Sitting in the shade of a 150 year old Elm tree with a view of Platberg Mountain and sleeping in one of Harrismith's historical landmarks is a treat.
Harrismith is the gem of the Free State, the gateway to the Drakensberg. You can fly fish on uncrowded waters, bird along forgotten back roads or just enjoy the peace and quiet of a country town.
The Rose Garden manor house was built in 1895 and is owned and run by David and Gill Weaver who have maintained the tradition of a classic B+B so you get to experience life with a South African family. The Rose Garden Manor house is set in a large property with a tennis court. It is in the old part of town within easy walking distance to the CBD, golf course and restaurants.
There are three rooms with en-suite bathrooms; one inside the house and two garden cottages. The garden cottages have fully equipped kitchenettes with fridge, stove and microwave. The rooms are comfortably furnished with down duvets, electric blankets, heaters, tea and coffee facilities, TV's with a choice of 5 channels and a selection of paintings by local artists. Access to the Internet is available and we offer limited conference facilities. Children and pets are welcome.
Birdwatching - The business is registered as a Birder Friendly Establishment with Birdlife South Africa. You can receive informed advice on the best birding routes and "specials" in the area.
There is an extensive natural history library available to guests.
David has been hosting fly fishers for the last 7 years and offers boat hire on Sterkfontein dam for those in search of Yellowfish. Access to exclusive trout waters can be arranged.
Hiking - In flower season David can guide you to the best 'flowering' spots, and the best mountain walks.
The Rose Garden is a large double story stone house located at 40 Biddulph Street, Harrismith. Please use the bell at the small gate, as the bell at the large gate does not work. Should you get lost then give us a call, 083 303 4230. DRIVE SAFELY and ARRIVE ALIVE.
From Johannesburg: Take the first off ramp off the N3, at the Bergview One-Stop. Drive into town, up Warden Street, at the second robot, turn left. Drive past Shoprite, cross Stuart Street, at the next road, Biddulph Street, turn right and we are the second house on your left.
From Durban: Take the N5 to Bloemfontein, opposite the Spur Village complex, turn right into town, then turn right again up the first street, King Street, before the BP Garage. Cross the first stop street, Warden, and then turn left at the next stop street. You are now in Biddulph Street. Go through 5 stop streets then look for the house on the right hand side of the road.
From Bloemfontein: Take the first entrance into town before the 4 way stop. Cross the one-way bridge over the Wilge River, go under the railway line, through the robot and up the hill. Turn left at the third stop street into Biddulph Street, cross over two roads and then you will see the Rose Garden on your right.