The Shire will captivate you with its innovative design and magnificent setting.
These luxury chalets rest on the edge of the indigenous Xholora forest in the Amatola Mountains, just a stream’s hop from the enchanted home of many rare species of plants, birds and butterflies.
Each elegant open-plan chalet contains a stylish en-suite bathroom and fully equipped kitchenette, as well as its own braai /barbeque facilities. Through the striking curved-glass corner window, you can feel a part of the forest. For the more daring kinds, our two river-side chalets have their own open bush showers where you can soak and steam among the trees. Keep a look out for the rare samango monkeys curiously watching from the treetops.
There are a number of restaurants close by where one can dine in the evenings if too relaxed to cook. Or if you fancy a hot dinner, we will cook you an organic meal, with all available home-grown ingredients.
If your curiosity entices you beyond the bounds of The Shire, the area offers a variety of leisurely pursuits:
Explore the Forest : beautiful hikes to waterfalls, ancient Lemonwood forests and spectacular Anderson Dam; horseback trails; superb bird watching; or visit the wild bulb nursery.
A Spot of Sport: Aquascape Adventures offering a vairety of water sports and leisure cruises on Wriggleswade dam; canoe hire on Gubu dam; excellent trout and bass fishing; archery; rock-climbing & bouldering; abseiling; mountain bike hire; Motorbike tours; golf; tennis; squash
Cultural Enrichment: Visit local artists and galleries; pottery workshops; the remarkable Stationary Engine Museum; trips to Old Thomas River Historical Village, with a rock art museum and tours, or Mqwali Xhosa Cultural Village.