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Eco-friendly Accommodation Stutterheim – Eastern Cape | Bed & Breakfast, Country Stay, Eco Lodge, Romantic, Family-friendly, Self-catering, Camping, Nature Reserve

From R550 per couple sharing per night R70 extra per child

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The extraordinary Shire Eco Lodge is situated only 6km from Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Inspired by the desire to create a truly unique space, The Shire captivates you with its innovative design and magnificent setting. From nature-loving adventurous types to those on business, The Shire promises to soothe, inspire and rejuvenate.

Promoting an appreciation of natural areas and environmental conservation are two key motivations behind the creation of The Shire Eco Lodge. Aiming to be as unobtrusive as possible, the Lodge seeks to minimize its impact on the environment while providing a form of eco-friendly accommodation that eases guests into a serene natural environment through setting and architectural innovation.

ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION STUTTERHEIM

The Shire Eco Lodge - Eco-friendly accommodation Stutterheim

CHALETS

The luxurious and elegant open-plan chalets with striking curved-glass corner windows rest on the edge of the indigenous Xholora forest in the Amatola Mountains, just a stream’s hop from the enchanted home of the rare Samango monkey and numerous rare species of plants, butterflies and birds like the rare Cape Parrot.

Each chalet contains a stylish en-suite bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchenette and its own braai/BBQ facilities. For the more daring kind, the 2 river-side chalets have their own open bush-showers where you can soak and steam among the trees.

DINING

Should you be too relaxed to cook yourself, there are a number of restaurants close by where one can dine in the evenings. The Shire Eco Lodge can also cook you a scrumptious and healthy organic meal, all with available home-grown ingredients.


CAMPSITE

Situated at the base of a beautiful forest, the campsite consists of 16 sites, all with electricity and water points. The unisex ablution block is placed in the middle of the sites and also has additional dish-washing facilities.

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ACTIVITIES

If your curiosity entices you beyond the bounds of The Shire, the area offers a variety of activities like beautiful hikes to waterfalls, ancient Lemonwood forestssuperb bird-watchinghorseback trails and more.

The Shire Wild Bulb Nursery focuses on indigenous bulbs of the Eastern Cape region, but also grow a number of winter rainfall species from the Western Cape. View the dedicated website and browse their full catalogue.


DIRECTIONS

Don’t Follow GPS! The Shire Eco Lodge is situated 6km from Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Visit the website for directions.


GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Recycling
Local & Organic
Water Wise Practices
Eco Architecture
Conservation
Land Rehabilitation

The Shire Eco Lodge was inspired by the desire to create a space truly unique through combining innovative design with a magnificent setting. Striving towards an environmentally aware form of accommodation, many design and building decisions were made with this goal in mind.

The extraordinary chalets were designed to value some of the philosophies of organic architecture, such as a consideration of how the shape and setting of the building affect its inhabitants and how the building blends in with its natural environment. The curved walls serve more function than aesthetic appeal and the positive impact on its inhabitants. The shape assists in a natural cooling system, where the hot air rises to the apex of the chalet and can be released by draw-string manipulated roof windows.

The chalets are built on stilts, which avoids levelling the earth and minimizing the impact on the environment. The chalets are made from exotic wood which locally sourced thus maintains a low carbon footprint. Rob Scott, the owner and creator of The Shire, made all the chalets’ eco-furniture – from the beds, cupboards and tables to the drawers, mirrors and door handles – using problematic alien species (predominantly wattle and bluegum) which are locally harvested on the property.

A large reservoir was built to collect and store water (230 000L) which is used to service both the lodge and the indigenous nursery.  The issue of greywater was addressed through the use of a reed bed – soak away system. Grey water from the conservancy tank runs into a stone filter system over which reeds are planted. Their roots purify the grey water so much so that it is clean enough to drink.

The land on which The Shire is built had previously been used for agriculture and was badly damaged. One of the key objectives in utilising the land was to restore it to its previous condition – prior to the intervention of farmers. The indigenous nursery was born of this rehabilitative objective.  It now houses a diverse range of indigenous plants, many of grow in The Shire’s natural gardens. Focusing on local species, the nursery is home to many rare and endangered plant species with the aim of conservation through propagation.

Promoting an appreciation of natural areas and the conservation of the environment are two key motivations behind the creation of The Shire Eco Lodge. The Shire is on the edge on the Amatola mountains and afro-montane forests – literally a few steps – opening it to peaceful coexistence with the fauna and flora. Aiming to be as unobtrusive as possible, the lodge seeks minimize its impact on the environment while providing a form of eco-accommodation that eases guests into a serene natural environment through setting and architectural innovation.  – shire.co.za

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Check in: 13:00 ; Check out: 10:00

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