Clarens Retreat offers style and comfort in the Free State

Clarens Retreat accommodation

Clarens Retreat, Clarens, Free State

In the Free State, there are very few places where one can escape the city and enjoy the peaceful and quiet surroundings of the village of Clarens. It is here is that you will find the Clarens Retreat self-catering guesthouse.

Clarens village is located at the foot of the Maluti Mountains, and has earned the nickname ‘Jewel of the Eastern Free State’. It is the highest habitable village in the Free State at 1850m above sea level.

Accommodation at Clarens Retreat

Clarens Retreat, accommodation, Free State, self-catering

There are eleven stylishly-decorated self-catering units for guests to choose from at Clarens Retreat. Choose from the eight Studio Units, the Large Couples Retreat, the Small Family Retreat or the Luxury Couples Retreat units.

The Studio Units can sleep a maximum of two guests with a Queen-sized bed. The room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a shower, patio/balcony with a braai, tea and coffee-making facilities, a flat-screen TV with DStv, electric blankets and under-carpet heating. The Kitchenette is fully-equipped with a microwave, fridge, gas hob, kettle, cutlery, crockery and toaster.

Another offering, the Large Couples Retreat, has a large open-plan space that can sleep a maximum of two guests on a Queen-sized bed. It’s equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a shower, a lounge and fully equipped kitchen. The room offers a patio with a braai, tea and coffee-making facilities, a flat-screen TV with DStv, electric blankets and a log fuelled fireplace.

The Small Family Retreat is perfect for those travelling with the kids. This two-bedroom apartment can accommodate a maximum of four people and comes with a shared bathroom with a bathtub and shower. The bedrooms come with a Queen-sized bed and two single beds.

In addition, all the rooms are equipped with a patio with a braai, a flat-screen TV with DStv, electric blankets and a fully-equipped kitchen and a log-fuelled fireplace.

For couples looking for a romantic holiday, choose the Luxury Couples Retreat for your stay. This one-bedroom apartment with a Queen-sized bed has spectacular views of the Maluti Mountains. The room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and overhead shower, patio with a braai, a flat-screen TV with DStv, electric blankets and a fully-equipped kitchen and a log-fuelled fireplace.

Facilities at Clarens Retreat

Clarens Retreat, accommodation, Free State, self-catering

Parking is available on-site for your peace of mind and free Wi-Fi is available at the retreat. Rates at Clarens Retreat range from R800 to R1240 per night.

While Clarens Retreat is a self-catering accommodation, they have an on-site Restaurant as well.

Their restaurant TREAT is a fully licenced À La Carte restaurant situated just 200 metres from the Village Square. Dinners consist of fresh local produce and the restaurant itself has a French-Country setting. Their menu changes regularly so you can be sure to enjoy something new every time you visit!

Shops, art galleries and historic buildings can be found in a large variety in Clarens Village. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is a mere 17km away from Clarens Retreat and is home to the Massospondylus fossils that date back more than 180 million years ago.

At Clarens Retreat, they handle functions and events in a way that their guests can appreciate. As every client is unique and has different expectations, they do not have a set price list.

Their events coordinator and chef, Francois Potgieter, has more than 20 years of experience when it comes to events and functions. Whether you are looking for a wedding venue or an intimate cocktail party or corporate event, Francois has the skills to accommodate and assist you.

There are several of cultural and adventure activities that guests can enjoy in the area, from the Clarens Xtreme adventure zone to the Clarens Art Route, there is something for everyone in Clarens Village.

What do people say about Clarens Retreat

“Thank you so much for providing the best accommodation and information. The room, the view and the location were all perfect. We didn’t really self-cater too many opportunities to eat in Clarens. However, the facilities for self-catering were excellent. We will definitely be back and let us know when your restaurant opens we feel we have an investment in it now.” – Resort TripAdvisor.

“Immaculate self-catering unit, fresh and inviting. Very comfortable with beautiful view. Host very friendly and welcoming. Excellent location, within walking distance from town centre. Thank you for a lovely stay.” – Escape TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at Clarens Retreat:

  1. The rooms at Clarens Retreat have amazing views and are spacious and beautifully decorated.
  2. This accommodation is situated at the foot of the Maluti Mountains, allowing you to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere and majestic surroundings.
  3. Town centre is within walking distance so you can enjoy the local attractions during your stay.
  4. The owners are welcoming and friendly.
  5. Their restaurant serves up some amazing cuisine for you to enjoy.

To make a booking at Clarens Retreat, call 083 262 5104, or email Visit them at Find them on Google Maps.

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