MILLERD MOUNTAIN LODGES
Avoca is a beautiful guest farm owned by Geoff Orpen. It is situated in the mountainous area of Barkly East in the Eastern Cape. We provide farm style accommodation and activities on a 150 year old 5000 Ha property with a variety of activities including hiking, fishing (access to your own 12km stretch of pristine private water), mountain biking, swimming and most importantly of all…relaxing!
All the accommodation is situated in and idyllic setting and is situated approximately 60km from the Tiffindell ski resort, 60km from the village of Rhodes and 36km from the town of Barkly East. We offer accommodation to large groups of friends and/or families and/or couples that want to “get away” from the mad rush of city life.
The Avoca valley is one of the most picturesque valleys in the district. Nestled below the majestic Avoca Peak lie the tranquil Millerd Mountain Lodges which are situated next to a fresh water stream flowing in from the Avoca valley. You alone, have access to this pristine valley where you are able to walk, cycle, fish, relax, swim and generally lose yourself in the beauty of the oldest farm in the district. For those interested in fishing, you have sole right to 12 km of private fishing, and can add to your day by swimming in the numerous river pools that form part of the river. With guided hikes up to different waterfalls and stunning views, you’ll be guaranteed an unforgettable stay!
Millerd Mountain Accommodation:
We offer 2 types of Accommodation. A Swiss style Mountain Millerd Cottage ideal for a Romantic break in the Mountains, and Millerd Main Lodge, the original farmhouse which has been renovated and has 5 spacious bedrooms.
Millerd Mountain Cottage: Millerd Mountain Cottage is a cosy self-catering cottage complete with beautiful kitchen, braai facilities, magnificent balcony, stunning views, open lawn and space. The cottage can accommodate 10 people in 5 separate double rooms (2 rooms en-suite) all with their own hot blankets-for those cold winter nights!. The lounge and kitchen provide the ideal place for you to share your experiences of the day around a log fire or chat in the kitchen adjacent to the coal-fired Agga stove or you can relax on the balcony, light a fire and have a braai whist you enjoy the beauty and sounds of a working farm as the sun goes down.
• Agga Stove
• Log Fire
• Outdoor braai
Millerd Mountain Lodge: This is the original farmhouse which has been renovated and has 5 spacious bedrooms with double beds, a wonderful entertainment area with pool table, DSTV, bar and outdoor braai on a balcony that looks up to the majestic Avoca Peak. The kitchen is spacious with under floor heating and a large family table where everyone can get involved in preparing food or simply sitting and observing. The rooms are clean, spacious and have wonderful views. Feel free to do your “own thing” in this stunning environment and at the same time your hosts, Bianca and Gareth, will ensure that you are comfortable and happy.
All the accommodation is situated in an idyllic setting and is situated approximately 60km from the Tiffindell ski resort, 60km from the village of Rhodes and 36km from the town of Barkly East. We offer accommodation to large groups of friends and/or families and/or couples that want to “get away” from the mad rush of city life. Please note: Accommodation is simple farm style self-catering however special requests for meals can be accommodated. Cell phone reception is extremely limited to local “hot spots”. Wood is provided and the lodges are partially serviced on a daily basis.
• Outdoor braai
• Pool table
Directions to Millerd Mountain Accommodation
From Barkly East take the R58 towards Aliwal North. After 3kms turn right (signed New England & Tiffindell). Follow this road for approx 9kms crossing the Kraai River at Loch Bridge (National Monument). You might want to pause at the layby further up this cutting to take in the scenic views including the famous Barkly Railway Reverses (only 3 of their kind in the world). At the T junction turn right (signed Wartrail/Tiffindell) and follow this road for 16kms. At the T junction turn left (signed New England) and follow this road for 8kms. Millard Farm Drive is on the right hand side (signed Avoca & Snowdon). After approx 3.5kms you will see farm buildings on your right hand side. Take the second entrance (signed Millard – Wild Trout Association) through a tall brick gateway and follow the drive around the garden to reach the cottage.
Telephone: 045 971 9082
Cell: 082 490 9647
Establishment’s physical address: Avoca Farm PO Box 248, Barkley East 9786 South Africa