From R385 per person sharing
Bramleigh Manor is an eco-training venue and country guesthouse, situated on a start up, small scale working organic farm in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands near the village of Nottingham Road. The entire estate is tailored to guests who want to disconnect from the world for a while and be replenished with inspiration and creativity.
The indigenous forest is the perfect place to appreciate nature and its intricately designed systems of flora and fauna, with over 200 species of birds, and age old Yellowwood trees.
Bramleigh Manor aims to popularise ideas such as organic farming, closed system growing (e.g. aquaponics), solar power, eco-friendly building, homesteading, nature conservation, and environmental awareness. Courses, training and experiences in the above mentioned ideas are on offer, as well as comfortable eco-friendly accommodation for those needing to disconnect from the world for a while and reconnect with nature.
Bramleigh Manor also offers conferencing facilities for up to 16 delegates, and accommodation for 12 delegates on site.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION NOTTINGHAM ROAD
Bramleigh Manor has 2 charming country style guest suites that can each accommodate 2 people. Both suites offer a luxurious king size bed, full bathroom with bath & shower, tea & coffee facilities, refrigerator, safe, private entrance, undercover parking and a lovely patio. A wood burning stove in each room is ideal for keeping warm on chilly Midlands evenings; the wood provided is sustainably harvested from alien trees on the property.
Bramleigh Manor House can also be booked as an entire unit comprising 3 standard units, each with a full bathroom, king size bed and views over the garden and forest. Guests have use of the Manor House offering a fully-equipped farm-style kitchen for self-catering, sun lounge, library, cozy living room and dining room with wood burning stoves, and large deck area with braai facilities. The Manor House can accommodate 6 people.
The Garlick Cottage at Bramleigh Manor was the original Bramleigh house. The vintage country style of this cottage has been preserved for an experience of the rich history of the home. The cottage offers a large bedroom (sleeps 2), a lounge with wood burning stove, full bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen as well as a patio overlooking the garden.
The Luxury Backpacker unit is designed to comfortably and affordably accommodate 4 guests looking to enjoy the surroundings and simply be in nature, exploring the forest, appreciating the bird life, and being off the beaten track. The unit comprises a large bedroom with a double bed and 2 single beds, 2 country-style bathrooms each with a ball&claw bathtub and a shower, and a kitchenette (fridge, kettle, microwave, electric frying pan). Doors open directly onto the garden with views of the forest. Wall heaters and electric blankets ensure this room lacks no creature comforts! This room also has the best view onto our solar panel array!
Contact/Bookings: Email contact preferable due to lack of cellphone signal: firstname.lastname@example.org, otherwise 0824366343 (WhatsApp only via WiFi); 0332666903 A/H.
THINGS TO DO
The indigenous forest is the perfect place to appreciate nature and its intricately designed systems of flora and fauna, there are over 200 species of birds, and age old Yellowwood trees. Enjoy walks in this incredible forest, go for hikes or bring your mountain bike along to explore the area. Fly fishing can be arranged nearby at an additional charge and short tours of the solar power system, free-range chickens, aquaponics and organic growing can also be arranged.
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Green Cleaning
♡ Local & Organic
♡ Water Wise Practices
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Eco Architecture
Bramleigh Manor recycles all glass, plastic, paper, tin, and e-waste by collecting and delivering to Wildlands recycling drop sites. All organic waste is divided between free-range chickens, the worm farm and composting.
Most of the cleaning is done with a variety of eco-friendly methods and products, some commercially available, others made on site.
Bramleigh Manor grows their own organic fruit and vegetables, and supplements their supply from a local farm-to-table service, VegBox. Eggs are produced on the property by pasture raised free-range chickens. Hormone and antibiotic-free beef is supplied directly by a neighbouring farmer when available, as well as artificial hormone-free pork.
They are fortunate to have their water supply come from a natural spring in the indigenous forest. To conserve this precious resource no water is used to irrigate the gardens. They have also opted to grow water intensive crops in an aquaponics system which used 90% less water compared to conventional methods.
The property runs primarily on solar power. They have installed a large PV solar array combined with one of the first Tesla Powerwall Lithium-Ion batteries in South Africa! This means they can store energy and run on solar power all night without compromising on creature comforts. To reduce the energy demand, all lighting has been converted to LED mixed with some CFL bulbs and there are multiple geyser-timers to control all of the water heating on the property.
The main guesthouse and accommodation buildings are brick walls with thatched roofing. The thatch is sourced and maintained by a local contractor. Other buildings on the property have been built using a mix of traditional wattle and daub combined with cob building practices.
The owners of Bramleigh Manor believe that good stewardship is the best way of caring for and protecting their land and natural resources. They try to mimic natural processes so that the entire ecosystem can flourish naturally. They hope that their eco efforts and sharing of knowledge will inspire and educate others to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.