Canefields Country House your restful stopover in Empangeni

Canefields Country House

Nestling among rolling green lush sugarcane plantations – and a short drive from the warm Indian Ocean beaches, Canefields Country House, just outside Empangeni, is a restful stopover.

Once a stately sugarcane mansion, Canefields Country House continues to keep these high standards and traditions proudly as a 3-Star country hotel for travellers using the N2 on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

Just an hour and a half from the Durban CBD and situated half way on route to Hluhluwe, Mkuze, St. Lucia and beyond, Canefields is the perfect place for a light snack, a refreshing drink or a restful but much needed place to lay your weary head down.

Spend the night with us and then pop into the town of Empangeni, just 15 minutes away. This is your chance to immerse yourself in the region’s rich cultural history or wide choice of nature experiences. It’s a must see and stop over when you visit the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Our warm winters and hot sunny summer days are the reason why so many people want to live here.

Previous guests noted how the owners and the staff at Canefields provide friendly yet professional service. We suggest you find out for yourself.

Accommodation at Canefields Country House

The Canefields Country House has a main building that features six double en-suite rooms. Each unit has its own distinctive character and feel.

The garden cottages provide homely comforts in a relaxing, private atmosphere in a peaceful atmosphere.

The new accommodation block with modern fittings and features – as a third option – offer the same comforts and standards other guests have become accustomed to.

Canefields Country House may be out in the country, but your hosts have sought to make your stay as comfortable as being in the city. The in-room facilities include en-suite bathrooms; tea/coffee-making facilities; linen and towels; satellite TV; air-conditioners; ceiling fans and limited room service.

Laundry service and hairdryers are available on request.

See their accommodation rates HERE.

Facilities at Canefields Country House

Dining at Canefields Country House will leave you spoilt for choice. There are a wide variety of traditional dishes in ‘The Cane Cutters’ restaurant. Or why now try the menu at ‘The Mill & Rail Tavern’? Here the bartenders can provide a light lunch in a pub-style atmosphere.

The tranquil outdoor terrace by the pool provides an alternative and a wonderful setting for sun-downers or a candle-lit dinner. Dining outside under the stars, al fresco style at Canefields Country House is the perfect place to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Fancy a function out in the countryside? Canfields has four different sized conference venues and offers exciting packages specially tailored to your needs. No group is too small or too large with a maximum capacity of up to 450 delegates!

The wide open garden provides an ideal setting for team-building activities.

Besides a large hall, functions or events can also be held in the ‘Bushveld Boma’ – providing a South African traditionally styled open-fire experience. There are braai and spit-braai menus available for corporate and private functions.

More and more Canefields Country House is the place of choice for couples tying the knot. The venue is the perfect place to say ‘I do’ to the one you love, entertain friends and family and allow everyone to spend the night. There is a specially decorated Honeymoon suite as well as a great variety of wedding facilities

Things to do in Empangeni

The over-100-year-old Empangeni Art and Cultural History Museum is popular with history and cultural buffs. It boasts a unique collection of historical objects and works by renowned artists like Andrew Verster, Trevor Makob and Bonnie Ntshali.

Empangeni is also part of the Zululand birding route that stretches across towns like Eshowe, Kozi Bay, Richards Bay and St Lucia.

If are looking for wild animals you can join a safari at Thula Thula Game Reserve where you can get close-up to elephants, buffalos, rhinos and perhaps an elusive leopard.

Reviews from Canefields Country House guests

“We were booked into the Honeymoon suite. We were served dinner in the room. The entire staff was just incredible. Friendly, professional and the food was excellent. Best olives we ever tasted. Stunning room and view,” wrote IzakLab on their TripAdvisor page.

Laurel H added; “I stayed over just for one night. The room was basic but comfortable with a ceiling fan and aircon. Breakfast was good and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The pool looked lovely and clean. It was easy to find. I enjoyed the breakfast on the verandah.”

“Excellent service, great food and well made up rooms are what greets the weary traveler. The staff did go out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible. GPS does not exactly get you to the right place though so please check Google maps and follow the sign boards as well,” said Jay Matthew.

Canefields Country House is located at Junction of N2 and R102, 5km North of Empangeni. Call +27 (0) 83 634 0895 / +27 (0) 72 027 3452 or email Visit them online at Here is their location on Google Maps. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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