Nestled in a forested part of the upper Hogsback area, Maple Grove Self-Catering Cottages has an unforgettable charm. Besides, where better than deep in the woods to enjoy a quiet individual, romantic, family or group holiday?
Maple Grove – and the Hogsback area, is especially suited for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxed place to unwind or find inspiration. Having spent several years at university in nearby Alice, I have many fond memories of the area.
Hogsback has a cool oceanic climate, which many say is similar to the climate of England – Hogsback does have an English hamlet appeal.
The area receives a significant amount of rainfall during the year, which explains its lush forests – for me though, it is the winters that are the highlight. The mountain peaks get covered in snow and many people actually drive from afar to come and play in the snow!
But, that’s not all; there is plenty to do in the Hogsback area if playing in the snow is not your idea of fun.
In the midst of it all, Maple Grove provides rustic, affordable self-catering accommodation. The owners, Peter and Lyndsay Walker, are wonderful hosts, who established this country gem after purchasing the vacant land in 1997.
Accommodation at Maple Grove Hogsback Self-Catering Cottages
When you book into Maple Grove, you have three accommodation choices. You can stay in either their Cabin, Cottage or Chalet. Each unit is a unique experience with beautiful views of the surrounding area.
The Maple Grove Cabin comes with a separate bedroom furnished with a King-sized bed that can be converted into Twin Beds. It has a cosy bathroom with a large walk-in shower as well as a lounge with a Queen Anne Fireplace, TV with DStv, a hairdryer, complimentary tea/coffee facility with homemade rusks, wall heaters, electric blankets and a portable braai.
Because it is a self-catering unit, it has a fully-equipped kitchen and its own private entrance. Your hosts will supply an extra mattress for a child should you require one.
Those travelling as a family will certainly find the Maple Grove Cottage ideal. It is an open plan Studio Cottage that comes equipped with an open-plan bedroom, lounge, and fully-equipped kitchen area. There is again a separate full bathroom, King-sized bed with an electric blanket as well as stack beds for one to two small children.
A cosy fireplace, a hairdryer, complimentary tea/coffee facility with homemade rusks, TV with DStv and a portable braai complete the offering.
They have not forgotten those travelling as friends of family with grown-up kids. You can book a stay in the Maple Grove Chalet, which comes with two separate bedrooms. The main bedroom comes with a Queen-sized bed, beautiful French doors that lead to the outdoor patio, and an en-suite bathroom with a bath.
In the second bedroom are Twin Beds that can be converted to a King-sized bed. The unit also has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer, complimentary tea/coffee facility with homemade rusks, an open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, TV with DStv, portable braai, a secluded garden and a fireplace.
If you are not intending to cook, there is a choice of bistro’s, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs in this hamlet. They offer a great opportunity to meet the friendly locals.
Facilities at Maple Grove Hogsback
Maple Grove has a secure parking area for your vehicles as well as a relaxed private garden for those wanting to catch up on a book. You can also try the leisurely Maple Meander – their garden trail.
The undercover braai area is a great place to spend time with loved ones over a meal.
If you love exploring, you will find lots to do in the Hogsback area. Enjoy from relaxed nature walks, wild swimming, fishing, mountain biking and 4×4 trails to capturing the landscape and its majestic waterfalls in photos.
Peter and Lyndsay can also help you arrange local tours and activities such as golfing, horse riding, guided nature walks.
Reviews from previous Maple Grove guests
“We had a lovely comfortable stay in Maple Grove. My kids really enjoyed the garden surrounding our chalet with all the paths to explore. It was the ideal place just to get lazy and enjoy what Hogsback has to offer,” wrote Jacolien D on their TripAdvisor page.
Gwenivere_08 added; “Maple grove was the perfect spot for a family weekend. We booked the chalet, cottage and cabin for a family event. Beautifully decorated, convenient, spacious and so peaceful. Everything you need is catered for. Lovely braai facilities, fireplaces for the cold nights make it cozy.
“Lindsey and Peter are exceptional host and knows the area so well. We had the perfect stay. Will definitely recommend Maple Grove for couples, family and nature lovers- the grounds around has quiet spots to explore and is child-friendly. Thank you for a wonderful weekend away.”
“What a wonderful time we had. Great hosts, very comfortable accommodation. Just the place to relax and recharge. Each unit is secluded and has a lovely outdoor area with a wood-fired braai. Will definitely be back!” said Arland S.
Maple Grove Hogsback Self-Catering Cottages is located off the R334, along Winding Lane, Hogsback. Call +27 82 922 5988 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, you can do your bookings online HERE. Here is their location on Google Maps.