Ellerbeck Country Lodge is located just outside the quaint old-world town of Clocolan, in the eastern Free State, 135 km from Bloemfontein and 365 km from Johannesburg. The lodge is nestled between the Korannaberg and the Maluti Mountains, overlooking magnificent sandstone formations, carved over millions of years by wind and water. Their typical brilliant display of gold and copper cliffs have made this part of the world famous worldwide.
The many caves in the Korannaberg have been providing shelters for the Koisan people and more recently to the Kora tribe (“those who judge”) who chased the Koisan in the mid-19th century and after whom these mountains are named. Many caves display exquisite paintings from both these eras. Soon after, the Kora people were chased westwards by the Basotho, who in turn were chased beyond the Caledon River in 1867 during the British occupation of the area.
Today, this area stands a stone throw away from the picturesque towns of Ladybrand – and its historical sandstone buildings-, Ficksburg – and its cherry Festival- and further away, Bethelem and Clarens. All these attractions are accessible from the Ellerbeck Country Lodge within a few minutes.
Ellerbeck Country Lodge offers a peaceful alternative to those small touristic towns and offer visitors a spectacular world of rock formations and untouched nature: the perfect backdrop for walks and bird watching.
Accommodation at Ellerbeck Country Lodge is provided either in our 3 luxury chalets or in the main country house overlooking our spectacular valley, framed by beautiful mountains and their rocky sandstone outcrops. The 3 chalets sleeps 2 guests each while the main house can accommodate 8 guests. All accommodation facilites are within walking distance of the Ellerbeck Conference hall / Wedding Venue and the obvious place to stay when visiting for a conference or wedding.
Disabled guests are welcome and can be accommodated in the 3 chalets as they are easily accessible by wheel chair and spacious. Kids are also welcome at Ellerbeck Country Lodge: We can accommodate children under 10 with special beds while children over 11 are required to book separately. All rooms are heated and stocked with warm blankets, wall heaters, coffee & tea stations and towels. Every room is decorated in its own style and has its own special character and identity. Guests can choose to stay in the country house with 4 bedrooms Rose, Opal, Pearl, Sapphire or in chalet Tanzanite, Ruby or Topaz. (Our room names were inspired by the rich colours of the stand stone outcrops and cliffs in the area.)
The main accommodation area at Ellerbeck Country Lodge is fenced. Each guest is issued with a remote control for the entry gate, ensuring your safety. There is good cellphone reception in the area for those who have to stay in touch with the outside world while enjoying the tranquility and beauty of Ellerbeck Country Lodge.
Although secluded, Ellerbeck is easily accessible by well maintained roads, although a short stretch is a dirt road. The Lodge remains easily accessible by most non 4x4 vehicles under all weather conditions.
Ellerbeck Country Lodge offer the visitor a range of accommodation options and facilities: a wedding venue, a shooting range and a conference centre. All set against the tranquil backdrop of a beautiful natural environment. Welcome to “Big Sky Country”