Green Lantern Inn, a wonderful Half-Way sleep-over near Harrismith

Green Lantern Inn

A true historical landmark situated Halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, the Green Lantern Inn offers comfortable bed and breakfast, self-catering, and pet-friendly accommodation in Van Reenen Village, on the Kwazulu Natal and Free State Free border,

Established in 1892, the Green Lantern Inn is the ideal stopover accommodation when travelling between Johannesburg and Durban. With its beautiful gardens and comfortable rooms, and just 1 km from the N3 highway, families and couples will find peace of mind during a long road trip. Free Wi-Fi is available as well as safe parking.

The tradition of showing silent movies featuring Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and other stars started in the hotel in the 1930’s and continues to this day. Movies are shown all day in the lounge for guest entertainment.

In the evenings BoJangles our friendly donkey visits the pub for a snack and to meet hotel guests in person!

Green Lantern Inn received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

Green Lantern Inn has wonderful rooms for the whole family

Green Lantern Inn

Guests can choose to stay in the Bed & Breakfast Country Hotel Rooms, the Semi self-catering Chalets or the Pet friendly rooms if you are travelling with your furry companion. You can also enjoy a dip in the pool during the hot summer days or a game of Snooker, Table tennis or pool in the games room.

There are three different bed and breakfast rooms to choose from, the Couples rooms, the Family rooms and the Twin rooms. All the rooms have an en-suite bathroom, comfortable linen and bath towels. The rooms come equipped with an air-conditioner, electric blankets, modern heating and tea and coffee-making facilities.

“My family are very regular visitors to this lovely inn, situated halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. Nothing is too much trouble for any staff member. The food is excellent and I strongly recommend the oxtail and mutton curry, oh wait- the prego rolls or… okay, it’s just impossible to make a more detailed recommendation. Next time you’re on the N3, either to or from Johannesburg or Durban, do yourself a favour and stay for lunch or, even better overnight.”– Shirley D TripAdvisor.

The semi self-catering Chalets are perfect for families looking to enjoy a nice rest on their journey. With an en-suite bathroom, comfortable linen and a garden with a braai, families can have a meal outside under the stars while they rest in style.

Savour a hearty country meal at the Pub & Grub

Green Lantern Inn

The Green Lantern Inn creates delicious food in their a la carte Restaurant. Hearty country-style meals and pub lunches are served on a daily basis and can be enjoyed in the gardens, burlesque style restaurant, the pub, dining room or outdoor terrace in the evenings.

Green Lantern Inn hosts a served Sunday lunch where guests are welcomed with a tot of Sherry, and can enjoy a hearty meal at reasonable cost.

“Such a lovely break in a trip. It was lovely to have a mini adventure on the way to Gauteng with a tasty dinner that was not fast food. The bar is cosy and delightful with the special visitor each evening. We love the ‘old world’ feel, proper table settings and a hearty breakfast to see you satiated for the rest of the trip.”– Wendy McLuckie TripAdvisor.

Need a wedding venue?

Should you be planning a wedding in the area, Green Lantern Inn can cater for intimate or large wedding receptions.

Catering can be done for up to 140 people and the hotel can accommodation up to 90 guests in the hotel while the rest of your wedding guests can find alternate accommodation conveniently nearby.

Events such as family reunions, parties, business conferences and celebrations can be hosted at the Green Lantern Inn. The staff can help arrange any outings and adventure activities that you might be interested in taking part in during your stay.

As Green Lantern Inn is pet-friendly, it’s no surprise that they have their own animal farm and children’s playground for your kids to enjoy.

To make a booking at the Green Lantern Inn, call 058 671 0027, or email; visit

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