Springfontein lies 145km south of Bloemfontein and 80km north of Colesberg, just off the N1. It is the perfect place to take an overnight break, or to spend time exploring the area’s intriguing Anglo-Boer War history.
Graeme Wedgwood, former London Stockbroker and keen art collector is your host at Springfontein House, which has five elegant en suite rooms, all with their own entrances.
Each room offers peace and privacy along with crisp linen, plump pillows, television, wall heater and air-conditioning. The rooms and cottages are set in a delightful garden on the edge of the Karoo veld. There is a swimming pool and a fish pond. The low quiet hills invite walks.
The guest house is four kilometres from the N1, which insulates it from any traffic sounds.
Rates vary between R450 and R550 per person sharing, with breakfast included. Single rates are available on request.
Springfontein House also offers dinners (for R170 per person), served in the crimson red dining room featuring an eclectic art collection and Georgian candelabras. It’s always a three course meal, starting with a homemade pate or a warming soup with bread. The main course is generally a roasted leg of lamb, neck of pork or venison pie with seasonal vegetables. Dessert might be pears poached in red wine, or homemade ice cream with ‘death by chocolate’.
And there is always a bottle of good wine around.
Springfontein was established in 1904, just after the Anglo-Boer War, when the area was a busy railway junction.
From November to March, thousands of lesser kestrels roost in the tall blue gum trees close to the railway line. In the late afternoon, clouds of them fill the air.
This is a particularly scenic area of the southern Free State.
Ask your host Graeme Wedgwood about the lovely backroads you can explore and other interesting towns in the region.
- Springfontein House also welcomes well-behaved pets.