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If you want to explore small town South Africa, a visit to the Free State should top your road-trip agenda. With endless veld, impossibly blue skies and the ubiquitous lonely windmill every few kilometres, this is archetypal South African scenery in its purest form.

Though this province has always drawn history-lovers due to its...

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De Oude Kraal Country Estate & Spa

Bloemfontein
4 Luxury Rooms, 6 Suites and 1 Family Room
PPS from R 895

Genuine South African hospitality on this 5th generation 1885 Free State merino sheep farm, where Gerhard and Marie offer luxury accommodation in their restored original...


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The Hound & Rose Country House

Rosendal
12 rooms
PPS from R 400

A new iteration of country hospitality imaginatively inspired by local living, where gentle pursuits and quietude are interrupted by lavish country fare on shady wisteria...


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St Fort Country House

Clarens
5 Bedrooms, 1 Garden Cottage, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 530
Includes Bed & Breakfast

St Fort Country House is a restored sandstone homestead, circa 1913, on the outskirts of Clarens in the Free State, set in a spectacular mountain setting. Cosy country B&B...


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Bloemstantia

Dan Pienaar
6 Bedrooms
PPS from R 495
Includes Bed & Breakfast

Experience Cape elegance in the Free State. Bloemstantia is a charming Cape Dutch style home in a beautiful garden in Dan Pienaar, a quiet residential northern suburb of...


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Dersley Manor

Bloemfontein
15 Rooms
PPS from R 640

Dersley Manor, 10 minutes drive from the centre of Bloemfontein, is a boutique guest house offering 15 lavish Oscar-winning movie-themed rooms in the heart of the northern...


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Nick's Place

Smithfield
3 Bedrooms and 1 Self-Catering Family Cottage
PPS from R 350
Includes Bed & Breakfast

Nick's Place is a charming guest house and restaurant in Smithfield, Free State and offers many comforts that will have you feeling right at home. Victorian charm abounds...


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Patcham Place

Clarens
5 Bedrooms, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 506

Patcham Place is in the delightful little mountain village of Clarens in the Free State. Delightfully redecorated bedrooms, each with separate entrance, balcony, mountain...


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Primavera Guest House

Bloemfontein
3 Bedrooms
PPS from R 425

Primavera, meaning ‘Spring’, is set in charming bird-filled gardens in the peaceful suburb of Waverley in Bloemfontein in the Free State, with easy access to the N1. Pieter...


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Springfontein House

Springfontein
5 Bedrooms
PPS from R 400
Includes Bed & Breakfast

Springfontein House in Springfontein, Free State, is just off the N1 with beautiful views over the Karoo countryside. This charming B&B, with three cosy bedrooms and two...


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Ashbrook Country Lodge

Clarens
6 Self-Catering Units, 2 Studios with kitchenette
Units from R 1,200

Ashbrook Country Lodge offers stylish self-catering units and studios in the picturesque village of Clarens. In easy walking distance to the village square’s restaurants,...


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Andes Guest Farm

Clarens
2 Luxury Bedrooms, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 900

Andes Guest Farm and Wedding Venue is set on the 1 000 hectare Welgelegen Farm, a working cattle, apple and game farm, on the outskirts of Clarens in the Free State with...


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Amohela ho Spitskop Country Retreat

Clocolan
2 Garden Rooms at Dassie Guest House, 3 Self Catering Cottages
PPS from R 420

Amohela is a 420 acre Retreat and Conservancy, nestled in a stunning valley between Ficksburg and Clocolan. The self catering cottages have open fires, comfy couches, well...


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Oranje Guest Farm

Fouriesburg
7 self-cater rooms, 1 Honeymoon room
PPS from R 350

Oranje Guest Farm is a tranquil working farm set amongst the beautiful sandstone mountains of the eastern Free State, near the border of Lesotho and close to Clarens and...


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De Oude Huize Yard

Harrismith
4 Bedrooms
PPS from R 535

A warm welcome awaits from Hennie and Sandra at De Oude Huize Yard in Harrismith, Free state. Built 150 years ago and steeped in history, this is a real gem and offers great...


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Free State travel guide

If you want to explore small town South Africa, a visit to the Free State should top your road-trip agenda. With endless veld, impossibly blue skies and the ubiquitous lonely windmill every few kilometres, this is archetypal South African scenery in its purest form.

Though this province has always drawn history-lovers due to its fascinating Boer past, it was once seen as a staid backwater left off any modern-day traveller’s must-see list. The Free State has come into its own over the past few years on the back of the growing yearning among city dwellers for a more simple way of life. Anthony Trollop wrote, after visiting Bloemfontein back in the 1870s, ‘The town is so quiet and seems to be so happy and contented, removed so far away from strife and want and disorder, that the beholder … is tempted to think the peace of such an abode is better than the excitement of Paris, London or New York.” 

Free State Highlights

  • Bloemfontein – The City of Roses, birthplace of JRR Tolkien. Visit the National Women’s Monument and “Whispering Wall” - a memorial to the 26 370 women and children who died during the Boer War. 
  • Clarens – ‘Jewel of the Free State’ – go on the Artist Amble to various studios and galleries. For older art visit the caves in the area containing San rock paintings.
  • Fouriesburg - Visit Surrender Hill, where the Free State soldiers capitulated to the British in 1900. Hike the Brandwater trail in the scenic Meiringskloof Nature Reserve 
  • Harrismith - Location of Platberg (flat mountain) – the site of the annual Berg Marathon, a cross country event comprises a 605m climb over 5km, a run across the summit and a descent along an old bridle path that was once used by British pack animals in the Anglo Boer war.
  • Springfontein – De Bome, where British welfare campaigner Emily Hobhouse stayed when visiting the Springfontein concentrations camps. 
  • Golden Gate National Park – picturesque Eastern Highlands on the Lesotho border
  • Pink Flamingos – commonly seen in the wetlands of Goldfields.
  • Pretty towns – Fouriesburg, Ficksburg, Smithfield and Ladybrand are unique, appealing Free State towns

 

Our Portfolio of Free State Accommodation

 

Enjoy delicious traditional boerekos (farmer’s cuisine) while staying at one of Portfolio Collection’s handpicked Free State B&Bs, Guest Houses or Farm Lodges, The semi-dessert of the Karoo spills into the south of this province so expect extremes of temperature depending on the time of year you visit - exceptionally hot temperatures in summer, while there’s a chance of snowfalls in winter. Travel to the west and you’ll find open grasslands, while the east offers grand scenery.

Use our Free State map to plan a fascinating foray when planning your Free State travel. And wherever your Free State travels take you, Portfolio can guide you to the best, quality and luxury Free State accommodation in a range of B&Bs, guest houses, farm stays and safari lodges in this South African province.