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As a four-star lodge, Francolin Creek offers all the luxurious ingredients of a great weekend retreat, with an inviting hint of traditional South African hospitality.

We have 12 double bedrooms, all of which include an en-suite bathroom as well as a Bush camp with 4 safari tents, sleeping 8 guests. If all rooms are occupied, and guests are sharing, Francolin Creek can comfortably sleep 32 guests. Icy winter nights are made warm, charming and romantic as every room has adequate heating facilities. The rooms are all serviced daily.

Enjoy fully catered delicious, traditional farm cuisine when you book in at the guest house; alternatively, the option of self-catering is available when you retreat to the tented camp.

The lodge offers a cosy wine cellar, Cattleman’s bar, two lounge areas with a roaring fireplace and a full-function venue for the bigger parties.

As Francolin Creek is a lodge on a vast Free State farm, it goes without saying that the views and surroundings are breath-taking and magnificent.

The lodge has been proven as an ideal retreat for groups of friends or families looking for a special breakaway to spend quality time together in an intimate setting, while still offering individual privacy in the comfortable, fully appointed rooms. For this reason we offer discounted rates for larger groups. Please see our rates pages for more details and please feel free to talk to us about any special needs that you may have.
In Room Facilities:
* Main Lodge Fully Catered:
Includes all meals (Brunch, Light Afternoon Meal & Dinner).
Fully appointed four star accommodation.
Rooms serviced daily.
Full use of the communal lodge facilities (Bar & Lounge are as well as the various outside seated areas).

* Bush Camp Fully Catered:
Includes all meals (Brunch, Light Afternoon Meal & Dinner).
Luxury Tents with a double bed & full linen with a communal bathroom.
Full use of the Bush Camp Facilities.
Communal areas serviced daily.

* Bush Camp Self-Catering:
Includes the facilities to prepare your own meals (fully stocked with cooking equipment, cutlery & crockery).
Luxury Tents with a double bed & full linen with a communal bathroom.
Full use of the Bush Camp Facilities.
Communal areas serviced daily.

Area Information:
Situated due west of Frankfort, and an hour's drive south of Vanderbijlpark, Heilbron is a little farming community town, the fields that surround it the site of cattle, dairy, sorghum, sunflower and maize farms.

On the face of it, a not-much-happening town where you can pick up a farm, dwellings included, for the price you might pay for a cottage in Cape Town.

Except that the rise in the number of game farms now mean that within an hour and a half of Johannesburg people have access to wildlife – particularly those who live in the southern suburbs of Johannesburg for whom viewing game used to involve a travail through or around the major metropolis.

Heilbron's game farms mean weekends and holidays in fresh air. Farm stays appeal further to the adventure crowd after activities like horse riding, off-road cycling, fishing and 4x4 driving. And the good all-year-round weather means that there is seldom a season that disappoints.

It's interesting to glance at the town's history. It was named using the Afrikaans word meaning 'spring of bliss' for the perennial fountain, the source of a stream that runs through Heilbron.

Battles fought between the Voortrekkers and the local Ndebele people, and a local monument and museum, provide plenty of sustenance for battlefield tourists.

For a brief interlude Heilbron functioned as the capital of the Independent Boer Republic of the Orange Free State, when Bloemfontein was conquered by the British in 1900. The British used the town for one of several concentration camps.

Heilbron lies on the Riemland Wine Route – a 200 km tour connecting small rural towns of Petrus Steyn, Lindley, Arlington, Sasolburg and Rosendal. With roughly an hour's drive between each town it makes a peaceful trip, punctuated by history and wine.

Nearby: Ficksburg's cherry season, Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site and the Vaal Meander.

Property Facilities:
Francolin Creek has the full facilities and expert ability to cater for a range of function requirements for up to 140 guests. We welcome all weddings, birthday celebrations and any other function you might require.

We also offer conferencing facilities, perfect for a staff team-building stay-over, and for the entertaining of clients for up to 60 people per day.
Reception venue:
The beautiful reception hall at Francolin Creek is ideal for a wedding with up to 140 guests.
Bar & Alcohol
Full bar facilities are available – and you can choose whether to run an open or a cash bar service.
A large variety of wines and sparkling wines are available for purchase.

Attractions:
For the sporty and adventurous individual, Francolin Creek boasts a wide range of outdoor facilities. Your hosts are happy to assist you with organising a day spent outdoors.

Game Drives are available on prior arrangement, where guests can enjoy a host of antelope sightings (ten game species). Some of the species include Gemsbuck; Springbuck; Waterbuck; Blesbuck; Hartebeest and Zebra.
There is an abundance of bird species, hence the name Francolin Creek. Including game birds such as Francolin; Guinea fowl; Pheasant; Waterfowl and Spur fowl
Hunting is a controlled and popular South African sport, and your host, Wessel can arrange bird and plains game hunting on request.
Shooting Range for all calibres of rifles, hand weapons and clay pigeon including picnic and braai area. Enjoy a day in the open veldt.
We can handle precision shooting on our shooting range, for up to 1.6 miles.
Yellow Fish and mirror carp fishing can be done on the farm; please bring your own tackle
Mountain biking. We welcome the mountain biking fraternity; and suggest that you bring your gear and spend the morning exploring the network of gravel roads surrounding the farm.
Walking trails. Enjoy the freedom of the walks on the farm
Vegkop battlegrounds - the interesting historical ruins and museum from the war between the Boers and the Matabele tribe, is only a short distance from the farm close to Heilbron
Wine tasting and sales - We offer wine tasting from our selection of Groote Post, Kloovenburg and Babylons Peak Varietals. Please let us know when you make your booking if you would like to arrange a wine tasting session.
We stock a big selection of wines from these great South African Vineyards and guests are able to purchase wine at wine farm prices.
Please also have a look at our Wine Route Package - Riemland Wine Route.
* Olive Products – We offer a range of the luxury olive products from Kloovenburg as the ideal keepsake; including body products (body butters, hand washes etc.) and the most delicious olive oils, dukha, olives and more.
* Dome Bergland Nature Park.
* Koppies Dam Nature Reserve.
* Parys Golf Course.
* Vaal Dam.
* Waterford Golf Course.
* Restaurant at Pont de Val Estate.
* Ruby's Restaurant.
* Vegkop Battlefield Monument & Museum.

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Rentia Schmulling
26 June 2018
This was our first stay at a Guesthouse situated on a farm. We were a bit pessimistic but WOW! The warm hospitality and the reception was exceptional. The food was divine. We will definitely stay there again!!
Superb. 5 out of 5

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