Thistledown Country House is set on 20 acres, nestled amongst farmlands just below the Karkloof Hills in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. These hills are covered with the second largest tract of indigenous forest in South Africa. The Nkonkwane stream tumbles down from these hills, flows through the Thistledown property and meets up with the Karkloof River further downstream.
At Thistledown Country House, you are offered elegant country living in a restored farmhouse which has five double, en-suite rooms. The L-shaped veranda is the perfect place to relax and observe some of the 129 bird species which have been recorded in the area. Butterflies are also prolific, and you may even be lucky enough to spot the region’s very own butterfly – the endangered Karkloof Blue. The forest above Thistledown Country House is home to the rare Samango monkey, crested guinea fowl, crowned and black eagles, as well as a complex variety of flora and fauna.
Because of its situation in the tranquil Karkloof Valley, Thistledown Country House is the ideal place to escape to from the city. Your hosts at Thistledown Country House are Norma and Norman Maguire, and Donald Knight.