We at Kids in Tow are very fond of country house holidays. There is something so special about watching the kids play on the expansive lawns or taking walks among the huge trees, all the while breathing that clean fresh air. Here are some of our recommended country house stays, that are sure to delight the entire family.

Lupus Den Country House

Where

On a working citrus farm in Sunland in the greater Addo area. Approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Addo Elephant National Park.

The vibe

Country chic with plenty of home comforts such as sumptuous baths and covered patios.

Why go?

Besides the obvious benefit of being close to the Addo Elephant National Park, a stay at Lupus Den will relax and revive even the most tired soul. The gardens are lush with huge trees the kids will be itching to climb. Warm afternoons spent lazing around the pool followed by long walks in the orchards are the order of the day. The kids will love the space and if you are staying in the Hoopoe Cottage, they will love the bunk beds.

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Lupus Den listing and contact details

The pool at Lupus Den
Huge trees at Lupus Den Country House

 

 

De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa

Where

On a 6th generation working Merino sheep farm, approximately 46km from Bloemfontein in the Free State.

The vibe

Luxurious and stylish country accommodation. Several rooms have fireplaces, perfect for a winter stay.

Why go?

Mommy wants a few hours in the spa. Daddy wants to go clay pigeon shooting. The kids want to go horse riding. All possible at this country estate. There are a myriad of activities to keep everyone entertained. Why not take a tour of the sheep farm or take in a food demonstration? Go mountain biking or relax at the pool. The estate also boasts a restaurant and gift shop.

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De Oude Kraal listing and contact details

Luxurious De Oude Kraal in the Free State
Enjoy the beauty of the Free State at De Oude Kraal

African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa

Where

Deep in the Magaliesberg Mountains, yet only an hours’ drive from Johannesburg.

The vibe

Exceptionally luxurious with hints of an English Country House.

Why go?

The Mount Grace is an institution and its name is synonymous with country style luxury. However, few people are aware that this iconic country house is also child friendly. They boast a kids’ club with daily supervised activities from 10am to 4pm, leaving the parents with lots of free time to enjoy the spa, restaurants and beautiful surroundings. They also host special holiday programs. Go fly fishing, enjoy walks in the lush surroundings or simply soak up the mountain air. You will be spoilt for choice.

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African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa listing and contact details

Luxurious Mount Grace in the Magaliesberg
Beautiful gardens with water features at Mount Grace

 

Penwarn Trout & Equine Estate

Where

At the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg in the Underberg area.

The vibe

Relaxed country hospitality  with breathtaking views.

Why go?

Kids will love running around on the expansive lawns or monkeying around on the jungle gym. The highlight is the horses. Meet the various types of horses that grace Penwarn, including the stately Arabians, and go on a guided horse trail. Kids will also love the dairy tour and there are a variety of walks and hikes. In the evening you can braai while watching the magnificent night sky. Sheer bliss.

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Penwarn Trout and Equine Estate listing and contact details

Exceptional beauty at Penwarn
Kids will love their Drakensberg holiday at Penwarn