Gentle Presence Historical Cottage


Entire residential home hosted by Pat

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2.5 bathrooms
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Built in the early 1900’s from Sandstone as stables, this is one of the oldest cottages in Clarens and farmers would travel here by ox-wagon for Nagmaal (Holy Communion). The cottage is private and cosy, being fully equipped for 4 persons. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The balcony and patio offer exceptional mountain views and there is a firepit for those chilly nights.

The busy Town Square with it's many galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, brewery, and eateries is an easy walk away.

The space
The patio is a place to gather outdoors to braai, enjoy meals and relax while enjoying the mountain views and the large garden where children are welcome to play.

The cottage consists of an open plan living area where you can relax and watch TV. It has a large table and chairs for meals or playing games and opens directly onto the patio. The kitchen is equipped with cutlery, crockery, toaster, microwave, four plate gas stove with gas oven, pots and pans, fridge etc and is stocked with limited basics on arrival. There is a separate toilet with a basin on this level.

Wooden stairs lead upstairs to the 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Both bedrooms open onto the shared balcony with great views of the garden and the mountains.

Beds are equipped with quality linen, electric blankets and extra throws. Each bedroom has a private bathroom adjacent to it. Please take note stairs are not toddler friendly or suitable for those who struggle with climbing stairs. Heaters are provided as well as a hairdryer.

Due to the exceptional views of the Rooiberge including Mt Horeb and the Malutis, the home was originally given the name Kyk Die Berge in the 1960’s. At the time it was the only multi-story structure in Clarens and the locals affectionately called it “Die Flets”.

Gentle Presence is thought to have been the stables of a larger farm where farmers gathered for Nagmaal (Holy Communion) before being sub-divided and sold off to the previous owners. It has only had 3 owners including the current owners and has been declared a heritage site and has a charming history which we would love to share with you.

What this place offers

Garden view
Mountain view
Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable/satellite
Private patio or balcony
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Where you’ll be

Clarens, Free State, South Africa

Clarens is a small yet vibrant town situated in the foothills of the Maluti and Rooiberge in the Eastern Free State of South Africa. It was established in 1912 and named after Clarens Switzerland where Pres. Paul Kruger spent his last days in exile. It is known as the "Jewel of the Eastern Freestate". Clarens boasts, amongst others, the following attractions: * ARTS - Galleries, Art Classes, Candle dipping, Mosaic Workshops, Creative Workshops, Tattoo Parlour * CULTURE AND HERITAGE - San Rock Art, Paleontology, Dinosaur Tours, Fertility Caves, Natural Rock Formations * EAT AND DRINK - Variety of eateries, bakeries, "watering holes", Wine Tasting, Micro Brewery, Coffee Roastery * OUTDOORS - Fauna & Flora, Horseback Riding, Quad biking, Abseiling, Hiking, River Rafting, Bicycle Rentals, Rock Wall Climbing, Zip Lining, Putt Putt, Hot Air Ballooning, Archery, Paintball, Clay Pigeon Shooting, 4 x 4 Routes, Birding, Stargazing, Camping, Scenic Drives, Photography, Game Viewing *RETAIL THERAPY - A wide variety of retail products from handmade chocolates, delicatessen specialties, cherry products, handmade knives, silver handcrafted jewellery, whimsical fashion, handmade candles, local and imported goose down products, green eco-goodies, bookshop and weekly farmer's market *SURROUNDING AREA - Alpine Ski & Snowboarding, Wine Farm, Cheese Farm, Ash River Outfall, Basotho Cultural Village, Katse Dam, Big Cat Sanctuary, Cherry Picking and Tours (seasonal), Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Clarens has it all.

Hosted by Pat

  1. Joined in March 2018
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My hubby and I have always loved travelling and meeting new people. We ran our own IT and Courier business before deciding to settle down in the little village of Clarens. Being way to energetic and young at heart to sit still, Gentle Presence is our new passion where we hope to use our previous travel experiences to ensure that guests receive a quality service and value for money. We can't wait to meet you and share our little village with you.
My hubby and I have always loved travelling and meeting new people. We ran our own IT and Courier business before deciding to settle down in the little village of Clarens. Being wa…


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House rules

Check-in: 15:00 - 20:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No pets
No parties or events
Smoking is allowed

Health & safety

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No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm
Security Deposit – if you damage the home, you may be charged up to £94

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