Travelling to the coast? Nick’s Place in Smithfield is the ideal stopover

Nick's Place

For many years, those travelling on the N6 in Southern Free State – between Johannesburg and East London, have found Nick’s Place Smithfield a welcome stop-over –  and you can too!

Nick’s Place is a charming self-catering, pet-friendly guesthouse and restaurant boasting all the comforts that will have you feeling right at home. As you step inside, you will immediately be amazed by its Victorian feel as well as its period furniture and artefacts.

In addition to amazing hospitality and service, your hosts have also put in place various health protocols to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19 during your stay.

Accommodation at Nick’s Place

The guesthouse provides uniquely-decorated comfortable and private accommodation. With brass, iron, oak, maple, or pine furniture, wooden floors and high ceilings, their rooms exude character.

In the Executive Suite, you can expect luxury, privacy and comfort. Guest amenities in this room include a four-poster King-size bed, air-conditioning, a fireplace, TV, en-suite bathroom, lounge as well as luxuries such as electric blankets.

Featuring earthy overtones and radiating warmth, the Brown Room also offers luxury and comes furnished with comfy twin beds.

Choose the White Room, which you will find airy and featuring huge windows to let in the light, Persian carpets and rustic furniture.

There is a self-catering Cottage that can sleep two adults and two children. Set apart in a fully-fenced, private garden, the Cottage has its own fully-equipped kitchen and a dining room table. Guest amenities include a dining room table; TV; bathroom; coal stove and electric blankets as well as outside braai facilities. The cottage is also pet friendly.

Read more on Nick’s Place HERE.

Facilities at Nick’s Place Smithfield

Guest facilities at Nick’s Place include ample, safe parking for your vehicles. They also offer laundry services, a Wi-Fi hotspot area while their staff is happy to take messages.

Activities in Smithfield

You will find a lot of things to do in the village of Smithfield. The area includes various walking and MTB trails, museums and fine, country restaurants.

Reviews from previous Nick’s Place guests

“We were two families of 4, travelling back from our coastal holiday to Johannesburg and thoroughly enjoyed our overnight stay with Nick and Fabrice. Both are delightful hosts, providing a very charming and appointed house, serving a diverse and very tasty menu in their restaurant, with largely local-sourced ingredients. We were sorry not to be staying longer to enjoy more of their menu which they were happy to adjust to our taste and the kid’s palates. The rooms have every comfort (TV, Aircon, real coffee) with noticeable and appreciatively soft, high-thread count cotton bedding, all of which is laundered and ironed daily. We also enjoyed their two very friendly dogs, Josephine (Great Dane) and George the Weimaraner. While we were all accommodated in the house, there is a separate cottage for families with younger kids and or dogs who may find Josephine and George less friendly. Next time we’re travelling down to the coast, we will most certainly be staying at Nick’s Place again,” wrote MKS on their TripAdvisor page.

Nick’s Place Smithfield is located at C/O Brandt & General Hertzog Street, Smithfield. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 84 600 0321; email or visit them online at today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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