Clarens Country and Walking Retreat


Clarens Country and Walking  Retreat


Clarens Country and Walking  Retreat


Clarens Country  and Walking Retreat

Enjoy a perfect combination of social activities, country life, walking, and pampering. This is a perfect breakaway for ladies wanting to experience Clarens village life and the natural beauty of the majestic Maluti Mountains.

All walking activities are optional and you are welcome to skip them.

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Destination: Clarens, Eastern Free State.
Accommodation: Cottage Pie Guest Lodge
3 nights/4 days accommodation
Guided Hikes/Walks.
One Spa Treatment with a spa lunch and a drink
All meals
Two dinners at a local restaurant,
Tea, coffee, and water

The intention of this retreat is for you to relax, unwind, and enjoy your time socializing in Clarens and enjoying the Beauty of this popular holiday Village 

Accommodation & Food

Nicely secluded yet only a few minutes from the center of the village of Clarens is your home for a few days, The Cottage Pie Guest Lodge.

Find rest for your heart and peace for your soul in the charming vintage-themed thatched home, nestled in the safety of the sandstone Maluti Mountains.  A trickling stream, surrounded by an English Country Garden is home to indigenous trees and old-fashioned roses, where abundant birdlife and the occasional buck can be spotted.

The food is healthy home-cooked fare, with 2 dinners out in the village, one being a hands-on Pasta Making evening at the local Italian Restaurant. 

There is no Bar at the Guest House so feel free to bring your own drinks.


Let’s Talk Walking ( All walking is optional)

The daily walks are between 1 & 3h in duration, depending on the itinerary. It is an easy to moderate walking/hiking experience, as you wish to call it. The scenery is diverse and absolutely breathtaking. The trails are suitable for all age groups and you only bring along your daypack. 

There is plenty of unallocated time where you can stroll around the village, maybe investigating the myriad of Art Galleries, pubs, and quaint shops.

For the die-hard hikers, there are plenty of short marked trails (Not guided).

After a few hours of walking, many Ladies prefer to just relax in the garden with a good book and a glass of wine 


Day 1

From Gauteng it is an easy 3.5hrs drive, mostly highway on the N3. The last 40 minutes is a lovely drive through agricultural land and once
you get a sighting of the Maluti mountains in the distance, you’ll know you’re almost at your destination.
12h00 – Arrival and check-in at your beautiful accommodation,
Cottage Pie Guest House.
13h00 – Light lunch
15h30 –  Easy stroll to the waterfall and Kloof Dam where sundowners will be enjoyed. Pack your bathing suit for an optional dip in the dam
17h00 – Arrive back at Cottage Pie Guest House
18h30 – Dinner


Day 2

08h00 – Light Breakfast depending on the season. Delicious warm porridge or fruit, yogurts, and Muesli

09h00 -Morning Walk. This route follows trails along the Western side of the scenic Clarens Conservancy and includes sections of the Porcupine Trail, Caracal Contour, Dam and Kloof walks with lovely photo opportunities. Approximately 2 and a half Hours – 3 hours

12h30ish – Spoils will await you with your next stop being the spa. A light lunch and a cocktail will be served with a relaxing treatment to follow. Choose from a hand, head, or a foot Massage 

Free afternoon to enjoy Clarens

Dinner at a local Clarens Restaurant. Dress up and enjoy the evening with your newly made friends.


Day 3

08h30 – Light Breakfast depending on the season. Delicious warm porridge or fruit, yogurts, and Muesli

09h30 – The hike starts with some easy single trail. We then pass through the beautiful Swartland neighborhood before tackling the climb up to Titanic Rock where you will enjoy panoramic views over the Eastern Free State farms. Approximately a 5 km hike

12h30 – Back at Cottage Pie Guest House for Lunch

18h30 – Dinner out on the town


Day 4

09h30 – Celebratory farewell breakfast in Clarens 

12h00 – Check out, departure.

Until we meet again! à bientôt