take gumboots if you want to explore the trails around the lodge as it was pretty wet and muddy when we were there. I would also recommend packing a deck of cards, lots of dry wood for the outdoor braai (you can also buy there if you run out) and a good book to really make the most of it. If you are a keen birder, you will love it here as you can bird from your deck - we saw Cape parrots flying past and heard many more unusual species in the forest as well as daily visits by the super chilled Samango monkeys.

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank FortGovernorsEstate
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

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

Room tip: I'd choose a cottage closer to the edge of the forest
Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Gandré v
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

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 sense that the night sky is breathtakingly beautiful. I have never seen so many stars in the sky before. We spent the evenings gazing up at the sky, looking out for shooting stars.
With the rolling mountains, forests, and quaint little houses, it is aptly named the Shire.
I will definitely be making a return visit to this magical place. I loved every moment of it.

Room tip: I personally love the ones that are in the two far corners of the clearing, tucked into the forests. They feel more private and remote.
Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Amanda_The_Pixie
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

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 !!

Room tip: All the chalets are unique in their own respect - locally hand crafted to match a 5 star hotel !
Date of stay: January 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Thank Rickmatthews
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

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.

Room tip: The two chalets on the edges of the clearing are the nicest as they have outside showers.
Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank alexkS5088HH
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