Escape to the Country at Ashton Wold Estate in the Natal Midlands

Ashton Wold Estate

Ashton Wold Estate is located 26 kms from Howick, close to the Karkloof Reserve, on the KZN Midlands Meander.

This idyllic farm is reached at the end of dirt road.  The road can be tricky in wet weather so a high clearance or 4×4 vehicle is advised.

Ashton Wold Estate is the ideal place to literally take a break and get away from it all.  There is no WiFi, no TV and limited cellular coverage. 

Fishing for bass in the two well stocked dams is free for booked guests, as well as canoeing, and there are trails for cycling, jogging and hiking. 

Pets are welcome as long as they are on a leash as there are cattle, horses and sheep in the meadows.

Accommodation at Ashton Wold Estate

The four beautiful stone and thatch self-catering cottages, are surrounded by wild flower meadows, rolling farmland and magical woodland.    

The cottages are stylishly and comfortably decorated and have everything to make your stay comfortable and memorable. 

Each cottage has an open plan living and kitchen area and a patio or deck with braai facilities.  Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, queen size bed, luxury linen and towels, electric blankets and fans.  Tea/coffee facilities, a basket of firewood, books, magazines, board games and chess complete the relaxed and cosy ambience. 

Three of the cottages have fireplaces.  Children are welcome and will particularly enjoy the loft bedroom in Brimstone Cottage, above the open plan bedroom and living area.

Ashton Wold Estate is the perfect picturesque setting for a wedding.  Up to 80 guests may be accommodated either in the garden or tented.  Be it country, vintage or bohemian, their wedding planner will assist with all the details from theme, food to flowers.

If you can drag yourself away from this paradise there are plenty of nearby attractions and activities to enjoy on the Midlands Meander.

To make a booking, click HERE.

Contact Details

For more information or to make a reservation call 082 440 1882 or email

Ashton Wold Estate can be found at Currys Post Road D293, Howick. Follow them on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.


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