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Accomodation
Barberton Accommodation

At Aloe Ridge we are situated in a very scenic and peaceful environment surrounded by the Barberton Mountains. Our aim at Aloe Ridge is to engender a sense of relaxation; to foster enjoyment of the bushveld; to instil and promote the love of bird-watching; to promote the environment and sustainable living; and to encourage visitors to make full use of it by spending time outdoors.

What better then, than just spending time here in our informal, eco-friendly and environmentally aware gardens surrounded by the tangible quiet and constant bird activity in specially planted indigenous areas? Walk through grassland, bushveld and rocky ridges to soak in the ambience created by ancient rock and indigenous bush or stroll around at the main farmhouse to take in our eco-friendly gardens and vermi-compost patch.

With this ethos in mind we do not have televisions, telephones or internet access in the rooms, though limited access can be arranged at the farmhouse for specific purposes.

The old farmhouse was converted and adapted to house three, 3 star, B & B accommodation units.

The units are designed for singles or couples with queen or twin beds; though arrangements can be made to accommodate families. Sleeper benches are available for two children sharing and they stay free of charge.

Each unit has been designed with its own style to maximize the space available and is completely self-contained. They all have a little verandah area too.

B & B Accommodation Mpumalanga

B & B Accommodation Barberton

Self Catering Mpumalanga Self Catering Barberton

Two, 4 star self catering cottages have been built close by.

The cottages have been planned with family & group gatherings in mind. Situated away from the farmhouse, they are ideally placed to take advantage of the spectacular views and the quiet of the natural surroundings.

Secure in their own fenced off  area, there is ample space to allow for children to play games, ride small bikes etc. and even a “play corner” with swings and a sandpit.

Our accommodation is graded by the TOURISM GRADING COUNCIL of South Africa.

Swimming Pool at Aloe Ridge Farm Barberton Swimming Pool at Aloe Ridge Farm Mpumalanga
The swimming pool, at the main farmhouse, is definitely the place to be in our glorious summer weather. All guests are welcome to use it.
We provide full bed and breakfast facilities as these are the primary intentions. Whenever possible, to make full use of our wonderful climate and encourage visitors to take in the ambience of our natural surroundings, we serve breakfast outdoors.  
Meals at Aloe Ridge, Mpumalanga Meals at Aloe Ridge, Barberton

In keeping with our passion for birds and birding  all our accommodation units are named after a bird – Kestrel, Kingfisher and Korhaan, at the farmhouse, and Sunbird or Swallow at the cottages. Each unit is identified by a picture of the relevant bird outside, on the glass door and the key-rings also have a picture of the relevant bird.

All the units have bathing facilities, a basic kitchenette with fridge and microwave, tea making facilities, toaster and all the crockery and cutlery you should require. 2 of the units have kitchenettes with wash-up amenities.

Bedding and bath towels are supplied throughout. In summer we provide swimming towels too.

Fans are supplied in summer with heaters and extra blankets for the winter.



Kestrel and Kingfisher are identically equipped but laid out as mirror images with a double bed in one and twins beds in the other.

 


KESTREL

Kestrel Room at Aloe Ridge

KINGFISHER

Kingfisher Room at Aloe Ridge

KORHAAN


Korhaan Room at Aloe Ridge

( 1 large room with high Knotty Pine ceiling)

Korhaan differs in being totally open plan and having a glorious bath rather than shower.
A great social event for your and your partner with a glass of wine perhaps?

The beautiful screens add an attractive dimension to the rooms and provide privacy in the bathing areas. Guests are free to move them to whatever position suits their purposes.

Most of the wooden furniture, including the screens, has been locally made by a carpenter in Barberton and is from sustainable sources.

SWALLOW


Swallow Cottage at Aloe Ridge
Wrap round patios on two sides of the cottage offer a shady area at any time of the day. Braai area

Open plan - lounge kitchen and dining areas Bedroom door onto side patio




Main bedroom
Ensuite bathroom 
2nd bedroom    
Spare bathroom

SUNBIRD
Sunbird Cottage at Aloe Ridge    
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Open plan interior – kitchen, lounge and dining areas A feature of Sunbird is the large enclosed patio.
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Main bedroom  2nd bedroom Ensuite bathroom The spare bathroom
Both cottages and the farmhouse lounge have a fireplace for the few really cold nights.

We are confident we can accommodate you and any specific requirements you may have. Stretchers are available to put up the extra guest in Korhaan or the cottage patios, for example.

Accommodation is not only about sleeping, though this is of course important, it is also about the enjoyment of the whole experience of staying at Aloe Ridge. There is so much to do in the area, and, of course, one of the best parts should be coming home to Aloe Ridge – a home away from home. We would like you to feel that way about it, so come and make yourselves at home.

PRICING

B & B Unit Prices:
Accommodation R250 p/p sharing + R35 p/p for Full Breakfast.

Cottage Prices:
R1000 per cottage per night.

Please Note:
We do not have credit card facilities. Payments to be made in cash or by direct transfer.

To book call 082 456 3442 or 082 923 5366.
MEALS

General Options:

We are able to cater for specific meal arrangements including packed lunches or evening braais and homemade dinners by prior arrangement. For early risers packed breakfasts can be booked. Evening meals can be organised too; we can supply a braai pack and facilities, or we have farm cooked frozen meals if you are in a rush.

All vegetables/herbs used in the ingredients are organically grown on the farm. Best of all we provide a wonderful ambience in which to enjoy your meals. So come and find a quiet place to relax and make yourself at home.
ALOE RIDGE HAS NO CONFERENCE FACILITIES BUT EACH  “SPACE”   ( ie farmhouse or cottages) CAN ACCOMMODATE GROUP FUNCTIONS.



Farmhouse kitchen Swallow Side Patio Sunbird Patio Firepit at the cottages    Casual family celebration
The farmhouse is some 700m above sea level.  Barberton has an average of around 800mm of rain a year and the temperatures can reach the high 30s in spring and summer. This makes for verdant green gardens and indigenous bush resulting in numerous bird species in summer.
Summer in the farmhouse garden Misty   Autumn  morning in the farmhouse garden Aloes on cottage ridge -  June 2009 Early Spring in Richards cottage garden
Winters are relatively mild with daytime temperatures averaging around the 20 to 24 mark, but evenings can be chilly turning cold after the sun has set.  Winter brings its own charm and though the veld is browner there is still abundant colour from our lovely aloes, which in turn attract numerous bird species.
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