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About The Bend Country House

This well established country house dating from the 1930’s is situated on a magnificent Nature Estate of 1400 hectares. It nestles in a secluded amphitheatre in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg and is a sanctuary for all who visit.

The Nature Reserve features five eco-systems, including indigenous forest, grassland, riverine, mountain and pine forest, showcasing the area's rich diversity of flowers, animals, and bird life. The nurturing environment has attracted the return of many of the species that once roamed the region, including oribi, rietbuck, bushbuck, bush pig, leopard, serval, caracal, baboon and eland.

This stretch of the Mooi River is highly regarded by fly-fishermen who enjoy challenging the Wild Brown Trout that have been here since the 1870’s, and there are also six well-stocked still water dams for the fisherman’s further enjoyment. Other activities include walking, mountain biking, and bird watching. The evenings are a time to relax on the terrace overlooking the river or in front of a roaring log fire in the cosy Ingwenya Pub. This can be followed with the enjoyment of fine country dining in our gracious dining room.

The climate of The Bend has year round attraction with distinct differences between the four seasons - the fresh green of spring, followed by lush summer, then mellow autumn with its rich colours, and finally the crisp winter days with the occasional excitement of snow.

The Bend Country House has welcomed guests since 1994 and has provided the setting for many memorable weddings and celebrations. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Wedding Venues: Perfect wedding setting for weddings of up to 140 guests.

Conference Venues: Our conference venue can accommodate up to 50 delegates.


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

Important Information

Late check-outs are available on request prior to arrival.

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Reviews for The Bend Country House

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Miriam Otto
30 April 2018

Definitely not a 4 star hotel. The staff is very friendly, but The Bend needs a lot of help. No Reception (table, room etc - had to walk into kitchen to ask for help on our arrival) The pipe underneath the toilet is dirty. Blood on the linen. No toilet paper. Headboard torn. Tea is old in the little glass container or its a very cheap tea. No fridge to keep milk cold. No Television in room therefor no DSTV in room - however in the lounge is a TV with a ironing board in front of it with a broken remote. For breakfast no bowls available. If one expects nothing its good but, if it you...
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Magnus Breytenbach
27 March 2018

We arrived Friday night, after much rain, coming on a slippery road. Shiela offered us a complimentary dinner as we arrived quite late and in very wet conditions. This was very kind of her.The accomodation was neat and clean. We stayed in the River Cottage which could easily have 6 people stay in it. It was a great weekend for relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors. Thank you Shiela

Daniel Freedman
11 February 2018

Absolutely amazing place. Service was great.

Leandra Webb-Ray
04 May 2017

The front of house and staff were amazing - so friendly and welcoming. The dinner and breakfast were delicious and the crumpets as a breakfast 'starter' were a lovely touch. The location was exactly what we wanted - in a gorgeous setting with quiet surroundings.The only downside was that the wooden floors meant we could hear our neighbours upstairs, and a few areas could use some upgrades, such as the carpets and some aspects of the bathrooms.Overall a great weekend getaway.

Chrislee baumann, South Africa
04 May 2015

The Bend has fabulous views.Unfortunately the room (we stayed in) has seen better days; mold grows in the bathroom; couches are dirty and marked with cigarette burns; the closet doesn't have any shelves - so you are forced to hang your clothes on the rail (but can't do so, as there are no hangers); the couches in the pub area have nice, fat spider-webs in its corners (i.e. not a spider web that the engineering spider started after the morning dust-off, but rather something he/ she has been working on for quite a while).The staff are very warm and friendly.We booked the cottage for 3 nights -...
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The Bend Country House is 2km from the centre of Nottingham Road , the nearest airport 127.3km (King Shaka International Airport).
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