Galway Cottage - The Bend

Nottingham Road District. Midlands, Kwa Zulu Natal


Picture sitting on a lovely timber deck overlooking the Drakensberg rolling hills and the meandering Mooi River. In summer, green and lush; sheep grazing, horses galloping. Picnics on the riverbed under the huge oak trees. Fly fishing at one of the trout dams.

In winter, cold with occassional snow-capped mountains. The fireplace blazing, the underfloor heating simmering, and the spectacular dark night sky bejewelled with the brightest stars. A little piece of South African heaven no matter what time of the year.

Galway cottage is one of the upmarket, free-standing residential properties on The Bend. The houses are all stone-clad (hence the origins of the name Galway cottage) with sandstone quarried on the estate; each house must conform to the development specifications. This creates a unified look to The Bend properties.

The house consists of two en suite double bedrooms downstairs and an upstairs loft with a third bathroom and four single beds. The two bathrooms downstairs have slipper baths and big showers, and the upstairs bathroom has a shower and WC.

The house sleeps eight people (two double beds downstairs and four single beds upstairs). There is a large open-plan kitchen, lounge, and dining area leading out through a sliding folding door onto an elevated 65m2 balau timber sundeck. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, fridge and gas stove.

There is a TV, DVD player and DSTV (With Mnet, movie channels, sport channels and SABC).

The cottage is ideal for two families of four or a similar configuration.

Activities at the Bend

If fly-fishing is your game, there are six stocked trout dams on the Bend in addition to 4kms of Mooi River frontage. Please be aware that there is a rod fee/permit. Catch and release angling is practiced on The Bend. The Trout Fishing policy and regulations are available from the Owners of Galway Cottage.

Other activities
There is birding, a heritage of San rock art, challenging mountain biking terrain, and 40kms of horse riding (available through The Bend Country Lodge reception), hiking and walking trails.

The Bend is also well situated to participate in the Midlands Meander which involves driving on the country roads from one spot to another, including restaurants, arts and crafts, animal farms for children and other areas of interest.